Business Unit International Partners

Mark van Eekelen

Name:Mark van Eekelen

Job title :European patent attorney

Department:Business unit International Partners

Phone:+31 (0)40 243 37 15

Mark went to Utrecht University in 2000, where he studied Biomedical Sciences. In the meantime, he got his PhD in the field of genetics and signal transduction at the Hubrecht Institute. After his PhD, Mark spent two years in Toronto as a postdoctoral researcher. He successfully completed his postdoctoral research and returned to the Netherlands to start at the Dutch training institute for patent attorney. Mark has gained experience in a Dutch IP office and after that, at the IP department of a vegetable seed breeding company.

In May 2017, Mark started working for AOMB. In the meantime, he has passed his EQE exam, making him an official Dutch and European patent attorney. Mark is a friendly colleague, and works for the Business Unit International Partners within AOMB. Because his affinity for Asia, he is a perfect match for this unit!

What Mark finds fascinating about the IP business is the variety it brings; no two days are alike. According to Mark, in the IP business you come into contact with many companies, so you always come across interesting new technologies.

Apart from his work, Mark’s major hobby is brewing his own beer, which is not all that surprising considering his background in Biomedics! From light to dark beer, Mark has all bases covered. He also loves to spend his time off with his wife and with his daughter.

Employed at AOMB since

Since 2017 working at AOMB

Business Location

The Hague / Rijswijk

Expertises and work fields

Life sciences and biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics


Master biomolecular sciences - University Utrecht (graduated in 2006) and Cancer Genetics and Developmental Biology - Hubrecht Institute (graduated in 2011)

Relevant work experience

Postdoctoral research to cancer (Mount Sinai Hospital Toronto), previously worked as a patent engineer at a Dutch patent office and at a IP department of a vegetable seed breeding company Bejo Zaden

Extracurricular activities

Member of the Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys