Intellectual Property

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The only full-spectrum IP practice at a full-service firm in the Netherlands

Firmly embedded in our 150+ litigation practice, we are uniquely positioned to handle the most complex, multidisciplinary and international matters with an IP angle.

Unlike any other firm in the Netherlands, we have the strength and capability to deal with all aspects of complex IP litigation, and alongside our ground-breaking cases before the European Court of Justice, we have been involved in most of the landmark decisions heard by the Dutch Supreme Court in the past five years..

We offer our clients targeted legal and broad sector knowledge across the full scope of healthcare, life sciences, food and beverages, luxury goods, retail, telecommunication, ICT, energy, transportation, chemical, materials, banking and insurance sectors.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a market-leading law firm for soft IP matters, and also offers a notable patent practice. The firm has an outstanding reputation for assisting clients with trade mark validity and infringement proceedings, as well as being an esteemed choice for trade secrets disputes, parallel import cases and copyright infringement proceedings. The team is also well known for advising on patent infringement, invalidity and enforcement proceedings. De Brauw attracts clients from a range of sectors, including the technology, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries.

Chambers Global, 2023
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New multinational patent court

The launch of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) on 1 June marks the most radical reform of the European patent system in decades.

The European Patent (EP), actually a bundle of national patents in selected EU member states, will have to make room for European patents with unitary effect (Unitary Patents - UPs), which territorial scope will extend to all 24 participating states and the country-by-country litigation approach will face serious competition from the UPC: an entirely new multinational court for pan- European patent litigation.

The new UPC system offers exciting opportunities for patent holders, as it creates a single approach to patent registration and enforcement across the UPC states. This gives practitioners a new perspective on patent strategy and on enforcement of patent portfolios. At the same time, alleged infringers will be able to establish their market position faster than before by having a UP revoked or by asking for a declaration of non-infringement.

Unified Patent Court

One of the most well-known firms in the country, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a reference for those seeking strategic counsel in cutting-edge disputes, and handles complex cross-border mandates with ease.

IAM Patent 1000, 2023
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The patent litigation firm of choice

... for many multinationals wishing to coordinate their patent strategy throughout Europe. We are involved in complex, cutting-edge, multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and advise on issues of validity, infringement, ownership/inventorship and licensing.

We deal with ground-breaking cases at all levels, including Supreme Court litigation and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. In addition, we are gearing up for the start of the Unified Patent Court. Out of our team of more than 150 litigators, we are putting together teams with experience in patent law, technical fields and extensive litigation, so that we can offer the strongest dedicated litigation teams, where relevant with the inclusion of foreign lawyers.

We have experience across all technical areas in multi-jurisdictional patent disputes regarding portfolios of telecommunications standard essential patents, our telecoms clients benefit from our expertise in the competition (FRAND) aspects of the enforcement and licensing of standard essential patents. Patents also play a large role in the broad spectrum of our Life Sciences work for pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms and medical supply companies:

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Trade Secrets - a valuable commodity

... but in the hands of a third party, they can have a huge adverse impact on a company’s competitive advantage. Our inhouse and technical expertise positions us to be able to advise clients on the value of their trade secret, whether a dispute pivots on the mobility of workers, business collaboration or cybercrime. Our Employment practice also advise clients in connection with allegation of misappropriation by former employees. Our unparalleled experience with the regulatory and criminal enforcement measures is critical when gathering evidence to establish misappropriation. This includes unrivalled advice from our Privacy, Data and Cyber Security experts should misappropriation of digitally stored trade secrets be alleged following a collaboration between companies.

They are extremely responsive and kind, and have hit the ground running on a very important matter for us.

Legal500, 2023
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What's in a name?

We regularly deal with matters relating to trade name rights, slavish imitation and advertising law, with a particular focus on trade marks, trade names, copyrights, database protection and design rights.

A good example of our deep sector knowledge is the sector task force led by our IP and data protection specialists: the consumer goods and retail online working group (CGROW) including legal counsel from Heineken, JDE, Royal Philips, Signify, AkzoNobel,, Tesla,, Danone, AholdDelhaize,, Tommy Hilfiger/PVH, Catawiki, Pon, FrieslandCampina and Uber. This extraordinary group brings together experience and expertise at the highest level, and is unique in the market.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has a glowing reputation in the Netherlands for its smooth resolution of complex cross-border disputes and astute advice which mitigates risk and capitalises on business opportunity. One of its top stars, Tobias Cohen Jehoram is “an outstanding and well-respected lawyer who achieves excellent results

WTR 1000, 2023

Our IP team received three awards during this years Managing IP Awards. For the third time in a row, the team was granted the title "Netherlands IP Transactions & Advisory Firm of the Year".

Tobias Cohen JehoramPartner


18 April 2024

Anticipating the EU Regulation on Standard Essential Patents: what lies ahead?

On 28 February 2024, the European Parliament (EP) approved the European Commission's proposal for a new regulation on Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). Despite substantial criticism (see, for example, our article), the EP left the core elements of the Commission's proposal unchanged. The draft SEP Regulation will now need to be reviewed by the EU Council, with the overall duration of the further legislative process mostly depending on whether the Council will move forward with this before the European elections in June 2024. Considering the probable upcoming shifts in the SEP landscape, this article outlines the potential ramifications of the current draft SEP Regulation (as amended by the EP) once it has been enacted.
26 October 2023

Anne Marie Verschuur appointed as Member of Honour by AIPPI

Anne Marie Verschuur has been appointed as Member of Honour of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) during its World Congress in Istanbul. She served for many years in the international board of AIPPI, including as Reporter General. Anne Marie was furthermore recently appointed as President of the Dutch group of AIPPI (the Dutch Association for Intellectual Property) as per the end of this year.
19 July 2023

ACM updates – and clarifies – its guidelines for sustainability claims

On 13 June 2023, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) published its updated Guidelines regarding Sustainability Claims, which replace the ACM's earlier guidelines that were published in 2021. The updated guidelines provide more clarity on what makes sustainability claims compliant with unfair commercial practice rules, and what could make these claims misleading to consumers.