Severin received his law degree in 1978 from the “Vrije Universiteit” in Amsterdam. From 1978 until January 2007, Severin was an Intellectual Property partner in several European law firms. He is founder of IPEG Consultancy. He was engaged in both advisory and litigation work for multinational corporations in pharma and biotech, consumer electronics and semiconductor technology. From 2001-2004 he worked for Europe’s largest semiconductor equipment maker to assist and render strategy advise and support in a worldwide patent litigation against a major rival. He was, as a law firm partner involved in IP international arbitrations, defining and assisting to execute legal strategies and advising on IP contractual issues, enforcement programs and conducting intellectual property, information technology and competition law due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.
From 1998-2001 he was a part-time judge in the District Court of The Hague (Intellectual Property Chamber). He is a member of the editorial board of a Dutch intellectual property magazine (“IER”, “Intellectuele Eigendom & Reclamerecht”).