Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights in Netherlands

LXA Attorneys

'A very dynamic and engaged team of lawyers' at LXA Attorneys is headed by Thomas Berendsen who has expertise in all aspects of IP including passing off and comparative advertising. The team, which includes brand protection and anti-counterfeiting expert  Gie van den Broek advises national and international clients, and includes additional experience assisting start-ups and FinTec clients.

'A very dynamic and engaged team of lawyers' at LXA Attorneys is headed by Thomas Berendsen who has expertise in all aspects of IP including passing off and comparative advertising. The team, which includes brand protection and anti-counterfeiting expert  Gie van den Broek advises national and international clients, and includes additional experience assisting start-ups and FinTec clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Berendsen

Other key lawyers:

Gie van den Broek

Testimonials

A very good working team, which can provide advice on all business matters.’

‘Thomas Berendsen is smart and knows his cases and clients very well.’

‘The IP team from LXA headed by Thomas Berendsen is highly skilled. They really understand the case and are available at all times to discuss the matter in a way each client simply understand.’

‘The IP team from LXA is very responsive, has a clear billing structure and is able to provide high quality advice within short terms. The whole team is absolutely dedicated and they are all highly talented and pragmatic. Service minded and competent team, value-for money.’

‘Thomas Berendsen is excellent, very competent in the IP area and always pragmatic and solution focused.’

‘This is a very dynamic and engaged team of lawyers.’ 

‘The firm provides a very unique combination of precise legal advice and very successful litigation and enforcement. Especially in matters of IP protection I recommend Thomas Berendsen and Gie van den Broek.

Key clients

Salomone Sansone

Altius

Weber & Sauberschwarz

Incopro

Brantsandpatents BVBA

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Novagraaf Nederland B.V.

Taxperience N.V.

IXXI Concepts B.V.

NP Fashion Clusius Heritage B.V.

Dutch Quality Group B.V.

Popsockets LLC

Calvin Klein Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised and litigated on behalf of NP Fashion in relation to the enforcement of its copyrights on its designs, all consisting of a zig-zag pattern in different colours
  • Assisted Smith Mountain Industries (as the trademark proprietor of several WOODWICK trademarks) in opposition proceedings at the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property in relation to the filing of a figurative mark depicting the element WOODWICK by a third party.
  • Advised and litigated on behalf of Auto Aanpassing Noord Nederland B.V. who was demanded to cease the use of its company name (tradename) subject to alleged tradename rights and trademarks of another company.

Brinkhof

Brinkhof provides an outstanding and 'extremely polished' service, according to clients.  In addition to handling some of the most high-profile and internationally significant cases, it also assists clients with commercial and strategic advice. The range of its expertise extends to the EU regulation of online platforms and the protection of commercial image rights. The team also has strong academic ties, such as with the University of Utrecht and membership of numerous professional bodies, and employs a range of technologies to deliver services to clients, including litigation management and trade mark portfolio administration. The practice is headed by the 'impressive' Kurt Stopetie; Gregor Vos who 'presents with eloquence and gravitas'; and Remy Chavannes who also specialises in copyright, media, and internet litigation. Senior associate Rutger Stoop is also highly rated for his 'commercial and strategic' approach to the protection of IP assets and his grasp of advertising law. In other news, Sjo Anne Hoogcarspel left in 2019 to set up her own firm, while associate Sophie ten Bosch joined from Allen & Overy LLP in February 2020.

Brinkhof provides an outstanding and 'extremely polished' service, according to clients.  In addition to handling some of the most high-profile and internationally significant cases, it also assists clients with commercial and strategic advice. The range of its expertise extends to the EU regulation of online platforms and the protection of commercial image rights. The team also has strong academic ties, such as with the University of Utrecht and membership of numerous professional bodies, and employs a range of technologies to deliver services to clients, including litigation management and trade mark portfolio administration. The practice is headed by the 'impressive' Kurt Stopetie; Gregor Vos who 'presents with eloquence and gravitas'; and Remy Chavannes who also specialises in copyright, media, and internet litigation. Senior associate Rutger Stoop is also highly rated for his 'commercial and strategic' approach to the protection of IP assets and his grasp of advertising law. In other news, Sjo Anne Hoogcarspel left in 2019 to set up her own firm, while associate Sophie ten Bosch joined from Allen & Overy LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Stöpetie; Gregor Vos; Remy Chavannes

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Gregor Vos and Rutger Stoop extensively on trade mark enforcement in the Netherlands.’ 

The Brinkhof team are extremely polished, professional, and very pleasant to work with. They appreciate clients’ wider strategic objectives and have impressed the client with their commercial and pragmatic solutions “on their feet” and effective results.’

‘Gregor Vos presents with eloquence and gravitas, such that one feels in safe hands when he is handling a matter.’

Rutger Stoop impresses with his pleasant manner, strategic and commercial insights, and excellent drafting. ’

Key clients

adidas

Amazon

Aston Martin

August Storck

Bank of America

BRF

Busch-Jaeger

Cosmetic Warriors (Lush)

Deckers (UGG)

Dover Corp.

Dyson

Fender

Ferrari

Forever 21

Four Seasons

Google

IKEA

Imperial Tobacco

Indeed

Infineon

Jack Daniels’s

JUUL Labs

Kaemingk

LeasePlan

Mattel

Maytronics

Nestlé

Netflix

Novartis / Alcon

PwC

Rothy’s

Sanofi

Skechers

Spartan Race

Starz

Tele2

T-Mobile

Vans

Valentino

Vista Outdoor

WILD / SiSi Werke (Capri Sun)

