26 januari 2017

Brinkhof strengthens its Patent practice with leading litigator Koen Bijvank

As of 1 March 2017, the leading Dutch technology law firm Brinkhof will strengthen its patent practice with the arrival as partner of patent attorney Koen Bijvank (1971). He joins the firm from the Hague patent firm V.O., where he was the head of the Chemistry & Life Sciences practice group.

Koen’s primary focus is on patent litigation in the pharmaceuticals, organic chemicals, agrochemicals and medical technology sectors. His status as a leading patent attorney and litigator is confirmed in the rankings, and is also evident from his chairmanship of the Dutch Group of the International Association for the Protection of the Intellectual Property (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle, AIPPI) and of the European Patent Litigators Association (EPLIT).

Richard Ebbink, joint managing partner at Brinkhof, says: ”Our technology practice has been at the top the market since we started in 2005. With the arrival of Koen, we are strengthening and extending this position. Koen is a very passionate and expert patent litigator who has successfully conducted major patent proceedings before national courts and the European Patent Office. Together with us, he will now also act before the international divisions of the UPC – that will hopefully soon be launched. With Koen, we have also acquired an experienced opposition specialist that will lift our opposition practice at the European Patent Office to a higher level.” 

Koen Bijvank says: "Brinkhof is an undisputed specialist technology law firm that is well prepared for the future. The market for patent litigation is an international and broad market and we’re at the eve of some extremely challenging developments. For me, Brinkhof is the firm where I want to take on these challenges. The attorneys at Brinkhof are all leading players in their areas of expertise. It is a privilege for me to become part of this great law firm and I cannot wait to start."

11 March 2016

Brinkhof named IP Firm of the Year for the Netherlands

Brinkhof has been named "IP Firm of the Year" for the Netherlands by Managing IP, a leading publisher of news and analysis on all intellectual property developments worldwide.

The awards were presented at the Managing IP Global Awards which were held on 10 March 2016 in London.

"We are honored to have been named IP Firm of the Year once again, and grateful for the recognition afforded to Brinkhof by Managing IP since our firm’s launch in 2005," says Mark van Gardingen, joint managing partner of Brinkhof.

1 februari 2016

Brinkhof expands its privacy and telecom practices

With the arrival of partner Gerrit-Jan Zwenne and associate Ard Jan Dunnik, Brinkhof is consolidating its position as a leading firm in both privacy and telecoms law.

Gerrit-Jan has focused on telecoms, media and technology (TMT) for over 25 years and is a professor at the University of Leiden. Ard Jan, last year's winner of the local and national moot court competition of the Dutch Young Bar Association, became a lawyer in 2013 after a successful career as IT management consultant.

Both Gerrit-Jan and Ard Jan worked at Bird & Bird LLP in The Hague up to 1 February 2016.

Quinten Kroes, head of the privacy practice at Brinkhof: “For the last few years, we have been involved in many of the Dutch Data Protection Authority’s major investi-gations, representing Silicon Valley clients as well as Dutch companies from various sectors. We expect that the stricter national and European privacy laws will pose many new challenges for our clients in the coming years. With Gerrit-Jan we add a leading specialist to our team, who combines academic depth with a professional service and a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach. Ard Jan’s background uniquely enables him to really get to the core of privacy, security and IT related problems, not only from a legal perspective but also technically and commercially.”

Zwenne: "We see on a daily basis how technological developments and innovations defy the law. A lawyer must provide their client with intelligent answers in order to help them proceed. I know of no other law firm in the Dutch market with as much legal expertise in that area. Brinkhof is the firm to turn to for TMT matters."


17 december 2015

Internet Thesis Awards 2015

As in previous years, Brinkhof is once again offering an internet thesis award. Together with Google, SIDN Fonds and GreenHost, prizes of 2000 euro each are awarded for the best graduate theses on internet-related topics in the following disciplines:

-          The Brinkhof Award for the best thesis in the field of internet & law;

-          The Google Award for the best thesis in the field of internet & economics;

-          The SIDN Fonds Award for the best thesis in the field of internet & social sciences and


-          The Greenhost Award for the best thesis in the field of internet & technical sciences.

Theses can be submitted digitally until 1 February 2016 via The judging of the theses and the granting of the awards is in the hands of the KHMW. The awards will be presented during a symposium in the Spring of 2016 at the Hodshon Huis in Haarlem. More information will be available soon on During the symposium, the award winners will have the opportunity to explain their theses in further detail to the audience. Based on these presentations, one of the four winners will be presented with an additional audience award of 500 euros. 


