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Martin Klok

Patent attorney

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Martin Klok

  • Chemistry
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Associate

Before starting his training as a patent attorney, Martin Klok had been active in research since his MSc graduation in organic chemistry in 2002. His research topics include methanol fuel cells (Toshiba RDC, 2003), molecular motors (University of Groningen, 2004 – 2008; PhD) and food chemistry and the food-health relationship (VWA, 2009 – 2011).

More information about Martin

As a patent attorney, Martin primarily focuses on the drafting of applications, arguing patentability, and litigation. His understanding of research and chemistry ensures efficient communication with both inventors and specialists. Drafting applications and arguing on patentability is aided by thorough insight in the working of the invention, while in litigation, the eye for detail and swift understanding of technical relevance allows for proper pinpointing of relevant differences between the litigated products.

Working experience

  • Patent Attorney, V.O. (2011-present)
  • Senior scientist, Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (2009-2011)
  • University of Groningen; University Council (2005 – 2007)
  • Grasp, Groningen PhD community; board position (2005 – 2008)
  • Research intern, Toshiba RDC, Shin-Kawasaki, Japan (2003)


  • PhD in Organic and Physical Chemistry, University of Groningen (2009)
  • Japanese language and business culture, Japan Prizewinners Programme, University of Leiden and Japan-Netherlands Institute (2003)
  • MSc in Organic Chemistry, University of Groningen (2002)


  • “Rising star Martin Klok is ‘incredibly dedicated to understanding issues and distilling relevant information’.” (IP Stars Handbook MIP, 2017)
  • Highlighted as ‘exceptional attorney’ by IP Stars Handbook MIP, 2016.
  • Martin Klok is complimented for his ability to “understand the real detail” of an application. “He is one of those guys who really can dig into the details and has a grasp of a huge volume of information, the sort of person you like to have at the table because when you have a question he’s on top of it. It’s clear he knows the file better than the attorneys on the other side do.” (IP Stars Handbook MIP, 2014).


  • “Verification of the absence of additives on “free of additive” labeled food products”, (Dutch, 2011).
  • “Verification of the absence of allergens in “free of allergen” labeled food products”, (Dutch, 2011).
  • “Fatty acid composition of traditional and industrial bakery products”, (Dutch, 2010).
  • “Ultrafast Light-Driven Nanomotors Based on an Acridane Stator”, J. Org. Chem. 2010, 75, 666–679. DOI: 10.1021/jo902207x.
  • “Motors for use in molecular nanotechnology” (PhD-thesis, Groningen, 2009).
  • “Motors for molecular nanotechnology” (Dutch), Dutch Physics Magazine 2009, 75 (10), 16.
  • “Kinetic analysis of the rotation rate of light-driven unidirectional molecular motors”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 9124-9131. DOI: 10.1039/B906611J.
  • “The influence of viscosity on the functioning of molecular motors”, Faraday Discuss. 2009, 143, 319-334. DOI: 10.1039/B901841G.
  • “Light-driven rotary molecular motors: an ultrafast optical study”, Phys. Stat. Sol. (C) 2009, 6 (1), 181–184. DOI: 10.1002/pssc.200879808.
  • “New Mechanistic Insight in the Thermal Helix Inversion of Second-Generation Molecular Motors”, Chem. Eur. J. 2008, 14, 11183-11193. DOI: 10.1002/chem.200800969.
  • “MHz Unidirectional Rotation of Molecular Rotary Motors”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 10484 – 10484. DOI: 10.1021/ja8037245. Highlighted in Nature Chem., 2008, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.45.
  • “Rate Acceleration of Light-Driven Rotary Molecular Motors”, Adv. Funct. Mater. 2007, 17, 718–729. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.200601025.

Professional & Community Activities

  • AIPPI standing committee on pharmaceuticals
  • University Council, University of Groningen (2005-2007)
  • Grasp, Groningen PhD community; board position (2005-2008)


  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French

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