Xindao

Zoetis

Work highlights

  • Representing IKEA in pan-EU trademark litigation regarding key products, including coordination of legal advice and representation across multiple EU jurisdictions in this high profile case.
  • Representing T-Mobile in major litigation against KPN involving complex allegations of trade mark infringement in the context of advertising services in the Netherlands.
  • Brinkhof continues to represent adidas in all trademark and design rights issues in the Benelux region, including in a Supreme Court case relating to the well-known 3 Stripes trademark.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's team head Tobias Cohen Jehoram offers 'unparalleled commercial and strategic savviness' combined with 'a great sense of humour'. This integrated IP team covers the full range of complex contentious cases including in the Supreme Court together with transactional work. It can also bring to bear expertise in areas such as competition, corporate, and product liability. It has an exceptional cohort of junior lawyers, including senior associates such as the 'calm and clever' Roos van der Poel and the 'highly talented' Bertrand ter Woort. Also a core team member, Selmer Bergsma has been involved in a range of IP litigation. Litigators such as Daan Beenders and Stefan Derksen add further disputes heft to the team. The group has expanded with the hire of senior associate Irenah Klink who joined in September 2020 from Taylor Wessing.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's team head Tobias Cohen Jehoram offers 'unparalleled commercial and strategic savviness' combined with 'a great sense of humour'. This integrated IP team covers the full range of complex contentious cases including in the Supreme Court together with transactional work. It can also bring to bear expertise in areas such as competition, corporate, and product liability. It has an exceptional cohort of junior lawyers, including senior associates such as the 'calm and clever' Roos van der Poel and the 'highly talented' Bertrand ter Woort. Also a core team member, Selmer Bergsma has been involved in a range of IP litigation. Litigators such as Daan Beenders and Stefan Derksen add further disputes heft to the team. The group has expanded with the hire of senior associate Irenah Klink who joined in September 2020 from Taylor Wessing.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Other key lawyers:

Roos van der Poel; Selmer Bergsma; Bertrand ter Woort; Daan Beenders; Stefan Derksen; Irenah Klink

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise, great availability at all levels, creative team.’

‘Combining superb expertise with profound knowledge of our work field and its sensitivities.’

‘The team is very accessible, extremely knowledgeable and really makes an effort to understand the business. This only enhances the quality of their advice.’

‘Both Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Daan Beenders are exceptional lawyers but also very accessible and friendly human beings with a keen interest in the business we operate in and the people who are running it.’

‘The IP team of De Brauw is very committed to delivering high standard legal (IP) services and is quick to deliver hands-on advice. Their arguments are logical and well reasoned and communicated in a very clear manner. The team really understands the interplay between IP law and marketing and is well versed in the alcoholic beverage sector. They give practical, clear, and creative advice in a timely manner.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram heads the IP team and has been our primary contact. He is a formidable IP expert and trusted advisor of our business. His impeccable judgement is very much valued. He provides excellent IP advice and is reliable, friendly, and approachable. He has an outstanding senior counsel in Roos van der Poel.’

Roos is calm, very clever, accurate, fast, and responsive. She is a specialist in commercial contracting and licensing agreements, and capable of keeping complex matters simple. Tobias and Roos have both proven to be extremely helpful to our company, its brands and products, and services. They both provide thorough advice, including all angles of a case or matter, while conclusions are often practical and therefore directly usable.’ 

‘The team is knowledgeable, experienced, and quick to respond.’

‘Both Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Stefan Derksen provide excellent counsel in the field of contract and media law.’

‘The team consistently delivers high quality legal and strategic advice in (complex) trade mark matters. They are highly effective, with a deep understanding of our products and business landscape. ’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is our go-to partner for important trademark matters. He combines his thorough legal knowledge with an unparalleled commercial and strategic savviness. His effective way of operating often result in swift results, which leads to exceptional value for work done. In addition, he has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with. Tobias consistently exceeds our expectations and comes with the highest recommendations.’

Bertrand ter Woort is a highly talented senior associate.’

‘They have impressive experience in trade mark litigation before the Supreme Court, led by top player Tobias Cohen Jehoram.’

‘Tobias is a top player in (especially) trade mark law. He is approachable, and he and his team (in our case Gertjan Harryvan) deliver great work within the deadline set.’

Key clients

P&G

Unilever

AkzoNobel

Shell

JDE

NXP

PepsiCo

Adidas

Impossible Foods

Disney

To add mor

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Impossible Foods in obtaining a preliminary pan-European injunction invoking Impossible Foods’ trade mark against Nestlé’s use of “Incredible Burger”.
  • Successfully represented NXP in trade mark infringement proceedings against Infineon Technologies regarding NXP’s MIFARE trade marks for Near Field Communication ICs.
  • Advising Disney on all issues relating to its distribution of content (online) on the new Disney+ channel.

Hofhuis Alkema Groen

Established in 2012 by its three named partners, Hofhuis Alkema Groen is a smaller team but is considered to be 'a team of young, very skilled, highly professional litigators - respected by all their peers'. In addition to protecting IP assets, the team is also expert in related marketing and media law. Jesse Hofhuis , who 'always seems to be five steps ahead of the rest' has a focus on trade mark litigation (he successfully represented Christian Louboutin in the battle of the red sole trade mark). Arnout Groen's practice involves litigation in the digital space concerning copyright and database rights. Adonna Alkema 'excels as an expert in Dutch, EU, and International intellectual property law' – her clients range from the likes of Red Bull to global entertainment companies.

Established in 2012 by its three named partners, Hofhuis Alkema Groen is a smaller team but is considered to be 'a team of young, very skilled, highly professional litigators - respected by all their peers'. In addition to protecting IP assets, the team is also expert in related marketing and media law. Jesse Hofhuis , who 'always seems to be five steps ahead of the rest' has a focus on trade mark litigation (he successfully represented Christian Louboutin in the battle of the red sole trade mark). Arnout Groen's practice involves litigation in the digital space concerning copyright and database rights. Adonna Alkema 'excels as an expert in Dutch, EU, and International intellectual property law' – her clients range from the likes of Red Bull to global entertainment companies.

Practice head(s):

Jesse Hofhuis; Arnout Groen; Adonna Alkema

Testimonials

‘Our international organisation is working with Hofhuis Alkema Groen for its licensing activities in The Netherlands. The team of lawyers is providing us legal advice requiring expertise in business and intellectual property law (EU Directives on Collective management, Retransmission, and Satellite broadcasting, Portability, Copyright, and Digital Single Market) and their transposition into Dutch Law). We recommend Hofhuis Alkema Groen for its professionalism, responsiveness, effectiveness and it is multilingual in its communications and reporting. ’

‘Adonna Alkema excels as an expert in Dutch, EU, and International Intellectual Property Law. She has an in-depth knowledge of the audiovisual industry including licensing and rights management. Ms. Adonna has also advised us on corporate governance matters in relation to Dutch and EU Directives on collective management, with success. Jesse Hofhuis advises us as a back-up to Ms. Alkema to our utmost satisfaction.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and efficient team which consistently applies the highest quality standards to its work. Very adept in translating complex legal matters into crystal clear advice. ’

‘Jesse Hofhuis is extremely intelligent, he always seems to be five steps ahead of the rest. He has a thorough understanding of our products and our business and combines his seemingly unparalleled legal knowledge with deep commercial and strategic insights. In addition, Jesse has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with. Jesse Hofhuis comes highly recommended for any complicated IP matter.’

