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“Top IP firm” is tipped as “one of the strongest players in the Netherlands” thanks to the polished performances of its “fantastic litigators”. “When it comes to legal and technical content, they are real experts. They are quick on their feet, street-smart and have a no-nonsense approach.” A familiar face before the Supreme Court, biotechnology specialist Daan de Lange is “a brilliant patent lawyer with a talent for winning practically impossible cases”. The firm’s capabilities in the chemistry and pharmaceutical arenas are bolstered by Koen Bijvank and Mark van Gardingen. The technical background of “great advocate” Bijvank is “an asset to the team”; while van Gardingen is hailed as “intelligent, tenacious and the best patent lawyer in the Netherlands. He has the strategic foresight, advocacy skills and flair you need to get the ear of the court”. Rounding off the troop is Richard Ebbink, “one of Europe’s leading professionals” and a go-to for opposition work before the EPO.

Firm Profile

Brinkhof was established as an independent Dutch law firm in 2005. Its lawyers are dedicated, experienced litigators, advisers, drafters and negotiators. They serve clients from innovative industries, including high-tech, pharma, medical devices, media, telecoms, retail, food, fashion and financial services. The breadth of knowledge and depth of specialist experience of its professionals makes Brinkhof a centre of legal expertise for modern markets. Brinkhof’s IP practice is one of the broadest in the Netherlands.

Brinkhof’s 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 distinguishes itself also by its critical mass in all aspects of patent work. With four full-time patent litigation partners and 11 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.

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