About Me

I've been based in The Hague with Bird & Bird since our office opened here in 2001. Today, I'm a consultant in our Intellectual Property Group and jointly head our tech & comms team in the Netherlands. You'll also find me on our global Executive Committee.

I was admitted to the bar in 1991, and in the years since then I've developed in-depth knowledge and experience in patent litigation in the electronics, life sciences and food sectors.

Here at Bird & Bird I'm dedicated to intellectual property litigation and providing strategic advice, with a focus on international patent disputes, trademark litigation (especially in the anti-counterfeit space), trade secrets litigation and IP transactions. I am proud that working and mastering the field of IP is what I have been doing since I graduated, working together with magnificent people in our Dutch IP team.

Where will you find me? In all the best places including Chambers, Legal500 and Who's Who Legal Patents. Over the years, my work has been recognised internationally, from the World Leader Award for best contribution to European patent litigation to the ILO's Client Choice Award.


  • University of Groningen


  • The Hague Bar, Netherlands in 1991
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'In hot demand for representation in the sort of competitor battles that shape entire technology and industry landscapes'

IAM Patent 1000 2020

A reassuring and calming influence during heated litigation, Armand Killan "is one of the best known and most experienced patent litigators in the Netherlands. He has a deep and solid understanding of the industries that he works in and has tremendous knowledge of relevant products, strategies and legal and business people.

IAM Patent 1000 2019

Considered as leading patent litigator, the 'supreme' Armand Killan, is 'an excellent manager of complex international lawsuits'.

Legal 500 2018

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