Dick van Engelen

Dick specializes in transactions and litigation concerning intellectual property and information technology. He focuses (i) on the protection, exploitation and transfer of patents, technologyand data as well as (ii) the status of intellectual property assets in international financial transactions and in bankruptcy. 

Clients praise Dick as a "practical, effective and efficient" IP lawyer, while peers highlight his academic standing." A "knowledgeable soft IP litigator" (Chambers 2014). "Dick van Engelen 'can look at a case from a helicopter perspective and pinpoint the possible issues that will be encountered in court'." IAM 1000, The World's Leading Patent Practitioners, 2014.

Recent experience includes:

  • Copyright litigation regarding electrical shavers.

  • Litigation before the European Court of Justice regarding exhaustion of copyright on ebooks.

  • Arbitrator in IP related disputes.

  • Patent litigation regarding toner cartridges, distribution systems, pharmaceuticals and poultry processing equipment.

  • Litigation concerning unfair competition and open data issues.

  • Litigation about a failed global SAP-implementation project.

  • Intellectual property and unfair competition litigation for companies that are active in operating software, internet access, telecommunications, cosmetics, cable television and medical devices.

  • Litigation before the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice in cases about parallel imports and exhaustion of IP rights. private international law issues and copyright infringement.

  • Litigation about ICT-licensing issues and service level conflicts.

  • Advising clients on international IP structuring and licensing strategies.

  • Advising on the financing of a technology start-up company.

  • Advising on creating security interests in intellectual property assets.

  • Advising receivers about the exploitation and sale of IP assets in bankruptcy situations.

Since 2016 he is also an extraordinary Professor of Intellectual Property Litigation and Transaction Practice with Maastricht University. From 2007 through 2016 he was Professor of Industrial Property Law at Utrecht University. His publications and other materials can be found at his website He is also the editor in chief of, a Dutch website that publishes Dutch and European IP case law and related materials.   

Dick is a regular speaker at seminars and an author of various publications on intellectual property, international litigation and financial transactions.

He is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the International Trademark Association ( INTA), the Dutch Copyright Association (ALAI), the Benelux Trademark and Design Rights Association (BMM) and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Dick graduated from Nijmegen University in 1984 and obtained a Ph.D. at Leiden University in 1994 with a dissertation on common law intellectual property rights.

He started his career at the Dutch law firm Stibbe (1984-2001), where he was a partner. At Stibbe he practised intellectual property and marketing law. From 1996-1999 he was responsible for Stibbe's New York office, handling mostly structured finance and corporate transactions. Before co-founding Ventoux in 2004 he was a partner at Clifford Chance in Amsterdam and head of that firm's Dutch IP Group (2002-2004).