Partner at Arnold & Siedsma
Joost Grootscholten is a European patent attorney and member of the executive board at Arnold & Siedsma. Since he started as a patent attorney in 1993, Joost has gained extensive experience in various technical fields. He has drafted, prosecuted and litigated thousands of patent applications in many fields, among which nanotechnology, MEMS technology, semiconductor technology, RF-ID, smart cards, digital media, mechanical configurations, simulated fireplaces, telecommunications, navigation systems, telecommunications, bicycle components and umbrellas.
He specialises in patenting in the field of electrical engineering and in particular software-related inventions. He has been involved in large, complex legal and advisory matters relating to CD, DVD, BluRay, MP3, GSM (including phone tapping) and many other technologies, often based on standards and technical specifications for compatibility, where often FAIR licences are involved. In those cases, the specifications serve to ensure public access to the techniques, while the manufacturers actually divide the market – a problem where cartel law also comes into play.
The business interest of the client is always a priority for Mr Grootscholten. Litigation is a means and not an end in itself. He will always draw on all his expertise and creativity to look for win-win solutions to disputes, with the interests of his client foremost in mind. He searches for creative means to defuse threatening escalations between parties, but – naturally – without allowing any concessions and will tenaciously defend the interests of the client.