I am a partner in the Intellectual Property Group based in Amsterdam, with a focus on technology-related matters, in particular patents and trade secrets.

I advise and litigate for clients in the life sciences, tech & comms, energy & utilities and retail and consumer sectors. I have extensive experience in both European and US litigation, including high-end multi-jurisdictional patent disputes.

I have also acted for both opponents and patentees in EPO opposition proceedings. I have also represented clients in contractual disputes, including contractual litigation involving milestone claims in the life sciences sector and in arbitration proceedings regarding IP warranties.

I regularly advise clients on IP strategy and on technology-driven M&A deals including in the venture technology field.

Before joining Bird & Bird, I was a partner at another global law firm.

  • Dutch biotech emerging growth company: advised on series-B funding by venture technology investors.
  • Energy company: Advised an energy company in the acquisition of certain technology from a multinational in the energy sector and on subsequent IP strategy
  • Multinational pharmaceutical company: Representing and strategically advising a pharmaceutical company in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation - involving claims for entitlement, invalidity and infringement - against another pharmaceutical company. Actions are pending in the Netherlands, the US and before the EPO (both at the Legal Division and in EPO opposition proceedings)
  • Israeli medical device company: Representing and strategically advising on European patent defence and enforcement. This includes representing the company in three EPO opposition proceedings; two are pending before the Board of Appeal and one is pending before the Opposition Division with a hearing in 2021
  • Dutch life sciences startup: strategically advising on patent and trade secret aspects of a newly developed COVID-19 test.
  • Multinational consumer goods company: Represented and strategically advised a consumer goods company on a dispute in relation to a license on Standard Essential Patents
  • Global toy company: Representing and strategically advising on European patent defence and enforcement actions in a dispute with a global trading company. This includes patent infringement and validity proceedings before the Dutch court, patent validity and infringement proceedings before the Belgian court and EPO opposition proceedings.
Education
  • University of Washington in Seattle, 2012, CASRIP Patent and IP Law Summer Institute on US patent law
  • University of Leiden, 2008, Master of Laws, with specialisation in Corporate Law and IP
Admissions
  • Dutch bar in 2008