HGF are pleased to announce the arrival of Vivien Verbrugge who joins HGF as a Partner on 17th February 2021.
Vivien joins our Engineering team and brings extensive business experience in different industries including Glass Manufacturing, Automotive, Construction, Electronics and Telecommunications. His practice covers a wide range of mechanical, electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications fields.
Vivien’s appointment forms the next phase of HGF’s ambitious growth strategy across Europe and follows another successful year. HGF was named by The Financial Times as one of Europe’s leading Patent Law Firms in 2020.
Vivien’s wealth of experience as an in-house attorney, advising at Management and Board level within global companies in multiple jurisdictions, makes him well placed to advise in-house IP and Legal Counsel in relation to IP opportunities and threats for both SMEs and multinationals. Vivien regularly advises clients on portfolio creation, infringement avoidance and freedom to commercialise, portfolio enforcement and dispute resolution matters. Vivien has also advised on multi-jurisdiction portfolio acquisitions, secured successful outcomes in EPO oppositions and coordinated many IP litigations.
Paul Sanderson, CEO commented “HGF understands the importance for growth in Europe and we welcome Vivien to the firm. His experience and expertise will continue to strengthen our highly regarded specialist Engineering team.”
Vivien Verbrugge commented “I am delighted to join HGF, I have had a relationship with the firm for quite some time and their growth has been impressive. I look forward to helping to achieve the ambitious plans the firm has in place for future international growth and development.”
Vivien holds a PhD in Physics and Optoelectronics for Telecom (Université de Rennes), an engineering degree (INSA) and a Master of Physics (Université de Rennes, France). Before entering the patent profession, he spent four years in project management in the telecommunications industry during which he was named inventor in three different patent families.
Vivien is a dual-qualified European Patent Attorney and French Patent Attorney. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Université de Strasbourg and has passed the CEIPI Patent Litigation in Europe Diploma. Vivien is bilingual (French & English).
HGF Ltd is one of Europe’s largest firms of IP specialists with a vision to be the leading IP services firm in Europe. The firm’s patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors provide an integrated solution for clients.
HGF creates and manages IP portfolios for the world’s leading companies and research institutes. We advise clients on the creation of strategic IP assets around the world and provide world-class expertise in oppositions, appeals, commercialisation, dispute resolution and litigation to defend and enforce IP rights.
HGF regularly wins industry awards and is recognised by the leading legal directories. HGF has offices in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK.