Evert van Gelderen

Founding Partner at Clairfort Advocaten BV
Ranked in Benelux: Netherlands
WTR Research

The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise

Silver - Individuals

Full-service commercial law firm Clairfort has a strong IP practice with a superb team of specialised attorneys, specifically Elise Menkhorst, Evert van Gelderen, and Tjibbe Fokkens. They exhibit the best qualities of a boutique – nimbleness, expertise and fair fees – but with the resources of a larger offering.” Making her debut in the WTR 1000 this year, “Elise is a shining example of someone who has a calling and is doing exactly what she loves and excels at. She is extremely knowledgeable and practical, but also critical when assessing the merits of a situation. She has the gift of simplifying even the most challenging topics.” “The go-to attorney for trademark-related issues in the Benelux, Evert is highly experienced and knowledgeable in national, European and international law. He is committed to his clients, pragmatic in his advice and a prudent negotiator.” “Tjibbe is an outstanding lawyer. Not only does he know all the tricks, but with his creativity, strategic sense and goal-oriented approach, he effortlessly adds value at the highest level.

Evert van Gelderen's Profile

Evert van Gelderen is a founding partner of Clairfort Advocaten and head of the firm’s IP team. He advises Dutch and international companies/brands on matters relating to trademarks, copyright, design rights, patent law and unfair competition. Mr van Gelderen is an experienced IP litigator.

He also drafts IP contracts, such as licensing agreements, cooperation agreements and distribution agreements.

Mr van Gelderen further assists clients with their international anti-counterfeiting programmes and was involved in a landmark case regarding anti-piracy regulation in the Netherlands. His areas of focus are fashion and luxury products, entertainment and gaming, technical equipment (consumer and professional products), toys and design.

“Passion and knowledge” is Mr van Gelderen’s professional motto. This is why he considers it crucial to work closely with clients not just as a lawyer, but also as a trusted adviser.

Mr van Gelderen is a key editor of Dutch IP platform ‘IE-forum.nl’ and editor of The Copyright Lawyer magazine. He regularly lectures on IP law and is often asked to comment on IP issues in the Dutch media.

Mr van Gelderen was a partner at a niche IP firm for 15 years before becoming partner at a top-30 firm where he led the IP and IT team. In 2017 he co-founded Clairfort Advocaten. Clairfort is a ‘firm of niches’ with offices in Amsterdam and Zeist.

Previous editions of WTR 1000 have said the following about Mr van Gelderen:

  • 2022:

With an outstanding track record both in court and at the negotiation table, Evert van Gelderen´s meticulous approach makes him a key asset on brand disputes and IP-rich deals.

  • 2021:

Clairfort’s Evert van Gelderen is hailed by peers as a “hardworking, hands-on practitioner whose effective communication and pragmatic advice ensure that clients always get the best outcome”.


Firm Profile

Clairfort is a firm of niches. Its teams of specialist lawyers have extensive experience in their own fields of expertise and offer specialist advice in those fields – including in the field of IP and advertising law. 

Specialised IP team

Clairfort’s IP lawyers provide their national and international clients with clear advice and practical solutions. The IP lawyers are professional and dedicated, but also approachable and responsive. They will always focus on the clients’ best interests. In addition, Clairfort’s IP lawyers familiarise themselves intimately with their clients’ businesses and invest in long-term relationships. As a result, they know exactly what interests are at stake. This makes them reliable sparring partners and enables them to always stand up for their clients’ rights.

Clairfort’s IP lawyers have broad experience in all aspects of IP and advertising law. They assist their clients in shaping, procuring, protecting and marketing their products, services and innovations. Not only do they have an eye for the legal complexities, but they also foresee the strategic and practical implications. This is one of the reasons their clients consider them to be  trusted advisers.

IP protection

Clairfort boasts expertise in all IP matters. It advises clients on strategies for the best possible protection of their products, services, innovations and know-how. In order to facilitate such protection, Clairfort works closely with specialised representatives such as trademark and design agents and patent agents.

IP exploitation and contracts

Clairfort’s IP lawyers also help their clients with the (worldwide) exploitation of products and services, for instance by negotiating and drafting commercial contracts such as licensing, distribution, franchising and agency agreements.

IP litigation

Clairfort further assists its clients in IP disputes by advising and litigating in (cross-border) IP infringement matters. These disputes often relate to trademark infringement, parallel trade or counterfeit products, but the IP team also frequently deals with conflicts regarding designs, trade names, domain names, copyright or breaches of licensing agreements.

Clairfort always aims to settle a matter satisfactorily out of court, but – if necessary –  its lawyers forcefully represent their clients in court to achieve the desired result. The firm’s IP lawyers are very skilled in handling (international) disputes, negotiating and conducting injunction proceedings before the civil courts, as well as administrative proceedings such as before the EUIPO.

Cross-border intellectual property

Clairfort understands the cross-border aspect of intellectual property very well. Not only does Clairfort assist Dutch and foreign clients in national and international matters, it also has a broad international network with which it closely works together on cross-border matters. In addition, Clairfort’s IP lawyers are active in the Benelux and international IP community.

Advertising law

The team of specialists working at Clairfort is highly experienced in the field of advertising law and the codes and rules that may apply in relation to specific product categories or services. Clairfort advises and litigates in situations pertaining to comparative advertising or use of trademarks or products in an advertisement, on arrangements with parties such as designers, advertising agencies or influencers and on the admissibility of certain advertisements.

IP areas of law

Clairfort’s IP team would be happy to discuss any questions you may have about:

  • trademark law;
  • copyright law;
  • patent law;
  • design rights;
  • trade name law;
  • advertising law;
  • domain names;
  • unfair competition;
  • portrait rights;
  • trade secrets;
  • parallel trade;
  • licensing and other commercial contracts;
  • cross-border distribution networks; and
  • any other IP issues.

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