Partner at VO Patents & Trademarks
Frits Schut’s involvement in patenting started in 1995 when he was co-director of start-up Microscreen, where he exploited the patents of his co-inventions.
Mr Schut studied biology at the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam and obtained his MSc in biology from the University of Groningen (1988), majoring in microbiology. He obtained his PhD in microbiology from the University of Groningen in 1994.
While performing part of his PhD work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1988, Mr Schut came into contact with molecular genetics and DNA diagnostics. He was able to develop these techniques for medical and veterinary application with the medical faculty in Groningen; these developments were commercially implemented in a start-up diagnostic company, of which Mr Schut was a co-director.
Mr Schut joined VO Patents & Trademarks as a patent attorney in 2001. He has extensive expertise and is particularly involved in therapeutic and diagnostic (medical) biotechnology, microbiology and plant protection. Through his background and portfolio, Mr Schut has experience protecting the essential technologies of life sciences companies. He also has broad experience in patent cases before the European Patent Office and the Court of the Hague, as well as with plant protection before the Dutch and Community Plant Variety Office.
Mr Schut received the following recent testimonial: “Otto Oudshoorn, Hajo Kraak and Frits Schut are mainstays of the life sciences and chemistry practice. As co-director of a start-up, Schut has first-hand commercial experience; another ‘brilliant life sciences sage who is extremely talented and technically astute’” (IAM Patent 1000, 2019).