Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

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Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is gespecialiseerd in aan technologie gerelateerde intellectueel eigendomskwesties, met name octrooien en kwekersrechten. In haar dagelijkse praktijk vertegenwoordigt Fleur een uiteenlopende reeks aan nationale en internationale ondernemingen die werkzaam zijn in technologie-intensieve bedrijfstakken, zoals agrifood en biotechnologie. Fleur is een ervaren octrooi-advocaat en is een van de weinige advocaten in Nederland met uitgebreide ervaring in het procederen betreffende Nederlandse en communautaire kwekersrechten. Verder verleent Fleur bijstand aan cliënten bij het implementeren van maatregelen bij inbeslagname door de douane op basis van de Europese Anti-Piraterij Verordening. In de afgelopen 10 jaar heeft Fleur procedures gevoerd in verschillende zaken bij de Nederlandse rechter, de Raad voor plantenrassen en het Bureau voor harmonisatie binnen de interne markt. 

  • “Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis: very pleasurable to work with/has carved out a bit of a niche practice in plant variety rights.”
    Legal 500, Patents (2021 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Patents (2021 Edition)
  • “Fleur is a ‘problem-solver’ who is extremely committed to her clients. Her ability to keep the eye on the ball in complex disputes really benefits her clients, but also helps to find proper commercial solutions rather than litigation forever.”
    Legal 500, Patents (2021 Edition)
  • “Fleur has vast experience in non-contentious and contentious IP matters including patent litigation and one can tell this when she handles a case. Her eye for detail is phenominal yet she knows exactly where the opportunities are to negotiate in real world commercial settings.”
    Legal 500, Patents (2020 Edition)
  • “Fleur has vast experience in non-contentious and contentious IP matters including patent litigation and one can tell this when she handles a case.”
    Legal 500, Trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (2018 Edition)
  • "‘Trustworthy, strategic, highly knowledgeable’ counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is one of the key litigators."
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (2018 Edition)
  • "Counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is ‘knowledgeable and hands-on’."
     
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)

Fleur heeft uitgebreide ervaring in het opstellen en het geven van advies over licentieovereenkomsten, R&D-overeenkomsten, productie- en distributieovereenkomsten en het adviseren over technologieoverdracht en de bescherming van know-how. Ook verleent zij geregeld bijstand in aan technologie gerelateerde transacties en bedrijfssaneringen. Fleur geeft regelmatig colleges over de bescherming van innovaties en de handhaving van intellectuele eigendomsrechten. Fleur maakt deel uit van het AgriFood Team van Houthoff en is lid van de International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), de Licensing Executive Society (LES), CIOPORA (de Internationale gemeenschap van kwekers van zich ongeslachtelijk voortplantende sier- en fruitplanten) en de Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI). 

  • Represented Agilitas Private Equity Services Limited in the acquisition of TenCate Advanced Armour Holding B.V., the global leading manufacturer of lightweight survivability solutions.
  • Advised publicly traded Swedish company XVIVO Perfusion AB on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Organ Assist BV for a purchase price of EUR 24 million. Organ Assist’s business focuses on developing machines and disposable components for liver and kidney perfusion.
  • Advised Mzuri Holdings Ltd, owner of amongst others Decora Blind Systems, a European manufacturer and distributor of indoor window coverings on the acquisition of Coolblinds, an online retailer of made to measure blinds (better known as 123jaloezie.nl, plissegordijn.nl and rolgordijnland.nl).
  • Assisted Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co. with its agreement with NXP Semiconductors under which it will acquire all assets of NXP Semiconductors' Voice and Audio Solutions (VAS) for USD 165 million.
  • Assisted Twence, a waste processing company that produces energy, in the acquisition of Empyro. The Empyro plant produces pyrolysis oil, green steam and electricity from biomass by polygeneration.

  • Houthoff advised Nobia on the acquisition of Bribus Holding B.V., a Dutch kitchen supplier with annual sales of approximately EUR 65 million. Bribus was founded 90 years ago and is acquired from Bernhard ten Brinke, who remains in the company. 
  • Houthoff advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Reparenco, a Dutch paper and recycling business, to Smurfit Kappa Group plc for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million. Smurfit Kappa Group plc is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas.

  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Plaxinvest B.V. on the sale of their interest in Plaxinvest B.V. to Bentley Systems, Inc. Plaxinvest is the parent company of the Plaxis Group, the leading provider of geotechnical software. This strategic acquisition by Bentley, leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, serves to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals.

  • Houthoff represented Mr Perridon and current management of Trust, a consumer electronics manufacturer, on the sale to Egeria. Trust's current board of directors will maintain its active role within the company.

  • Represented the shareholders of Boal in the sale of a majority stake in Boal Group to Equistone Partners Europe. Headquartered in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, BOAL Group has 48 years of experience in designing and manufacturing aluminium roofing and sidewall systems for greenhouses and holds a market leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry. It also supplies the construction, engineering, and transport sectors with aluminium extrusions.
  • Houthoff (co-counsel to Kirkland&Ellis and Dechert LLP, M&A, VDD) advised Wyndham Worldwide Corp on the sale of its European vacation rental business (Landal part) to private equity firm Platinum Equity for approximately USD1.3 billion.
  • Representing the Italian (veterinary) pharmaceutical company Innovet (part of Epitech Group) in patent litigation proceedings, relating to both validity and infringement of its patent relating to pharmaceutical compositions containing micronized compounds.
  • Representing the French medical device company Biobank in patent litigation proceedings, relating to both validity and infringement of its patents relating to a process for preserving and regenerating human bone.

  • Advising VAR, a subsidiary of Attero, in a patent infringement dispute relating to a concrete crushing installation.
  • Successfully representing Nador Cott Protection sarl, holder of the Community Plant Variety Rights relating to the leading mandarin variety Nadorcott, in plant variety rights disputes against various Dutch importers.
  • Representing the French medical device company Biobank in patent litigation proceedings, relating to both validity and infringement of its patents relating to a process for preserving and regenerating human bone.
  • Advised JAC Capital, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned investment company JIC, and Wise Road Capital, as lead counsel on the USD 2.75 billion acquisition of the Standard Products business from NXP Semiconductors, one of the semiconductor market leaders worldwide. The transaction is waiting for approval from amongst others of the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission (US), CFIUS and the Chinese Ministry of Trade.

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