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After spending time as a student intern at Joop van den Ende Studios and Stibbe, Thera Adam-van Straaten wanted one thing: a career in the legal profession specialised in Intellectual Property Law. She got what she wanted.
She received her training at NautaDutilh. In 2002, she successfully completed the Grotius International, European and Benelux Trademark Law. She then gained a year’s experience in business at Unilever in 2003. This has given her an understanding of the commotion and multiplicity of different lines pursued at the client’s. Following Unilever, Thera worked for several years at Simmons & Simmons and at the boutique firm LeijnseArtz. Thera has worked at Kneppelhout since 2012, where she has established a continually growing practice over the course of years.
In addition to practising traditional intellectual property law, her specialisms also include (misleading) advertising law, domain name arbitration and labelling.
Thera and Kneppelhout
‘I think it is important to communicate in an accessible and clear manner. From a legal perspective, the (commercial) advantage of clients takes priority for me.’
‘I place the requests of a client in a larger context, for which I do not hesitate to call in help from specialised colleagues at the firm. For clients this is, after all, the big advantage of working with a full-service legal firm. Companies such as Basil B.V. (pannier bags and baskets for bicycles), Rapoo (computer accessories), Reckitt Benckiser, Bronx, Piedro (shoes), Danerolles, FPW (advertising agency) and Katja Fassin (sweets) have all had a great sense of satisfaction with the service we provide.’