Otto Swens > Vondst Advocaten N.V > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Vondst Advocaten N.V
1071 KN Amsterdam

Work Department

Patents & Life Sciences


Otto Swens is co-founder and partner. Otto’s practice has a focus on patents and life sciences. Otto advises and litigates particularly in the field of pharmaceuticals & life sciences, chemistry, medical devices and mechanical engineering. Otto has a broad experience in representing clients in multijurisdictional cross-border litigation concerning pharmaceutical patents and SPCs. Otto is also active in the regulatory practice. He advises and litigates on issues such as data- and market exclusivity, marketing authorisations for (orphan) medicinal products and peadiatric extensions. Further, Otto advises about aspects such as pricing, parallel imports, reimbursements, product liability and promotion.


Trained at HoganLovells (1997-2002), joined Dutch IP boutique Steinhauser Hoogenraad in 2002, where he became partner in 2004. Cofounded Vondst Advocaten in 2007. Member of the Dutch Bar Advisory Committee IP legislation.


English, German and French


AIPPI, EPLAW, the Dutch Association of Pharmacy and Law, PTMG and the Dutch IP litigator association VIEPA


French language at Université Catholique / Alliance Francaise, Angers, France, 1989-1990
Law Degree, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1990-1996
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, 1994

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Otto SwensVondst Advocaten N.V

Vondst Advocaten N.V is a boutique firm that handles contentious and non-contentious IP and IT matters in the health care and life sciences sectors. It has a strong focus on disputes and litigation, and represents clients before national courts, regulatory authorities and the General Court of the European Union. Otto Swens is recommended for patent litigation and is no stranger to cross-border cases, while Ricardo Dijkstra handles patent, technology and life sciences litigation. Arvid Van Oorschot also handles regulatory matters and litigation.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents

(Leading individuals)

Otto SwensVondst Advocaten N.V

Specialist firm Vondst Advocaten N.V has an exclusive focus on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property especially in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and IT sectors. Patents are a central area of work; it acts for well-known pharmaceutical, medical device and other healthcare companies and mechanical engineering and electronics are growth areas for the practice. Otto Swens litigates in national and international patent cases in addition to advisory work such as licensing negotiations, technology transactions and R&D collaborations. Likewise, Ricardo Dijkstra and Arvid Van Oorschot have broad patent litigation practices. A substantial team of associates includes Tjerk Sigterman and Carly Van Der Beek, both of whom are building a patent litigation practice.