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:

Gerrit Schaak

Gerrit completed his Bachelor's degree in Law at the University of Utrecht and then completed his Master's degree in Private Law at the University of Groningen. After his studies, he continued to do internships at law firms in the North. He was also a research assistant at the University of Groningen for some time.