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 > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Visser Schaap & Kreijger frequently deals with infringements and strategies in the copyright contract law space, advising broadcasters, producers and publishers. Design protection is also a strength of the expanding practice. The experienced Dirk Visser co-heads the IP practice, with a background in acting for clients in landmark anti-piracy issues and expertise in collecting societies. Co-head Jacqueline Schaap is a seasoned litigator with a specialism in defamation and copyright issues. Paul Kreijger is the key contact for IP-related competition law issues, while recently promoted partner Patty De Leeuwe works on anti-counterfeiting and illegal merchandising matters for high-profile clients.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

IP and media niche firm Visser Schaap & Kreijger is led by litigator Jacqueline Schaap, who focuses on freedom of speech, image rights, contract law, product placement and sponsoring mandates. IP virtuoso Dirk Visser is known for successfully representing clients in ground-breaking decisions in respect of anti-piracy in the music and film industries. Paul Kreijger works on matters that intersect IP and competition law, for example, copyrights and neighbouring rights. Recently promoted partner Patty De Leeuwe works closely with Visser and Schaap on various copyright, freedom of speech and defamation issues.