Ewan Van Minnebruggen

Global Head of Intellectual Property at Atlas Copco Airpower

Ewan Van Minnebruggen has 18 years of international IP experience. He is global head of intellectual property for Atlas Copco’s compressor and power technique business areas and is highly experienced in multi-jurisdictional IP prosecution and portfolio strategy and development. Mr Van Minnebruggen is a qualified Belgian and European patent attorney and registered European trademark and design attorney. He is also a qualified patent information professional. Apart from managing an international team of IP professionals, Mr Van Minnebruggen is actively involved in patent, design and trademark prosecution, as well as in contentious IP matters, IP business transactions and due diligence projects. Furthermore, he is also the secretary of the Atlas Copco Group Patent Council; a role that he has been fulfilling for nine 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, as well as in oppositions and litigation.

Mr Van Minnebruggen holds an MSc in electromechanics with a specialisation in automation from the University of Antwerp, and a diploma in patent litigation in Europe from the University of Strasbourg. He is also an inventor and a member of several professional associations, such as ECTA where he serves on the supervisory board, as well as in the design committee and the membership and disciplinary committee. At the Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO, Mr Van Minnebruggen is a substitute member of the Council for Belgium, as well as an associate member of the European Patent Practice Committee Mechanics Group and of the Professional Education Committee. Since 2021, he has been appointed as member of the standing committee digital economy at the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. Mr Van Minnebruggen is also a member of the expert group on intellectual property at the Flemish engineering society, ie-net.

Professional associations

  • BMM
  • ECTA
  • epi
  • LES


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

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Atlas Copco Airpower

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