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Thijs van Aerde

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Thijs specialises in Supreme Court litigation, as well as representing clients before the European Court of Justice and the lower Dutch courts. Since Thijs joined Houthoff in 2006, he has litigated more than 100 cases before the Dutch Supreme Court and many cases before the lower Dutch courts. Thijs focuses on issues related to intellectual property law, contract law, tort law, and procedural law matters.


Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Houthoff's practices are grouped into IT/internet, outsourcing, telecoms, media and technology, and privacy and data protection. Thomas de Weerd heads the TMT group and counsel Thijs Van Aerde specialises in media and IP cases. In recent work, the team advised the owners of Spinnin Records on its sale to Warner Chappell Music Group. It also acted for the Telegraaf Media Group in Supreme Court litigation against the Dutch state concerning the incorrect implementation of the European Database Directive, which would have prevented the client from publishing its own programme guide.

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

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Thijs van Aerde - Houthoff

Within: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Thomas de Weerd heads the practice at Houthoff which is recognised for its 'very strong Supreme Court practice'. Counsel Thijs Van Aerde, who is 'great to work with, is very strong in his field and has a great personality', is acting for Stichting BREIN in copyright litigation before the Supreme Court against Usenet provider News-Service Europe, which offers large amounts of media and entertainment content to subscribers. The case has been referred to the European Court of Justice.

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