Matthijs Schonewille

Matthijs Schonewille has been practicing as a lawyer in the area of intellectual property law since 2014. He advises his clients in both contentious and non-contentious matters regarding amongst others trademarks, design rights and trade secrets. Matthijs is experienced in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional litigation for national and international clients. Aside from litigation, Matthijs assists his clients with drafting and review of agreements concerning intellectual property.


  • Trademarks, design rights, copyrights and trade names
  • Litigious enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Netherlands and Europe
  • Protection of trade secrets
  • IP enforcement through customs and parallel trade
  • Dutch civil procedural law
  • Drafting and reviewing (commercial) agreements (such as purchase, option, licensing, consignment, distribution and agency)


  • 2013: Leiden University, Master Company Law with an emphasis on intellectual property rights
  • 2013: Temple University (USA), LL.M. for Foreign Trained Lawyers


  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the Netherlands Association for Procedural Law (NVvP)


  • Dutch
  • English


Matthijs was recognized as a ‘Rising star’ in 2018 by Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars


J.M. Eck, D.W.R. Henderickx, M.R.A. Schonewille, ‘Patent law in hindsight 2017’, Berichten IE March/April 2018, ed. 2, p. 68 – 74.