NautaDutilh – Netherlands 2020
The well-positioned patent litigation team of this national full-service firm is well known in the Netherlands for pharmaceutical disputes, but also works in the technical field. Currently, however, it is far more visible in mobile communication cases thanks to litigation for Wiko. Compared to the market leaders the team remains small and stable with front woman Anne Marie Verschuur, one of the few female litigators in the Dutch market. It remains to be seen whether or not the team in a national full-service firm offers potential for additional partners in order to handle more complex cases at once. Traditionally, however, patent teams in this type of firm are more limited in their growth and the development of additional partners than in boutique firms. Apart from the two currently visible specialties, the team also handles patent disputes within a wide technical spectrum and advises a number of the firm’s notable industrial clients on licences and deals. This offers younger lawyers further potential for a partnership away from litigation.
Patent litigation with a broad technical focus.
Unlike other national full-service teams such as BarentsKrans, NautaDutilh has international IP teams in Brussels and Luxembourg. In Germany and the UK, it relies on cooperation partners. But like all patent teams in national full-service firms, it will have to coordinate within the firm as a whole if it wants to enter into more exclusive cooperations with other European teams for cross-border cases. There is less need for this now that the launch of the UPC has become less certain, unless NautaDutilh intends to boost its position by tightening ties to patent teams in key jurisdictions for cross-border cases. NautaDutilh could well be an attractive partner to national full-service firms as well as IP boutiques in Germany and the UK – simply because there are not enough stand-alone partner firms in the Netherlands with litigators of Anne Marie Verschuur’s calibre.
Anne Marie Verschuur (“good experience with her in litigation”, client)
1 partner, 5 associates, 1 of counsel
Patent litigation and transactional work with a focus on the life sciences sector. Trade secret advice and licence agreements.
Litigation: Wiko (defendant) against Sisvel over mobile communication patents; Dutch company in a dispute following an R&D project concerning developing a cancer medicine. Advice: frequent for Medac.