‘A team of young very skilled highly professional litigators. Respected by all their peers.’

‘All three partners stand out.’

Key clients

Facebook

Red Bull

Hewlett Packard (HP)

Volvo

MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)

Warner Bros.

Dell

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

Directors Guild of America

Writers Guild of America

Screen Actors Guilds

Christian Louboutin

Work highlights

  • Represents several Hollywood majors (Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros) in litigation for the collection of monies for public broadcasting of film works.
  • Represents almost the entire hardware industry (Dell, HP, and others) in a series of proceedings with regard to home copying levies.
  • Represents Airwair in litigation, protecting the famous Dr. Martens designs and trade dress.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER maintains its reputation as a leading European IP firm, often handling ground-breaking cases. The Amsterdam team, steered by Joris van Manen can handle matters ranging from trade mark and copyright infringements, through to anti-counterfeiting, the protection of IP in the realms of media, and e-commerce. Litigator Willem Hoyng has a long history of appearing in Dutch and European courts (and the EPO), including the CJEU. The team has been successful in obtaining pan-European injunctions in a number of instances, as in the work for J.R. Simplot (against McCain) which was handled by Laura Fresco. Counsel Robin van Kleeff and senior associates Eric Meyer and Roeland Grijpink are other core team members of note. Meyer worked closely with Fresco on the complex litigation concerning the ownership of the  Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya brands.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER maintains its reputation as a leading European IP firm, often handling ground-breaking cases. The Amsterdam team, steered by Joris van Manen can handle matters ranging from trade mark and copyright infringements, through to anti-counterfeiting, the protection of IP in the realms of media, and e-commerce. Litigator Willem Hoyng has a long history of appearing in Dutch and European courts (and the EPO), including the CJEU. The team has been successful in obtaining pan-European injunctions in a number of instances, as in the work for J.R. Simplot (against McCain) which was handled by Laura Fresco. Counsel Robin van Kleeff and senior associates Eric Meyer and Roeland Grijpink are other core team members of note. Meyer worked closely with Fresco on the complex litigation concerning the ownership of the  Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya brands.

Practice head(s):

Joris van Manen

Other key lawyers:

Willem Hoyng; Laura Fresco; Robin van Kleeff; Eric Meyer; Roeland Grijpink 

Key clients

Abbott

AkzoNobel

Anna van Toor

Arpa

Broadview

BREIN

Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT)

Daniel Wellington

De Persgroep

Diadora

Easy Sanitary Solutions

Epic Games

EuroNext

Evolution of Smooth (EOS)

FKP SOJUZPLODOIMPORT (Stolichnaya)

Gemini

G-Star

Hunter Douglas

Jimi Hendrix Estate

John Lennon Estate

MC&F Broadcasting Production and Distribution

Mondriaan Fonds

Motion Picture Association of America

Paragon Pet Products

Philip Morris International

Philips

Rabobank

Rituals

Roche Bobois

Signify

SABAM

Samsung

Simplot

Supergroup

TERN

Trespa

The Russian Federation

Vlisco

Wendy’s

Yoko Onno Lennon

Work highlights

  • Successful in bringing back vodka brands Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya to their owner, the Russian state enterprise FKP.
  • Successfully litigated on behalf of BREIN in a copyright case up until the CJEU. Various access providers were ordered to block The Pirate Bay in view of its intermediary role in copyright infringements.
  • Represents Simplot in cross-border design litigation against McCain and advises Simplot in other IP matters.  Simplot obtained an EU-wide injunction against McCain’s “Rustic Twist” potato product based on its Community design rights in PI proceedings in the Netherlands, confirmed on appeal.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's full-service IP practice is headed by Wouter Pors who is well known for his high-level disputes work and for his involvement as an expert in various new directives and legislation. 'Definitely one of the best in NL for soft IP', Manon Rieger-Jansen heads the brand management practice; she assists clients such as Monster Energy, Kraft Heinz, and Reckitt Benckiser with both advisory and dispute matters including parallel import and anti-counterfeiting cases. Armand Killan, whose work includes coordinating European, cross-border trade mark litigation and anti-counterfeiting is also a core team member. Partner Tjibbe Douma and associate Daan Wijnnobel are two of new team members. In addition to contentious work, the team's international trade mark prosecution mandates has increased substantially. On the client service side, TwoBirds Access allows clients to track progress and costs, and the firm has a partnership with YES! Delft, an accelerator programme for tech startups.

Bird & Bird's full-service IP practice is headed by Wouter Pors who is well known for his high-level disputes work and for his involvement as an expert in various new directives and legislation. 'Definitely one of the best in NL for soft IP', Manon Rieger-Jansen heads the brand management practice; she assists clients such as Monster Energy, Kraft Heinz, and Reckitt Benckiser with both advisory and dispute matters including parallel import and anti-counterfeiting cases. Armand Killan, whose work includes coordinating European, cross-border trade mark litigation and anti-counterfeiting is also a core team member. Partner Tjibbe Douma and associate Daan Wijnnobel are two of new team members. In addition to contentious work, the team's international trade mark prosecution mandates has increased substantially. On the client service side, TwoBirds Access allows clients to track progress and costs, and the firm has a partnership with YES! Delft, an accelerator programme for tech startups.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors

Other key lawyers:

Manon Rieger-Jansen; Armand Killan; Tjibbe Douma; Daan Wijnnobel

Testimonials

‘Manon Rieger is an incredible lawyer, sharp thinking, strategic, and business-oriented. Her knowledge of portfolio management and litigation allows her to give assist an in-house team in the whole strategy.’

‘Manon Rieger: definitely one of the best in NL for soft IP.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of the law and shows their intention clearly to understand our client’s business and needs, which makes them an excellent partner.’

‘My main contact in the firm is Manon Rieger-Jansen, who is a very strong practitioner, goes deep into the conflict, and gives the best service available. She also is very easy to reach, work with, and cooperate.’

‘B&B’s practice is very willing to adapt to the client’s needs, including negotiating fees and fee structures. Their team is extremely well versed and provides practical solutions tailored to the client. ’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen is a well-seasoned attorney with a wealth of knowledge, able to provide practical solutions to a variety of client’s situations. In addition, Manon is extremely approachable, which makes interactions with her easy, efficient, and effective. ’

‘Manon Rieger Jansen is brilliant. ’

‘I like to refer work to Manon Rieger-Jansen. She is a skilled lawyer with a commercial mindset. 

