The practice of Richard Ebbink (admitted to the Bar in 1984) concentrates on European patent litigation. With conviction he represents international companies before the Courts of The Hague and is internationally respected for his poise in coordinating parallel national proceedings and EPO oppositions. His language skills (fluent in English, French, German, and Italian) particularly recommend him in an international context. Richard is past-President of EPLAW, the Association of European Patent Lawyers.
In court Richard stands out. Chambers records: “Steady and well prepared, Richard Ebbink is held in high esteem by opposing counsel”, “He thinks more like a US litigator”, and: “He deserves the excellent recognition he has carved out for himself”. At the WorldLeaders International IP Awards ceremony in London a few years ago Richard won the Award for Excellence in Patent Practice/Litigation in Private Practice.
Richard is a regular speaker at conferences on the arrival of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and the infringement and validity of European patents in the national courts. As EPLAW past President he is pre-eminently placed to be aware of the most recent UPC developments. The UK blog “IPKat” wrote about his qualities as a speaker: “Richard has long ago won this Kat's admiration for his sheer brilliance”. Richard attended law school in Amsterdam and New York (Columbia University Law School; LLM, 1983).