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Harrie Marsman

Patent attorney

“Even in doing your day-to-day job, you are likely to invent.”
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Harrie Marsman

  • Chemistry
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Partner

Harrie Marsman started working at V.O. in 1989. Before joining V.O. he studied chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen.

His specialisms are polymer chemistry, food technology, (bio)physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Harrie has also gained particular expertise in the formal aspects of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the European Patent Convention,and has considerable experience in dealing with oppositions and attending oral hearings before the European Patent Office. Harrie has experience in patent cases before the court in The Hague.

More information about Harrie

As a tutor, Harrie assists trainees in the preparation for the European qualification examination (CEIPI). He is also senior lecturer Practical Skills Chemistry for the Dutch qualification examination.

Since July 2007, Harrie has been the financial director of V.O. and is responsible for coordinating the training of the trainees and junior associates. He is member of the board of directors of V.O.

Working experience

  • Patent Attorney, V.O. (1989-present)


  • MSc in Chemistry, Radboud University Nijmegen (1988)


  • Brinkhof, J.J., Marsman H.A.M. and Murashige K.; Limiting the Risks of Patent Infringement, In: Starting a Business in the Life Sciences; Ed. Henrik Luessen; Editio Cantor Verlag, Aulendorf (2003), pp 158-168

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of the executive committee of the Foundation for the Dutch Patent Attorney Education (SBO)


  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • French (basic)

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