Founding Partner, Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys-at-Law
Brigitte is an attorney-at-law in The Netherlands and France. She gained extensive experience in legal services to companies, non-profit organizations and (foreign) governments. From 2002 to 2008 she worked with the Ministry of Economic Affairs as a senior policy advisor on Intellectual Property. In this work she was leading research projects on intellectual property and she did negotiations in a national, European and international context at organizations such as the European Council, the European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization and several diplomatic conferences. She was also responsible for legislation in the field of Intellectual Property. In 2008 she graduated successfully in fine arts at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. With her art she has participated in many international exhibitions, among others the Venice Art Biennale in 2017.
Brigitte is co-author of the Kluwer Lexplicatie volume ‘European and international trade mark law’ and ‘Enforcement of intellectual property rights for small and medium enterprises’, published by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Brigitte is a member of the Dutch association for copyright and board member of the l’Association Henri Capitant. Additionally, she is a member of the Amicus Committee at the International Trademark Association and she is member of the Netherlands Board of Union-IP. She is a mediator at the Shanghai mediation center of the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC). In January 2020 she was appointed to the original Arbitration pool of CAfA.
Brigitte’s eductional background includes: University of Amsterdam, Dutch law and European Studies (L.L.M. 1995); Université Pierre Mendès France Grenoble II, French law (Exchange Program, 1992); scholarship of the Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) to participate in Germany in an exchange. She speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.