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Otto Swens - Partner


Otto Swens is co-founder of Vondst Advocaten. Otto's practice deals with all aspects of intellectual property, but it has a strong focus on patents. Otto advises and litigates in national and international patent cases, particularly in the field of pharmaceuticals & life sciences, chemistry, medical devices and mechanical engineering. Currently, Otto is, amongst others, involved in patent litigation relating to formulation patents, second medical use claims, SPCs, orphan medicinal products, combination SPC for vaccins, monoclonal antibodies, cable connectors and magnetic density separation technology.


Further, Otto is active in the practice of pharmaceuticals & life sciences. He advises amongst others about regulatory aspects, such as marketing authorisations of (orphan) medicinal products and paediatric indications and the combination of incentives and rewards for pharmaceutical research, such as data exclusivity, market exclusivity and extensions. Further, Otto advises about aspects such as pricing, parallel imports, reimbursements, product liability and promotion.


Otto is recognized internationally as patent and life sciences specialist. Chambers 2014 recommends Otto as follows: "Patent expert Otto Swens has a strong litigious practice, with clients endorsing his court experience: "He has an excellent instinct for what arguments will succeed in the Dutch courts." The IAM Guide "The World Leading Patent Practitioners 2014 says: "A-lister Otto Swens “has been very visible in the past year, and is a true specialist”. Otto is also recommended as patent and life sciences lawyer by Practical Law Company and Managing Intellectual Property.


Otto regularly lectures and publishes on patent law and pharmaceuticals & life sciences, at conferences and in national en international journals. Otto is co-author of Oxford University Press handbook 'Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Chemical Inventions: World Protection and Exploitation', which was published in 2011. Otto is also co-author of the new Sdu publication “Notes Intellectual Property – Patent law”. Otto is also a member of the Dutch Advisory Committee IP legislation.


Otto is member of various professional associations, including the Dutch Association of Pharmacy and Law, the International Trademarks Association, AIPPI and PTMG.