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Brinkhof is regarded as ‘one of the leading patent litigation firms in the Netherlands’; it is also very strong in trade marks, and assisted clients such as Danone with IP-related agreements. Richard Ebbink, Kurt Stöpetie and Eliane de Vilder are the key contacts along with recent hire Gregor Vos, a soft IP expert who joined from Klos Morel Vos & Reeskamp in January 2016.

Willem Hoyng leads the ‘very high-calibre’ team at Hoyng Rokh Monegier, whose clients on the patent litigation side include Pfizer and Philips. The Russian state is a client for soft IP matters. Simon Dack, Bart van den Broek and Joris van Manen are recommended.



Brinkhof is an independent Dutch law firm specializing in international and cross-border patent litigation and Benelux and European Union IP law. Brinkhof’s lawyers are dedicated and experienced litigators. At the same time the firm has experienced drafters and negotiators. Brinkhof caters to clients from various innovative industries, including large and small technology companies, companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, food and fashion, and also banks, insurance companies and large department stores.

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Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘very responsive, convincing’ practice head Wouter Pors recently represented Ablynx in a patent case against Unilever. Manon Rieger-Jansen is ‘quick, practical and personable’; Armand Killan is also recommended.

The ‘fantasticNiels Mulder leads DLA Piper’s ‘very responsive’ team, which has longstanding strength in soft IP and augmented its patents practice by hiring litigator Paul Reeskamp from Klos Morel Vos & Reeskamp.

Soft IP ‘legend’ Tobias Cohen Jehoram and ‘stellar’ patent litigator Gertjan Kuipers head De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department, whose clients include AkzoNobel and Heineken. Jan Pieter Hustinx and Koen Limperg are recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s wide-ranging IP practice represents clients such as Novartis, Hewlett-Packard and Ajinomoto. ‘Very thorough’ practice head Rutger Kleemans is ‘a clever litigator’. Peter Hendrick is also recommended.

Merck, Mars and Disney are among the clients of Hogan Lovells International LLP’s well-rounded department, which is led by ‘outstanding’ soft IP litigator Marc Wallheimer. Patent experts Bert Oosting and Klaas Bisschop are well regarded.

Bas Berghuis van Woortman and the ‘profoundly knowledgeable’ Hidde Koenraad head Simmons & Simmons LLP’s practice, whose clients include BMW and Allergan. Managing associate Mattie de Koning is ‘extremely knowledgeable’. The team handles litigation and non-contentious work in hard and soft IP.

BarentsKrans handles patent work for clients including Sun Pharmaceutical Industries (Europe) and Permavoid, with Exterion Media and Facebook being clients for soft IP matters. Marleen van den Horst leads the team.

Jesse Hofhuis, Adonna Alkema and Arnout Groen are key partners at soft IP boutique Hofhuis Alkema Groen, which acts for clients such as Christian Louboutin, Acer and Red Bull.

Thomas de Weerd leads the widely capable team at Houthoff. Counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is ‘knowledgeable and hands-on’; senior associate Thijs van Aerde is ‘a well-versed litigator’ and a ‘star’.

The ‘highly practicalAlfred Meijboom leads the ‘consistently focused, commercially sound’ practice at Kennedy Van der Laan, with support from Maarten Schut. Clients include Nike and Syngenta.

NautaDutilh’s clients include Medac, PK Benelux, and, on the soft IP side, Lacoste. ‘Excellent’ litigator Anne Marie Verschuur and counsel Charles Gielen are recommended.

Well-connected’ soft IP boutique Visser Schaap & Kreijger is particularly strong in the media sector; clients include Brein. Dirk Visser, Jacqueline Schaap and Paul Kreijger are the key partners.

The ‘very experienced’ Peter Claassen leads the team at AKD, whose clients include Inditex, Nestlé and Samsung. The ‘particularly knowledgeable’ Huib Berendschot and Martin Hemmer are also recommended.

At Allen & Overy LLP, the ‘exceptionally helpful’ Frits Gerritzen is a healthcare and life sciences patent specialist with ‘a particular talent for explaining complex principles simply’.

Especially strong in litigation, Bingh Advocaten is ‘very good value for money’. Practice head Lars Bakers has ‘great knowledge’ and provides ‘to-the-point advice’. Clients include Hugo Boss and Spar International.

The ‘proactive’ four-partner team at IP and media boutique Boekx Advocaten gives ‘to-the-point advice’. The ‘efficient’ Diederik Stols heads the practice, whose clients include Huawei and footballer Robin van Persie.

Digital copyright is a particular strength of bureau Brandeis, where Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Hans Bousie are the key partners. Clients include Red Bull, Sanoma and Illuminata Media.

Willem Hoorneman heads CMS’ department, with support from Rogier de Vrey and soft IP specialist Marcoline van der Dussen. De Vrey recently advised UEFA and Eneco on trade mark infringement issues.

Collective rights management is a strength of the team at Höcker Advocaten, which is jointly led by Jacqueline Seignette and the ‘very experiencedWillem Roos, who has ‘detailed copyright knowledge’ and ‘leaves nothing to chance’.

Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten specialises in soft IP, where sector strengths include fashion, food and advertising. ‘Strategic, flexible and cost-effective’ senior associate Moïra Truijens also handles patent work. Marga Verwoert joined Leeway Advocaten.

The team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is headed by Martijn Scheltema. He is supported by senior associate Sikke Kingma, a copyright and media law specialist.

Ploum Lodder Princen’s ‘whole team is available 24/7’. The ‘pragmatic, highly qualified’ team counts SanDisk among its clients. ‘Solution-driven, very friendly’ soft IP specialist Willem Leppink heads the department.

High-quality’ IP and media boutique Van Kaam IP & Media counts TomTom International and Louis van Gaal among its clients. The ‘highly experienced’ Bertil van Kaam leads the team, in which Remco Klöters is recommended.

Life sciences patent litigation is Vondst Advocaten N.V’s chief strength. Ricardo Dijkstra represented Troge Medical and Safemedic in injunction proceedings against B. Braun Melsungen. Otto Swens and Tjeerd Overdijk are recommended.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.’s department is led by IT expert Wouter Seinen, who is experienced in data protection and copyright infringement work. He also handles trade mark matters.

Dentons Boekel’s team is headed by soft IP expert Marc Elshof, who defended Unibail-Rodamco in trade mark proceedings brought by a Dutch subsidiary of Klépierre. Other clients include Mercer.

Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten’s key partner Ernst-Jan Louwers is a soft IP expert, whose experience extends to patents work. The ‘no-nonsense’ Huub de Jong is ‘practical’; Tom de Wit is ‘exceptional and calm’.

Osborne Clarke’s IP practice excels in retail, digital business, media and advertising work. Litigator Jeroen Bedaux is recommended.

Soft IP specialist Marieke Neervoort and IT expert Menno Weij are the key partners at SOLV Advocaten, which is particularly active in the tech sector.

Judica Krikke and senior associate Janna van Olst jointly lead Stibbe’s team, which mainly handles standalone soft IP matters and transaction-related IP. Clients include Mars Nederland and AMPAS.

Judith Krens leads the patents team at Taylor Wessing, having joined from Hoyng Rokh Monegier in September 2016. Maarten Rijks is the key partner for soft IP.

Van Doorne’s clients include Dyson, Karl Lagerfeld and Le Cordon Bleu International. The team handled all the Johan Cruyff Foundation’s IP matters. Former practice head Remco van Leeuwen joined Leeway Advocaten.

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