IP advisor

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The Gate is a platform for tech startups in the first stage of their existence. An information and advice platform, physical and digital, they can reach out to for a successful take off.

At The Gate, business developers of Brainport Development and Eindhoven University of Technology offer honest and independent advice. The shared goal is to improve the quantity and quality of new high tech startups in the Brainport Eindhoven region.

Together with partners Brabantse Ontwikkelings Maatschappij (BOM), Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Summa College and the regional startup ecosystem, the business developers provide information and guidance on workspaces, access to finance, training and coaching to entrepreneurial students, researchers and tech starters in the region. Through The Gate they are ready for take-off.

The Gate is physically located in the Alpha Hub on the TU/e Campus, a new vibrant startup hub that also provides flexible and affordable office accommodation for startups.

The Gate is looking for an Advisor Intellectual Property to be part of the Business Development team of TU/e.

In this role you are engaged with the establishment and management of patents, Designs, and copyrights. You provide advice, information and business development support in the field of licensing, IP transfers and (international) contracts, including patent, copyright and design registration.

As an IP Advisor you will proactively contribute to the development and management the intellectual property (in particular patents) derived from customers/clients of The Gate (researchers, Student Teams and tech startups in the Brainport region). Core tasks include guiding the patent process and keeping intensive contact with the researchers, Student Teams, start-ups and external parties (in particular with patent offices). The IP Advisor identifies potentially patentable inventions, analyses them on relevant aspects and, in consultation with the involved parties, gives advice about the protection of the knowledge, including knowledge transfer and licensing.

You operate within the context of IP policy and procedures as well as the scientific interests. You lead the IP procedures and guide the customers in issues concerning the establishment of intellectual property rights.

You have an excellent understanding of a variety of IP arenas, and are able to assess new inventions for patentability, value and marketability. You are able to advise customers effectively on (contract) proposals and offer support in the development of business cases and negotiations about these inventions.

You play an important role in providing contractual and strategic IP advice to the clients of The Gate and you can liaise with market parties, such as industry and SME’s. Your role varies from process director to negotiator.

You enjoy providing entrepreneurial scientists and students with information in the domain of intellectual property. Also you contribute to creating awareness of the value of their work and help them to make business agreements with third parties, including the coordination of the necessary (administrative) procedures.

You are the expert and sparring partner for all IP matters and tiers in the organization and beyond: from inventors to Student Teams; from starting entrepreneurs to representatives of industrial parties.


We are looking for a creative and business oriented professional with well-developed analytical skills who understands the academic research environment and the (high tech) industry business world. The position requires a flexible, entrepreneurial and pragmatic attitude.
Furthermore we expect the following qualifications:

  • A completed university degree in a technical science field, especially life sciences
  • Extensive experience with intellectual property law and procedures, preferably as a patent attorney (or in training).
  • Familiar with the world of innovation, knowledge valorization and technology transfer.
  • Excellent proficiency in the Dutch and English language, orally as well as in writing.
  • As a person you are goal-oriented, proactive, organized, hands-on, reliable and considered a recognized sparring partner. Also, you have a feel for organizational sensitivity
  • Working on an inspiring campus with plenty of room for personal development and growth;
  • An initial one-year contract (1.0 FTE), possibly an appointment via Euflex (the secondment organization of the TU/e). After a mutual positive evaluation this appointment will be extended or converted into a permanent contract.
  • The full-time gross salary is in accordance with the CAO-NU and depends on knowledge and experience; minimum € 4.612,- and maximum € 6.421,- (in accordance with scale 12/13).
  • The year-end bonus is 8.3% of the annual salary (equivalent to one month's salary). The vacation allowance is 8% of the annual salary. The TU/e also offers excellent secondary employment conditions (including childcare, a minimum of 41 leave days for a 40-hour work week and excellent sports facilities).
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Marijella van der Klugt, 06-48457550 or m.g.v.d.klugt@tue.nl, senior consultant Euflex

Cécile Gijsbers, 06-51164692 or cgijsbers@tue.nl, senior consultant Euflex


In the TU/e community we strive for diversity. A strong and welcoming community promotes inclusiveness, equality and cooperation. Diversity adds to our success and pleasure. We welcome people from all backgrounds and without regard to sex, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, socio-economic status, identity, visible or invisible disability, religion, or sexual orientation. Inclusion is a way of dealing with each other that is necessary to achieve the best results.

In case of equal suitability, internal candidates will be given priority.

An assessment and social media and/or reference check may be part of the procedure.

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