Thijs van Aerde > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile


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Thijs specialises in Supreme Court litigation, as well as representing clients before the European Court of Justice and the lower Dutch courts. Since Thijs joined Houthoff in 2006, he has litigated more than 100 cases before the Dutch Supreme Court and many cases before the lower Dutch courts. Thijs focuses on issues related to intellectual property law, contract law, tort law, and procedural law matters.

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Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

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Thijs van AerdeHouthoff

Houthoff is renowned for its Supreme Court litigation expertise. It handles cases across all types of IP disputes from patents, trade marks and copyright to plant variety rights, database and defamation matters. It also has a niche expertise acting for car companies such as Ford and Renault and has a dedicated IP technology transfer team that advises on acquisitions and cross-border tax structuring. Thomas De Weerd heads a team that includes core team members Thijs Van Aerde and Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents

Thomas de Weerd leads the Houthoff practice which has a noted reputation for its expertise in Supreme Court litigation, often in respect of pharmaceutical, biotech, technology and chemicals patents. Its advisory work includes the patent aspects of mergers and it also advises medical start-ups on patent matters. It is the leading firm in advising on the niche area of plant variety rights – an area where Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is an expert. Her experience encompasses litigation regarding national and community plant variety rights and broader agri-food cases. Thijs van Aerde is well known for his Supreme Court litigation.