Maarten Schut


Kennedy Van der Laan
Haarlemmerweg 333
1051 LH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 5506 644


Maarten Schut joined Kennedy Van der Laan at the end of 2000. He specializes in intellectual property law, with a focus on trademark law and the exploitation and protection of technology. Maarten also frequently litigates in disputes of a more general nature (such as contractual disputes).

Maarten studied law in Utrecht (cum laude) as well as liberal arts. He earned an LL.M in European Law from the University of Cambridge. After his studies he worked for some time as a journalist for one of the Dutch public channels. Then, he began a multi-year work and training program to become a district court judge. He received a rigorous training in civil and criminal law, and worked as a public prosecutor and a judge before joining Kennedy Van der Laan.

Maarten regularly teaches both legal practitioners and others (such as scientists, journalists, and publishers) in aspects of intellectual property law, and is editor of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Law (JFR).

Beside his work as an attorney, Maarten is a deputy judge at the Court of Appeal of Leeuwarden.

Whether you need help with the provision of licenses or in legal proceedings based on trademark infringement, the Intellectual Property team of Kennedy Van der Laan has the appropriate knowledge to assist you. We can also help if you are confronted with counterfeit products or data piracy. The team is active in the following fields:

  • Protection and defense of patents
  • Protection of know-how and trade secrets
  • Licenses
  • Research into collaborations
  • Copyrights
  • Trade names
  • Trademarks
  • Models
  • Domain names
  • Database rights
  • Image rights
  • Advertising and marketing campaigns

The Intellectual Property team collaborates closely with the Competition Team of Kennedy Van der Laan, so as to ensure that each expertise will offer a strategic approach of related matters in the fields of competition and intellectual property.

The team provides advice and litigation about the IP rights of clients in the technology, retail, media and banking and finance sectors.

We are a full-service law firm based in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and active around the world. We have proven our worth as a trusted legal partner in the fields of technology, finance & insurance, media, fashion & retail, health care & the public sector and real estate & construction. Within these markets, we have a broad clientele and we serve the full spectrum from start-up to multinational. With around 100 attorneys, Kennedy Van der Laan has been a prominent independent law firm in the Netherlands for decades.

Our advice is to the point. Clients can count on our personal approach, with us acting as a dedicated sparring partner. We are approachable, rather than formal or chic. We are ambitious and prefer to do things our own way.

We look for the shortest way to a solution and reduce complexity. We speak the language of our clients and are realistic and open about the chances of success. We advise in a clear and practical way, try to prevent escalation, but act decisively when it comes to litigation.

We have a great love for art. We run our business with an eye for sustainability, for our direct environment, and for problems in society. We also feel responsible for our staff and clients.

The law has no secrets for us: it is our comfort zone. Innovative cooperation, however, needs a vision that reaches further. That is why we are exploring new ways of co-creation, knowledge sharing and pricing daily. In close consultation with our business partners, we are continuously developing new legal tech products. This gives us a steady leading position in the market.

“Maarten Schut is “knowledgeable and flexible” according to clients, who enjoy the “easy communication” with him and say he is “a good listener, who is fast, efficient and practical.” He specialises in trade mark and technology matters, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector. He recently represented Converse in a counterfeiting dispute against Van Caem and Goeiemode.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017