I am delighted to announce that Lidy-Anne Jeswiet van Westenbrugge became co-Chief Executive Officer of the Firm, effective July 3, 2017, pursuant to Board Approval.

Lidy-Anne joined the Firm from the Gevers Group, where she served as chair of the Trademark Division up to last year.

Known for a broad perspective on and deep understanding of trademark endeavors, her expertise bridges trademarks, designs, copyright and management.

Lidy-Anne received numerous accolades from professional societies around the world.

Prior to joining Kirkpatrick, Lidy-Anne earned a Master’s degree in Law at Leyden University.

After a few years with the Novagraaf Group, she set up her own firm abroad but came back to Novagraaf, finally as manager of the Belgian branch

Please join me in congratulating Lidy-Anne on her new position and in expressing to her our best wishes.

Gérard BLOCH

Chief Executive Officer