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Intellectual Property

Transactional IP

Van Berings’ IP Team has extensive experience counselling clients in the acquisition and sale, as well as in the license and exploitation, of intellectual property rights (patent, trademarks, know-how, designs, copyrights, database), also within the frame of wider distribution or manufacturing relationship and IP-related aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.

As part of our acquisition review services, we perform a thorough analysis of the patent and trademark portfolios of the target company to assess the extent of coverage and proper registration maintenance, and to determine whether continued use might infringe on a third party's rights. In this case, based on Client’s business strategies, we advise on the most suitable course of action.

IP Litigation

Van Berings’ IP Team has extensive experience in litigating intellectual property claims, including claims of trademark, trade dress, copyright, design patent infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising, misappropriation of trade secrets, and breaches of restrictive covenants in employment agreements.

Protection of intellectual property rights is often time-sensitive, and temporary restraint orders, seizures and motions for preliminary injunctions are therefore common in such cases. Van Berings’ IP Team has extensive experience in handling disputes of these natures and can promptly evaluate the likelihood of success and assemble the most appropriate team of attorneys and technical experts and patent engineers to suit the demands of the case, in order to develop and execute a litigation strategy under tight time constraints.

IP Registration – Opposition Procedures

Together with selected, highly reputable patent-attorneys, who partner with our Firm for decades, Van Berings’ IP Team routinely counsels our Clients through the process of brand identification and trademark selection, conducting thorough searches for conflicting marks to ensure successful registration and managing their worldwide international trademark portfolios.

Our attorneys together with highly reputable technical experts and patent engineers also advise our Clients with respect to patent opposition procedures, both before the local Patent of Office and the European Patent Office.