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Intellectual Property, Information technology, Energy


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.


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


Dutch and English


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


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: Healthcare and life sciences

Bird & Bird LLP’s team is led by ‘widely knowledgeable’ IP expert Marc van Wijngaarden, who ‘thinks outside the box’. Patent litigation is a particular strength of the practice: Wouter Pors acted for Ablynx in a case against Unilever. Armand Killan is also recommended.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property


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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.

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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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