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Gold - Individuals: litigation
With a strong IP team throughout Europe, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has is best recognised for its litigation talents; it also provides a 360-degree service and expertly handles non-contentious assignments. In the Netherlands, the team is regarded as “an excellent and safe pair of hands who provide great value for money” and they are never short of high-stakes work. Recently, Bart van den Broek, Willem Hoyng, Frank Eijsvogels and David Owen have been supporting Philips with its large portfolio of essential and non-essential telecommunication patents in the field of UMTS and LTE. Third-party licences were available from Philips; however, several businesses used the patented technology without obtaining a licence and, as a result, various proceedings against a number of companies – including Xiaomi, Wiko and ASUS – were initiated across the Netherlands, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Eijsvogels and Owen also linked up with Theo Blomme on a patent infringement case in the field of solar cell technology for Hanwha Q CELLS. A cross-border injunction for more than 10 European countries was confirmed and infringement proceedings are pending in Germany, France, Australia and the United States. Blomme frequently collaborates with Hoyng, and they recently teamed up with Jeroen den Hartog to assist AstraZeneca in a case against a health insurer who claimed the pharmaceutical company reimbursed the more expensive version of a drug used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia instead of the cheaper generic drug. The team won on appeal and have continued representing them in many high-profile patent infringement matters. In a case involving indirect infringement, Peter van Schijndel and Simon Dack lent their talents to Corbin Clinical Resources. Leapmed, a Chinese company, and its US partner Advance Medical Devices, were promoting a device that had been modified to use Corbin’s invention. “Peter excels in patent matters and also works at the forefront of cutting-edge issues”, while “Simon is excellent and very much a thought leader in the field”. Completing the line-up, Wilbert Derks has been handling the worldwide prosecution for Allnex Resins BV, the global leader in coating resins, and Michiel de Baat tackles agribusiness Simplot’s opposition work before the European Patent Office (EPO).