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 > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Highlighted for ‘high-quality work and pragmatic advice’ Visser Schaap & Kreijger‘s team handles all types of IP protection in addition to copyright and neighbouring rights, trade marks, and design protection, as well as being experienced in internet and media, and defamation issues together with commercial/transactional matters. Its response to Covid-19 issues has been to set up an audio-visual space whereby clients can attend court hearings. The ‘exceptional’ Jacqueline Schaap leads the team together with Dirk Visser who is ‘the ultimate combination of knowledge and wit’. Other key practitioners are Paul Kreijger and stand-out senior associate Patty de Leeuwe. Senior associate Jasper Klopper joined the team in October 2020 from Stibbe.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Visser Schaap & Kreijger has strong knowledge of the publishing sector, with expertise acting for collecting societies and advising on copyright contract law. With a strong litigation practice, the firm also handles trade marks, designs, internet and media issues, defamation and privacy. Jacqueline Schaap has 30 years’ experience in media and IP and counts publishers, TV producers and broadcasters among her client base. Well known IP professor Dirk Visser co-heads the team with Schaap. Senior associate Patty de Leeuwe is noted for copyright issues.