Koen Bijvank

“The set made a good move by bringing Koen Bijvank’s expertise in-house. It’s a more rounded technical team now. Bijvank’s significant experience in pharmaceutical litigation – particularly relating to supplementary protection certificates – cements the group’s foray into a wider technical space.” – IAM Patent 1000

Koen Bijvank is a Dutch and European patent attorney (admitted in 1998 and 1999, respectively). He specialises in international patent litigation and regularly appears both in the courts and before the European Patent Office. His practice mainly involves patents in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Clients and legal directories say about Koen: “He is extremely creative and always manages to find solutions. Technically gifted, extremely knowledgeable and at the top of his game, he is someone you can be confident in in a courtroom setting.” And: “He has a very practical focus that is aligned with business perspectives in situations; he’s not just an academic or a lawyer just giving you lawyer spiel. He tries to understand what the motivating features for corporate clients are and brings that into his recommendations.” Koen is recommended by Intellectual Asset Management’s Patent 1000 ranking of The World’s Leading Patent Professionals in the categories the Netherlands and European Patent Office. The journal Managing Intellectual Property recognises him as IP Star.

Koen is the chair of the Standing Committee on Patents of AIPPI and president and co-founder of EPLIT, an association of European patent litigators. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board of Berichten Industriële Eigendom, a leading Dutch journal on intellectual property, and a tutor at CEIPI in Strasbourg, France where he teaches candidates for the qualifying examination for European patent attorneys.

Until 2017, Koen was partner at V.O. Patents & Trademarks. He holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry of the University of Groningen (1995), as well as a LLM and postgraduate certificate in intellectual property litigation of Nottingham Law School in the UK (2011).