17 november 2015

Brinkhof strengthens its IP practice
As of 1 January 2016 Brinkhof will strengthen its existing Intellectual Property practice with the arrival of IP-specialist Gregor Vos from the Amsterdam niche firm Klos Morel Vos Reeskamp. Gregor’s practice focuses on the full breadth of Intellectual Property and his reputation as a prominent lawyer in that practice is confirmed in the rankings of Chambers & Partners and Legal500.
Kurt Stöpetie, IP-partner at Brinkhof, says: “Our patent practice has been undisputedly at the top of the market since our establishment in 2005. The team which specialises in the other areas of Intellectual Property has always been smaller but, with the arrival of Gregor Vos, will now receive an enormous boost. Gregor is a driven and charismatic lawyer, who regularly achieves appealing results for major trademark owners.”
Gregor Vos says: "Brinkhof is a great firm that is well-prepared for the future. The Intellectual Property market is developing strongly and, for me,  Brinkhof now is the firm in which to practise intellectual property. Brinkhof’s lawyers are all top players in their specific field and it is a privilege and a pleasure for me to become a part of this team.”


14 January 2015

Brinkhof names two new partners (press release)

Brinkhof NV, the Dutch law firm with an international practice in technology & law, has strengthened its partner team with two new partners per 1 January 2015.

Daan de Lange (1977)
Daan began his career as an attorney at Stibbe in 2003 and has worked at Brinkhof since 2007. Daan specialises in European patent law and expertly guides numerous multinationals - pharmaceutical and biotech companies in particular - through this complicated area of law. He is a tenacious, successful litigator.

Wieke van Angeren (1975)
Wieke has been an attorney since 1998. Until 2015 she was at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Amsterdam, where she set up and as counsel headed the IT and Sourcing practice. Wieke is an all-rounder in IT & Sourcing: she advises on strategic positioning and litigates when necessary, but also drafts related commercial contracts and negotiates their terms. In addition, Wieke is an expert when it comes to license, distribution and franchise agreements, and is frequently engaged in M&A transactions for her negotiating and drafting skills.

Kurt Stöpetie, joint managing partner of Brinkhof together with Mark van Gardingen, commented: “We are pleased with and proud of the expansion of our partner team with these two excellent attorneys. Their appointment and the resulting strengthening of our Patent and TMT practice groups fit in perfectly with Brinkhof’s strategy to further secure its leading position in these areas of law.”

Van Gardingen added: “They are both young, yet they are already nationally and internationally recognised ‘leading lights’ in their areas. Their appointment underlines Brinkhof’s confidence in the future and shows that Brinkhof is an attractive firm for demonstrated talent.”

Wieke: “For me, Brinkhof combines the best of both worlds in my field of expertise: the flexibility of a bold boutique firm and the reputation and client base of an international top-tier firm.”

Daan: “I ‘m thrilled with this new challenge. Our team is large, strong and highly motivated. Moreover, Brinkhof is closely involved in establishing the European ‘Unified Patent Court’ and will play a prominent part in it. I am confident and enthusiastic about our future.”

Brinkhof is a law firm with a strong focus on innovation, technology and market regulation. Its domestic and international clients operate in dynamic industries like electronics, pharma/biotech and healthcare, IT, media, internet and telecommunication. In these international markets, Brinkhof lawyers advise, negotiate and litigate about patents, trademarks, designs, IT, sourcing, regulation, privacy and competition.

For more information, please contact: Kurt Stöpetie (06 5315 6438) or Mark van Gardingen (06 2247 4391).


29 January 2014


For the seventh year, Brinkhof and internet service provider XS4ALL are awarding a prize for the best masters thesis on legal aspects of the internet. With this prize Brinkhof and XS4ALL want to stimulate thinking about internet-related legal issues and the development of the law as it relates to the internet. The prize will be awarded at a symposium on internet and law, where the authors of the three short-listed theses will be joined by some interesting speakers:

Milica Antic (Google Netherlands) is an attorney specialised in copyright, e-commerce, media and privacy law. At Google, she operates at the interface between internet and law on a daily basis. At the symposium, Milica will address how Google handles requests from both governments and civil parties to remove content and/or provide access to user data.

Ronald Leenes (Tilburg Law School) is professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT). His research focuses on the mutual interaction between technology and law, and includes topics such as accountability in cloud computing, big data and predictive analytics. At the symposium he will discuss whether Big Data fits within existing areas of law, data protection law in particular.

