I am head of our Intellectual Property practice in the Netherlands, based in The Hague where I am one of our founding partners. I am also a member of our Tech & Comms, Life Sciences and Energy & Utilities groups. Before I studied law, I studied architecture and building construction at Eindhoven University of Technology. I have always kept a keen interest in both technology and design, so when I became a lawyer in 1989 the choice for intellectual property was a very natural one. In my practice I focus on patents and trade secrets, mainly in electronics and life sciences, but I also handle trademark, copyright and design cases.