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Vondst Advocaten N.V
1071 KN Amsterdam

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Vondst Advocaten N.V is a boutique firm that handles contentious and non-contentious IP and IT matters in the health care and life sciences sectors. It has a strong focus on disputes and litigation, and represents clients before national courts, regulatory authorities and the General Court of the European Union. Otto Swens is recommended for patent litigation and is no stranger to cross-border cases, while Ricardo Dijkstra handles patent, technology and life sciences litigation. Arvid Van Oorschot also handles regulatory matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Otto Swens; Ricardo Dijkstra; Arvid van Oorschot


‘The team has in-depth knowledge of the industry and is able to translate such knowledge into practical and hands-on advice’.  

‘Ricardo Dijkstra is a great personality to work with’.

‘Ricardo Dijkstra is smarter than most, and really driven to deliver on time and above expectations’.

Key clients





Curium Pharma






Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

The team at Vondst Advocaten N.V is highly rated not only for its extensive understanding of IT and outsourcing law, but also for its client engagement, including providing large corporates and innovator clients with online tools and seminars. Polo van der Putt has long-standing expertise in digitalization, including IT contracts, litigation and data protection. He is especially focused on new technologies such as big data analytics, AI, cloud computing, and electronic signatures and e-payments. Tjeerd Overdijk specialises in a combination of  IT and intellectual property, such as the enforcement of rights in software. He is also a WIPO panellist for nl. domain name disputes. Herwin Roerdink‘s focus is on data protection and online marketing issues.

Practice head(s):

Polo van der Putt

Other key lawyers:


‘What I like most about working with Vondst is their practical approach, good communication skills and excellent knowledge of IT law and IT practice.’

‘The main lawyer I work with is Polo van der Putt. He is an excellent IT lawyer, very experienced, knowledgeable and is able to transfer complex legal matters into very practical advice.’

‘We really appreciate the accessibility and down to earth approach of Vondst. They are really able to translate the difficulties of the case at hand and get the message across to the target audience. The seminars they offer their clients provide much insight and their online quick fact check tool/database is of much help too.’

‘Polo van der Putt is a pleasure to work with. He is very accessible and is able to share his extensive knowledge in very pleasant manner. We also appreciate the fact that he is very pragmatic and has a fine sense of humour.’

‘High level of professionalism. True interest in client’s business. Very proactive approach. 24/7 availability.’

‘Polo van der Putt: pleasant to work with; 24/7 availability; high level of professionalism; understanding of client’s business.’

Key clients


Dümmen Orange







Randstad Groep Nederland and Randstad Holding


Terberg Business Lease

Reset National

Work highlights

  • Advised the major Dutch IT service provider Centric on various disputes, including litigation against a municipality and a dispute with Uniface.
  • Advised IT service provider Softproviding on an ERP deal with meat processor Vion (Netherlands, Germany).
  • Advised pension fund PGB on various outsourcing and technology transactions, including on the development and exploitation of a pension administration platform in a joint venture with Achmea and in cooperation with IT service provider CGI.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Specialist firm Vondst Advocaten N.V has an exclusive focus on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property especially in the pharmaceuticals, life sciences and IT sectors. Patents are a central area of work; it acts for well-known pharmaceutical, medical device and other healthcare companies and mechanical engineering and electronics are growth areas for the practice. Otto Swens litigates in national and international patent cases in addition to advisory work such as licensing negotiations, technology transactions and R&D collaborations. Likewise, Ricardo Dijkstra and Arvid Van Oorschot have broad patent litigation practices. A substantial team of associates includes Tjerk Sigterman and Carly Van Der Beek, both of whom are building a patent litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Otto Swens; Ricardo Dijkstra; Arvid van Oorschot

Key clients



Viatris (formerly Mylan)

VDL Group

Curium Pharma






Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

Herwin Roerdink leads the data protection practice at boutique firm Vondst Advocaten N.V, which advises on all issues relating to data protection and online marketing. The team also handles investigations instigated by supervisory authorities and also assists with the data elements of M&A transactions, direct marketing litigation and enforcement issues. Polo van der Putt and senior associate Tineke van de Bunt also contribute to the practice.

