- Dutch Bar Association
European Patent Attorney at De Vries & Metman
Erik Visscher obtained his PhD in physics from the Delft University of Technology and studied law at the University of Leiden (cum laude). His PhD research included quantum transport in single-electron tunnelling devices. His former research group is now part of QuTech, a research organisation in Delft that focuses on the development of quantum technology.
Before joining De Vries & Metman, Mr Visscher worked as a patent examiner at the European Patent Office in the field of sold-state imagers and displays, photovoltaics, LEDs and general semiconductor technologies. As a patent lawyer at a large international-operating law firm, he was involved in patent litigation on coronary stents and pharmaceutical compounds.
Mr Visscher’s technical field of expertise now includes physics, electronics and computer-implemented inventions. He has developed a particular interest in image processing, machine learning, deep learning, video coding, cryptography, privacy-preserving protocols, big-data and clustering algorithms, quantum computing, quantum simulations, quantum communication and semiconductor technology.
His client portfolio includes universities, research organisations, start-ups and spin-offs, SMEs, large international corporations and law firms. He is regularly involved in international patent litigation disputes that involve standard-essential patents on multimedia and video-coding standards.
Mr Visscher teaches patent law at the Delft University of Technology, is a member of the legal commission of the Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys and regularly gives presentations on patent protection for algorithms and artificial intelligence-based inventions.