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

Brinkhof is lauded as one of the top IP firms in Europe. One of its clear strengths is the ability to coordinate litigation across Europe and beyond. Pharma, biotech, electronics, and various food and other consumer goods are some of its sector expertise and it has close connections in academia and the judiciary. The firm is also known for its deep understanding of cutting edge technology. The well-known Richard Ebbink and Mark Van Gardingen head a talented team: ‘Stand-out partner’ Daan De Lange, ‘rising star’ Jan Pot, and Koen Bijvank, who is considered outstanding, particularly for oppositions. Barbara Mooij is also a notable team member.