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Intellectual Property: Patent — Netherlands


BarentsKrans - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded for its patents expertise. Particularly noted for handling infringement and invalidity litigation in the pharmaceutical, technology and engineering industries. Also experienced in copyright, trade mark, licensing and advertising matters. Highly active in complex patent litigation, advising on a number of significant cases, including several with new clients spread across the technology and life sciences sectors. These recent pharmaceutical client additions include Unilin and Nutrition Sciences.

Strengths Clients praise the "very motivated team" for being "well involved" and having "an in-depth knowledge of the case."

One interviewee notes that "the team is there for the client and displays active, out-of-the-box thinking and is supportive."

Work highlights Defended Van Doorne Beverages, Fluidi and a selection of its customers in a dispute against Capri Sun concerning the alleged infringement of its 3D trade mark related to an aluminium stand-up pouch.

Notable practitioners

Marleen Van den Horst represents established pharmaceutical and hi-tech industry clients in patent litigation across all sectors. She recently advised Fortimedix on the launch of surgical products and the prospective acquisition of a US patent portfolio. Clients praise her "outstanding knowledge, good commercial awareness, and customer focus."

Jaap Bremer's practice covers patent and trade mark litigation. His patent litigation expertise includes pharmaceutical, mechanical and software patents. His recent work highlights include representing Unilin in patent validity and infringement proceedings for its European Patent 341 concerning floor panel systems. Sources admire his "high expertise paired with responsiveness, creativity and pragmatism," and appreciate that he "always has the client’s interests in mind."

About the Team (content provided by BarentsKrans)

BarentsKrans’ leading experts in this area deal with (multi-jurisdictional) disputes regarding infringement and validity of intellectual property rights as well as disputes regarding licenses and exploitation of technology. The firm has extensive experience in representing clients before various national and European courts and institutions, including the Dutch Supreme Court, the Court of Justice and the EUIPO and has been involved in many prominent and pioneering cases.

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Bird & Bird - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Strong litigation capabilities, handling domestic and cross-border disputes related to patents, trade marks and copyright. Also represents clients in trade mark opposition proceedings before the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property and the EUIPO. Recognised for its experience in anti-counterfeiting, brand management and transactional IP matters. Covers a range of industries, including electronics, IT, life sciences, food and telecommunications.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's commercial approach: "They are really good lawyers in providing the best legal angle."

Impressed clients "enjoy the working relationship, timely responses and balanced approach."

Work highlights Advised Valeo on patent infringement claims against TYC Europe in relation to OEM car parts.

Notable practitioners

Armand Killan routinely acts for international clients on cross-border patent litigation and is particularly active within the food, electronics and life sciences sector. Clients assert that he is "very proactive, takes you by the hand," and describe him as "a very amicable guy; easy to work with and very knowledgable." He recently defended Broadcom against a patent action brought by Invensas in relation to the structural architecture of computer chips.

Marc van Wijngaarden represents large pharmaceutical and biotech companies in cross-border patent litigation. Recently he defended Teva against a Dutch patent claim brought by AstraZeneca in relation to the introduction of the product DuoResp Spiromax. He attracts praise from clients for "setting up strategies for how to deal with any particular legal situation."

Wouter Pors specialises in patent litigation, particularly within the biotechnology sector. He recently represented Ablynx in a case against Unilever concerning the scope of certain patent licence agreements.

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Track record for excellence

Hailed as ‘IP Law Firm of the Decade’ by Managing IP in 2015 and named the ‘leading law firm in the world for IP’ by Who's Who Legal in 2016, Bird & Bird consistently remains at the forefront of intellectual property, particularly commended for its strength in IP strategy and litigation.

We can justly make the claim that few other international firms have our track record when it comes to the quality of our intellectual property experience.
We are one of the largest IP Groups in The Netherlands, with 15 qualified lawyers (including four partners) and two paralegals. We have a very strong sector focus particularly industries such as Life Sciences, Electronics, Retail & Consumer, Media and Tech & Comms.

