Patent Attorney Trainee

KeyGene continues to strengthen its competitive position; therefore we are looking for a dedicated

Patent Attorney Trainee

in an international research & business environment.
Vacancy number 20.004

In this position, you will work under the supervision and mentorship of a qualified Patent Attorney and you will be part of the team Intellectual Property & Legal Affairs. Your main tasks will be to:

  • Study and analyze inventions and perform searches to determine patentability
  • Draft, file and prosecute patent applications
  • Track and monitor published patent applications and issued patents throughout their life cycle in specific technology domains
  • Identify key features of a product and technology and map these features on to patented subject matter to determine freedom to operate
  • Critically analyze patents and products to determine potential infringement and licensing opportunities
  • Assist in patent challenge and defense procedures in international forums

Your profile

  • University degree in life sciences (PhD is preferred)
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Good communication skills in English both verbal and writing. This is essential in order to effectively put an invention into words.
  • Quality and result-oriented team player who enjoys to be investigative and to think creatively along with researchers regarding patentability.
  • Flexible and pro-active working attitude towards timely achieving project objectives
  • Capable of working independently and well organized in a dynamic professional environment
  • Ambition to qualify as a Dutch and/or European Patent Attorney
  • Affinity with molecular biology
  • Capability to quickly understand technological developments

Our offer
In addition to this training-on-the-job, KeyGene offers the opportunity and financial support for your qualification as a Dutch and European Patent Attorney. Qualification requires attending training course and taking exams on average one day a week during a period of 3 years. KeyGene offers a temporary contract, with the prospect of a permanent contract, and excellent employment conditions.
Next to that, working at KeyGene in Wageningen offers you the possibility to gain experience in an international R&D company and to be part of a diverse group of 140 colleagues in Wageningen, USA and India.

More information
For additional information about the position, please contact Thea van der Wijk, VP Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs, . For information about the application procedure, please contact the HR department at

How to apply
If you are interested in this vacancy, please send us your letter of motivation and cv, using the form below, before February 8.