‘Bird & Bird is sizeable and yet retains a personal touch.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein

Nestlé

Steigenberger hotels

Fila

Ferrero

Monster Energy

Reckitt Benckiser

CrossFit

Flügel

Chiquita

Lebara

NPO (Dutch Public broadcaster)

PPG

Petit Bateau

Jouets Ecoiffier

Huda Beauty

Aspen Medical

Primark

Work highlights

  • Representing Primark in a trade mark and copyright dispute against Airwair (makers of the Dr. Martens boot) regarding the design of a number of Primark boots.
  • Representing Chiquita in litigation concerning alleged trade mark infringement claims made by Fyffes.
  • Representing Calvin Klein in litigation against alleged copyright and trade mark infringement claims from Diesel.

Houthoff

The team at Houthoff, headed by Thomas de Weerd attracts complex IP litigation in addition to the full range of transactional work, often undertaken with the corporate/M&A group. It has broad sector expertise including in the realms of media and online activities. Its work for anti-piracy organisation Stichting BREIN, which has reached the Supreme Court, will likely have far-reaching consequences as it deals with whether Usenet provider News-Service Europe, as an internet intermediary, is liable for hosting copyright-protected works on its servers. This case is being led by counsel Thijs van Aerde who 'is a great sparring partner and is highly recommended on cases before the Dutch Supreme Court'. Karim Abass joined the team from WIPO in March 2020 as an associate.

The team at Houthoff, headed by Thomas de Weerd attracts complex IP litigation in addition to the full range of transactional work, often undertaken with the corporate/M&A group. It has broad sector expertise including in the realms of media and online activities. Its work for anti-piracy organisation Stichting BREIN, which has reached the Supreme Court, will likely have far-reaching consequences as it deals with whether Usenet provider News-Service Europe, as an internet intermediary, is liable for hosting copyright-protected works on its servers. This case is being led by counsel Thijs van Aerde who 'is a great sparring partner and is highly recommended on cases before the Dutch Supreme Court'. Karim Abass joined the team from WIPO in March 2020 as an associate.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde; Karim Abass

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Thijs van Aerde in a complex Supreme Court case. Thijs is easy to communicate with (he does not overcomplicate matters) and has delivered excellent results for my client. Very happy with his services. ’

‘Esteemed law firm with an excellent IP litigation team. Strategic thinkers.’

‘Thijs van Aerde is a very knowledgeable and experienced IP litigator before the Dutch Supreme Court. He is strategic, analytical but at the same time very pragmatic. He delivers excellent work and has an impressive track record.’

Our firm thinks Thijs he is a great sparring partner and would highly recommend Thijs with our clients dealing with cases before the Dutch supreme court.’

Kennedy Van der Laan

The 'highly innovative, flexible, and efficient' team at Kennedy Van der Laan has a strong focus on the technology (including advanced technologies and life sciences), media, and luxury consumer goods sectors where it serves well-known global brands. The 'excellent' Alfred Meijboom handles cases where IP and IT collide as well as advising Nike/Converse on various marketing programmes; the firm heads a European-wide alliance that provides all legal support for Nike Europe. Maarten Schut also specialises in trade mark, copyright, and design, together with technology and life sciences. Other highly-rated core team members include senior associate Reindert van der Zaal, who is a co-founder of the firm's anti-counterfeiting programme and is respected for his brand protection skills, and associate partner Joran Spauwen who is skilled in handling complex litigation and technology-specific contracts and transactions. Also of note, Sophie van Loon specialises in copyright cases for international media and publishing clients.

The 'highly innovative, flexible, and efficient' team at Kennedy Van der Laan has a strong focus on the technology (including advanced technologies and life sciences), media, and luxury consumer goods sectors where it serves well-known global brands. The 'excellent' Alfred Meijboom handles cases where IP and IT collide as well as advising Nike/Converse on various marketing programmes; the firm heads a European-wide alliance that provides all legal support for Nike Europe. Maarten Schut also specialises in trade mark, copyright, and design, together with technology and life sciences. Other highly-rated core team members include senior associate Reindert van der Zaal, who is a co-founder of the firm's anti-counterfeiting programme and is respected for his brand protection skills, and associate partner Joran Spauwen who is skilled in handling complex litigation and technology-specific contracts and transactions. Also of note, Sophie van Loon specialises in copyright cases for international media and publishing clients.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut

Other key lawyers:

Reindert van der Zaal; Joran Spauwen; Sophie van Loon

Testimonials

‘KVDL’s intellectual property team has demonstrated its great efficiency, both in litigation and in counselling. The undeniable assets of this IP team are its expertise, of course, but also a great pragmatism and a way of working in a collaborative mode. Their approach is business-oriented and their advice is given in a concise and operational manner. I am familiar with the highly specialised knowledge and the work of this team’s lawyers to achieve this result, which is much appreciated by clients.’

‘My privileged contacts are Alfred Meijboom and Maarten Schut, whom I have known for many years and with whom I have always had great pleasure working because they are brilliant lawyers, available, efficient, and very friendly. I also very much appreciate the senior associates and/or counsels Reindert van der Zaal and Joran Spauwen’.

‘The team is highly innovative, flexible, efficient, and extremely competent’.

‘I have worked with Jens van den Brink, Alfred Meijboom, and Joran Spauwen and all of them are excellent lawyers. They know very well the industries they cover and are also technically outstanding’.

‘The KVDL IP team is unique in the IP world, they take a very unique approach to managing tasks, manging teams on cases, effectively managing budgets, reporting to clients. They have a strong reputation.’

‘Reindert van der Zaal – is becoming more and more well known for IP and in particular brand protection. Many of the top brand clients we act for also know him and rate his work. Highly recommended individual.

Maarten Schut – is also a highly recommended lawyer for in-depth knowledge and experience, a fantastic communicator, and a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Nike / Converse

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein)

Vodafone/Ziggo

Lacoste

Orange

Microsoft

Superdry

Nutreco

Fossil

ASML

VU University of Amsterdam

UNStudio

Agicoa

Work highlights

  • Secured a crucial win in appeal litigation for Lacoste, realizing a European wide ban on sales of children’s clothing with prints similar to Lacoste’s crocodile logo by retailer HEMA.
  • Assists internet access provider Ziggo in extensive ongoing litigation concerning Ziggo’s alleged obligation to deny its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay to prevent IP infringements through filesharing. This is the next step in a landmark case on filtering and a free internet, which has been to the Dutch Supreme Court twice and to the CJEU.
  • Supports multinational feed company Nutreco in its investments in and co-operations with innovator companies around the world, negotiating R&D and license agreements and other IP arrangements.

