Intellectual Property

Intellectuele eigendom is voor veel ondernemingen buitengewoon waardevol. Met de exploitatie van intellectuele eigendom kunnen investeringen in innovatie worden terugverdiend. Door handhaving van intellectuele eigendomsrechten kunnen concurrenten op afstand worden gehouden. Het (her)structureren van intellectuele eigendomsportefeuilles kan strategische en/of belastingtechnische voordelen opleveren. Het IE Team van Houthoff adviseert nationale en internationale cliënten op alle gebieden van het intellectuele eigendom, waaronder het auteursrecht, merkenrecht, modellenrecht, handelsnaamrecht, domeinnamen, databankenrecht, octrooirecht en, als een van de weinigen, het kwekersrecht. Daarnaast adviseert het team cliënten over bescherming van bedrijfsgeheimen. 

  • Recognised Practitioner
    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: Patent (2020 Edition)
  • Recognised Practitioner
    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2020 Edition)
  • “The team at Houthoff provides high quality, corporate-faced patent litigation services. Houthoff has a long tradition in litigation and this shows – also in the patent field.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2020 Edition)
  • “The team at Houthoff provides a high quality corporate faced patent litigation services. Houthoff has a long tradition in litigation and this shows – also in the patent field. Supreme court litigation is combined with litigation and non-contentious work in first instance and the level is very consistent. They deliver their services to high tech companies, and in the life sciences field and it surprises me that they are not more visible in the market”.
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (2020 Edition)
  • Recognised Practitioner
    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2019 Edition)
  • “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)
  • “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 has a strong line in Supreme Court litigation.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2018 Edition)
  • “Houthoff’s department provides ‘prompt, comprehensive and to-the-point’ advice.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (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)

Onze IE-specialisten staan cliënten bij in complexe IE zaken en hebben ruime ervaring met procederen bij de Hoge Raad en het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie. Zij vertegenwoordigen farmaceutische bedrijven in octrooigeschillen en zijn tevens sparringpartner voor technologie start-ups. Zij adviseren cliënten uit de  marktleidende automotive praktijk van Houthoff over uiteenlopende IE zaken. Verder wordt het IE Team betrokken in M&A en technologie gerelateerde transacties, waarin zij nauw samenwerken met onze experts op andere gebieden.

Ons IE Team is erkend om zijn betrokkenheid in baanbrekende IE-cassatiezaken en wordt gewaardeerd door cliënten vanwege de praktische oplossingen en doordachte adviezen.

De Life Sciences, Agrifood en TMT sector zijn gebaat bij advocaten met vergaande sectorkennis. Onze IE-specialisten maken deel uit van sectorspecifieke teams, zoals van HealthcareLife Sciences, Agrifood en Technology, Media & Telecom.

  • 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).
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Thomas de Weerd

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