Skilled, specialised and experienced
As boutique firm Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten concentrates on four areas of law which are closely related. Within the firm the lawyers have their own spearheads of even further in-depth specialisation.
Because of that in-depth specialisation and lengthy experience our team is able to offer top quality.
Intellectual Property & innovation
We have broad knowledge and experience of all aspects of intellectual property law.
This includes, for example, advice and disputes in the fields of trademarks, copyright, counterfeit products, plagiarism, database rights, trademarks, patents, plant breeders’ rights, designs, trade names, domain names, drafting licensing agreements and franchising.
Media and advertising
Media and advertising law has many areas of overlap with intellectual property law. Who has the rights to a house style and all kinds of items of publicity and communication? Can you use a photo without any restriction (for example, for billboards or the Internet)? Can I just do that from my desk? Even though trademark agencies and clients should be aware thereof, this is by no means always the case. Advertising law has increasingly become a more or less independent branch of law. An important field closely related to advertising law is media law. Do not associate this only with Hilversum but also with unlawful press publications, and the like.
IT & IT outsourcing
In addition, our lawyers have won their spurs in the fields of IT law and Internet/eCommerce.
This includes drafting and assessing IT contracts and general terms and conditions as well as handling IT disputes, software protection, open source issues, support and advisory services in the field of IT procurement law, outsourcing of application management, workplace management or management of an entire IT department or IT infrastructure. We also have a great deal of experience and knowledge in the field of eCommerce/Internet law and the legal aspects of the online world, including B2B, B2C, C2C and e-Government.
For more information see our website on IT law.
Since the liberalisation of the telecommunications market, statutory and other regulations in the field of telecommunication have offered a much wider range of opportunities for entrepreneurs, and not only state-owned companies. We could mention name dialling as an example.
What should you do if someone else has registered your business name or trademark?
But the law also provides the possibility of constructing one’s own network (fibre optic, for example) or providing services that used to be reserved to KPN. Even though the market has been liberalized, the jungle of statutory and other rules has only grown bigger since the liberalisation.
For more information on this issue, see the page on telecom.
Internet – eCommerce
For more information see our website on Internet & e-commerce law
Privacy & security
Anyone working in the IT business will sooner or later face questions relating to personal data or privacy.
What are personal data? How long may you keep them? To what lengths can you go in protecting personal data? Can data files with personal data be sold? Can you just send personal data to group companies in other countries, in the context of outsourcing, for example?
These are just a few questions about the Personal Data Protection Act.
More about Privacy.
Furthermore, you can rely on our expertise and experience with commercial contracts such as agency and distribution agreements, and disputes about these subjects.
These issues are often closely intertwined with the other areas of law covered by us.
Legal practice area registration
The lawyers listed below have registered for the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar Association’s register of legal practice areas:
- Ernst-Jan Louwers is registered for Intellectual Property and IT law
- Tom de Wit is registered for IT law with subarea Privacy law
- Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits is registered for Intellectual Property and IT law with subarea Privacy law
- Huub de Jong is registered for Contract Law and IT law with subarea privacy law
- Annemarie Bolscher is registered for Contract Law and Civil Procedural law with subarea Litigation
Based on this registration, they are required to obtain ten permanent education credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar Association.