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IP & technology

Intellectual property (IP) is a key asset for many companies.  Patents, trade marks, copyrights and other IP rights enable companies to gain a competitive edge and determine for a large part their value. It is of utmost importance for a company that its IP rights are exploited and enforced effectively. Adequate protection of IP rights is a key driver for technical and social progress. Equally important for companies is the freedom to operate and compete and to defend themselves against unjust infringement allegations.

The lawyers in the IP & Technology department are seasoned experts in IP law. Our experience relates to patents, know-how and technology transfer, trade secrets, pharmaceutical regulatory disputes, trade marks and advertising, trade names, design rights, plant variety rights, copyright and software, domain names, data protection, internet and e-commerce. The team frequently works together with law firms outside the Netherlands in cross-border IP disputes and transactions.

Our core business is IP litigation. We have extensive experience in representing clients before various national and European courts and institutions, including the Dutch Supreme Court, the Court of Justice and the EUIPO. We have been involved in many prominent and pioneering cases. We frequently conduct complex patent proceedings as well as preliminary relief actions in trade mark and copyright infringement cases.

We also advise our clients on the protection, strategic management and commercialisation of their IP rights, for example by drafting and assisting in negotiations regarding licence, technology transfer, distribution and research and development agreements. Our IP litigation experience gives us a good insight into the potential risks to be covered in a contract.

Our IP & Technology practice group has a particularly strong track record in the fields of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Since many years, BarentsKrans is one of the few firms in The Netherlands to be instructed in major patent and regulatory matters involving pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Testimonials reveal that clients are extremely satisfied with the industry-specific expertise of BarentsKrans.

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‘Extremely capable and business savvy team that works to be in sync with the client’s business needs.’Legal 500, 2022

Pleasant, to the point and skilful’ Chambers Europe, 2022

Since its inception, BarentsKrans has provided game-changing support in complex disputes for global pioneers in the life sciences and telecommunications industries. For example, it has been working with Mylan for over 25 years on SPC and invalidation proceedings, while also advising on product launches and contractual matters. Playing an integral role on these briefs are Jaap Bremer and Marleen van den Horst. ‘They collaborate with external patent attorneys and in-house teams really well, and give everyone sufficient room to contribute and come up with valuable solutions.’ – IAM Patent 1000, 2021

‘The practice has core all-round strength across trade marks, copyright, and designs. They provide practical, commercial advice tailored to specific situations and needs. Always available and responsive. Another said: ‘Compared to other firms, they have really in-depth knowledge of the field.’ – Legal 500, 2021

‘Clients endorse the team for its ‘hands-on and practical approach, with a good knowledge of theoretical and practical aspects.’ Another client describes the firm as ‘well organised and client-oriented’. – Chambers Europe, 2021

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