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Peter Claassen

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Peter Claassen chairs the AKD IP&T practice group. Peter has expertise in a wide range of the legal arena. Peter has paid a great contribution to the expansion of AKD’s IP practice and the Retail & Consumer Products branch group. His main expertise is in the classic IP areas such as patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. Peter is regarded as an experienced litigator. A large number of the cases in which he has conducted litigation have been published in specialist literature. In addition Peter has wide experience with the legal aspects of brand development, parallel trading and drafting of IP agreements such as licences, transfers and distribution agreements. Peter's clients include both nationally and internationally renowned companies in the folowing branches: chain stores, electronics, food & beverages, household & personal care, fashion and leisure wear, design and information and communication technology.


In 1984 he worked for a year at Arnall Golden & Gregory, Atlanta, U.S.A. In 1985 Peter started working at AKD where he became a partner in 1992.


He is a member of leading organisations such as INTA and Marques.


Peter studied law at Nijmegen University where he obtained his Master degree. In addition Peter obtained an LLM degree at Miami Law school.

Netherlands: Intellectual property


Within: Patents

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.

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights

AKDmanages large IP projects very efficiently’. Martin Hemmer represented Bär Software in copyright and database rights cases against companies such as Pearson. ‘Strategically inventive’ group head Peter Claassen is ‘an impressive negotiator’; the ‘very skilled’ Huib Berendschot is ‘business-oriented’. Other clients include Samsung and Forax.

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