We offer unmatched contentious and non-contentious capabilities and experience in relation to all IP rights trade marks, patents, copyright and database rights, confidential information and data privacy. We advise on IP protection, enforcement, strategic management, valuation and monetisation
of brand portfolios. Because of our broad remit our clients are an eclectic mix of
the diverse and traditional.

Many of our lawyers are dual-qualified across a range of technical fields, this coupled with our experience working with some of the world's leading innovators, means we have a wealth of expertise in providing both strategic commercial advice and invaluable technical insight

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Brinkhof - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading patent litigation expertise, with a particular focus on infringements in the pharmaceutical, biochemical, electronics, food and printing industries. Also noted for handling enforcement matters with regard to trade marks, copyrights and design rights, as well as advising on commercial issues. Also co-ordinates European litigation with a Dutch component. Recent client wins include Ferrari and Mattel.

Strengths Clients admire the practice's quality of advice, billing practice and cross-border capacity: "Brinkhof has a very broad knowledge in the field of IP litigation. They are reliable, the cost is estimated fairly accurately upfront, and the bills do not include surprise items. They have a large network inside the Netherlands and abroad and are very capable of assessing consequences in other jurisdictions."

Work highlights Represented Synthon in Supreme Court proceedings against Teva in connection with several patents relating to the manufacturing of Copaxone.

Defended Infineon Technologies against a claim brought by NXP regarding the trade mark MIFARE.

Notable practitioners

Richard Ebbink is an esteemed practitioner renowned for representing international clients before the courts of The Hague in European patent litigation. He recently defended Becton Dickinson against preliminary injunction proceedings brought by B. Braun concerning the sale of hypodermic needles for hospitals. Clients report that he "combines a lot of experience with in-depth knowledge and a pragmatic approach," and other sources regard him as a "very intelligent lawyer."

Mark Van Gardingen is a prominent player in the areas of patent litigation and trade secrets and has particular expertise in pharmaceutical inventions, mechanical engineering and bio-tech matters. He recently represented Resolution Chemicals in Supreme Court proceedings against AstraZeneca regarding a declaration of non-infringement with respect to the rosuvastatin drug. Clients regard him as "intelligent, skilled and really focused on patent law."

Gregor Vos specialises in trade marks, designs and advertising litigation. According to clients, he gets "good results in the courtroom" and "knows how business works," while others find him to be a "very constructive thinker" who is "open for consultation when trying to achieve a settlement." His recent work highlights include representing Nestlé in proceedings before the ECJ against Cadbury in relation to its EU trade mark for the shape of its KitKat products.

Kurt Stöpetie focuses on copyright and unfair competition disputes, as well as press litigation matters. He recently represented WILD in the Benelux branch of European-wide litigation centred on protecting the shape of Capri Sun’s distinctive stand-up pouches as a three-dimensional trade mark for its well-known fruit juice drinks.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Impresses throughout the market with its trade mark and copyright litigation expertise, as well as for acting on IP-heavy M&A and finance transactions. Also receives strong acclaim for its patents and licensing practice in addition to advising on the development and exploitation of IP rights. Offers strong experience of mandates with an international angle, both as local counsel and in acting for Dutch-based multinationals, facilitated by an integrated service between its Amsterdam and Brussels offices. Recently added Biogen to its client base.

Strengths Sources commend the lawyers' dedication and accessibility: "The team is exceptional," highlighting its "high level of engagement" and adding: "The team is always available, either by e-mail or in person."

According to clients, the team "provides thorough advice, including all angles of a case, while the conclusions are often practical and therefore directly usable."

Work highlights Defended Royal Smilde against a copyright claim brought by Levola regarding the taste of a cheese spread.

Represented Merck Sharp & Dohme in Supreme Court proceedings against Teva relating to second medical use claims in pharmaceutical patents.

Notable practitioners

Tobias Cohen Jehoram is an accomplished IP litigator, with particular expertise in trade marks, copyright, design and trade secrets. He recently represented Shell in trade mark infringement proceedings against Autofood regarding fuel station branding. One source is particulary praising of his pan-European expertise, commenting: "Tobias is an excellent IP litigator with extensive experience, both from the Court of Justice of the EU and the Dutch national courts. He has a thorough knowledge of EU-related law and how to find the perfect angles to sort out complex matters."

