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Maurits is a senior counsel in the Intellectual Property Practice of Bird & Bird. He is based in The Hague. As a member of the Tech & Comms and Life Sciences Groups, he advises on cases in his field, with a particular technical emphasis on software and electronics. He litigates groundbreaking patent and licensing cases for major international companies in the field of software, telecommunications, digital security and convergent media solutions. Maurits coordinates pan-European strategies for major patent holders, helping to assert their patents against competitors with simultaneous patent actions in various jurisdictions. His practice also includes negotiation of international patent licensing agreements, as well as litigation relating to the breach of such contracts and the misappropriation of trade secrets.


Maurits worked as IP/IT lawyer, before joining Bird & Bird in 2007. He is an active speaker on IP strategy, R&D best practices and 3D Printing, while also coaching startups and teaching IP law and strategy as guest lecturer at the University of Leiden and software protection and patent law at the Technical University of Delft. At the invitation of the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, Maurits spoke at the 2014 World Congress on 3D Printing in China. He also serves as an editor on the EPLAW Patent Blog.


Dutch, English, French and German


He studied law at the University of Leiden and is a graduate of the international program of the Institute for Political Sciences (SciencePo) in Paris. Maurits was admitted to the bar in 2004.

Netherlands: Intellectual property

Trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Trade mark and trade secrets expert Wouter Pors heads Bird & Bird LLP’s team. It is noted for its bench of technical experts, which includes senior counsel Maurits Westerik, and has strong contentious capabilities: Pors and Manon Rieger-Jansen acted for Facebook in numerous opposition and trade mark infringement proceedings.

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