Sjoukje Rullmann (District Court Amsterdam) presided over the team of judges handling preliminary relief proceedings at the Amsterdam district court for the past ten years. As preliminary relief judge she handled a large number of cases on unlawful publications, including many with internet-related problems. At the symposium, she will discuss the question how a preliminary relief judge addresses internet-related matters: is it “same meat, different gravy” or does the internet put everything upside down?

The symposium will take place on Thursday 20 February 2014 from 13.30 to 17.00 in De Balie in Amsterdam. Entry is free of charge but registration on is obligatory. Please note that the presentations will be in Dutch.

31 december 2013

Internet thesis award 

Submit your thesis and win € 1,500.- !

For the seventh year, technology-focused law firm Brinkhof and internet service provider XS4ALL will award a prize for the best master thesis on internet and law written at a Dutch university. With this prize, Brinkhof and XS4ALL want to encourage law students to specialise in this upcoming and cutting-edge legal area, and promote thinking about internet-related legal issues and the development of internet law.

The author of the winning thesis will be awarded a money prize of € 1,500 and a year’s mobile internet subscription offered by XS4ALL. The thesis will also be professionally published by deLex, in print and online:

Want to participate? Please submit your thesis no later than 15 January 2014 via, preferably in searchable Pdf format and with a copy of proof of acceptance and graduation from a Dutch university. The prize will be awarded at a legal symposium to be held in De Balie, Amsterdam on Thursday afternoon 20 February 2014. At the symposium, leading speakers will give talks and the three finalists in the contest will present their research. 

31 October 2012

Egbert Dommering receives the President’s Award of the Amsterdam Bar Association

Egbert Dommering will receive the President’s Award of the Amsterdam Bar Association at its Annual General Meeting today. The President’s Award of the  Amsterdam Bar Association is awarded each year to a lawyer who has made an important contribution to the Bar in Amsterdam and elsewhere, and to the rule of law more generally.

Egbert Dommering has been associated with Brinkhof since its establishment and has pursued a wide-ranging practice in the areas of media, telecom and privacy.  In many of the matters he is involved in, human rights play an important role. As a lawyer he has been involved in various procedures of a fundamental nature, from access to cable television networks to the commercial publicity rights of well-known footballers. He also represented a lawyer who refused, out of religious motives, to rise for the judge, as is customary in the Netherlands.

Brinkhof congratulates Egbert with being granted this honourable award.

5 July 2012

Brinkhof organises a round-table discussion on net neutrality

On 5 June 2012 the Netherlands became the first European country with a statutory provision addressing the topic of net neutrality. Under the new rule, internet access providers may not, as a general rule, restrict or delay the provision of services over the internet. According to the Dutch legislator, this is necessary to ensure that end-users are able to determine for themselves what content they send and receive, and what services, applications, hardware and software they choose to use in doing so. By enacting this provision, the Netherlands has chosen to deviate from the wait-and-see approach of the Commission. Today Brinkhof will host a round-table session with representatives from various market parties to discuss this Dutch initiative.

26 June 2012

Chambers Europe 2012

The latest edition of Chambers Europe confirms our prominent position in the practise areas in which we are active. We have retained our ‘band 1’ rankings for Patent Law and Media Law as well as our ‘band 2’ rankings for Trademark, Copyright and Telecommunications Law. Also our IT & Outsourcing has risen to ‘band 2’. Besides the recognition for the work of all our colleagues in the various practise groups, Chambers also credits almost half of our lawyers, including all partners active in an area of law which was researched by Chambers, with a personal recommendation. Worth mentioning is the rise in the personal rankings of Patrick Burger (Telecommunications Law) and Pepijn van Ginneken (EU and Competition Law).

We are delighted with the favourable evaluations given to us again this year by our clients.

With regard to Brinkhof as a firm, Chambers wrote the following:

Brinkhof is recognised by the market as a leader in patent litigation.”
Brinkhof is highly active in all areas of TMT, earning glowing reviews from clients for its down-to-earth, service-minded team.”
Sources say: "A creative, inventive, productive firm." "Their strengths are the meticulous way they do their job, their outstanding professionalism and their strategic thinking." "I like their client-focused, boutique-style approach."

Click here for the complete Brinkhof profile in Chambers Europe 2012.

13 April 2012

Brinkhof main sponsor NESKO concert tour

Brinkhof has, for the past years, been main sponsor of NESKO, the Dutch Student Chamber Orchestra. NESKO is currently in its annual concert tour which will end on 15 April with a special gala performance at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. More information on NESKO may be found here. Brinkhof is proud to have been able to contribute to this concert tour.

