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Patent Attorney

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Veldhoven, Netherlands


Other corporate functions


8+ years



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ASML is a world leader in the manufacture of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry with over 28,000 employees in more than 80 locations worldwide.

In order to support ASML's exceptional growth, we are expanding our Corporate Intellectual Property (CIP) department at the global headquarters in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. We are looking for an experienced qualified Patent Attorney.

Job Mission

Establishing, prosecuting and maintaining patent rights in the field of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography systems. Evaluating and mitigating patent risks from a worldwide perspective. Handling of IP-related projects.

Job Description

You will be part of the Patents EUV / Cymer Light Source (CLS) group which presently consists of seven patent attorneys and report to the Director Patents EUV / CLS.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Actively developing and managing a global patent portfolio.
  • Supervising outside counsel to properly prepare and prosecute patent applications.
  • Supporting execution of ASML IP strategies, including patent filing and product clearance.
  • Interacting with various internal stakeholders (e.g. research, D&E groups, program management, procurement) to determine opportunities to establish patent rights, determine existence of patent risks and mitigate such identified risks.
  • Providing objective, informed and legally competent advice and direction to senior management regarding intellectual property rights, opportunities, risks and liabilities.
  • Leading or taking part in IP-related projects when needed (e.g. patent acquisition, litigation support, merger support).


You have a MSc degree in physics, mechanics, electrical engineering or similar technical field. You are a qualified patent attorney with at least 8 years of experience in patent law.


  • Thorough understanding of global IP matters and an ability to resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways.
  • Technical experience in optics, mechatronics or similar field.
  • Experience in handling challenging IP matters in industry or for industry clients.

Personal skills

  • Independent functioning in the job with only general direction needed.
  • Being able to go into detail, but having the helicopter view when necessary.
  • Strong analytical and communicational skills.
  • Ability to work proactively and effectively both independently and in teams including a diverse group of colleagues and internal clients in multiple countries.
  • Work on complex projects/problems/tasks and demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Strong English language skills.

Context of the position

Within ASML, the CIP department is responsible for maximizing ASML’s global intellectual property position to protect and support ASML’s business. In particular, the CIP department strives to preserve freedom to operate for ASML and to establish and maintain a portfolio of patent rights.

At the CIP department, about 65 people work in four locations (Veldhoven in the Netherlands and Wilton, San Diego and Silicon Valley in the USA) to accomplish the above-stated mission.

Other information

Interested in this position? Please apply with cv and cover letter describing your motivation for wanting to take on this position.