Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is extremely valuable for many companies. By exploiting intellectual property rights, investments in innovation can be recouped. By enforcing intellectual property rights, competitors can be kept at bay. The structuring and restructuring of intellectual property portfolios can yield strategic benefits and tax benefits. Houthoff's IP Team advises national and international clients in all intellectual property areas, including copyright, trademarks, design rights, trade name rights, domain names, database rights and patents. We are also one of the few firms that specialise in plant breeders' rights. Our IP Team also advises clients on the protection of trade secrets. 

  • “The lawyers have a thorough and deep understanding of the law combined with a hands-on and service-oriented approach.”
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2019 Edition)
  • “Sources say the firm’s offering is ‘excellent’ and entails a ‘high-level service.’”
    Chambers Europe, TMT: IT & IT Outsourcing (2019 Edition)
  • Recognised Practitioner
    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2019 Edition)
  • “The practice at Houthoff is recognised for its ‘very strong Supreme Court practice.’”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2019 Edition)
  • "Clients value the lawyers for their 'responsiveness, excellent advice and approach, containing practical and reliable solutions'."
    Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2018 Edition)
  • "According to sources, the lawyers display a 'quick grasp of the issues' and offer 'sensible, pragmatic advice'."
    Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2018 Edition)
  • “Houthoff’s department provides ‘prompt, comprehensive and to-the-point’ advice.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (2018 Edition)
  • “Houthoff’s department has a strong line in Supreme Court litigation.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2018 Edition)
  • "Broad range of expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and copyright issues, with a particularly strong focus on the pharmaceutical, automotive and media industries."
    Chambers Global, Intellectual Property: General (2017 Edition)
  • "The firm can provide an in-house expert for every different topic and provides an international network of lawyers that can assist in the various stages when co-operating with international companies."
    Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)
Our IP specialists assist clients in complex IP cases and have extensive experience in litigating before the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. They represent pharmaceutical companies in patent disputes and are also sparring partners for tech start-ups. They give clients from Houthoff's market-leading automotive practice group advice on a wide range of IP matters. The IP Team is often involved in M&A and technology-related transactions, in which they work closely together with our experts in other areas.

Our IP Team is known for its involvement in groundbreaking IP-related cassation cases and is valued by our clients because of the practical solutions and well-considered advice the team provides.

The Life Sciences, Agrifood and TMT sectors benefit from lawyers with comprehensive sector knowledge. Our IP specialists are part of sector-specific teams, including HealthcareLife Sciences, Agrifood and Technology, Media & Telecom
  • 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.

  • Houthoff advised Poiesz Supermarkten B.V., a chain of supermarkets in the Northern Netherlands, on the acquisition of Zorggroep Friesland B.V., sole shareholder of  Van Smaak B.V.. Van Smaak B.V. delivers meals to healthcare institutions and individual customers and has the whole relating process (including the purchase of the raw materials, processing and logistics) in house.

  • Houthoff advised Media Markt – Saturn on the establishment of a joint venture with Talpa, Juke Nederland B.V. Juke has launched an online on-demand music streaming service offering unlimited access to songs, playlists and radio content.
  • 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.
  • Succesfully representing Rotterdam's Erasmus University Medical Center, one of the largest and most authoritative scientific University Medical Centers in Europe, and Erasmus University in summary proceedings before the Rotterdam interim injunction judge against a spin-off company about the licensing and development of software for laboratory information management and the early detection of hospital-acquired infections (HAI's).
  • Successfully representing Ryanair in litigation before the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice against PR Aviation and their online booking website Wegolo which also sells tickets for Ryanair flights. The ECJ ruled that a maker of a database which is not protected by copyright or database right, may impose contractual limitations on the use of that database. The ECJ has referred the case back to the Dutch Supreme Court.
  • Advising H2 Equity partners on the sale of its majority stake in its portfolio company Dümmen Orange to BC Partners. Dümmen Orange is a leading breeder of cut flowers and potted plants with production in Europe, Central America and East Africa. The transaction is a subject to regulatory approvals and it is expected to be closed in the coming months.
  • Advising VAR, a subsidiary of Attero, in a patent infringement dispute relating to a concrete crushing installation.
  • 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 DNA Green Group, the fastest growing breeder of flowers and pot plants in the Netherlands, in its two major acquisitions of competitors Terra Nigra and Rijnplant and their extensive plant variety rights portfolios.
  • Successfully representing Pictoright, the Dutch author’s rights organisation for visual creators, in copyright litigation against Allposters before both the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.
  • 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.
  • Paul, Weiss together with Houthoff advised Apollo Global Investment in the 80.1% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components and automotive lighting. Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% interest in Lumileds.
  • Houthoff advised investment firm H2 Equity Partners on the acquisition of an interest in fixed base flight simulator producer Multi Pilot Simulations B.V. The company has its head office in the Netherlands with a production location in Germany. H2 will support the existing MPS management team in its growth plans.

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Thomas de Weerd

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Thijs van Aerde

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Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

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