Rob Vernout has been associated with Arnold + Siedsma as a patent attorney since 1998. He has substantial experience in the fields of mechanical and electromechanical devices. In addition, Rob has specialised in the patenting of software.
His approach to work is highly client-oriented. Rob consults carefully with his clients and finds it very satisfying to guide them safely through the ‘patent minefield’ that lies in their path in the development and exploitation of new products. Here, he plays an advisory role to guarantee the best possible protection for a new invention. In Rob's experience, if a patent infringement is committed, a good strategy may sometimes be to seek to conclude a licence agreement.
Sometimes, however, legal proceedings cannot be avoided. If things go so far, Rob appears to be a combative type who believes that you then have to pull no punches.
Rob has a very broad background knowledge of all matters relating to intellectual property. He has gained a solid reputation as editor-in-chief of the world-renowned manual for patent, trademark and design attorneys (The Brown Book).