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Great litigator’ Gregor Vos and the widely recommended Kurt Stöpetie are the key partners at IP boutique Brinkhof, which is noted for its contentious and non-contentious strengths and its knowledge of EU law. Both lawyers acted for Nestlé in proceedings against Cadbury regarding the KitKat’s trade mark shape. Sjo Anne Hoogcarspel is also recommended.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘top-shelf team’ is noted for its ‘intellectual firepower, practical experience and delicate diplomatic skills’. ‘Absolute legend’ Tobias Cohen Jehoram, who heads the group, represented Royal Dutch Shell and NXP in trade mark infringement proceedings. Koen Limperg stands out for ‘his broad-based knowledge’ and ‘sophisticated judgement’.

Red Bull, Warner Bros and Beiersdorf are among the clients of soft IP boutique Hofhuis Alkema Groen. Arnout Groen represented Acer, HP, Dell and other computer manufacturers in a case agains the Dutch state regarding home copying levies. Jesse Hofhuis specialises in trade marks; Adonna Alkema is a copyrights expert.

Noted for its cross-border capabilities, IP boutique Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s department counts G-Star and BREIN among its clients. Joris van Manen and the ‘passionate’, ‘knowledgeable, highly motivatedLaura Fresco acted for FKP Soyuzplodoimport in a long-running case against SPI Group regarding ownership of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya brands.

Trade mark and trade secrets expert Wouter Pors heads Bird & Bird LLP’s team. It is noted for its bench of technical experts, which includes senior counsel Maurits Westerik, and has strong contentious capabilities: Pors and Manon Rieger-Jansen acted for Facebook in numerous opposition and trade mark infringement proceedings.

As well as handling traditional IP litigation, Le Poole Bekema has excellent regulatory knowledge. Especially active in the media sector, it has a particular strength in copyright matters: Anne Bekema and Bas Le Poole acted for SEKAM in a case against the Dutch state regarding allegedly wrongful application of the EU Copyright Directive.

As well as handling litigation, the team at NautaDutilh is frequently involved in the IP elements of corporate transactions. Group head Anne Marie Verschuur defended Impliva in proceedings brought by Senz relating to ‘aerodynamic storm umbrellas’, involving trade mark, copyright and design right issues.

Clients of soft IP boutique Visser Schaap & Kreijger include Universal Music Publishing and the Van Gogh Museum. Jacqueline Schaap and regulatory expert Paul Kreijger acted for Telegraaf Media Nederland in a copyright case against the Dutch state regarding the former’s attempt to publish a TV guide. Dirk Visser is also recommended.

IP and media litigation boutique Boekx Advocaten handles the full range of soft IP work. Diederik Stols leads the team; Fulco Blokhuis, Marc de Boer and Matthijs Kaaks are also recommended. Hidde Koenraad joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP in September 2017. Clients include BMW, Huawei and Robin van Persie.

Particularly active in digital copyright and internet IP, bureau Brandeis’ ‘flexible, approachable, highly experienced’ team has ‘great industry knowledge’. The practice is headed jointly by ‘true copyright expertChristiaan Alberdingk Thijm and media and entertainment specialist Hans Bousie; clients include Netflix, Sanoma and the Dutch Association of Publishers.

Always easy to reach’, and with ‘in-depth knowledge of very complex issues’, Höcker Advocaten’s practice is led jointly by Jacqueline Seignette, who has ‘an extremely high level of expertise’, and Willem Roos. ‘Very approachable, knowledgeable, clear communicatorMarijn Kingma is a recommended associate. Clients include Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe.

The ‘extremely responsive, excellent communicators’ at Hoogenraad & Haak, advertising + IP advocaten provide ‘high-level, strategic, business-minded advice’. ‘Highly approachable’ group head Maarten Haak is ‘a brilliant litigator’; he and counsel Moïra Truijens assisted Secto with enforcing its design rights against imitators.

Houthoff’s department has a strong line in Supreme Court litigation. ‘Very clever, knowledgeable, always available’ senior associate Thijs van Aerde acted for Golden Earring in a case regarding the publishing rights to a large part of its repertoire. Practice head Thomas de Weerd is especially experienced in the IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Alfred Meijboom leads the ‘extremely efficient’ team at Kennedy Van der Laan; he and Maarten Schut are ‘deeply knowledgeable about trade marks, copyrights and design rights’, and have ‘a remarkable understanding of the market’. Schut represented Converse in anti-counterfeit proceedings, and advised Tommy Hilfiger on various soft IP infringement matters.

Supreme Court litigator Sikke Kingma heads Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team. He acted for XS4ALL in a copyright case brought by BREIN regarding the granting of access to The Pirate Bay. Other clients include the Medicines Evaluation Board and various Dutch state bodies. Kingma made partner in January 2017.

The ‘extremely efficient’ practice at Simmons & Simmons LLP handles a wide range of copyright, design right and trade mark work. ‘Sharp, commanding’, ‘creative’ managing associate and group head Paul Tjiam is ‘the perfect lawyer’; he defended L’Oréal in three trade mark infringement proceedings. Samsung Electronics and JP van Eesteren are also clients.

IP and media boutique Van Kaam IP & Media represents companies such as Dutch FilmWorks and Senf Theaterpartners as well as individuals such as film director Anton Corbijn. Group head Bertil van Kaam acted for G+J Publishers against various counterfeiters of Vogue clothing. Remco Klöters is also recommended.

