EP&C | Protecting your IP

EP&C, partner of StartLife, can assist startups in all matters concerning Intellectual Property (IP). IP is often deployed to support a company’s activities. Conversely, a company does not want to be confronted with IP of other parties that may affect its activities.

EP&C advises on how to create an effective IP strategy. Protecting your company’s activities is not limited to filing a patent application. We believe it starts with your EP&C attorney understanding the challenges you face. What are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? We make sure we know your business case so we can provide effective advice and support in IP matters.

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Why work with EP&C?

Smart use of budget

We understand that at the start of your enterprise budget is not infinite. Therefore, you have to be smart to deal with the protection of IP and the associated costs. You have to make strategic choices. We will gladly help you with that.


We are used to dealing with areas of technologies in which a great many patents have already been granted. With plenty of obstacles en route, there is often little room to manoeuvre and little margin for protection. This is our forte, however, and our attorneys will help you navigate your way to the right solution.

Putting quality first

Just as you only get one shot at a patent application, we only get one shot at providing you with the right support and advice. This is why quality comes first, with teamwork as our driving force.

Keeping it simple

Patent law is complex and we consider it our responsibility to provide you with step-by-step guidance and information that will help you expand your knowledge and understanding of Intellectual Property rights.

EP&C experts

Mark Jolink | Dutch & European Patent Attorney
On Wednesday you will find Mark at the PlusUltra 2 building. As a Dutch & European Patent Attorney, Mark is specialized in food & nutrition, bio-based product technology, biotechnology & biochemistry, healthcare & medicine, and medical equipment.

He can help assess if you have something worth patenting, or explain what is needed for a patent application and what the associated costs are. He can also look at relevant (patent) rights of third parties. He can look at all this in the early stages of your business, to avoid problems later. You can reach Mark by emailing to MJO@epc.nl.

Feel free to come along with any IP-related topic that keeps you busy!

Thomas Remmerswaal | Dutch patent attorney
On Wednesday you will find Thomas at the PlusUltra 2 building. Thomas is specialized in mechanical engineering and in particular in devices and medical instruments. For his work, he finds it interesting to advise companies, start-ups and privateers on how to obtain the best possible protection for their innovations. Thomas likes to form part of the development process of the inventor and, at the same time, critically overview this process.

“By staying critical during the drafting of a patent application, and asking yourself whether the invention actually is the best solution to a problem, the strongest possible patent position may be achieved.”

In case you have any questions regarding patents, or other forms of intellectual property (such as trademarks and design) I look forward hearing from you!

You can reach Thomas by emailing to thomas.remmerswaal@epc.nl

Rienk Rienksma | Dutch Patent Attorney

Rienk is a Dutch Patent Attorney specialized in bio based product technology, biotechnology & biochemistry, healthcare & medicine, food & nutrition, and (bio)process technology. He has a strong connection with the Wageningen University where he obtained his MSc in biotechnology and a PhD in Systems Biology.

Creative ideas are abundant at StarHub and Startlife, and Rienk enjoys working in such an inspiring environment. With a strong scientific background, he is able to assist young entrepreneurs, who themselves are often recent graduates in scientific fields.

Rienk can explain the ins and outs of patents and will be happy to share his knowledge.

You can contact Rienk by e-mailing to rienk.rienksma@epc.nl or by simply making use of the Open walk in (details below) and drop by.

Open Walk In 

Wednesday 9:00 – 17:00  hours (excl. from 12:00 to 13:00 hours)
partner room StartLife, Plus Ultra Bronland 10-D, Wageningen