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Marijke Westra

Marijke Westra

  • Life Sciences
  • European and Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Associate

Marijke joined V.O. in 2009, She advises clients on the protection of intellectual property in all areas of life sciences, primarily in biochemistry, biotechnology and molecular biology.

She studied pharmacy at the University of Groningen. After graduation in 2004, Marijke performed doctoral research (PhD) in the field of cardiovascular disease at LeidenUniversity, for which she obtained the PhD degree in 2010.

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Working experience

  • Patent Attorney, V.O.( 2009-present)

Education

  • PhD in Biopharmaceutical sciences, Leiden University (2010)
  • MSc in Pharmacy, University of Groningen with a specialization in pharmaceutical biology (2004)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of examination committee Platform Formalities Officers (PFO)

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch

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News

COVID-19: statutory patent terms can’t simply be adjusted for no reason

The government measures to combat COVID-19 not only affect business operations but they could also impact you as a patent applicant or patent holder.Continue reading

Well-prepared for the future

Column by Cees Jansen, former chairman V.O. After 26 years, I have left V.O. I was chairman for the last 12 years, a task that I have passed on to Herman Witmans. This is a good moment to look back.Continue reading

Recommended by JUVE Patent

In May 2020, V.O. was recommended by JUVE Patent in the categories Patent Filing and Prosecution. Listed as recommended individuals are Marco Box, Leo Jessen, Bernard Ledeboer, Otto Oudshoorn and Jetze Beeksma.Continue reading

Events

Webinar: getting started with patents

On 27 August 2020, we will organise the first webinar in a series of six about dealing strategically with your intellectual property. In the webinar 'Getting Started with Patents', patent attorney Henri van Kalkeren will take you through the most important topics about patents, so you can be more profitable with your innovation. Continue reading

Knowledge for Growth 2020

Don’t miss the 2020 digital edition on 9 and 10 September and capture the attention of 1,200 high-level life sciences actors from about 550 companies & organisations! The cream of the European life sciences community will be participating in the 16th edition of flanders.bio’s annual knowledge for growth business conference, attracting decision makers from biotech, pharma and medtech as well as investors, universities, topnotch research institutes, policymakers and competence providers. Continue reading

Sustainable Plastics & Materials Expo 2020

ATLAS Theater, Raadhuisplein 100, Emmen, Netherlands

The first edition of the Sustainable Plastics & Materials Expo 2020 will take place in Chemical Cluster Emmen in the Netherlands. Continue reading