NLO protects and reinforces clients’ ideas, innovations and trademarks to perfection, bearing in mind the markets in which they are actively involved. How we proceed and work together with clients is governed by the key values on which our organisation is based:

  • Fortified with innovation – we are always in search of new solutions and possibilities. We invest significant time and effort in developing new ways to make our services even better.
  • Fortified with expertise – our 200 dedicated professionals have extensive knowledge and experience in many fields, which is how we can offer different services at the highest quality. We also have a worldwide network of agents at our disposal.
  • Fortified with passion – passion is what all of our professionals have in common. Every attorney is prepared to go the extra mile in their field of expertise.
  • Fortified with teamwork – we make sure to combine individual expertise in teams, and we think ahead and design solutions beyond the original task.
  • Fortified with creativity – protecting innovations, trademarks and ideas is key to our services, but creativity is also pivotal. It helps us to handle processes more efficiently and generate solutions that make a difference.
  • Fortified with experience – we are over 130 years old but, despite this rich history, we always focus on the future, for in it lies growth.

These have been the key elements of our services for more than 130 years and will continue to be vital in the future.

About NLO

NLO is one of the largest full-service European IP consultancy firms with locations in the Netherlands and Belgium. We offer a unique combination of technical and legal expertise with insight into the business environment in which clients operate. This distinguishes the 70 European patent attorneys at NLO and 15 European trademark and design attorneys at NLO Shieldmark. By combining our expertise, NLO is able to provide clients with the most comprehensive advice possible. The specialists of NLO and NLO Shieldmark also have the most up-to-date knowledge of the IP market at their disposal, which they use in order to provide optimum management for clients’ IP portfolios.

Products and services

Our client list includes multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises, universities and R&D and governmental organisations. We offer a broad range of IP services. Our patent services include:

  • drafting and filing national and international patent applications;
  • patent prosecution;
  • in-house US practice;
  • opposition and appeal patent proceedings before the EPO;
  • patent validity and infringement advice;
  • patent portfolio management and advice;
  • patent renewal payment and administration;
  • patent litigation advice;
  • services and advice in the fields of trademarks, designs, copyright, licences and agreements, and domain names;
  • IP training; and
  • drafting, negotiating and advising on IP-related agreements.

NLO Shieldmark

The European trademark and design attorneys at NLO Shieldmark offer availability searches, registration, oppositions, infringement advice, cancellations, watch services, renewals, in-use searches and mutations.

Strategic teams

In an innovative, knowledge-intensive market, the value of an organisation largely depends on IP rights. An effective patent, trademark or design strategy saves and can even make money. For strategic choices involving their IP portfolios, clients naturally wish to receive advice from different perspectives – and we provide comprehensive, tailor-made advice. Our industry-driven teams combine complementary knowledge and expertise, so that every type of issue can be addressed and we can guarantee the continuity and quality of our services so that clients receive prompt, efficient service. We also have cross-industry expert teams for specific areas of interest, such as our focus groups for health, artificial intelligence and our in-house US practice team.


NLO has four offices in the Netherlands (The Hague, Amsterdam, Ede-Wageningen and Eindhoven) and two offices in Belgium (Ghent and Mechelen).

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Contact details

PO Box 29720
The Hague 2502 LS

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Amsterdam
  • Ede-Wageningen
  • Eindhoven
  • Ghent
  • Mechelen

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