"I like to establish good working relationships with my clients. It is important that we work closely together."
Johan Volmer studied Chemical Engineering in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and has been a patent attorney with EP&C since 1993. He previously worked as an engineer and patent examiner at the OCN (Netherlands Patent Office). He is currently an acting member of the Institute of Patent Attorneys’ Supervisory Board, as well as a tutor at the professional training institute for patent attorneys, where he prepares students for their Practical Skills examinations.
Johan is calm and reliable. He is a team player who likes to focus on solutions. “I like to establish good working relationships with my clients. It is important that we work closely together and that as patent attorney, I am able to sympathise with their situation. However, I also need to be autonomous, independent and bring new ideas to the table. A patent attorney needs to be able to take a step back and assess the situation from a distance too. This is essential if you are to come to the right conclusions and help your client find the right solutions.”
Johan enjoys focussing on areas where the processes meet the machines, like environmental engineering.
Every year the international magazine Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) publishes the IP Stars Handbook. This is what the publication says about Johan:
“An impressive piece of work the firm brought to a conclusion this year was with KAERI and its patent for tubes used in atomic energy. It had been fighting an opposition started in 2005 by French firm Framatome and was successful in oral proceedings before the EPO Board of Appeal which resulted in the confirmation of the patent.”