Vivien Verbrugge


Vivien joined HGF as a European and French patent attorney with 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 wealth of experience as an in-house attorney, advising at management and Board level within global companies, 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 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.

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 European Patent Attorney and a 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 also bilingual (French & English).