Mrs Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile



Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis specialises in technology-related intellectual property matters, with a focus on patents and plant variety rights. In her daily practice, Fleur represents a wide variety of domestic and international companies that are active in technology-intensive business sectors, such as agrifood and biotech. Fleur is an experienced patent litigator and is one of only a handful of lawyers in the Netherlands with extensive experience in litigation relating to national and Community plant variety rights. Furthermore, Fleur assists clients in implementing customs seizure actions based on the EU Anti-Piracy Regulation. Over the past 10 years, Fleur has litigated in various cases before the Dutch courts, the Dutch Board of Plant Varieties and the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market.

Fleur has extensive experience in drafting and advising on licence agreements, R&D agreements, manufacture and distribution agreements and advising on technology transfer and know-how protection. Furthermore, Fleur frequently assists in technology-related transactions and corporate restructuring. Fleur regularly lectures on the protection of innovations and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Fleur is a member of the Houthoff AgriFood Practice Group. Fleur is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the Licensing Executive Society (LES), CIOPORA (the International Community of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Plants) and the Associazione Internazionale Giuristi di Lingua Italiana (AIGLI).

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

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

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Fleur Tuinzing-WesterhuisHouthoff

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.