The core of Gertjan’s practice is patent law, where his background in science serves him well. His practice spans all fields of technology, including chemical, electrical, mechanical, computer and pharmaceutical technology.
Gertjan advises and litigates for numerous national and international companies. Most of his work is cross-border in nature, and he has extensive experience in conducting and coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Besides patent litigation, Gertjan also advises on licensing, IP strategy and IP structuring in contract research and joint R&D (both private/private and public/private).
Gertjan lectures on patent law at universities and to IP practitioners-in-training, and regularly publishes on IP-related matters. Gertjan is an active member of several national and international professional associations including AIPPI, EPLAW and LES. Gertjan is Chair of AIPPI’s Special Committee on Standards and Patents.
Legal 500 praises De Brauw’s IP practice, describing De Brauw as “an outstanding law firm for IP matters” and “reliable in terms of strategy, and has extraordinary technical leverage” while referring to Gertjan as a “top patent litigator”. According to clients interviewed by Chambers, he “shows a deep knowledge of the law and an appreciation of the practical need to seek a commercial resolution.”
Chambers further mentions that Gertjan is admired for his technical expertise and considered a “fierce opponent in court”‘. Clients also note Gertjan’s strong performance in the courtroom; according to Chambers: “He’s our favourite hi-tech patent litigator“. His scientific background is appreciated by clients, as reported by Chambers: “He’s not just a lawyer but also a technician. He understands technology quickly, is thorough and detailed, and very easy to work with.”
Gertjan studied both law and physics at Utrecht University, and is a Fulbright alumnus of Franklin Pierce Law Center (currently the University of New Hampshire). In 1995, he joined De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and was admitted to the bar. He has been a partner at De Brauw since 2004.