Bernard Ledeboer

Partner at VO Patents & Trademarks

Bernard Ledeboer began his career as a patent attorney with VO in 1997, having previously worked at a large law firm in Amsterdam. He holds an MSc in mechanical engineering and an LLM in IP litigation.

Mr Ledeboer’s general expertise lies in the field of mechanical and civil engineering. He has specialised in machine construction, flexible manufacturing systems, conveyor systems, offshore techniques, surgical instruments and consumer products. His clients are of all sizes, with a focus on medium-sized industrial supply companies. Mr Ledeboer has a pragmatic approach to IP protection and enjoys direct communication with his clients. His practice is divided between patent prosecution and patent litigation. He has broad experience in patent litigation cases before the court in The Hague, and opposition and appeal cases before the European Patent Office. He applies his litigation experience to build strong patent portfolios for his clients.

Mr Ledeboer is head of VO’s engineering, software and IT department. He is also a founding member of the VO China desk and member of the board of directors.

Mr Ledeboer has received the following recent testimonials:

  • “A founding member of the firm’s China desk, Bernard Ledeboer is a font of insight on the Middle Kingdom” (IAM Patent 1000 2017).
  • “Mechanical engineer Bernard Ledeboer has an LLM in IP litigation and is regularly tested in infringement cases; he recently obtained a favourable judgment for Ascom, working together with Peter Hendricks of Freshfields fame” (IAM Patent 1000 2016).
  • “Bernard Ledeboer is another consistently high-functioning mechanical engineering connoisseur. Operating on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, he is well positioned to disburse holistic advice” (IAM Patent 1000 2015).

Professional associations

  • epi

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VO Patents & Trademarks
Carnegieplein 5
The Hague 2517 KJ

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