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Herman Witmans

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Herman Witmans

Herman Witmans

  • Engineering
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Partner

Herman Witmans started his career as a staff member of the production facility of Thomassen International B.V., a manufacturer of gas turbines and large pumps. Before that he was trained as an mechanical engineer at Delft University of Technology. Herman started as a patent attorney in 1990 at V.O.

More information about Herman

He has a mechanical practice and works for SME’s and large companies that are developing production devices for the semiconductor industry, medical devices, household devices, and that are active in power generation technology and driving technology.

Over the years, Herman has gained a vast experience with medical devices, apparatus for producing cd’s, dvd’s and OLEDs, machinery for the packaging industry and power generation, pumps and household appliances as well as with software for controlling such devices and machinery. Herman has wide experience in patent cases before the opposition divisions and appeal boards of the EPO as well as the court in The Hague.

As a tutor for the official education for the qualification examination for Dutch patent attorneys, Herman teaches the practice of writing patent applications. Herman was also President of the Netherlands Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Herman is Head of the Arnhem branch office of V.O. and member of the board of directors of V.O.

Working experience

  • Patent Attorney, V.O. (1990-present)
  • Thomassen International B.V. (1989-1990)

Professional & Community Activities

  • President of the Board of the Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys (2006-2010)
  • Secretary of the Board of the Dutch Institute of Patent Attorneys (2005-2006)

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German

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Events

The London IP Summit 2018

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, Verenigd Koninkrijk

The London IP Summit is an industry leading event dedicated to bringing together IP owners, experts and investors to address key challenges and operational issues faced by companies and IP professionals today. More about this event

IPPLA 3rd Annual Meeting 2018

Omni Hotel, California Street, San Francisco, Californië, USA

Annual Meeting of International Intellectual Property Law Association, Inc. (IIPLA) is the leading event in the West USA. Attended by hundreds of participants from more than 35+ countries. More about this event

APAA General Assembly 2018

Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, Aerocity, New Delhi, Delhi, India

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association ("APAA") is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian region (including Australia and New Zealand). More about this event