20 March 2012

Iris Kranenburg joins Life Sciences practice at Brinkhof

Iris Kranenburg joined Brinkhof as per 1 January 2012, with her primary focus being the Life Sciences practice. As part of this practice she advises clients in the healthcare sector and represents these in litigation before administrative and civil courts.

Before her move to Brinkhof, Iris was a lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. As an IP litigator she represented various clients in the pharmaceutical sector in major patent-cases.

4 January 2011

TMT specialist Quinten Kroes joins Dutch technology boutique Brinkhof as partner

Quinten Kroes has been active as a lawyer in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors for the past fifteen years both as a litigator and a trusted advisor to companies who require legal support in this highly specialised field. He has been advising clients like network operators and broadcasters on telecommunication and media regulations, and also advises a broad range of companies on data protection. His reputation is recognised in legal directories like Chambers and Partners, where he has been listed as one of the leading practioners on the Dutch market in TMT for many years. His move to Brinkhof cements the firm's position as the premier firm on the Dutch market covering the full depth and breadth of TMT.

Quinten says: "Brinkhof's combination of its very distinct niche profile, and its reputation for excellence, appeal very much to me. I am excited to join their esteemed TMT practice." Brinkhof partner Ruprecht Hermans adds: "Quinten has been a a truly excellent practioner in the field of information and communications law for many years. We are thrilled that he will now be putting his sharp mind, in-depth knowledge and outstanding lawyering skills at the disposal of our clients."

Quinten joined Brinkhof on 1 January 2011 from Allen & Overy LLP, where he was counsel.


29 October 2010

Brinkhof and XS4ALL award prize for best masters thesis on internet law

For the fourth year, Brinkhof and internet service provider XS4ALL are awarding a prize for the best masters thesis on internet law. With this prize Brinkhof and XS4ALL want to stimulate thinking about internet-related legal issues and the development of internet law. The prize will be awarded at a symposium on internet law where the three finalists will be joined by some interesting speakers who will give their vision on the (regulation of) internet in a perfect world:

Marleen Stikker, director of the De Waag Society and founder of PICNIC. Mrs. Stikker founded the Digital City in 1994, the first free access portal and virtual community online. Today Mrs. Stikker is the director of the De Waag Society, an organization which she co-founded. The De Waag Society is a media lab which develops creative technological applications for social innovation.

Professor Bernt Hugenholtz, Professor of Information law, more especially intellectual property law, at the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Institute for Information Law. Professor Hugenholtz is a member of the Commission for copyright law which advises the Minister for Justice on copyright law matters. He will speak at the symposium about the ideal copyright law for the online world.

Jan Hoekman is the project manager of the public prosecution service’s intensification programme on Cybercrime. Mr. Hoekman regularly writes columns in Opportuun, the monthly magazine of the Public Prosecution Service. He will speak in a personal capacity at the symposium about the ideal digital criminal investigation.

Remy Chavannes is an attorney at Brinkhof and specialises in media, telecommunications internet law.  He has been involved in many novel cases relating to internet law, such as internet providers’ legal obligations to assist in civil and criminal investigations, the legal status of hyperlinks, copyright in online real estate listings and the application of privacy rules to online services.

The symposium will take place on 16 December 2010 from 13.30 to 18.00 in Felix Meritis in Amsterdam. Entry is free of charge but registration is obligatory

29 April 2010

Brinkhof lawyer wins Amsterdam Young Bar Association’s Moot Court competition
Christiaan van Veen won the moot court competition of the Amsterdam Young Bar Association on 22 April 2010. Under the direction of the President of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, the jury found Christiaan to be the best among the 12 participating Amsterdam lawyers. The competition this year was about privacy and the introduction of the public transport chip card. Professor C.E. du Perron wrote the case which was argued by the participants. Brinkhof congratulates Christiaan on winning this prestigious competition!

Christiaan specialises in European and Competition law. He joined Brinkhof in 2008, following previous jobs with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. 

15 September 2009

Brinkhof and XS4ALL Internet thesis prize awarded

On 10 September, the fourth edition of the Internet Thesis Prize was awarded to University of Amsterdam graduate Axel Arnbak. His masters thesis deals with the implementation of the European Data Retention Directive.

The Internet Thesis Prize is jointly organised by Brinkhof and internet provider XS4ALL. The prize was handed out during a special symposium on internet law held in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, attended by some 150 students, lawyers and others.

The speakers were Egbert Dommering (lawyer at Brinkhof and formerly professor of Information Law at the University of Amsterdam), Milton Mueller (professor at Delft University of Technology) and Madeleine de Cock Buning (board member of the Dutch Media Authority). The presentations are available online. (Professor Mueller’s presentation on Internet governance is in English).