Life Sciences

We are Stibbe Life Sciences specialists

In an increasingly complex legal environment, we deliver workable and pragmatic solutions that cater to all our clients’ needs.

Life Sciences

We have one the largest IP and life sciences teams in the Benelux with decades of expertise and experience in related areas of law.

We provide a full range of services to companies active in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, medical device and food sectors. Our activity encompasses both EU and domestic regulations creating practical solutions that work in the short and long term interests of our clients.

We are active in numerous areas such as intellectual property (patents, trademarks, know-how), pricing/reimbursement, parallel imports, clinical trials, distribution, product registration including biosimilars, licences, R&D agreements and advertising. Furthermore, we have a strong litigation practice.

Our regular contact with public authorities and institutions such as the European Commission, the European Medicines Agency and all Benelux medicines agencies, works to benefit our clients’ position and legal strategy. 

We also regularly team with colleagues who specialise in administrative law and EU/competition law to provide coordinated, integrated solutions for our clients.

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Market recognition

Stibbe garners praise for its 'dedicated focus' on IP matters and is known for handling niche areas, including biotech, nanotechnology and technology transfer issues. The practice supplements its strength by drawing upon the expertise of other practice groups from across its Benelux offices, notably in the areas of corporate, tax and competition matters.

Legal 500 2019, Intellectual Property chapter

Acclaimed IP expertise as part of the firm's full-service offering. Draws strength from the firm's other well-regarded practice areas including TMT, M&A and criminal law.

Chambers Europe 2017, Intellectual Property chapter

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