Elka Stegeman LLM

Benelux and European trademark and design attorney

Elka Stegeman


Elka completed her degree in Law, with specialization in Intellectual Property, at the University of Utrecht in 1998. She followed a part of her law studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Following her university degree she has worked at two of the larger Dutch trademark agencies as trademark and design attorney. She joined the Enschede office of Arnold & Siedsma in 2012. Elka has worked for clients with large international IP portfolios and for clients in the small and medium-sized company sector. She has acquired a wide experience in all aspects of trademark and industrial design law and will always create a strategy or opinion without losing sight of practical and personal circumstances of the client, business goals and budget. Her dedication and commitment extends beyond advising on the choice of a brand, a clearance search, due diligence, a filing strategy, prosecution or portfolio management. She finds it very important to look at the big picture, possibilities and plans at the side of her client and always has in mind a long-term, solid and valuable collaboration as IP sparring partner and consultant.

What others say about Elka:
Enthusiastic, client-oriented and solution-focused


Employment history:

1998 - 2012:       Trademark and design attorney at two of the larger Dutch IP-firms/trademark agencies
2012 - present:   Trademark and design attorney at Arnold & Siedsma

University of Utrecht, Law
University of Sydney (Australia), various courses in Intellectual Property

Outside activities & memberships:
Elka is a member of BMM, PTMG and INTA.

Dutch, English, French


When one of her clients acquired a very large international trademark portfolio, Elka advised and assisted with the setting up of the IP department and the IP policy. Her work consisted of i.a. help with and advice regarding the proper transfer of the portfolio and pending matters, clearance and ratification of the trademark portfolio, indentifying and mapping of the ‘gaps’ in the required trademark protection, as well as pure practical advice on how to process and archive correspondence relating to the IP portfolio, setting up of internal guidelines concerning the use of the trademarks and routes to be followed when introducing new trademarks and/or modernized versions.

 Telephone: +31 53 4319722