Le Poole Bekema

Although a smaller boutique firm, Le Poole Bekema is highly rated not only for its expertise in the IP, media, and advertising spaces, but also for its communication skills and teamwork. In addition to its work in media, data protection, and on-line content work, it also acts for the likes of Mobis parts (Hyundai) and Arla Foods on trade mark protection and franchising matters. 'A great lawyer to work with' Anne Bekema has a long-standing relationship with a number of iconic brand owners. Bas Le Poole is highly skilled in copyright matters, especially as they relate to media. In July 2020 he was appointed as deputy justice at the Court of Appeal in The Hague but continues his association with the firm.  Laura Broers and Maurice Joppe are also key members of the team.

Although a smaller boutique firm, Le Poole Bekema is highly rated not only for its expertise in the IP, media, and advertising spaces, but also for its communication skills and teamwork. In addition to its work in media, data protection, and on-line content work, it also acts for the likes of Mobis parts (Hyundai) and Arla Foods on trade mark protection and franchising matters. 'A great lawyer to work with' Anne Bekema has a long-standing relationship with a number of iconic brand owners. Bas Le Poole is highly skilled in copyright matters, especially as they relate to media. In July 2020 he was appointed as deputy justice at the Court of Appeal in The Hague but continues his association with the firm.  Laura Broers and Maurice Joppe are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bekema; Bas Le Poole; Laura Broers; Maurice Joppe

Other key lawyers:

Laura Broers; Maurice Joppe 

Testimonials

‘A boutique firm with great knowledge of the legal system and provide practical advice’

‘Anne Bekema is a great lawyer to work with’

‘Since I do business with LePooleBekema I am always pleasantly surprised about their teamwork. Internal communication works very well, they have a diverse team and each of them has his or her special personality and skills. Hence, they are a complementary team. Advice is always to the point with an eye for the business.’

‘Anne Bekema never gives up and keeps searching until she finds an opening to a solution (whether in advice or litigation). This is besides her nice personality. Laura Broers obviously loves her job, is always sharp, and gives workable advice.’

Key clients

MCDONALD’S NEDERLAND B.V.

COLGATE/PALMOLIVE

RYANAIR

ENDEMOL SHINE GROUP/CARYN MANDABACH PRODUCTIONS LIMITED

MOBIS PARTS (Hyundai)

UNILEVER PLC.

ARLA FOODS

BSH HAUSGERÄTE

MEDIAHUIS NEDERLAND

RTL GROUP

EYE FILM MUSEUM

EVANGELISCHE OMROEP

KRO-NCRV

VPRO

NOS

NPO

NEDFILM & TELEVISION

VIDEMA

STER

TERU

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Endemol Shine Group and Caryn Mandabach Productions Limited against numerous parties in the Netherlands who infringed upon clients’ intellectual property rights (copyright & trademarks) in relation to the successful television series ‘Peaky Blinders’.
  • Advising Mobis Parts (Hyundai) regarding parallel import trade mark infringements.
  • Advising and representing McDonald’s on a variety of IP-related topics, mostly regarding copyright, trademark law, and/or franchise.

Leeway

Leeway is commended as a 'powerhouse firm with a broad practice' that can handle large, complex cases whilst providing client-centric solutions. 'Pragmatic and brilliant' trade mark specialist, Marga Verwoert handles all aspects of trade mark protection and exploitation ranging from IP-driven agreements including endorsements, IP structuring, and the IP aspects of mergers or joint ventures. Her client roster is made up of well-known domestic and foreign companies in sectors ranging from fashion and media to technology. The 'truly outstanding' Michiel Odink has decades of experience in intellectual property and media/entertainment law with a focus on the digital business sector and undertakes both transactional and contentious work. Remco van Leeuwen has experience in all types of IP but especially in the retail/consumer sectors. Other notable junior team members include Roel Dolk and Nini Blom. Jos Klaus was a new arrival in March 2021.

Leeway is commended as a 'powerhouse firm with a broad practice' that can handle large, complex cases whilst providing client-centric solutions. 'Pragmatic and brilliant' trade mark specialist, Marga Verwoert handles all aspects of trade mark protection and exploitation ranging from IP-driven agreements including endorsements, IP structuring, and the IP aspects of mergers or joint ventures. Her client roster is made up of well-known domestic and foreign companies in sectors ranging from fashion and media to technology. The 'truly outstanding' Michiel Odink has decades of experience in intellectual property and media/entertainment law with a focus on the digital business sector and undertakes both transactional and contentious work. Remco van Leeuwen has experience in all types of IP but especially in the retail/consumer sectors. Other notable junior team members include Roel Dolk and Nini Blom. Jos Klaus was a new arrival in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marga Verwoert; Michiel Odink; Remco van Leeuwen

Other key lawyers:

Roel Dolk; Nini Blom; Jos Klaus

Testimonials

‘Agile and experienced team who are ahead of the curve with regard to IP.’

‘Michiel Odink is a veteran in IP law. He is crystal clear and to the point as super friendly – GREAT GUY to work with.’

‘Lean, mean, and fiercely client-oriented.’

‘Michiel Odink is truly outstanding in making complex legal issues seem perfectly plain and steering clients gently but effectively towards the proper strategy.’

‘Very good size boutique. Big enough to handle every case, small enough to guarantee a personal approach and technical excellence.’

‘I know Marga Verwoert and Michiel Odink very well. Top professionals who know their stuff; easy to reach/contact.’

‘Leeway is a powerhouse firm with a broad practice. Leeway excels in a number of areas which makes them stand out compared to other boutique firms, for example, copyright and design rights, media and entertainment, liable/slander, IP technology, both contentious and non-contentious so a really broad IP boutique.’

Marga Verwoert is phenomenal. Incredibly rigorous and knows how to break down complicated scenarios in a digestible matter.’

‘Michiel Odink is the go-to lawyer for IP Technology, with a strong presence in disputes regarding anti-counterfeiting.’

