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In the engineering sector, we work with many ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs. They all have an enormous drive to develop a perfect product and exploit it commercially. Our hands-on team of specialized attorneys shares this passion for engineering, and speaks your language. Our clients in the field of mechanics encompas a broad range of technologies. This has helped us to develop both wide-scope and in-depth knowledge in highly sophisticated technologies or product lines. We are dedicated to understanding your business and the market it operates in so that we can work, together with you, on developing an effective IP strategy.

Broad range of clients

Our clients include small start-ups, family owned businesses, engineering companies and internationally operating manufacturers. The services we provide to them are similarly diverse, from helping to set up an effective IP strategy to building a strong patent portfolio, from drafting patent applications to taking legal action against infringing parties all over the world.

Hands-on team

Our patent attorneys have an engineering or science background, and many of us have experience in business or industry. All of our attorneys are fully qualified as IP practitioners and hold a master's degree or PhD’s from renowned technical universities. Because of our practical business experience and interest in technique, we speak the language of your trade just as easily as we can explain or defend your invention in legal terms.

Full-service partner

We provide all IP services that are necessary for obtaining, maintaining and defending patents. In addition, we can advise you in respect of, for example, trademarks, secrecy agreements and license agreements. As a full-service firm, we do not only have patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and attorneys-at-law. We also have in-house specialists providing, for instance, top-quality search, annuity and translation services Together, we can assist you with all your IP work. Whether it is advice, filing, opposition, legal practice or IP strategy, we take care of it for you.

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Bernard Ledeboer

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Partner
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