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Maurits Westerik

Senior Counsel Netherlands


Maurits is known for his advocacy and his ability to clearly explain technical subject matter and the legal ramifications of the technology at stake.

Maurits is a senior counsel in our Intellectual Property Practice and is based in The Hague.

As a member of our Tech & Comms and Life Sciences Groups, he advises on cases in his field, with a particular technical emphasis on software and electronics. He litigates groundbreaking patent and licensing cases for major international companies in the field of software, telecommunications, digital security and convergent media solutions.

Maurits coordinates pan-European strategies for major patent holders, helping to assert their patents against competitors with simultaneous patent actions in various jurisdictions. His practice also includes negotiation of international patent licensing agreements, as well as litigation relating to the breach of such contracts and the misappropriation of trade secrets.

Maurits was admitted to the bar in 2004 and worked as IP/IT lawyer, before joining us in 2007. He studied law at the University of Leiden and is a graduate of the international programme of the Institute for Political Sciences (SciencePo) in Paris.

Maurits is an active speaker on IP strategy, R&D best practices and the intersection between law and technology: he regularly speaks on the impact of (and issues surrounding) new technologies and data ownership. He teaches IP law and IP strategy as guest lecturer at the University of Leiden and software protection and patent law at the Technical University of Delft. In Q3 of 2018, he will be speaking at the Global Legal Forum conference (on Legal Tech and Blockchain applications) and at the ICU conference (on cybersecurity). He also serves as an editor on the EPLAW Patent Blog.

Maurits speaks Dutch, English, French and German.

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