Ton graduated in chemical engineering (Eindhoven Technical University). He has extensive experience in industry, both as in-house patent attorney and patent manager. Previously, Ton has worked for Gist-Brocades NV (now DSM), Royal Dutch Shell and Resolution Research Nederland BV. He has extensive experience in representing companies before the EPO, in particular in opposition and appeal proceedings. His specialist areas include coatings, polyurethanes, expoxy resins, thermoplastic elastomers, pharmaceuticals and intermediates, fermantation processes and homogeneously catalysed syngas processes.