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Bart Swinkels

Bart Swinkels

Partner & Dutch and European patent attorney
I am a Dutch and European patent attorney and partner at NLO and have 24 years of experience in patenting in the life sciences area. My strength is that I am passionate about finding creative solutions in complex IP situations to help my clients to bring their innovative products to market, with robust protection and free of competitor patents.


  • Antibody
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Pharma
  • Gene therapy
  • Oligonucleotide
  • Oppositions
  • Plants
  • Food

I specialise in the areas of genomics, genome editing, gene therapy, immunology (antibodies and vaccines), metabolic engineering, microbiology and breeding of plants or animals. Over the years I have gained extensive experience in handling adversarial proceedings, both before the national courts, as well as in European opposition proceedings up to the Boards of Appeal.

Bart Swinkels is one of the best attorneys in the industry and the complete package. He is great at analysing competitive landscapes and handling contentious matters nationally and at the European level.
IAM Patent 1000 - edition 2017

Prior to joining NLO I headed the IP department of Pharming N.V. and I was a patent attorney at DSM. Before entering the world of IP, I did molecular biological research in both academic and industrial settings at DSM, UC San Diego and the Netherlands Cancer Institute. In addition, represent the Netherlands in the Biotech Committee of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the EPO (EPI).


  • MSc in Chemistry (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
  • PhD in Molecular Biology, under Prof. Piet Borst, University of Amsterdam