Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht (34) joins AKD's partnership from 1 January 2020.
“I greatly look forward to working together with my colleagues in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands on expanding our IP practice,” Roderick reacted. “Intellectual property law keeps evolving, constantly facing new and challenging issues. How do we regulate the protection of Artificial Intelligence creations? What impact will Brexit have on the protection of Union rights?”
AKD's new partner advises and represents national and international clients in matters involving copyrights, design rights, trademark law, trade name law, advertising law, and unfair competition, from which perspective he observes these and many other developments with great interest.
The law must move with the times
Roderick continued: “Although the EU has steadily improved its uniform protection of intellectual property rights, new challenges continue to crop up. New technologies and the constant evolution of the digital society have created a playing field where infringements of intellectual property rights acquire a new dimension, as these infringements - more so than in the past - involve multiple parties. The law must move with the times. For our part, we should not sit back accommodatingly but rather give thought to the direction the law is moving. I love helping clients from all corners of the world navigate through this changing environment and advising them on it.”
Contribute to the further development of AKD
In addition to his AKD practice, Roderick is doing a doctorate in trade name law at the Erasmus University. “This is the very example of an area of law where we have reason to ask whether the law has moved with the times. Apart from that, I hope, as AKD's newest partner, to make a contribution to the firm's development. One of my goals is to grow our in-house training institute AKDMY,” he added.