Intellectual Property and IT

As an entrepreneur, you want to properly protect the individual character of your products and services. The La Gro Geelkerken law firm has specialists in the areas of copyright law, trademark law, trade name law, design law, patent law, domain names, stolen company data, and counterfeit products. Our intellectual property and IT lawyers will also help you protect the software you developed, such as when entering into a SaaS contract or another type of software contract.

Our approach

Our intellectual property and IT team contains various experts with in-depth and specialist knowledge of laws relating to IP and IT. They can help you view your position from a legal perspective. You can turn to us for legal advice, support, or to litigate on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and the protection of know-how and trade secrets. We work for medium-size to large enterprises and local, regional, and national public authorities. They operate in a wide range of different industries, which are, therefore, all familiar territory for us.

Your specialist
Benjamin Niemeijer

Specialist Intellectual Property and IT & Privacy and data protection (AVG/GDPR) & Commercial contracts and commercial litigation & Asia and China Desk

What we can do for you

  • Intellectual property

  • Infringement proceedings

  • New technologies

  • Trade secrets

  • Life Sciences & Health

  • IT-contracts

The concept of intellectual property extends to a broad range of rights that protect intellectual creations, including trademark rights, copyrights, trade name rights, and patents. Intellectual creations include photos, art, text, design, software, trade names, brands, and (technological) inventions. Third parties are not allowed to use your creations without your consent. Which intellectual property right would be suitable to protect your creation depends on the creation and the kind of protection you want.

Having your IP rights in order will strengthen your market position and your brand. It will also create opportunities for product development and innovation, while protecting your brand, product, or innovation against infringement. We will be happy to advise you on what steps to take.

The more popular the brand or product, the greater the chance it will be counterfeited. In many cases, recording your IP rights will act as a deterrent and mean that third parties will be less likely to market products that look too much like yours.

If a party infringes on your intellectual property rights, we will help you draft a clearly worded demand letter and, if necessary, litigate until we have secured compensation and legal costs.

New technologies and digital products are developed all the time, such as AI (artificial intelligence) and blockchain. These also lead to a wide range of legal issues in realms such as copyright law, patents, trade secrets, and privacy and data protection.

Blockchain

Many have classed blockchain technology as the greatest innovation since the internet. High-profile people such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk have expressed confidence in the value added by blockchain technology. Blockchain technology is being used in many different industries. The blockchain paves the way for innovation and creates opportunities, but it also has a disruptive effect. Existing systems may be affected by blockchain technology, such as payments that so far are routed mainly through banks. What is undeniable is that blockchain technology not only offers theoretic solutions and improvements for existing problems and systems, but also offers many practical possibilities.

We have broad experience with the legal issues surrounding technology and will help you make well-considered choices for your IT projects and technological innovations. If necessary, we will work together in multidisciplinary teams with specialists in other areas of the law. 4. Trade secrets

Trade secrets play a key role in a company’s day-to-day operations and in the protection of knowledge sharing between companies. That said, it is far from a given that information is always properly protected at companies. Don’t put it off until it’s too late. Carefully assess what information you want to protect as a trade secret and then register it as such and take reasonable measures to keep this information confidential.

Dutch trade secret protection legislation defines the concept of ‘trade secret’, explains how to protect trade secrets, and specifies what legal means are available to take action against a party infringing on your trade secret. We will help you record your trade secrets adequately, assess possible infringements on your trade secret, and show you what steps you can take to protect your trade secret or deal with infringements.

Trade secrets play a key role in a company’s day-to-day operations and in the protection of knowledge sharing between companies. That said, it is far from a given that information is always properly protected at companies. Don’t put it off until it’s too late. Carefully assess what information you want to protect as a trade secret and then register it as such and take reasonable measures to keep this information confidential.

Dutch trade secret protection legislation defines the concept of ‘trade secret’, explains how to protect trade secrets, and specifies what legal means are available to take action against a party infringing on your trade secret. We will help you record your trade secrets adequately, assess possible infringements on your trade secret, and show you what steps you can take to protect your trade secret or deal with infringements.

Healthcare providers work hard every day to provide good care. Nowadays, it is impossible to imagine medical treatments, long-term care, nursing, and self-diagnostics without healthcare innovations, medicine, and innovative medical aids. The development and application of healthcare innovations and medicine comes with major legal challenges.

We understand these challenges like no other, and we can provide broad health law support for healthcare providers, patient organisations, and professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industry. If necessary, we will work together in multidisciplinary teams with other fields of the law and other specialists.

Software use may be based on various kinds of IT contracts, such as SaaS (Software as a Service), ASP (Application Service Provisioning), network or website hosting, custom software development, software licences, service level agreements (SLAs), and outsourcing. IT contracts can get very complicated. They often involve multiple contracts that have to be mutually aligned. Besides identifying all the technical requirements, legal assistance is an absolute must.

Get advice and don’t just sign a contract. We have a lot of experience concluding airtight software contracts and we always think ahead.

Intellectual property and IT are domains that are in a constant state of flux.
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