"One of my strengths is that I'm able to explain what you need for proper protection in plain language."
A foundation year in Law, a degree and further studies in Chemistry as well as a flair for languages and economics. For Patent Attorney Gerrie Hoogendam this combination could hardly lead to anything other than a career in intellectual property. "I was an all-rounder at secondary school as well - four languages, science subjects and economics. A career as a patent attorney is a good fit with that. It is very broad. Working at the crossroads of law, innovation and language is very interesting." Before joining EP&C/IPecunia in Sittard on 1 September 2022 Gerrie already had already gained 25 years’ experience in the field of intellectual property at DSM.
Gerrie's expertise lies in the full breadth of chemistry. From pharma ingredients to polymer coatings and from enzymes for the beverage industry to chemical process technology. In her work Gerrie finds it important to fully understand both main points and details. "I am good at seeing the big picture, but also have an eye for detail without getting bogged down in it. In patent applications and contracts it is very important to get the description, i.e. the wording, exactly right but you also have to keep an eye on the bigger picture."
Gerrie enjoys both the content and service-related aspects of her job. "One of my strengths is that I'm able to explain what you need for proper protection and what the advantages and disadvantages are in plain language. What should I do with this contract, what protection strategy is best, what is advisable for my business? For me, it is important that we provide support to our clients in the field of IP in such a way that it contributes to their success and helps them stay successful for as long as possible. I get a great deal of energy out of being able to contribute to that."