This IP firm is ahead of the rest of the Dutch market when it comes to major patent disputes before Dutch courts on the patent attorney side. The small, pure patent attorney firm has now put even more distance between itself and its main competitors NLO, V.O. and Aomb, with four very visible patent attorneys in life sciences, telecommunications and mechanics cases.
In this mixed IP firm, patent attorneys make up the majority of fee earners. And although patent prosecution across a broad technical spectrum accounts for the main portion of the firm’s work, some patent attorneys, such as Martin Luten for electronics patents and Hans Prins in the pharma and biotechnology field, enjoy an excellent reputation for providing technical support in infringement and revocation proceedings before the Dutch patent courts. The firm is also very visible in EPO proceedings.
This international IP boutique continues to demonstrate its talent for cross-border patent litigation via an impressive European network and a wide-ranging client list at the top of the Dutch and European patent litigation market. It also has one of the largest patent teams in the Dutch market, including a well-regarded patent attorney practice.
This patent attorney firm is very active in the Dutch litigation market, especially when it comes to litigation regarding mobile communication patents, be it implementation patents or SEPs. With Harm van der Heijden and Hans Hutter the firm has two of the best-known Dutch patent attorneys in this segment in its ranks. They are frequently brought in by various law firms for nullity suits or technical support in infringement cases.
Vereenigde Octrooibureaux is still the largest patent filing firm in the Netherlands in terms of patent attorney headcount. The firm also operates a small but strong practice for litigation on the patent attorney side, which, with two distinctive technical specialties – life sciences and mobile communications – conducts revocation suits and infringement proceedings. Numerous Dutch law firms consistently call on the firm for the latter.
This full-service IP firm is dominated by patent attorneys and best known for its patent prosecution practice, which is active across a very broad technical spectrum. Litigation plays a secondary role for the patent attorney firm, although the life sciences team enjoys an excellent reputation for its technical assistance in revocation and infringement proceedings. In particular, René Raggers is highly regarded for his technical support in biotech cases. The firm works for a multitude of small, innovative companies here.
This IP boutique remains one of the market leaders for patent disputes in the Netherlands. Competitors are unlikely to challenge this position any time soon, as Brinkhof has been visible before the Dutch patent courts with a huge number of partners more often than the competition. The partners also conduct proceedings across a much broader technical spectrum than most other Dutch patent firms.
This small patent attorney firm has a good reputation for patent prosecution involving chemicals and mechanics patents. When it comes to the latter, law firms like to call on Bas Langenhuijsen in patent disputes before the Dutch patent courts for his litigation experience and technical support.
The selection of law firms in the above table reflects the research of the editorial staff at JUVE and is based on interviews with clients, lawyers and academics. It remains a subjective view and implies no disparagement of any firm not mentioned here but which is nevertheless active in this field. The firms are alphabetically listed within the groups. To find out more about our rankings and research criteria please click here and here.