Year Joined Firm: 1997
Education/Alumni: LLM in IP Litigation, Nottingham Law School (2011), MSc in Mechanical engineering, Delft University of Technology (1995), Economics, Beloit College USA
Languages Spoken: Dutch, English, German
Network Memberships: EPI, AIPPI, CEIPI, UNION
Bernard’s general expertise lies in the field of mechanical and civil engineering. He has specialized in machine construction, flexible manufacturing systems, conveyor systems, offshore techniques, surgical instruments and consumer products. His clients are of all sizes, with a focus on midsized industrial supply companies. Bernard has a pragmatic approach to IP protection, and is a word smith who enjoys direct communication with his clients. Bernard’s practice is divided between patent prosecution and patent litigation. He has wide experience in patent litigation cases before the court in The Hague, and opposition and appeal cases before the European Patent Office. He applies his litigation experience to build strong patent portfolios for his clients.
Bernard is Head of the Engineering and Software/ICT section. Also, he is founding member of the V.O. China Desk and member of the board of directors of V.O.
Key Practice Areas:
- Filing & Prosecution
- Strategy & Advisory
- Construction + Building Materials
- Industrial Manufacturing
- Mechanical Engineering
- Medical Devices
Last updated 24th April 2018