AKDmanages large IP projects very efficiently’. Martin Hemmer represented Bär Software in copyright and database rights cases against companies such as Pearson. ‘Strategically inventive’ group head Peter Claassen is ‘an impressive negotiator’; the ‘very skilled’ Huib Berendschot is ‘business-oriented’. Other clients include Samsung and Forax.

Noted for its cross-border capabilities, Allen & Overy LLP’s team is especially active in trade mark litigation and software-related copyright work. Practice head Frits Gerritzen defended Accon AVM Group against a software copyright infringement claim brought by FSN. Associate Jasper Klopper is also recommended.

Baker McKenzie handles traditional copyright and trade mark work as well as commercial IP transactions and online IP mandates. ‘Creative’ group head Wouter Seinen acted for Mistral International in a cross-border trade mark infringement case. Senior counsel Steffen Hagen and trade mark attorney Ischa Gobius du Sart are also recommended.

CMS has ‘outstanding knowledge of, and experience in, a wide range of IP matters’. Managing partner Willem Hoorneman and counsel Rogier de Vrey, who has experience in trade mark issues, unfair competition and trade secrets, lead the group; de Vrey assisted Syngenta with anti-counterfeit proceedings.

The practice at DLA Piper has strong experience in multi-jurisdictional matters. Group head Niels Mulder coordinated pan-European trade mark infringement proceedings for Moët-Hennessy, and assisted Spin Master with enforcement actions against retailers of counterfeit versions of its Bunchems toy.

Noted for its copyright and design rights capabilities, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s department is led by Rutger Kleemans. Together with senior associate Jelle Drok, Kleemans acted for HP in unfair advertising and trade mark matters relating to its ink cartridges. Associate Jan-Jaap Koningsveld acted for Tommy Hilfiger in a design rights infringement case.

Often active in the entertainment sector, ‘outstanding litigator and fast thinkerRadboud Ribbert heads Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ‘reliable’ group, which handles high-profile, cross-border mandates. Ribbert represented SPI Group in a long-running case against FKP Soyuzplodoimport regarding ownership of the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya brands.

The ‘very timely, thorough’ department at ‘lean, mean’ IP boutique Leeway handles ‘high-stakes cases’ and is ‘excellent in every way’. The ‘commercially minded, humorous’ Remco van Leeuwen, the ‘pragmatic, personable’ Michiel Odink and ‘excellent strategist’ Marga Verwoert are the key partners. Clients include, Hema and Karl Lagerfeld Group.

Ploum’s department is led by Willem Leppink, who acted for Western Digital on its multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting scheme, and represented Jacobs Douwe Egberts in several domain name cases. Other clients include Harley-Davidson and Coty. Sabin Tigu is a recommended associate.

The ‘hands-on’ team at Van Doorne counts Volkswagen, Le Cordon Bleu International and De Nederlandse Loterij among its clients. Group head Kriek Wille, who provides ‘clear, bespoke advice’, acted for Maker Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, in pan-European trade mark infringement litigation.

Tjeerd Overdijk and Herwin Roerdink are the key partners at IP boutique Vondst Advocaten N.V, which counts digital copyright as a particular strength. Roerdink acted for Nationale Postcode Loterij on several trade mark and domain name matters. Overdijk is especially strong in internet and software copyright and database rights.

Praised for its ‘outstanding knowledge of trade mark law and EU case law’, BarentsKrans’ department counts Heutink, Exterion Media and De Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij among its clients. The key contact is the ‘eloquent, authoritativeJaap Bremer, who has ‘the knowledge of a professor and the attitude of a lean, mean business lawyer’.

The ‘clever, driven, creative and strategic’ Lars Bakers leads the team at Bingh Advocaten, which frequently handles trade mark, copyright and design rights cases. Senior associates Annelot Sitsen and Josine Smits, who is a copyright and data privacy specialist, are also recommended.

Marc Elshof leads the team at Dentons Boekel, which handles trade secrets and domain names as well as copyright and trade mark work. Elshof defended Unibail-Rodamco in trade mark proceedings brought by a Dutch subsidiary of Klépierre. Enviem Group, Globility Connect and Feld Entertainment are also clients.

Led by of counsel Marc Wallheimer, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team counts Ferring, Caterpillar and Dell among its clients. Wallheimer continues to manage Asahi Europe’s Grolsch Benelux trade mark portfolio, and assisted Deutsche Telekom with launching several trade mark opposition proceedings.

Highly regarded’ boutique Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten has a particular niche in high-tech IP, and ‘does great work for start-ups’ as well as for more established companies. ‘Very practical, impressive’ name partner Ernst-Jan Louwers has ‘in-depth knowledge’. Huub de Jong is ‘outstanding’; Tom de Wit is recommended for commercial IP contracts.

SOLV Advocaten is especially strong in matters involving the intersection between IP and IT. Menno Weij and associates Harmke Lankhorst and Tomas Weermeijer are recommended.

Judith Krens and counsel Maarten Rijks are the key contacts at Taylor Wessing. Rijks defended Van Haren Schoenen in trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Louboutin concerning the latter’s trade marked red-soled shoes. Mi Moneda is another client.

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