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

Visser Schaap & Kreijger
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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 ‘very thorough and accessible team‘ assists clients with both contentious and advisory matters. Dirk Visser ‘is the best copyright lawyer where litigation before the Dutch Courts and also the CJEU is concerned‘ as he is ‘very sharp‘ and ‘quick on his feet‘. On the non-contentious side, the practice advises on sponsoring and product placement, as well as contract negotiation and drafting issues. Practice head Jacqueline Schaap ‘is an absolute giant in the field of unlawful media publications‘ with ‘an impressive track record‘ acting on behalf of both media outlets and individuals who have been the subject of a media publication. Senior associate Patty de Leeuwe is also recommended.

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

Visser Schaap & Kreijger is a leading IP, media and competition boutique firm. Its wide ranging skills cover copyright and neighbouring rights, trade marks, designs, internet and media and privacy issues. Key clients include Heineken, Nestlé, and the Van Gogh Museum. The practice is led by Jacqueline Schaap and Dirk Visser; clients praise Visser’s expertise in litigation and for being ‘sharp and quick on his feet‘.