European patent attorney
Peter Breepoel (PhD)
European patent attorney


Peter studied chemistry at the Radboud University (at that time Catholic University) at Nijmegen (NL). His main specialization was biophysical chemistry, and his ancillary subjects were exobiology & physiology. He did his research for his PhD thesis at the Medical faculty (department of Physiology) of the Radboud University, in the field of allosteric interactions of the binding of oxygen and co-factors to hemoglobin proteins of various species. Thereafter, he investigated for another few years transport phenomena in, amongst others, blood as part of an international project aimed at the development of an artificial lung. Then, he shifted his career into the patent profession at industry. He joined for about nine years Akzo Pharma at Oss (NL) and became a patent attorney. In his next job Peter was for another nine years head of the patent department of Solvay Pharmaceuticals at Weesp (NL). The next 14 years he was Senior Patent Counsel with the intellectual property department of DSM in Delft (NL) and Geleen (NL), respectively.

Expertise in the intellectual property field

During the more than 30 years of his career in the intellectual property field, Peter gained a deep experience in a broad area of the chemical activities of the respective companies. In particular, he was involved in the life sciences, and more especially in biotech. His professional activities related not only to the drafting and prosecuting of patent applications, but also to opposition procedures and patent litigation in the Netherlands, Japan, France and the United States. He was also involved in several acquisitions, in due diligences and in the subsequent contractual phases.

During his years at DSM he was also responsible for initializing and coaching of a local patent department in China, and as a result thereof he also gained considerable experience in intellectual property protection in China. Due to his involvement with DSM’s business activities in China, he developed a particular interest in trade secret protection, was involved in the development of a trade secret policy for DSM, and presented trainings on trade secret protection in China and Europe.

As a result of this extensive experience Peter is able to advise enterprises, both small and large, regarding an intellectual property policy fitting their needs, and to help them realize such a policy in daily practice.


After having worked during so many years as an in-house patent attorney with various companies Peter considers it a great opportunity to apply after his retirement his experience now as an independent intellectual property adviser. Even though he has a busy family life and 4 grandchildren and plenty of hobbies, like gardening, photography and travelling he enjoys continuing to practice and have his contacts with clients as well.

Publications and memberships

During his scientific carrier Peter has co-authored many scientific publications and has given many presentations on his scientific work. As a patent attorney he gave presentations during seminars on intellectual property strategies within the pharmaceutical industry. He is member of the Dutch “Vereniging voor Intellectuele Eigendom” (part of the international AIPPI), of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI), and a former member of the Dutch Order of Patent Attorneys. During four years he chaired this latter organization, and later he was also member of the Order’s Committee for Permanent Education. On behalf of the Order he was also a member of the exam committee for the Dutch patent attorney exam.

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