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.

Recent Matters

12 January 2022

COFRA acquires Dalsem, a leading developer of high-tech greenhouses

De Brauw advised COFRA on the acquisition of Dalsem, a leading developer of high-tech greenhouses. This is COFRA's second investment in the sustainable food sector and the next step in COFRA's ongoing diversification strategy focused on tackling the biggest social and environmental challenges facing our world.
4 January 2022

Silverfleet sells CoreDux to Arcline

De Brauw advised Silverfleet Capital on the sale of the CoreDux Group, a manufacturer of flexible gas and fluid artery systems with group companies in the Netherlands, France, Germany and the United States, to Arcline Investment Management. The parties entered into a put option agreement on 24 December 2021. Signing and closing of the transaction are expected by Q1 or Q2 of 2022, subject to the consultation of employee representative bodies and regulatory clearances.
27 December 2021

Prodrive Technologies announces minority investment by HAL

De Brauw has acted as lead counsel for Prodrive Technologies on reaching an agreement with HAL Investments regarding a minority investment in Prodrive Technologies. HAL will invest alongside Prodrive Technologies' two founders to support the company's ambitions. Prodrive Technologies is active in the research, development and manufacturing of high-tech electronics, software and mechatronic products and systems. The company provides solutions for, amongst others, the semiconductor, medical and electric mobility industries. Sales over the financial year 2020 amounted to € 279 million and the company employs approximately 2,075 FTE. The completion of the transaction is subject to conditions customary for transactions of this nature, including approval by the relevant competition authorities as well as finalization of the procedures under the Works Council Act.
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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 and across all technical areas to include the food and beverages, telecoms, high-tech, chemical and engineering sectors.

With more than two decades of experience 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:

De Brauw’s patent ligation team is extremely dedicated and reactive. They are experienced litigators with a solid knowledge of the law and a quick understanding of the technical background. The team is very approachable and fun to work with.

Legal 500, 2021
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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.

The lawyers are very much on top of the law and they are thorough... excellent IP services and well thought-out, clear recommendations that are easy to understand and implement.

Legal 500, 2021
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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, Booking.com, Tesla, Takeaway.com, Danone, AholdDelhaize, Bol.com, 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.

Excellent expertise, great availability at all levels; [a] creative team... Combining superb expertise with profound knowledge of our work field and its sensitivities... the team is knowledgeable, experienced, and quick to respond.

Legal 500, 2021