Remco van Leeuwen’s team has a strong reputation in IP transactions for the automotive industry.’

Large capacity and able to execute fast.

‘Partner Marga Verwoert is as pragmatic as brilliant, stays reassuringly calm under great pressure when dealing with big-ticket items. Partner Remco van Leeuwen is a solid, tough negotiator. Partner Michiel Odink represents household names in the consumer retail industry. Associate Nini Blom is brilliantly sharp, has the capacity to become leading one day. ’

‘Clear advice and very responsive.’

‘Marga Verwoert is an excellent lawyer who gives you the feeling that she will do the extra mile for your case.’

‘Leeway became a true Benelux trademark, copyright, and design right powerhouse within the last 3 years. They handled several landmark Dutch trade mark and copyright cases. Apart from their infringement work, Leeway also became a go-to firm for complex IP licensing work’

‘Michiel Odink is a known and respected IP lawyer with tons of experience.’

‘The team knows our company very well and their advices are fit for purpose.’

‘Remco van Leeuwen: knows our company very well (advises our company for some 20 years). He is efficient and provides clear advice.

‘Roel Dolk: very good at commercial contracting. He is very well able to reflect and translate our business needs in contracts.’

‘Leeway has outstanding experience in litigation and an established international network of litigators which allows Leeway to act quickly and efficiently in cross-border litigation. ’

‘Marga Verwoert is an experienced litigator, always responsive, and fully committed. ’

‘Partners Michiel Odink, Marga Verwoert, and associate Lotte Rutgers make a great team: their advice is fast, to the point, and of good quality. Just like our products.’

‘Michiel Odink is best in class in retail. With many other retail customers and many years of experience, he knows the market very well. His broad scope covering IP, IT, privacy, and litigation supports our business when we need it. Specifically for trade mark cases, he has been helpful in the past’

‘Describing the firm as a whole, I would say it is large enough to handle all types of IP-cases yet small enough to provide made-to-measure service. The firm provides high-quality services against a reasonable fee, especially so when comparing Leeway to the traditional ’

‘Michiel Odink is a specialist in intellectual property and media law and is known for representing various household names in this field. He therefore also is sought after when it comes to complicated legal matters involving TV formats and music publishing and collective rights. Partners Verwoert and Van Leeuwen have a similar professional background (hailing from more traditional big law firms), and likewise have a very strong reputation. They bring commercial law and copyright law to the table. ’

‘Truly incredible IP knowledge, combined with exceptional client service and a real depth of knowledge of the luxury and fashion industries’

‘Remco van Leeuwen is the ultimate IP lawyer; seriously knowledgeable with an awesome ability to deliver exactly what the client wants, how they want, and when they want it.’

‘A lot of knowledge, all very specialized IP lawyers with a lot of practice.’

‘The key capability of this team is that the lawyers working at Leeway Advocation don’t only rely on their legal knowledge, but also demonstrate situational leadership where they chose the right leadership style for the right people/situation/business. While closely working with them, this has demonstrated to be an effective way of working as the most desirable outcomes were achieved in difficult legal cases. Aside from their professionalism, another key capability of this team is the moral value that they live up to when engaging with clients and counterparties. ’

‘It is my absolute privilege to recommend Michiel Odink. When my business was confronted with a serious IP/trade mark claim, I was in search of a good lawyer with this particular expertise.’

Key clients

Amazon.com Inc.

Action

Aimia Holdings UK Ltd (airmiles)

American Icon B.V.

Amgen Inc

Axionlog

Bi-Wear Clothing Company B.V.

BookSpot B.V.

Chaud Devant

Colourful Rebel B.V.

CVmaker B.V.

Dataprovider.com

Denham The Jeanmaker B.V.

De Staffing Groep Nederland B.V.

Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA)

Energyworkx B.V.

FieldTurf USA, Inc.

HEMA B.V.

Hudson’s Bay Company

Karl Lagerfeld Group

Knits Only B.V.

Lampe B.V.

Lantmännen Unibake

MagicFX B.V.

Maui Jim, Inc.

McGregor IP B.V.

Minus Four Studio’s

Mirage Retail Group (Miniso) B.V.

Natuurmonumenten B.V.

NorthernLight Design B.V.

Novamedia B.V. and its subsidiaries Nationale Postcode Loterij B.V. | People’s Postcode Lottery Ltd. | Svenska Postkod Lotteriet | Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

Pandora A.S.

Pentland Brands Limited

Royal Boch BVBA

Scotch & Soda B.V.

Sissy-Boy

Takko Holding GmbH

Telefunken Licenses Gmbh

The Agent-C

The Owls Foundation

Tronios Group International B.V.

United Soft Drink

Work highlights

  • Representing Dutch fashion brand Scotch & Soda in a wide range of IP matters: from important design and trade mark clearance to high profile infringement cases.
  • Acting as Karl Lagerfeld Group’s trusted advisors in the Netherlands, handling the full range of IP, as well as licensing and franchise agreements, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting, and other commercial work.
  • Continue to represent McGregor in multiple high profile trade mark litigation proceedings in The Netherlands.

NautaDutilh

Highly respected for the depth of her expertise, both in litigation and transactional mandates, Anne Marie Verschuur heads NautaDutilh's IP/IT group where she counts many household name brand owners as clients, including GlaxoSmithKline which is involved in a dispute concerning a colour trade mark for its asthma product. Also of note, counsel Fleur Folmer conducts trade mark litigation in addition to advising on the full range of transactions such as license agreements and other corporate transactions. Having stepped down from the partnership, litigator Charles Gielen remains with the firm, while Richard van Oerle has returned after being appointed to the bench.

Highly respected for the depth of her expertise, both in litigation and transactional mandates, Anne Marie Verschuur heads NautaDutilh's IP/IT group where she counts many household name brand owners as clients, including GlaxoSmithKline which is involved in a dispute concerning a colour trade mark for its asthma product. Also of note, counsel Fleur Folmer conducts trade mark litigation in addition to advising on the full range of transactions such as license agreements and other corporate transactions. Having stepped down from the partnership, litigator Charles Gielen remains with the firm, while Richard van Oerle has returned after being appointed to the bench.

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Richard van Oerle; Fleur Folmer

Key clients

LEGO

GlaxoSmithKline

Feyenoord

Intel

Diageo

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

WE/O’Neill

REV’IT!

