Mr Marc van Wijngaarden > Bird & Bird LLP > The Hague, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

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Intellectual property


Marc is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice of Bird & Bird. He heads the Life Sciences Group in the Netherlands, and is based in The Hague. With more than 19 years of experience, Marc specializes in patents and other intellectual property rights, particularly trademarks. He has in-depth knowledge of cross-border European patent litigation, predominantly in the life sciences and chemical industries. In pharma, Marc has litigated many patent cases concerning blockbuster drugs. His practice also includes advising clients on their strategic preparations for the Unitary Patent Package (Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court), and on complex multidisciplinary (IP related) deals and disputes involving cutting edge technologies. His client-portfolio ranges from multinational corporations to universities and start-ups. Apart from litigating before Dutch courts, he has also represented clients before the European Court of Justice.


Marc joined Bird & Bird in 2007.


Dutch and English


International Trademark Association (INTA), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), The Expert Group IP of HollandBIO, the Dutch association for the biotech industry


Marc was admitted to the bar in 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Marc van WijngaardenBird & Bird LLP

Head of the Bird & Bird LLP life sciences group, Marc van Wijngaarden ‘is a joy to work with, has a great eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned to explore possible arguments‘. His team, which ‘has a unique spread across Europe‘, is also home to Armand Killan and Wouter Pors who together have an impressive roster of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, and research clients. With an especially strong IP offering, typical work includes advising Polpharma on patent disputes with Biogen over an antibody treatment for MS; it is also handling a range of corporate work for clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents

The Bird & Bird LLP team is considered to be ‘one of the strongest patent litigator teams in the Netherlands and has great collaboration with patent attorneys’. Wouter Pors and Armand Killan, ‘who does an outstanding job‘, are two of the senior and highly regarded practitioners; Killan continues to act for Nokia in patent infringement actions against Apple; the notable Marc van Wijngaarden counts Teva among his clients; associate Peter van Gemert is reported to ‘have the skills to really become a great attorney‘. The team is acting for biopharma company Ablynx in a complex, cross-border case again Unilever pertaining to the scope of patent licence agreements and the difference between medicinal products and functional foods.