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‘My aim is to guide the client, so he understands how IPR strategy can contribute to his objectives and needs.’
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

News

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

Two prizes for V.O.

This January, the Netherlands’ office of V.O. was crowned the best patent firm of 2019. This selection as the ‘Netherlands Patent Attorney Firm of the Year’ was announced by the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and World Trademark Review (WTR).Continue reading

The utility model – a rapid alternative to a patent

A patent application is often the solution for anyone who wishes to officially attach exclusive rights to intellectual property. However, there are alternatives. For instance, in the German market, companies can also choose to protect industrial inventions using a ‘utility model’.Continue reading

Events

Knowledge for Growth 2020

Gent ICC, Ghent, Belgium

Don’t miss the 2020 edition on 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 attending 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

IP Service World 2020

Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre, Hochstraße, München, Germany

Europe’s largest IP Convention & Trade Fair, the IP Service World, is a very unique event. It is the perfect mixture of a comprehensive trade fair and a top-class convention with contributions from leading experts. Continue reading