Henkel

Work highlights

  • Represents GlaxoSmithKline in its cross-border litigation against Sandoz.
  • Successfully defended Ypsomed in its unfair competition case against competitor Insulet.
  • Has been LEGO’s trusted intellectual property counsel for decades.

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

Highlighted for 'high-quality work and pragmatic advice' Visser Schaap & Kreijger's team handles all types of IP protection in addition to copyright and neighbouring rights, trade marks, and design protection, as well as being experienced in internet and media, and defamation issues together with commercial/transactional matters. Its response to Covid-19 issues has been to set up an audio-visual space whereby clients can attend court hearings. The 'exceptional' Jacqueline Schaap leads the team together with Dirk Visser who is 'the ultimate combination of knowledge and wit'. Other key practitioners are Paul Kreijger and stand-out senior associate Patty de Leeuwe. Senior associate Jasper Klopper joined the team in October 2020 from Stibbe.

Highlighted for 'high-quality work and pragmatic advice' Visser Schaap & Kreijger's team handles all types of IP protection in addition to copyright and neighbouring rights, trade marks, and design protection, as well as being experienced in internet and media, and defamation issues together with commercial/transactional matters. Its response to Covid-19 issues has been to set up an audio-visual space whereby clients can attend court hearings. The 'exceptional' Jacqueline Schaap leads the team together with Dirk Visser who is 'the ultimate combination of knowledge and wit'. Other key practitioners are Paul Kreijger and stand-out senior associate Patty de Leeuwe. Senior associate Jasper Klopper joined the team in October 2020 from Stibbe.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Schaap; Dirk Visser

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kreijger; Patty de Leeuwe; Jasper Klopper

Testimonials

‘Extremely efficient, responsive, and perceptive. ’

‘Jacqueline Schaap is an exceptional lawyer you better have on your side. Her advice is crystal clear, direct, and judicious.’

‘High-quality work, a lot of experience, and pragmatic advice. ’

‘This is a small team of high-profile lawyers specialized in IP. The partner in charge of the matter is always available and to the point. The rates are reasonable and you get value for money. ’

‘Jacqueline Schaap is very impressive. She is very sharp and creative in her approach. ’

‘Dirk Visser and Patty de Leeuwe are on top of online copyright infringement cases. They know all the specifics, all the pitfalls, all the (case) law. They are aware of all the latest developments and tricks of the bad players. I have worked with many lawyers of many good firms, but if it comes to discussing litigation strategy I prefer Visser Schaap & Kreijger. Their extensive experience helps to predict the outcome. ’

‘Dirk Visser is widely known for his expertise as a Professor at Leiden University and as a very skilled litigator with his team at Visser Schaap & Kreijger. Together with his associate Patty de Leeuwe they have endless experience in litigation on all levels from preliminary injunction proceedings up to the Supreme Court and the CJEU in Luxembourg. ’

‘Dirk Visser is the ultimate combination of knowledge and wit. As a well-acknowledged copyright professor, Dirk knows his way around, especially in the music and media industries. And he brings value for money – at a decent rate.’

‘Good and friendly practice where you have one contact person, but always someone to back-up if necessary.’

‘Jacqueline Schaap is experienced in the licensing business. Thorough knowledge of existing documents, accurate and quick responses.’ 

Key clients

Universal

Talpa Network

Heineken

Nestle Nederland

Sanoma

Fatboy

H&M

Van Gogh Museum

Bol.com

Stichting Brein

Mediahuis

Talpa TV

Jumbo

Blazhoffski

Sena

Videma

Corendon

Scholten & Baijings

Auping

Noordhoff

MPA

Singel Uitgeverijen

HoffmanDujardin

NDP Media

Elho

Work highlights

  • Represented Maison du Monde in an infringement case about dinner table chairs in which Maison du Monde risked an EU-wide prohibition of two chairs and its brochure.
  • Represent bol.com (website comparable to amazon.com) in a case against Chanel about parallel import and trade mark infringement.
  • Represented Heritage Leiden in an important case about historic photographs included in an image bank and the compensations for such use for the photographers/copyright owners.

AKD

The AKD team, which includes litigators and trade mark attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of IP skills. In addition to trade mark, copyright, and design infringement disputes, the team also advises on areas such as anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, and contractual disputes. Martin Hemmer heads the IP and IT practice group and has been acting for Track Innovations in long-running disputes with parties that were using illegal copies of its software. Huib Berendschot undertakes IP litigation for clients including multi-nationals for whom he co-ordinates cross-border infringement cases.  Also of note is of counsel Peter Claassen, the former team head, who continues to add his expertise to the group.

The AKD team, which includes litigators and trade mark attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of IP skills. In addition to trade mark, copyright, and design infringement disputes, the team also advises on areas such as anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, and contractual disputes. Martin Hemmer heads the IP and IT practice group and has been acting for Track Innovations in long-running disputes with parties that were using illegal copies of its software. Huib Berendschot undertakes IP litigation for clients including multi-nationals for whom he co-ordinates cross-border infringement cases.  Also of note is of counsel Peter Claassen, the former team head, who continues to add his expertise to the group.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Peter Claassen; Huib Berendschot

Key clients

Inditex

The Sting

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson

Tenga

Attema

Starskin

Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

Majestic Products BV (part of Bunzl Group)

K3 Software

Bär Software

Track Innovations

Beekman

Bax-shop.nl B.V.

TerStal

WPS

Worldwide Machinery

Zuru

Audax

Work highlights

  • Advising Audax,  a media and logistics group primarily active in the distribution of magazines and newspapers in the Netherlands and Belgium, on a wide variety of matters, including freedom of information cases, copyright cases, portrait rights cases, trade mark cases, and trade name cases.  
  • Assisting clothing retailer The Sting and its sister company Costes in matters involving a range of famous global brand owners and counterfeiting parties in various trade mark and design right matters.  
  • Representing Prorail in a trade secrets case against Swiss company ASE AG alleges that ProRail published its trade secrets in a public procurement and asked for an injunction in preliminary relief proceedings. All of ASE’s claims were denied.  

Baker McKenzie

As an integrated part of the Baker McKenzie global network, the Amsterdam-based IP team is well known for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional cases. A comprehensive offering covers all aspects of IP including trade secrets, database rights, and labelling law. The practice is especially strong on the protection and enforcement of brands for international corporates, including anti-counterfeiting actions, and integrates its technology expertise, advising on digital media, and data privacy. There is also an IP registration/maintenance service which is made up of certified Benelux trade mark and design attorneys as well as lawyers. The senior advisors to note are Wouter Seinen and Steffen Hagen and senior trade mark attorney Ischa Gobius du Sart.

