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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

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Koen Bijvank – Brinkhof

With major strengths in coordinating parallel European and global patent litigation, Brinkhof regularly assists market-leading clients in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, food and electronics sectors in high-profile and precedent-setting proceedings. The six full-time patent litigation partners are often the first port of call for large cases. Members of the European patent lawyers association Richard Ebbink and Mark Van Gardingen head a growing and specialised team. Koen Bijvank and Daan De Lange act for clients in specialist areas, with the former experienced in life sciences and the latter in micro-electronics. Promoted to partner in January 2021, Jan Pot is part of a select few lawyers in Netherlands who specialise in Supreme Court appeal proceedings. Fellow promoted partner Rien Broekstra focuses on the electronics sector. The team is completed by in-house patent attorneys working alongside the partners. With the introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), the firm has expanded its global network, combining forces with German patent powerhouse Vossius & Partner to increase its scope of pan-European patent litigation.