Gertjan Kuipers is a skilled patent litigator who handles cases across several areas, including the electrical, chemical, mechanical, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He advised Ferring on patent litigation with Allergan regarding desmopressin products. According to clients, he "shows a deep knowledge of the law and an appreciation of the practical need to seek a commercial resolution."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Established international practice, primarily noted for patents work. Boasts considerable expertise in cross-border patent litigation, particularly in the technology sector. Areas of patent expertise include second medical use patents and biosimilar patent litigation. Also well regarded for its knowledge of the life sciences and energy fields, as well as IP aspects of corporate transactions and data protection matters. Increasingly active for leading clients in the TMT and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths Sources note that the team's lawyers are "excellent on patents."

Work highlights Defended AstraZeneca and its subsidiary Amylin Pharmaceuticals against a patent nullity action brought by Sanofi-Aventis regarding the use of exendins.

Notable practitioners

Peter Hendrick is an esteemed practitioner, well-versed in patent litigation. He typically represents domestic and international clients in cases before the Netherlands courts and the European Patent Office. He was part of the team that advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on its successful patent claim against Merck Sharp & Dohme in the Netherlands, in relation to a new cancer medicine.

Rutger Kleemans boasts expertise in patent litigation and cross-border patent enforcement strategies before all Dutch courts and the European Patent Office. His recent work highlights include acting for Roche, Biogen and Genentech on patent validity proceedings against Celltrion, regarding the blockbuster drug rituximab.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded international outfit offering clients expertise in life science patents issues. Combines patent proficiency with regulatory expertise and handles the IP aspects of transactions and competition matters. Strong track record in litigation, especially in cross-border cases. Solvay, IDx and Asahi are among the firm's new client gains.

Strengths One client praises the level of unity and co-ordination within the team: "They enjoy working with each other and I enjoy working with them. That makes things very pleasant and no one seems hesitant to ask a question or bring up an issue," adding: "There's never a question of them not being informed, they tell each other what's going on."

The lawyers are described by clients as "very well organised and highly efficient," as well as praised for their international capabilities.

Work highlights Advised Nikon on patent proceedings against ASML concerning the defendant's immersion lithography machines.

Notable practitioners

Bert Oosting specialises in international patent litigation within the life sciences sector and technology sector. Recently he acted for Eli Lilly on patent infringement proceedings brought against Sandoz concerning the product Alimta. Clients commend "his knowledge of the European strategy."

Klaas Bisschop focuses on patent and trade secrets litigation, as well as product liability matters. Sources describe him as "mature, controlled and impressive." He recently defended HTC against three patent infringement cases brought by Philips regarding the claimant's UMTS patent portfolio.

Ruud van der Velden handles patent and trade secret matters in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He recently represented Organik Kimya in trade secret proceedings brought by Dow Chemical. Clients admire him for being "very well prepared" when putting forward strategic steps to follow.

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Your ideas. Your innovations. Your brand. Our IP practice understands that these assets make your business unique, and we know how to protect them.

There’s a reason why more than half of the world’s top 100 brands (Financial Times, 2017) have chosen us to represent them. With 400 IP professionals worldwide, we combine a global outlook with local knowledge across the life cycle of IP assets ― from development to commercialization, and licensing through to maturity. But it's not how many lawyers we have; it’s the way we work together that our clients really value.

Many of our lawyers hold advanced degrees in science and engineering, helping us to fully appreciate the products and processes in traditional industries, as well as emerging ones.

We live and breathe IP. And we are ready to resolve your intellectual property issues wherever and however they arise.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Premier boutique with wide-ranging IP expertise, and a particular focus on patent litigation in the life sciences, electronics and telecommunications sectors. Experience also includes trade mark protection, ownership and infringement, counterfeiting, and copyright issues in the media and publishing industries. Also advises on cases before the Supreme Court. LEO Pharma is a recent client win in the life sciences sector.

