Mr Thomas de Weerd > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile



Thomas specialises in IT, privacy, outsourcing and intellectual property. His daily work involves advising a wide range of national and international clients on IT, privacy and intellectual property matters, technology-related transactions, outsourcing transactions, and technology contracts. He has experience as an in-house counsel for technology and internet companies. Thomas is a board member of the Netherlands Association for Information Technology and Law and the Dutch Privacy Law Association and a member of INTA and the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology

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Thomas de WeerdHouthoff

Houthoff has specialised practice groups in IT and the internet, outsourcing, privacy and data protection, and TMT. On the commercial side, the team handles e-commerce, commercial contracting and consumer protection matters. Thomas de Weerd heads the team and has considerable experience in the area; he is also noted for his strength in technology-related transactions and commercial contracts. Senior associate Jurre Reus is noted for IT contracting and litigation.

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

The team at Houthoff, headed by Thomas de Weerd attracts complex IP litigation in addition to the full range of transactional work, often undertaken with the corporate/M&A group. It has broad sector expertise including in the realms of media and online activities. Its work for anti-piracy organisation Stichting BREIN, which has reached the Supreme Court, will likely have far-reaching consequences as it deals with whether Usenet provider News-Service Europe, as an internet intermediary, is liable for hosting copyright-protected works on its servers. This case is being led by counsel Thijs van Aerde who ‘is a great sparring partner and is highly recommended on cases before the Dutch Supreme Court’. Karim Abass joined the team from WIPO in March 2020 as an associate.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents

Houthoff is a smaller group but has a ‘rare all-around profile‘ in that it has a blend of expertise that ranges from corporate work including mergers through to Supreme Court litigation. It acts for life sciences, pharma, and tech companies and also advises hospitals on the patent aspects of mergers, and also advises medical start-ups. Team head, Thomas de Weerd combines IP expertise with  IT and privacy. Counsel Thijs van Aerde is especially noted for his Supreme Court cases which are often referred to him by other law firms.  Counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is a highly rated patent litigator who is also known for her deep expertise in the field of national and community plant variety rights.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms

Houthoff focuses on corporate M&A in the TMT sector. It also handles high-profile litigation, including Supreme Court litigation, and regulatory issues. Practice head Thomas de Weerd specialises in IT, e-business, outsourcing, technology-related transactions and commercial contracts. Counsel Freeke Heijne is noted for public law and regulatory matters.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

In the media space, Houthoff specialises in Supreme Court litigation and high-end M&A. Thomas de Weerd heads the practice and is experienced in IT, e-business, outsourcing, and other technology-related transactions. Counsel Thijs Van Aerde is experienced in litigating media law-related cases before the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and the Dutch Appeal and District Courts.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection

Houthoff‘s privacy and data protection group has expertise across the spectrum of data mandates, with notable experience in issues relating to connected cars, internet platforms and fintech work. Group head Thomas de Weerd is also an expert in technology related mandates and e-business issues; other key names include senior associate Jurre Reus, who focuses on privacy and e-commerce matters. The team is singled out for its litigation experience and regularly handles investigations by the Dutch DPA and the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets.