Wouter is renowned for the quality and appropriateness of his advice, as well as his industry knowledge, political sense and knowledge of the playing field.
Wouter is a partner and head of the firm’s intellectual property practice in the Netherlands. He is based in The Hague.
With more than 25 years of experience, he focuses on patent litigation, which also helps him to keep in touch with innovative technology. He handles a wide range of patent disputes, varying from mechanical issues through software and business method patents to biotech disputes, for both national and international clients. Wouter is a member of the firm’s tech and comms, life sciences and energy and utilities groups.
In addition, Wouter is also involved in numerous trademark and copyright litigation matters, including cases before the Dutch Supreme Court and the European courts.
In recent years, database protection and trade secrets have become a more important part of Wouter's practice and he has handled litigation on these issues and participated in various expert meetings on the new European trade secrets regime.
Wouter is the secretary of the Dutch group of AIPPI. He is also an expert on issues regarding the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, within Bird & Bird as well as AIPPI and EPLAW.
Wouter was admitted to the bar in 1989 and joined the firm in 2001 as one of the founding partners of the firm’s office in The Hague. Before studying law, he studied architecture and building construction for several years. He also worked as a researcher at Tilburg University.
Chambers Global (2016) says: “Wouter Pors has substantial experience in IP litigation, and is noted by sources for his ‘outstanding performance in court’.”
IAM Patent 1000 (2016) says: “Wouter Pors is helping to pave the way both internally and externally through his work on the UPC Preparatory Committee. Revered by peers for his ‘extremely hardworking nature’, he recently represented Ablynx in a ground-breaking case concerning the boundaries between functional foods and medicinal products.”
Chambers Europe (2014) says: “Team head Wouter Pors has a mixed IP practice and is described as ‘very business-oriented’ in his approach.”
WWL says: The highly-experienced Wouter Pors heads the Netherlands intellectual property department and is regarded as a leader in patent disputes.
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