Dirk Visser > Visser Schaap & Kreijger > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

Work Department

Intellectual Property Law




Dirk Visser began his law career in 1996, at Stibbe. In 2004 he was made partner at Klos Morel Vos & Schaap. In 2015, along with Jacqueline Schaap and Paul Kreijger, he founded Visser Schaap & Kreijger.

He litigates in preliminary relief proceedings through to the European Court of Justice. He also has mediation experience, and has so far brought many disputes to a successful conclusion through mediation, for example as an expert appointed by the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

In addition, since 2003, he has held the position of Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Leiden University. He is co-author of the legal handbook Copyright Law (Auteursrecht) and editor of Text & Commentary Intellectual Property (Tekst & Commentaar Intellectuele Eigendom). He is also the author of countless books and articles on copyright law, trade mark law, database law, image rights law, related rights, and intellectual property law in general. He is in high demand as a speaker and has made ten IP video shorts (‘knowledge clips IP’ (‘kennisclips IE’)).


In 1997 he was awarded his doctorate, with a thesis on copyright law and the internet, part of which he wrote during his time at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Visser Schaap & Kreijger‘s team is ‘not only highly skilled (excellent knowledge regarding IP law, litigation etc), but operates from a hands-on and pragmatic approach’. The firm is particularly experienced in defamation cases, format cases, Media Act matters, contract negotiations, production contracts and competition issues. The firm is increasingly active in the music industry, including antipiracy conflicts, music contracts, the neighbouring rights of producers and issues between music publishers and their artists. Jacqueline Schaap is ‘a giant in media & entertainment. The kind of lawyer you want on your side in times of crisis’. She co-heads the team with IP expert Dirk Visser.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

A highly efficient IP boutique firm with great lawyers‘, Visser Schaap & Kreijger assists clients across all types of IP including trade marks and design rights but is especially well known for the depth of its copyright expertise. Its focus is on contentious matters; co-head of the team, Jacqueline Schaap is a noted litigator for both IP and broader media cases and has litigated a number of high-profile copyright and design cases. The hugely experienced fellow co-head Dirk Visser has handled cases relating to anti-piracy in the music and film industries and is an acknowledged expert in complex copyright contractual disputes. Paul Kreijger and Patty De Leeuwe are other key lawyers.