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Ruud Van der Velden


Ruud Van der Velden
English, Dutch, German
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

Ruud van der Velden represents companies in patent litigation against infringers and defends them against actions of others. He enjoys working with companies on their IP strategies, as he recognises that the development of a good IP strategy is essential to success in court and in the market.

Ruud represents companies in patent and trade secret litigation in various technological fields, with a particular focus on life sciences and high tech industries. He combines his knowledge of patent law with an understanding of the market and regulatory issues. He has specific expertise in obtaining evidence. In one particular case, he was able to obtain access to evidence seized in the Netherlands relating to patent infringements abroad even though no patent was in force in the Netherlands.

Ruud started his career at Hogan Lovells in 2005. In the first patent case he ever litigated, he was able to obtain a cross-border injunction for his client even though such cross-border injunctions were considered no longer possible at the time. In 2008, Ruud received the Gouden Zandloper award for Best Young Lawyer in the Netherlands. Three years later, he received the VIE Award of the Dutch AIPPI Group for a publication on obtaining evidence of patent infringement. Ruud is recommended by Chambers, Legal 500, LMG and IAM Patent 1000. Chambers Global (2017) states: "Ruud van der Velden is recommended as a "very strong patent litigator" who is building an impressive practice. Clients describe him as "very detail-oriented and proactive" and praise his independence."

“A champion” in defending the interests of clients, Ruud van der Velden “always catches the key aspects of problems and makes very wise assessments. Above everything, he is a really hard worker who makes you feel incredibly comfortable about the matters he manages”.

IAM Patent 1000

Representative experience

Obtaining an injunction for Merck in patent infringement proceedings against Mylan relating to a medical use patent for Finasteride 1 mg

Representing HTC in patent infringement proceedings initiated by Nokia, which led to a settlement between the parties.

Seizing and obtaining evidence for Solvay in a Dutch warehouse in relation to patent infringement abroad by Neo (in absence of a Dutch patent).

Defending OrbusNeich against patent infringement claims relating to its rapid exchange catheter, resulting in revocation of Boston Scientific's patent

Representing Du Pont in the successful defence of the first paediatric SPC extension in the Netherlands

Representing a Honeywell subsidiary in trade secret proceedings leading to the termination of the defendant's business activities.

Education and admissions


  • Master's degree, Tilburg University, 2004



Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Amsterdam


Chambers Global


Chambers Europe


Legal 500

2015 - present

IAM Patent 1000

2015 - present

LMG Rising Stars


VIE award


Gouden Zandloper award

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Supreme Court allows evidentiary seizure in non-IP cases (Hoge Raad staat bewijsbeslag in niet-IE-zaken toe)

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