Mark van Gardingen > Brinkhof > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Grote Bickersstraat 74-78
1013 KS

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Mark van Gardingen (partner) specialises in litigating and coordinating patent and trade secret disputes (before national & international courts as well as the EPO). Mark’s litigation experience comprises all technologies (from mobile phones to polymers for paint and packages), but he specifically focuses on (bio-)chemical inventions. His clients include Heineken, Dow, Synthon, Novozymes and Accord Healthcare Corp.

Mark regularly writes articles on patent law in international journals and is a regular speaker at leading international conferences.


English, French, German, Dutch


EPLAW, AIPPI (UPC Internal Committee Member)


JD Utrecht (1997); Stibbe (1997-2004).

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Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents

(Leading individuals)

Mark van GardingenBrinkhof

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.