Ruud van der Velden

Ruud van der Velden


Email ruud.vandervelden@​

Phone +31 20 55 33 600

Fax +31 20 55 33 777

LanguagesEnglish, Dutch, German

Practice groupIntellectual Property

"he is in hot demand as a counsellor and litigator, given his specialist knowledge of cross-border injunctions and evidentiary seizures"

IAM Patent 1000

Ruud van der Velden has over 10 years experience in patent and trade secret litigation. He represents companies in various technological fields, with a particular focus on the high tech and life sciences industries. He combines his knowledge of IP law with an understanding of the market and regulatory issues. He enjoys working with companies on their IP strategies, as he recognises that a good IP strategy is essential to success in court and in the market.

Ruud has a very good track record in complicated cases. Examples include obtaining a cross-border injunction at a time this was considered impossible, seizing and obtaining evidence in the Netherlands for use in infringement proceedings abroad even though no patent was in force in the Netherlands and successfully enforcing a second medical use patent that was revoked in almost every other jurisdiction.

Ruud has received the Gouden Zandloper award (2008), the VIE award for best IP publication (2011) and Client Choice Awards for both trade secrets (2018) and patents (2019). He is recommended by Chambers, Legal 500, LMG, Who's Who Legal and IAM Patent 1000. Chambers Global 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."

Awards and recognitions


Client Choice Award for Patents


Who's Who Legal


Client Choice Award for Trade Secrets

2017 - present

Chambers Global

2017 - present

Chambers Europe

2017 - present

Legal 500

2015 - present

IAM Patent 1000

2015 - present

LMG Rising Stars


VIE award


Gouden Zandloper award

Education and admissions


Master's degree, Tilburg University, 2004





Bar admissions and qualifications


Related Knowledge

Internet of Things

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.

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