- Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys
Dutch and European Patent Attorney at De Vries & Metman
Lilian Hesselink heads the chemistry and life sciences group at De Vries & Metman. She has a degree in molecular sciences from the University of Wageningen and a law degree from the University of Amsterdam. Her LLM thesis was on supplementary protection certificates. Ms Hesselink started her career as an in-house patent attorney and after 14 year at AkzoNobel she joined De Vries & Metman in 2007.
Ms Hesselink operates in the field of chemistry in the broadest sense, working on matters ranging from process technology to pharmaceuticals. She represents her clients, which range from universities and start-ups to large Dutch companies and multinationals, before the Dutch Patent Office and European Patent Office, in writing and in oral proceedings, in examination, opposition and appeal. She has extensive experience in providing litigation support in high-profile cases before the Dutch courts. Her background in industry has given her ample experience in due diligence operations for acquisitions and divestment, in portfolio management and in the provision of strategic advice to her clients in wording that matches their business needs. Ms Hesselink is known for her can-do mentality and the clarity of her communication.
Ms Hesselink is treasurer of the board for the Dutch group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and has been active in the examination committee for the qualifying exam for European patent attorneys.