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Sikke Kingma

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV


Sikke Kingma is a specialist litigator and adviser in the area of Intellectual Property and Media Law with a special preference for cases at the interface with IT. He litigates and advises a great deal in connection with copyright law, trademark law, domain names and (in cassation) patent law. In addition, he assists clients in disputes about the legality of publications and statements on internet or in other media. Sikke is furthermore a very experienced lawyer at the Supreme Court with more than a hundred judgments to his name. With his background as an all-round civil lawyer, he runs a broad cassation practice for companies and public authorities. He is often called in by lawyers from other offices to conduct cassation proceedings, prejudicial proceedings or to contribute ideas in appeal procedures. Kingma lectures and publishes on a regular basis. He is editor of the professional journal Mediaforum and principal editor of, the weblog about civil cassation case law in the Netherlands.


Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Sikke Kingma heads the IP and media practice at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV which serves a range of government agencies, municipalities, and corporate clients and has an established reputation for handling Supreme Court cases. The team acted for the Municipality of Rotterdam in an action brought by Persgroep Nederland concerning the right to broadcast a tribute to the players of Feyenoord football club. The group is also handling a Supreme Court case concerning issues of freedom of the press.

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's team head Sikke Kingma is 'a very strong Supreme Court lawyer'. His team acts for a range of state, municipal, and corporate clients which include Delft University of Technology and the Municipalities of Amsterdam and The Hague. Highlight work includes acting for Spirits International in Supreme Court proceedings against FKP Sojuzplodo, a Russian state-owned company in a dispute over the ownership of the well-known brands Stoli, Stolichnaya, and Moskovskaya. Martijn Scheltema is a key team member which has expanded with the joining of Jordi Bierens from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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