Intellectual Property

Netherlands

In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in over 30 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. Legal discussions might arise concerning trade names, advertisements, slavish imitation and unauthorized publications.

We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute - concerning infringement of a copyright for example - we can guide you through the litigation process.

Significant clients: UEFA, Pioneer, Syngenta, Diageo, Ogilvy.

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"The CMS team provides assistance on privacy, anti-competition, and data ownership issues."

The Legal 500, 2019

"Cross-border capabilities really add to the customer experience."

Chambers Global, 2019

The team "provides excellent service and has branches and partners in different jurisdictions."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"The quality of the lawyers is very high and very consistent - we are very happy and would use them again."

Chambers Global, 2018

"Prompt, friendly and personalised service, depth of knowledge and quick grasp of the issues."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"Outstanding knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of IP matters."

The Legal 500, 2018
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