Brinkhof is a law firm with a strong focus on innovation and technology. We provide guidance to clients from across the world in sectors such as electronics, information technology, media, the Internet, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare.
Brinkhof is recognised as one of the leading patent law firms in the Dutch market. We have an impressive track record of success in international patent litigation and our patent lawyers are among the best and most experienced in the country. Our experts are particularly skilled at fitting seamlessly into any international litigation team and can efficiently coordinate the European aspects of the most complex cases.
As a leading independent firm, we are free to pick the best foreign counsel in each jurisdiction for each case. Moreover, we have excellent fluent foreign language capacities – not just in English, but also German, French and Italian. A recent example of our high-profile coordination work in parallel European (and global) patent litigation is representing Heineken in the worldwide patent dispute against Anheuser-Busch Inbev, which required leading the coordination of cases pending in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.
Brinkhof’s involvement in a glittering array of recent high-profile matters strengthens further its existing track record of success in the most complex, big-ticket and international patent cases. These include groundbreaking cases for Dow on the enforcement of trade secrets, which went to the Supreme Court in 2018; law-shaping victories for Sandoz against a number of major pharmaceuticals companies (Leo Pharma and others); commercially important patent nullification proceedings for Celltrion and Mundipharma against Biogen, Roche and Genentech relating to the blockbuster drug rituximab – involving the first biosimilar infringement decision in the Netherlands; a very significant victory for Heineken against Anheuser-Busch Inbev in a case concerning the standard for assessing patent infringement and validity in disclosure proceedings involving trade secrets; working for Carl Zeiss in a number of important victories in the global patent war against Nikon, which was subsequently settled; a multi-jurisdictional case involving the complex issue of ‘entitlement torpedoes’ for Boston Scientific which settled shortly before the appeal to the Supreme Court; and another cutting-edge case for Mundipharma against Genentech and Roche involving complex issues relating to innovative biological drugs.
Brinkhof distinguishes itself also by its critical mass in all aspects of patent work. With four full time patent litigation partners and eleven associates, we are one of the biggest patent litigation teams in the market. Brinkhof often is the first port of call for big cases. In the pharma and biotech fields, Brinkhof works both for originators and generics. In the telecom field, Brinkhof represents some of the world’s largest handset manufacturers, as well as proprietors of standard-essential patents.
Brinkhof is also known for its close ties with academia, which helps us to stay constantly abreast of the latest developments. Our people train future UPC judges, lecture at universities, and/or train patent attorneys. As a board member and former president of the European Patent Lawyers Association, Richard Ebbink is very active in the organisation of the EPO’s European Patent Judges Conference that takes place in Venice every year. In addition, Koen Bijvank and Daan de Lange are on the editorial board of the leading Dutch IP journal BIE. Mark van Gardingen is a member (and secretary) of the international Standing Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property on the UPC. Mr de Lange and Mr van Gardingen teach at the academy for Dutch patent attorneys and Mr Bijvank teaches a course to candidates training for the legal qualification examination to become European patent attorneys at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies of Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg. Brinkhof partners and associates are also much sought after as speakers at conferences and other key industry events.
Brinkhof’s solid position in the market is confirmed by top rankings in all the major directories.