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(Senior) Patent Attorney

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Veldhoven, Netherlands


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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 people in more than 80 locations worldwide, ASML has an international presence in the semiconductor industry.

For our Corporate Intellectual Property (CIP) department at the global headquarters in Veldhoven, the Netherlands we are looking for both an experienced patent attorney and a patent attorney who recently qualified or is close to qualifying.

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 and report to the Director Patents EUV / CLS. Your responsibilities 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.
  • For the position of experienced patent attorney: 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 or close to qualifying.

Candidates for the position of experienced patent attorney have at least 8 years of experience in patent law.


Technical experience in optics, mechatronics or similar field.

For the position of experienced patent attorney:

  • An experienced professional with a thorough understanding of global IP matters who can resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways.
  • Experience in handling challenging IP matters in industry orfor industry clients.

Personal skills

  • Being able to go into detail, but having the helicopter view when necessary.
  • Strong analytical and communication skills.
  • Decisive and self-initiating.
  • Ability to work proactively and effectively both independently and in teams including a diverse group of colleagues and internal clients in multiple countries.
  • Strong English language skills.

For the position of experienced patent attorney:

  • Fully functioning in the job with only general direction needed.
  • Work on complex projects/problems/tasks and demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

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 (of which about 30 patent attorneys) 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.