Strengths One interviewee praises the "excellent" team for "being very into our brand and knowledgeable, with quick and to-the-point responses, and action-oriented advice without too many words needed," and having "excellent cross-border contacts for cases in which we need to team up."

Clients regard the lawyers as "superbly bright, with an excellent grasp of complex scientific issues, and very easy to work with."

Work highlights Represented the Russian Federation in a landmark trade mark infringement case against Spirits International regarding the ownership of vodka brands Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya.

Acted for Philips on a copyright dispute against Lidl regarding protected electric shavers.

Notable practitioners

Willem Hoyng is a "formidable" litigator in the field of patents, routinely appearing before the ECJ and EPO. He acts for domestic and international pharmaceutical and biotech clients. His scope of expertise also includes trade mark and copyright litigation. He recently represented AstraZeneca in a patent infringement dispute against Sandoz, regarding the breast cancer drug Faslodex. He is described by clients as an "excellent advocate" who is "very well known and respected."

Bart van den Broek is a proficient patent litigator, boasting considerable experience in the electronics, TMT and pharmaceutical sector. His recent work highlights include defending Royalty Pharma against invalidity proceedings brought by MSD, concerning the patent to an innovative diabetes treatment. Sources claim: "He is brilliant, he understands very complex technical concepts and reduces them to arguments that you can present. He is also an incredibly hard worker, very dedicated, driven and very easy to work with."

Simon Dack specialises in international patent litigation and also advises on biotechnology, pharmaceutical regulatory and advertising law. He recently led the team which acted for Pfizer on the protection of a medical use patent.

Joris Van Manen handles IP advisory and litigation, with a particular focus on trade mark, copyright, media and internet matters. He successfully represented BREIN in a Supreme Court copyright case against Ziggo. Sources admire his presence in court, saying: "He puts a lot of energy into his case, really goes the extra mile and he is a totally committed fighter."

Theo Blomme is growing his reputation in the field of patent litigation, particularly within the energy, TMT, pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering sectors. He recently represented LEO Pharma in patent infringement proceedings against Sandoz regarding the patent for a combination of calcipotriol and betamethasone to treat psoriasis. He draws praise from clients for being "to the point, direct, friendly and clear."

About the Team (content provided by HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER)

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a specialised European intellectual property law boutique created in 2015 when the well-established top tier IP firms Hoyng Monegier and Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft (ROKH) decided to join forces. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER gathers up to 100 passionate IP professionals with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Madrid, Mannheim (branch office), Munich and Paris.
 
In all of its locations HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER services the needs of clients in the field of intellectual property law, including patents and trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and design rights, as well as in related fields, such as pharmaceutical regulatory law, unfair competition, media and advertising law and all IP related contracts.
 
In patent law, the focus of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER lies in particular on the technical areas of electronics and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, automotive and optics, with decades of proven expertise. The firm also serves all other technical fields, including mechanics, electrical engineering and chemicals.
 
In the fields of trademark, copyright, design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER offers a complete range of services relating to the enforcement, exploitation, assessment and protection of these rights, always at the forefront of new developments. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER advises and represents its clients across a broad range of sectors including food & beverages, pharmaceuticals, industrial design, media, entertainment & Publishing.

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NautaDutilh - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Notable focus on the contentious side of IP law, with considerable experience in trade mark and design prosecution cases. Also well regarded for copyright and patent matters and for its expertise in the life sciences and retail sector. Additionally active in the consumer goods, automotive, electronics and media sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers "give us advice and options, and they keep us very well informed."

Work highlights Defended Daimler against copyright infringement claims initiated by BSUR Agency in connection with an introduction campaign for a car.

Represented Impliva in litigation against Senz concerning the design rights of aerodynamic storm umbrellas.

Notable practitioners

Charles Gielen demonstrates substantial experience in trade mark, design and patent litigation and is also a professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Anne Marie Verschuur handles handles a broad range of IP litigation, including trade mark, copyright, design and patent disputes. She advises domestic and international clients, predominantly in the biotech, life sciences and consumer goods sectors. She recently defended Global Bio-Chem Technology against several proceedings brought by Ajinomoto alleging that its patents and trade secrets were infringed by the client's selling the animal feed supplement lysine. She is praised by clients for her "very quick and responsive" approach.

