Intellectual Property - Netherlands
Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 of counsel
- 25 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Excellent IP team known for strength in depth and an enviable client base. Comprehensive coverage of litigious and transactional soft IP mandates, with a notable focus on trade marks, and a solid patent offering. Recommended for value-added services for clients, with specific praise for the team's popular IP Master Classes. Burgeoning life sciences group handling IP litigation in the sector.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent services - the lawyers have a very good knowledge of our company and they tailor their advice to our needs."
What's new? Ilja Moree rejoined the team after a period in private practice at AstraZeneca.
Work highlights Acted as lead European counsel to D.E. Master Blenders, formerly Sara Lee, in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation brought by Nestlé regarding capsules that are compatible with Nespresso coffee machines.
Advised Shell on a case brought by Deep Water Slender Wells involving the alleged misappropriation of drilling technology.
"Outstanding" IP litigator Tobias Cohen Jehoram handles a significant number of IP cases before the Dutch Supreme Court, recently representing Grupo Osborne in an alleged trade mark infringement case initiated by Red Bull. Clients are enthusiastic about his tactical guidance: "I appreciate his strategic skills regarding how to plan the litigation - what to do, what not to do and what steps to take." Other sources say: "He is skilful, has a passion in him and always wins."
Koen Limperg is highlighted for his extensive IP litigation experience. In a notable mandate, he advised Philips in proceedings brought by Seb concerning the use of Google AdWords and advertising claims associated with its Airfryer product.
Patent specialist Gertjan Kuipers is appreciated for his "can-do mentality and for the fact that he is excellent at co-ordinating a cross-practice response." He was recently instructed by pharmaceutical company Ferring in relation to a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with Allergan.
Jan Pieter Hustinx advises and litigates on patent issues, recently supporting Visys in patent infringement proceedings initiated by Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology (BEST). One client observes: "He is very thorough in his analyses and is inventive in finding new angles."
Of counsel Ilja Moree has rejoined the firm after a period spent in-house. She has a broad IP practice encompassing trade mark and copyright law, as well as heading up the firm's life sciences group. Commentators are positive about her client-oriented style: "She is very client-focused and friendly in a professional way. She really thinks with and for the client."
Significant clients Akzo Nobel, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nokia, PepsiCo.