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‘The team is very professional and I consider them to be a true strategic partner and value driver for our business.’

‘The individuals from Vondst I work with are proactive, approachable, very responsive, they provide practical advice, always employ a broad perspective based on their knowledge of our business and proactively consider potential future legal risks and opportunities.’

‘Vondst Advocaten has a team of collaborative lawyers, as they are easily available when you need support from them. Also, they are a boutique firm specialised in the field of law and technology – which makes a difference when compared to other law firms.’

‘Good in depth knowledge of IT & IP law (including privacy law), high level of service and responsiveness and always eye for the commercial considerations.’

‘Herwin Roerdink and Tineke van de Bunt – Good in-depth knowledge of IT & IP law (including privacy law), high level of service and responsiveness and always an eye for the commercial considerations.’

Key clients





National Postcode Lottery



University of Amsterdam



Credit Europe Bank


Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 5

The firm: Vondst was founded in 2007 as a boutique firm that focuses exclusively on IP, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, IT and data protection. All its partners have previously worked in these fields for well known international and national law firms. Since its start, Vondst has almost doubled in size.

Areas of practice
Patents and technology: This practice primarily focuses on litigation. Our attorneys handle both local and international cross-border patent cases. In particular, Vondst advises and litigates in the areas of pharma and life sciences, the chemical industry, mechanical engineering, and IT. Vondst also assists clients in the local and cross-border exploitation of their patents and technological know-how.

Trademarks, designs, copyrights and unfair competition: Vondst advises and litigates on the full range of these fields. As Vondst is primarily a contentious firm, we use Dutch and foreign trademark agents to assist in the filing of applications for trademark protection for our clients. With respect to copyrights and design protection the practice is not limited to traditional works like books and other kinds of writing, but actually more often involves product design, game and software concepts, databases and other information products and software.

Pharmaceuticals and life sciences: The attorneys at Vondst have years of litigation and advisory experience with regard to common legal issues in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries, including the registration of medicines and medical devices in a national, European or other context, parallel imports, counterfeiting, licensing, good clinical practice, reimbursement and pricing matters and advertising.

Plant variety rights: Vondst advises businesses specialized in breeding or exploiting plant material in the horticultural, fruit growing and seed industries about the possibilities available to protect the products they have developed and their breeding and horticultural methods, and about licensing and other types of exploitation agreements.

IT and sourcing: Vondst assists clients in contentious and transactional IT matters, such as in the field of sourcing, cloud computing, IT projects (agile and waterfall), license agreements, IT related public procurement, distribution and other commercial contracts, the protection of technology and information, illegal software and audits, internet, e-commerce and domain names.

Data protection: Vondst advises clients in matters involving compliance with law and regulations, including the GDPR and ePR, processing agreements, fines, damages and liability, enforcement by supervisors, data breaches, (online) marketing, information security, profiling, research, privacy policies, internet of things and smart devices. The lawyers of Vondst repeatedly and successfully have assisted clients in enforcement matters against the Dutch data protection regulators.

Patents & Technology Otto Swens
Patents & Technology Ricardo Dijkstra
Patents & Technology Arvid van Oorschot
Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights & Unfair Competition Tjeerd Overdijk
Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights & Unfair Competition Herwin Roerdink
Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Otto Swens
Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Ricardo Dijkstra
Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences Arvid van Oorschot
Plant Variety Rights Tjeerd Overdijk
IT & Sourcing Polo van der Putt
Data Protection Polo van der Putt
Data Protection, online marketing Herwin Roerdink
Herwin Roerdink photo Herwin RoerdinkHerwin is a partner at the firm and specializes in intellectual property,…
Otto Swens photo Otto SwensOtto Swens is co-founder and partner. Otto’s practice has a focus on…
Polo van der Putt photo Polo van der PuttPolo is partner at the firm and heads the IT and sourcing…
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