About the Team (content provided by NautaDutilh)

NautaDutilh advises and represents national and international clients on intellectual property matters. The types of cases we handle include:

  • Patents​
  • Brands
  • Copyright
  • Models
  • Transactions (licences, pledges, transfers, listing, mergers and acquisitions)
  • Advertising
  • Know-how/Corporate secrets
    

Counterfeiting and piracy

In the case of mergers, acquisitions and listings, we vet the validity and advise as to the transfer of intellectual property rights. We are also regularly involved in partnering, licence programmes, IP structuring and security.


Global protection
Our Intellectual Property team works nationally and internationally, both at a Benelux and a European level. We work together with the global specialists in our network, which spans Europe, the U.S. and Asia. We frequently represent clients in the national courts in the Benelux and at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. We apply customs and excise litigation procedures in order to prevent the importation of infringing goods.

NautaDutilh works for a wide range of corporations and institutions in many sectors. Our spectrum of clients ranges from leading multinationals to innovative start-ups, covering such areas as consumer goods (e.g. luxury articles, fashion and food & drink) and the life sciences industry (e.g. medicines, medical aids, biotechnical products and healthcare). In addition, NautaDutilh is very active in the telecom, electronics and entertainment sectors.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Strong choice for patents issues, including related litigation, particularly within the technology industry, focusing primarily on electronics and biotechnology. Handles trade mark infringements as well as offering a useful trade mark registration service. Recognised for its impressive growth within the patent litigation and advisory field, including advice on plant variety law. Recently gained Cargill as a new client.

Strengths Clients praise the "extremely committed" team, highlighting that "they work tirelessly, on very strict deadlines."

Sources commend the lawyers for their "solid preparation" and for being "sharp in court and very experienced in the subject matter."

Work highlights Advised the Dutch branch of L’Oréal on trade mark infringement proceedings concerning unauthorised parallel imports and decoded products.

Notable practitioners

Bas Berghuis van Woortman specialises in patent litigation and represents clients in the life sciences and hi-tech sector. Client's praise the value of his advice and enthuse: "He's extremely thorough. He knows every detail, has a way of putting things into perspective and he manages his team very well." He recently represented Coloplast in infringement and invalidity proceedings against several competitors concerning its urinary catheter technology.

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Vondst Advocaten N V - Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for IP boutique firm with a strong focus on the pharmaceutical, medical and IT industries. Handles both contentious and non-contentious issues relating to medical and software patents, as well as database, domain name, copyright and trade mark disputes. Attracted numerous new clients for both patent advice and general IP and trade mark matters, including Amgen, Superfos and Chemson.

Strengths One client praises the lawyers for being "flexible, efficient and fast to respond."

Clients commend the "pragmatic and pleasant" team for its "in-depth knowledge and ability to suggest strategies going forward."

Work highlights Advised the National Postcode Lottery on various trade mark and domain name issues in relation to its national campaigns.

Notable practitioners

Otto Swens specialises in patent litigation, especially within the pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering sectors. He recently defended Teva Pharmaceuticals against a patent infringement claim initiated by Millennium Pharmaceuticals concerning the treatment for a certain type of cancer, in a case which is also addressing the validity of Millennium's patent. He is described by interviewees as a "really brilliant lawyer in the field of patents," who "has a very quick knowledge and understanding of the technical issues."

Ricardo Dijkstra handles cross-border patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, electronics and mechanics industries. He recently acted for Amgen on a patent litigation against the Netherlands Patent Office in relation to the refusal of a supplementary protection certificate.

Tjeerd Overdijk is experienced in IP disputes within the IT sector, including the enforcement of rights on software, database rights and other IP rights related to internet use. He also advises on plant variety rights. He recently advised Piloxing and Piloxing Academy on a trade mark dispute before the court of The Hague concerning the exhaustion of a community trade mark. Sources say: "He is a commercially minded attorney, with lots of experience, a very affable chap, who explains things very clearly. He's a very good communicator, he's responsive and provides good advice."

