Intellectual property and information technology
Rutger litigates complex patent cases before the (specialized) Dutch courts and before the European Patent Office.
Patent litigation in Europe often involves different jurisdictions. Patent litigants have to consider different legal systems, court procedures, legal traditions and cultures. Rutger knows his way around this fragmented playing field – and where the pitfalls are – and uses this knowledge to his clients’ best advantage.
He has been in the driving seat in pan-European patent litigations (offensive and defensive) including life cycle management litigation. These matters involve mature patent litigation systems, but also litigation in developing systems in Eastern Europe. He is equally happy working as part of a global team, focusing on the Benelux aspects of a case.
He litigates pharmaceutical (including medical devices), biochemical and TMT patent cases, the latter covering software, user interface, data streaming and universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) technology.
Rutger also heads the mainstream IP practice of Freshfields Amsterdam. He handles both contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright, design and slavish imitation/trade secret cases.
He is particularly active in the TMT (mobile communication), pharmaceutical, (bio)chemical, energy and consumer goods sectors. This involvement has given him a good knowledge of related areas, such as (self)regulatory and advertising law.