Richard Ebbink


De Lairessestraat 111-115
1075 hh Amsterdam

Tel: +31 20 30 53 221
Fax: +31 20 30 53 200


Richard Ebbink’s practice concentrates on European patent litigation. With conviction he represents international companies before the Courts of The Hague and is internationally respected for his poise in coordinating parallel national proceedings and EPO oppositions. His language skills (fluent in English, French, German, and Italian) particularly recommend him in an international context. Richard is Vice President of EPLAW.

In court Richard stands out. Chambers records: “Steady and well prepared, Richard Ebbink is held in high esteem by opposing counsel”, “He thinks more like a US litigator”, and: “He deserves the excellent recognition he has carved out for himself”. Recently, at the WorldLeaders International IP Awards ceremony in London, Richard won the Award for Excellence in Patent Practice/Litigation in Private Practice.

Richard (1957) is a regular speaker at conferences on infringement and validity of European patents in the national courts, equivalence, and the future of the European patent system. The UK blog “IPKat” wrote the following about his speaking qualities: “Richard has long ago won this Kat’s admiration for his sheer brilliance”. Richard attended law school in Amsterdam and New York (Columbia University Law School; LLM, 1983).

When your company is technically oriented, patents may be an important tool in surviving competition. They can be used to defend, to attack and as bargaining chips. In addition they are often a welcome source of serious additional income. They are also a risky tool. Patent law is complex, litigation often international, and a bad strategic decision may have long-term negative consequences. And what should be your strategy towards the new unitary patent and the new unified patent court (UPC)? Opt-in, opt-out or just wait and see?

Brinkhof offers you its wealth of experience and expertise with international patent litigation. We can seamlessly fit in any international litigation team of your choice, deal with and coordinate the European part of the litigation and more.

Brinkhof is a law firm with a strong focus on innovation, technology and market regulation. We cater to the needs of national and international clients in sectors such as electronics, IT, media, internet, telecommunications, pharma/biotech and healthcare. On these markets, we advise and litigate in relation to patents, trademarks and designs, regulation, competition and IT/outsourcing.
Our breadth of knowledge and depth of specialist experience make Brinkhof a centre of legal expertise for modern markets. Our clients are driven, groundbreaking and innovative, and so are we. Nothing is self-evident to us, except the interests of our clients.
Richard Ebbink is a “highly respected” patent litigator who is valued for his experience and strategic ability.
Chambers Europe, 2014