Ewan Van Minnebruggen

Global Head of Intellectual Property at Atlas Copco Airpower

Ewan Van Minnebruggen has more than 17 years of international IP experience. He is global head of intellectual property for Atlas Copco’s business areas Compressor Technique and Power Technique and is very experienced in multi-jurisdictional patent and design prosecution and portfolio strategy and development.

Mr Van Minnebruggen is a qualified patent information professional, as well as a qualified Belgian and European patent attorney and registered European trademark and design attorney. Apart from managing an international team of IP professionals, he represents Atlas Copco group companies in proceedings before the EPO, EUIPO and WIPO. He currently serves as secretary of the Atlas Copco Group Patent Council; a role that he has been fulfilling for eight years now.

Before joining Swedish industrial manufacturing giant Atlas Copco, Mr Van Minnebruggen spent five years in IP consultancy, serving a multitude of SMEs, as well as multinationals in patent drafting and prosecution, and also in contentious matters such as oppositions and litigation.

Mr Van Minnebruggen holds a MSc in electromechanics with specialisation in automation (magna cum laude) from the University of Antwerp and has taken specialised IP courses at Maastricht University and the University of Strasbourg. He is also an inventor and member of the expert group intellectual property  of the engineering society, ie-net. 

In 2020 he was elected council member at the European Communities Trademark Association, where he also serves on the design committee and the membership and disciplinary committee. Also in 2020, Mr Van Minnebruggen was elected as substitute member of council of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO.

Mr Van Minnebruggen has significant expertise in gas compressor and expander technology, energy recuperation, motor and bearing technology, air and gas treatment and separation technologies, including filtration and drying of gasses. Further, Mr Van Minnebruggen has a strong background in control engineering, robotics, vision technology and automation.

Professional associations

  • BMM
  • ECTA
  • epi
  • LES


  • Energy/fuel
  • Engineering/construction
  • Medical devices
  • Software

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