Herwin Roerdink advises on trade marks, copyrights, trade name rights and domain name rights. He is active in the fashion and entertainment sectors. He recently advised Vendis Capital on all IP related aspects of due diligence for its investment in Fatboy the Original. One source highlights his personable and commercial approach: "He is a very pleasant guy who is easy to communicate with, accessible and gives pragmatic advice which translates legal language into commercial language."

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Senior Statesperson

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Hendrick is an esteemed practitioner, well-versed in patent litigation. He typically represents domestic and international clients in cases before the Netherlands courts and the European Patent Office. He was part of the team that advised Bristol-Myers Squibb on its successful patent claim against Merck Sharp & Dohme in the Netherlands, in relation to a new cancer medicine.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Willem Hoyng is a "formidable" litigator in the field of patents, routinely appearing before the ECJ and EPO. He acts for domestic and international pharmaceutical and biotech clients. His scope of expertise also includes trade mark and copyright litigation. He recently represented AstraZeneca in a patent infringement dispute against Sandoz, regarding the breast cancer drug Faslodex. He is described by clients as an "excellent advocate" who is "very well known and respected."

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Brinkhof

From the Chambers Europe guide

Richard Ebbink is an esteemed practitioner renowned for representing international clients before the courts of The Hague in European patent litigation. He recently defended Becton Dickinson against preliminary injunction proceedings brought by B. Braun concerning the sale of hypodermic needles for hospitals. Clients report that he "combines a lot of experience with in-depth knowledge and a pragmatic approach," and other sources regard him as a "very intelligent lawyer."

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Bart van den Broek

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bart van den Broek is a proficient patent litigator, boasting considerable experience in the electronics, TMT and pharmaceutical sector. His recent work highlights include defending Royalty Pharma against invalidity proceedings brought by MSD, concerning the patent to an innovative diabetes treatment. Sources claim: "He is brilliant, he understands very complex technical concepts and reduces them to arguments that you can present. He is also an incredibly hard worker, very dedicated, driven and very easy to work with."

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Mark Van Gardingen

Brinkhof

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mark Van Gardingen is a prominent player in the areas of patent litigation and trade secrets and has particular expertise in pharmaceutical inventions, mechanical engineering and bio-tech matters. He recently represented Resolution Chemicals in Supreme Court proceedings against AstraZeneca regarding a declaration of non-infringement with respect to the rosuvastatin drug. Clients regard him as "intelligent, skilled and really focused on patent law." 

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Bas Berghuis van Woortman

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bas Berghuis van Woortman specialises in patent litigation and represents clients in the life sciences and hi-tech sector. Client's praise the value of his advice and enthuse: "He's extremely thorough. He knows every detail, has a way of putting things into perspective and he manages his team very well." He recently represented Coloplast in infringement and invalidity proceedings against several competitors concerning its urinary catheter technology.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Simon Dack specialises in international patent litigation and also advises on biotechnology, pharmaceutical regulatory and advertising law. He recently led the team which acted for Pfizer on the protection of a medical use patent.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Armand Killan routinely acts for international clients on cross-border patent litigation and is particularly active within the food, electronics and life sciences sector. Clients assert that he is "very proactive, takes you by the hand," and describe him as "a very amicable guy; easy to work with and very knowledgable." He recently defended Broadcom against a patent action brought by Invensas in relation to the structural architecture of computer chips.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rutger Kleemans boasts expertise in patent litigation and cross-border patent enforcement strategies before all Dutch courts and the European Patent Office. His recent work highlights include acting for Roche, Biogen and Genentech on patent validity proceedings against Celltrion, regarding the blockbuster drug rituximab.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gertjan Kuipers is a skilled patent litigator who handles cases across several areas, including the electrical, chemical, mechanical, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He advised Ferring on patent litigation with Allergan regarding desmopressin products. According to clients, he "shows a deep knowledge of the law and an appreciation of the practical need to seek a commercial resolution."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bert Oosting specialises in international patent litigation within the life sciences sector and technology sector. Recently he acted for Eli Lilly on patent infringement proceedings brought against Sandoz concerning the product Alimta. Clients commend "his knowledge of the European strategy."

