Intellectual Property Law


Often referred to as “Crown jewels”, intellectual property (IP) rights are a key asset for many companies. Patents, trademarks, copyrights and other IP rights enable companies to gain a competitive edge and determine their value for a large part. It is of the utmost importance for a company that its IP rights are exploited and enforced effectively. Adequate protection of IP rights is therefore key. A first summon or cease and desist letter may be followed by summary proceedings. Our experts have extensive experience in representing clients before various national courts and institutions.

We also advise our clients on the protection, strategic management and commercialisation of their IP rights, for example by drafting and assisting in negotiations regarding licence, technology transfer, distribution and research and development agreements. Our IP litigation experience gives us a good insight into the potential risks to be covered in a contract.

The topics we deal with include:

- Brand and trade name protection;

- Royalties;

- Patents and copyright;

- Trade marks, designs and advertising;

- Database rights;

- Drafting agreements relating to the transfer of intellectual property rights;

- Licensing agreements regarding the use of intellectual property rights;

- IT litigation including Infringement and summary proceedings;

- IP enforcement

- Reimbursements of costs pursuant to Article 1019h DCCP;

We advise, negotiate, litigate and make or assess agreements in the field of intellectual property law. If you are dealing with an IP-related topic, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible as time is of the essence in IP law. Did you receive a summons letter stating that you are infringing a third party's intellectual property rights?  Or has someone wrongly used your intellectual property rights? Then call us.

What other services do we provide?

As a client you are most welcome to participate in various academies and lectures on the recent issues and trends in the field of IP law. We share our knowledge with you free of charge and hope to provide you with an easy conversation partner for any issues that your business may encounter at any time.

Your first point of contact:

Mart Dijkstra

For me, close cooperation with the client is necessary for achieving the best solution. I approach a problem by looking at the bigger picture and choosing the right strategy for the client. My experience as a lawyer and international corporate legal advisor entails that I understand the interests and demands of small and large companies. To me, providing suitable advice means that, besides delivering a legal product, you also need to explain to the client what is and isn’t allowed in doing business.

I regularly provide lectures and training courses in contract law, corporate law, intellectual property law, privacy law, and ICT law. As a brainstorming associate for both the directors and staff of an organization, I try to raise awareness in legal issues. This is in the interest of the entire organisation and prevents many legal disputes, which saves a lot of money. If a procedure is unavoidable, I confidently take the dispute to court.

Mart studied Dutch Law at the University of Groningen with a specialisation in Private Law and Criminal Law. He worked as a lawyer at law firms in the north of the country and the Randstad. He also gained experience in international business as a corporate lawyer (Legal & Compliance Counsel) at Samsung Electronics. Mart is a member of the Privacy Law Association.