Mr Maarten Schut > Kennedy Van der Laan > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

Kennedy Van der Laan
1014 BG
P.O. Box 58188, 1040HD
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Work Department

Intellectual Property and Media Group




Maarten advises and litigates for established brands in the sports, fashion and technology industry, in their battle against counterfeit and disputes on infringements. He frequently litigates on trademark law and the exploitation and protection of technology, but also in disputes of a more general nature, such as contractual disputes. Furthermore, he advises high-tech companies on R&D collaborations, licences and protection of knowhow.

Before joining Kennedy Van der Laan Maarten worked as a public prosecutor and judge.

Maarten earned an LL.M in European law from the University of Cambridge. He is editor of the Journal “Farmarecht” and deputy judge at the Court of Appeal in Leeuwarden. Furthermore, he is a member of the Licensing Executives Society, the “Benelux-vereniging voor Merken- en Modellenrecht”, the International Trademark Association, the Pharmaceutical Trademark Group, the Association for European Trademark Owners MARQUES en the “Vereniging voor Auteursrecht”.



Dutch, English


Member of Licensing Executives Society (LES)
Member of Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Rights (BMM)
Member of Pharmaceutical Trademark Group (PTMG)
Member of International Trademark Association (INTA)
Member of Association for European Trademark Owners MARQUES
Member of Procedural Law Association


Law, Universiteit van Utrecht, 1993 (cum laude)
Algemene Letteren (communicatiekunde), Universiteit van Utrecht, 1993
LL.M. (European Law), University of Cambridge, 1994
European and International Trademark law, Grotius Academie, 2004 (cum laude)

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences

Kennedy Van der Laan has a special focus on mergers and joint ventures together with medical liability and disciplinary actions. The team is a member of Biolegis, the pan-European network of independent law firms with a focus on life sciences. Fenna van Dijk heads the healthcare team and Maarten Schut specialises in IP within the life sciences sector. Meltem Koning advises on corporate and private equity matters. The group advised the Oncode Institute, a new ‘super’ institute combining oncology research from numerous academic hospitals and research institutes. It assisted with its set up and governance, funding negotiations, and complex IP arrangements. In other work includes advising on licensing, R&D collaborations, and patent disputes.

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

The ‘efficient, well-synced team‘ at Kennedy Van der Laan ‘has excellent communication skills; the advice is pragmatic and it has broad experience in brand protection matters’. Alfred Meijboom and Maarten Schut head the department and offer broad expertise in IP, media, and related technology issues. Schut also coordinates the European brand protection work for Nike.  Counsel Sophie van Loon has a focus on copyright law and advises international media and publishing clients, including on matters relating to collective rights management societies. The team’s impressive client roster includes Ikea, Facebook, and Tommy Hilfiger. Highlight work includes continuous assistance to Converse in its fight against counterfeiting in several European countries and wins against Dutch distributors Van Caem and Goeiemode.