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Stephanie de Beer

Technical Specialist
New York Office

Stephanie is a technical advisor of the firm’s Intellectual Property department in the New York office. She has a focus on pharmaceutical and life sciences patents. She was qualified as an attorney at law in The Netherlands and was an IP lawyer at a renowned international law firm in Amsterdam before she moved to the United States in 2015. Since then, she has had extensive US litigation experience involving several pharmaceutical patent cases.

She has experience in complex, multijurisdictional patent litigation proceedings in Europe involving international pharmaceutical companies. Before the Dutch court, she has experience in patent infringement disputes between originators and generic companies. This includes the validity assessment of patent claims in the context of European patent law and the relevant case law, as well as infringement analyses. She is experienced in the evaluation of the scientific background of the disputed subject matter of patents, especially regarding small molecules and complex macromolecular entities.

Stephanie’s extended experience includes wider knowledge of civil commercial (advertisement) law and European regulatory issues. In this regard, she has worked with clients from various sectors such as the life sciences and consumer goods and services sectors. She advised pharmaceutical clients with regard to European market access strategies. She also assisted an international medical devices manufacturer regarding mass product liability claims.

Stephanie's predominant life sciences sector focus originates from her comprehensive academic career in the field of pharmaceutical chemistry. Her research resulted in several scientific publications and a PhD dissertation titled "Application of free energy calculations for drug design." Stephanie's dissertation offers an insight into the applicability and limitations of computational methods in the design of new (or improved) drugs by correlating computational data with experimental observations in both a qualitative and quantitative manner. She also collaborated with industrial partners on projects involving agricultural research and involving protein engineering on the drug-metabolizing Cytochrome P450 protein.

Shown below is a selection of Stephanie’s engagements.



  • PhD, Computational Medicinal Chemistry, VU University Amsterdam
  • LLB, VU University Amsterdam
  • LLM, VU University Amsterdam
  • BSc, VU University Amsterdam, cum laude
  • MSc, VU University Amsterdam, cum laude


  • Dutch
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