Koen Bijvank > Brinkhof > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Grote Bickersstraat 74-78
1013 KS
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Koen Bijvank is qualified both as an attorney at law (‘advocaat’) and as a Dutch and European patent attorney. He specialises in international patent litigation and regularly appears both in the courts and before the European Patent Office. His practice mainly involves patents in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences. His high-profile clients include The Broad Institute, Cargill and Eli Lilly.

Koen is the past president of the Dutch Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He is also the chair of the AIPPI Standing Committee on Patents, and president and co-founder of EPLIT, an association of European patent litigators. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of BIE, a leading Dutch journal on intellectual property, and a tutor at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in Strasbourg, where he teaches candidates for the qualifying examination for European patent attorneys. 


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Master’s degree in organic chemistry of the University of Groningen (1995), as well as a LLM and postgraduate certificate in intellectual property litigation of Nottingham Law School in the UK (2011). Until 2017, Koen was partner at V.O. Patents & Trademarks. 

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Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents

One of the best patent litigators in Europe‘, Brinkhof has a major strength in coordinating multi-jurisdictional cases in Europe and beyond, including the USA. Team members are deeply involved in a range of IP-centered organisations, often in a leading role and a number of senior lawyers also edit IP publications and teach. Richard Ebbink and Mark Van Gardingen lead the group that is made up of both lawyers and duel qualified patent attorneys; Jan Pot has been admitted to the Supreme Court Bar of the Netherlands. The team’s work includes EPO cases and its expertise covers pharmaceutical, chemical inventions, biotech, mechanical engineering the telecoms – areas covered by Daan De Lange and Koen Bijvank. Other key lawyers include Rien Broekstra (also trained as a computer scientist) and senior associates Rik LambersAlexander De Leeuw and associate Barbara Mooij.