Before I studied law, I studied architecture and building construction at Eindhoven University of Technology. I have always kept a keen interest in both technology and design, so when I became a lawyer in 1989 the choice for intellectual property was a very natural one. In my practice I focus on patents and trade secrets, mainly in electronics and life sciences, but I also handle trademark, copyright and design cases.I find that in order to properly work on innovation, you also need to handle the regulatory framework, especially in biotech and pharma. I'm advising clients on these aspects, but I also do litigation and if necessary complaints with the European Commission, together with our competition law specialists.I try to contribute to the development of the law in my areas, so I have been involved in the legislative work around the Unified Patent Court and the Trade Secrets Directive and have published extensively on intellectual property. I'm a board member of the Dutch IP litigators' association VIEPA and active in various other associations.Being Dutch, I love cycling, both on a road bike and a mountain bike (even though it's a challenge to find mountains here).