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Marleen Van den Horst

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marleen Van den Horst represents established pharmaceutical and hi-tech industry clients in patent litigation across all sectors. She recently advised Fortimedix on the launch of surgical products and the prospective acquisition of a US patent portfolio. Clients praise her "outstanding knowledge, good commercial awareness, and customer focus."

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Klaas Bisschop focuses on patent and trade secrets litigation, as well as product liability matters. Sources describe him as "mature, controlled and impressive." He recently defended HTC against three patent infringement cases brought by Philips regarding the claimant's UMTS patent portfolio.

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BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaap Bremer's practice covers patent and trade mark litigation. His patent litigation expertise includes pharmaceutical, mechanical and software patents. His recent work highlights include representing Unilin in patent validity and infringement proceedings for its European Patent 341 concerning floor panel systems. Sources admire his "high expertise paired with responsiveness, creativity and pragmatism," and appreciate that he "always has the client’s interests in mind."

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DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Reeskamp is regarded as a "top lawyer" by clients, who praise his "in-depth knowledge of the case." He focuses on patent litigation, domestically and in Europe. His recent work highlights include representing Fresenius Kabi in a patent infringement case against Eli Lilly concerning the latter's blockbuster drug Alimta.

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Vondst Advocaten N V

From the Chambers Europe guide

Otto Swens specialises in patent litigation, especially within the pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering sectors. He recently defended Teva Pharmaceuticals against a patent infringement claim initiated by Millennium Pharmaceuticals concerning the treatment for a certain type of cancer, in a case which is also addressing the validity of Millennium's patent. He is described by interviewees as a "really brilliant lawyer in the field of patents," who "has a very quick knowledge and understanding of the technical issues."

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Marc van Wijngaarden

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc van Wijngaarden represents large pharmaceutical and biotech companies in cross-border patent litigation. Recently he defended Teva against a Dutch patent claim brought by AstraZeneca in relation to the introduction of the product DuoResp Spiromax. He attracts praise from clients for "setting up strategies for how to deal with any particular legal situation." 

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Theo Blomme is growing his reputation in the field of patent litigation, particularly within the energy, TMT, pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering sectors. He recently represented LEO Pharma in patent infringement proceedings against Sandoz regarding the patent for a combination of calcipotriol and betamethasone to treat psoriasis. He draws praise from clients for being "to the point, direct, friendly and clear."

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Vondst Advocaten N V

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ricardo Dijkstra handles cross-border patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, electronics and mechanics industries. He recently acted for Amgen on a patent litigation against the Netherlands Patent Office in relation to the refusal of a supplementary protection certificate.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frits Gerritzen of Allen & Overy LLP specialises in patent law, with particular expertise in the field of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and antibodies. He recently defended Archos against a patent claim initiated by Philips concerning standard essential patents for UMTS standards. An interviewee enthuses that he displays "a very good understanding of the science behind the patents," adding: "He's very fast in acquiring information and translating this information. He has vast experience in litigation and is an intelligent lawyer."

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wouter Pors specialises in patent litigation, particularly within the biotechnology sector. He recently represented Ablynx in a case against Unilever concerning the scope of certain patent licence agreements.

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Ruud van der Velden

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ruud van der Velden handles patent and trade secret matters in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He recently represented Organik Kimya in trade secret proceedings brought by Dow Chemical. Clients admire him for being "very well prepared" when putting forward strategic steps to follow.

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Anne Marie Verschuur

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne Marie Verschuur handles handles a broad range of IP litigation, including trade mark, copyright, design and patent disputes. She advises domestic and international clients, predominantly in the biotech, life sciences and consumer goods sectors. She recently defended Global Bio-Chem Technology against several proceedings brought by Ajinomoto alleging that its patents and trade secrets were infringed by the client's selling the animal feed supplement lysine. She is praised by clients for her "very quick and responsive" approach.

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