As an integrated part of the Baker McKenzie global network, the Amsterdam-based IP team is well known for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional cases. A comprehensive offering covers all aspects of IP including trade secrets, database rights, and labelling law. The practice is especially strong on the protection and enforcement of brands for international corporates, including anti-counterfeiting actions, and integrates its technology expertise, advising on digital media, and data privacy. There is also an IP registration/maintenance service which is made up of certified Benelux trade mark and design attorneys as well as lawyers. The senior advisors to note are Wouter Seinen and Steffen Hagen and senior trade mark attorney Ischa Gobius du Sart.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Seinen; Steffen Hagen; Ischa Gobius du Sart

Key clients

Shell

Unilever

Chanel

FedEx

ASICS

Abbott

Mistral International

British American Tobacco

3M

Nedap

Work highlights

  • Providing structural assistance to Shell’s global IP legal team on IP contracting, advice, and licensing for the Upstream, Downstream, Integrated Gas & New Energies business lines.
  • Advising and assisting Unilever on its trade mark prosecution (brand management) matters, on (potential) trademark infringement matters, and strategic trademark advice regarding the Benelux.
  • Developed and implemented a strategy for a well-known perfume/cosmetics client to improve brand protection and combatting grey import and other forms of unauthorized trading in countries where unauthorized (mainly online) sales take place on a significant scale.

Boekx Advocaten

The 'close-knit team' at Boekx Advocaten is highlighted for 'providing invaluable insight into how they handle representations in the EU.’ Team head  Diederik Stols 'has a problem-solving attitude in litigation', while Hidde Koenraad is noted as 'one of the few experts in the country in plant variety law'. This is in addition to his expertise in IP litigation and prosecution matters. Stols has an impressive range of expertise across IP and advertising law, in addition to sponsorship matters in the entertainment/culture sectors. Other central figures in the team include Fulco Blokhuis (an expert on image/personality rights, and broader IP) and managing partner Marc de Boer who counts CBS and Warner Bros among his clients.

The 'close-knit team' at Boekx Advocaten is highlighted for 'providing invaluable insight into how they handle representations in the EU.’ Team head  Diederik Stols 'has a problem-solving attitude in litigation', while Hidde Koenraad is noted as 'one of the few experts in the country in plant variety law'. This is in addition to his expertise in IP litigation and prosecution matters. Stols has an impressive range of expertise across IP and advertising law, in addition to sponsorship matters in the entertainment/culture sectors. Other central figures in the team include Fulco Blokhuis (an expert on image/personality rights, and broader IP) and managing partner Marc de Boer who counts CBS and Warner Bros among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Diederik Stols

Other key lawyers:

Marc de Boer; Hidde Koenraad; Fulco Blokhuis

Testimonials

‘The Boekx practice is very responsive and provides excellent advice and representation before European courts. They have the ability to focus on day-to-day issues in pending matters as well as highlight overall issues for our clients’ trade mark portfolios.’

‘Hidde and his team have always provided superior service with responsive communications and excellent advice for our clients. Working with the Boekx team on a number of matters has provided invaluable insight into how they handle representations in the EU.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and commercial understanding.’

‘Hidde Koenraad is always available and finds the appropriate solution for a case.’

‘I have worked alongside Boekx in various files. I know the Boekx team as a very close-knit team of which each lawyer has a personable style. They are able to translate difficult areas of the law into practical, down-to-earth advice. ’

‘Hidde Koenraad is one of the few experts in the country in plant variety law. He is well regarded in that field and very knowledgeable. He really knows the industry. Furthermore, he is a go-to lawyer for trade mark, design, and licensing disputes. He is extremely responsive.’

Diederik Stols is an experienced IP lawyer who is also well regarded in the IP world. He has a problem-solving attitude in litigation and he somehow manages to predict the course of a dispute each step of the way. His style in court is very convincing, and also clients appreciate his management of cases.’

Key clients

BMW (including Rolls Royce and Mini)

David Allen (Getting Things Done)

Weber-Stephen

Rijksmuseum

McCain

Off-White

Tommy Teleshopping

Filling Pieces

Augusta National (Masters Golf Tournament)

Snappet

CBS

Work highlights

  • Continue to act as lead soft IP counsel for BMW in the Netherlands, assisting on a daily basis with soft IP litigation (trade marks and designs cases) before the Dutch courts; managing its Benelux trade mark portfolio and Benelux trade mark opposition matters, WIPO domain name arbitration and numerous customs enforcement cases.
  • Day-to-day advisor on all content related work in the Netherlands for Warner Bros. Television.
  • Won a major case for Snappet, a disruptive iPad publisher in the educational market, against a group of traditional publishers.

bureau Brandeis

The team at bureau Brandeis is highlighted for its abilities across copyright, especially in respect of digital publishing (including the liability of host sites), trade mark infringements, and contractual/transactional work, particularly in the media and entertainment industries. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm attracts acclaim for his unique talent in his handling of landmark copyright cases and for his grasp of the digital landscape. He is considered a 'sharp litigator' with a deep understanding of online commerce. Hans Bousie specialises in copyright and competition law with a focus on the media and entertainment industries. Caroline de Vries, who advises on information law, copyright law, privacy, and freedom of speech, is considered 'a true talent’, while Marieke Berghuis is highlighted for her depth of expertise in privacy matters.

The team at bureau Brandeis is highlighted for its abilities across copyright, especially in respect of digital publishing (including the liability of host sites), trade mark infringements, and contractual/transactional work, particularly in the media and entertainment industries. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm attracts acclaim for his unique talent in his handling of landmark copyright cases and for his grasp of the digital landscape. He is considered a 'sharp litigator' with a deep understanding of online commerce. Hans Bousie specialises in copyright and competition law with a focus on the media and entertainment industries. Caroline de Vries, who advises on information law, copyright law, privacy, and freedom of speech, is considered 'a true talent’, while Marieke Berghuis is highlighted for her depth of expertise in privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm; Hans Bousie

Other key lawyers:

Caroline de Vries; Marieke Berghuis

Testimonials

‘Approachable and fast.’

‘It’s a great team to work with as they do understand the legal AND the business part of the problem. Quick responses on requests’.

‘Christiaan Alberdinck Tijm:  a sharp litigator, very good on ‘principal’ cases. