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Wouter Pors

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Intellectual Property, Information technology, Energy

Position

Wouter is a partner and head of the Intellectual Property Practice of Bird & Bird in the Netherlands. With more than 25 years of experience, he focuses on patent litigation, which also helps him to keep in touch with innovative technology. He handles a wide range of patent disputes, varying from mechanical issues through software and business method patents to biotech disputes, for both national and international clients. Wouter is a member of our Tech & Comms, Life Sciences and Energy & Utilities Groups. In addition, Wouter is also involved in numerous trademark and copyright litigation matters, including cases before the Dutch Supreme Court and the European courts. In recent years, database protection and trade secrets have become a more important part of Wouter's practice and he has handled litigation on these issues and participated in various expert meetings on the new European trade secret regime. He is an expert on issues regarding the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, the new patent system that is expected to go live early 2015. He is working on this within Bird & Bird as well as AIPPI and EPLAW.

Career

Wouter joined Bird & Bird in 2001 as one of the founding partners of Bird & Bird in The Hague.

Languages

Dutch and English

Member

Secretary of the Dutch group of AIPPI, member of EPLAW.

Education

Before studying law, Wouter studied architecture and building construction for several years. He also worked as a researcher at Tilburg University. Wouter was admitted to the bar in 1989.


Netherlands

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

Within: Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

Head of the Bird & Bird LLP life sciences group, Marc van Wijngaarden 'is a joy to work with, has a great eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned to explore possible arguments'. His team, which 'has a unique spread across Europe', is also home to Armand Killan and Wouter Pors who together have an impressive roster of pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices, and research clients. With an especially strong IP offering, typical work includes advising Polpharma on patent disputes with Biogen over an antibody treatment for MS; it is also handling a range of corporate work for clients in the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

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Intellectual property: Patents

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Wouter Pors - Bird & Bird LLP

Within: Intellectual property: Patents

The Bird & Bird LLP team is considered to be 'one of the strongest patent litigator teams in the Netherlands and has great collaboration with patent attorneys'. Wouter Pors and Armand Killan, 'who does an outstanding job', are two of the senior and highly regarded practitioners; Killan continues to act for Nokia in patent infringement actions against Apple; the notable Marc van Wijngaarden counts Teva among his clients; associate Peter van Gemert is reported to 'have the skills to really become a great attorney'. The team is acting for biopharma company Ablynx in a complex, cross-border case again Unilever pertaining to the scope of patent licence agreements and the difference between medicinal products and functional foods.

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

At Bird & Bird LLP, 'all the attorneys are extremely smart, have the highest legal skills, and understand client needs'. Wouter Pors¬†heads the practice and noted practitioners including Manon Rieger-Jansen, who leads the brand protection team. Armand Killan¬†counts¬†Nestl√© among his clients, acting on a range of patent and trade mark matters in Europe including the protection of¬†the Maggi and Felix brands. The team is noted for its blue-chip clientele ‚Äď it acts for the¬†Kraft Heinz Group on the protection of its marks and designs.

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