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Noted for its strength in depth and its parallel European litigation capabilities, Brinkhof’s practice is led jointly by Richard Ebbink and the ‘clever, commercial, hardworking’ Mark van Gardingen. He and ‘superstar’ Daan de Lange acted for Sandoz in preliminary injunction proceedings against Leo Pharma.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s ‘outstanding’ team is ‘always aware of case law developments’, and has a remarkably deep bench. Simon Dack represented Pfizer in a second medical use defence concerning its Lyrica product. Bart van den Broek is ‘very responsive’, the ‘prompt, flexibleLaura Fresco is ‘technologically insightful’, and Geert Theuws is also recommended. Managing partner Willem Hoyng heads the practice.

Active in pharmaceuticals and electronics, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team counts Novartis, HP and Ajinomoto among its clients. Group head Rutger Kleemans assisted Nikon with bringing 11 separate patent infringement claims against ASML. Peter Hendrick and senior associate Jelle Drok are also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘outstanding’ department provides ‘well-reasonsed, insightful advice’ and has excellent regulatory capabilities. The ‘extremely knowledgeableBert Oosting and Ruud van der Velden assisted Nikon with bringing 11 separate patent infringement claims against ASML. Of counsel Marc Wallheimer leads the group; Klaas Bisschop is also recommended.

The ‘devoted, personable, well-connectedMarleen van den Horst heads BarentsKrans’ team, which is active in pharmaceuticals, telecoms, electronics and mechanical engineering. Van den Horst and the ‘comforting’, ‘widely knowledgeable and very amicableJaap Bremer acted for Sun Pharmaceutical Industries in nullity and infringement proceedings against Novartis.

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘efficient, effective’ department is known for its deep bench of technical experts. The ‘supremeArmand Killan, who is ‘an excellent manager of complex international lawsuits’, acted for Nokia in various patent proceedings against Apple. The team is increasingly active in biotech: B Braun Melsungen instructed Marc van Wijngaarden on a complex patent case. Wouter Pors leads the team.

Paul Reeskamp leads the team at DLA Piper, which counts multi-jurisdictional litigation and parallel import litigation as key strengths. He represented Fresenius Kabi in a case against Eli Lilly regarding a generic for the latter’s Alimta drug. Patent attorney Johan Renes joined from JPWaVe in March 2017.

The practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is headed by ‘strategic, effective communicator’ Gertjan Kuipers, who continued to advise Ferring on patent litigation, opposition proceedings and IP agreements. ‘Dedicated, proactive, creative’ technology expert and senior associate Tjibbe Douma is ‘an excellent analyst’.

The ‘fast’, ‘extremely service-minded’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP is headed by ‘extensively knowledgeable, spontaneous thinker’ Bas Berghuis van Woortman, who along with the ‘very bright, determined’ Mattie de Koning is an expert in pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics. Clients include Allergan, BASF and Samsung Electronics.

Patent litigation boutique Vondst Advocaten N.V counts Amgen and Actavis among its clients. Ricardo Dijkstra acted for Troge Medical and Safemedic in preliminary injunction proceedings against B. Braun Melsungen. Alongside Otto Swens, Dijkstra represented Teva in proceedings against Merck Sharpe & Dohme concerning a hepatitis C treatment.

Allen & Overy LLP’s department is headed by ‘very experienced, business-oriented strategist’ Frits Gerritzen, who acted for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in multi-jurisdictional patent enforcement proceedings regarding its technology for the creation of transgenic mice. On the transactional IP side, Qualcomm is a client.

The ‘experienced, well-prepared, always available’ Anne Marie Verschuur leads the ‘timely, communicative’ team at NautaDutilh. She defended Medac in multi-jurisdictional patent nullity proceedings brought by Accord Healthcare. Other clients include P.K. Benelux. Of counsel Charles Gielen is also recommended.

Peter Claassen leads the team at AKD; he is supported by Huib Berendschot and Martin Hemmer, who represented Samsung in pan-European patent enforcement proceedings against numerous companies regarding Samsung’s printer cartridges. Senior associate Eliëtte Vaal is also recommended.

Houthoff’s department provides ‘prompt, comprehensive and to-the-point’ advice. Group head Thomas de Weerd is especially active in the IP aspects of transactions; ‘trustworthy, strategic, highly knowledgeable’ counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis and ‘clued-in’ senior associate Thijs van Aerde are the key litigators. Novartis and Innovet are clients.

Wim Maas and life sciences expert Carreen Shannon co-head Taylor Wessing’s practice, which is ‘excellent in every way’ and increasingly active in high-profile, multi-jurisdictional patent cases. Both lawyers represented Asus in infringement proceedings against Philips. The ‘hardworking’ Judith Krens is ‘on top of case law developments’.

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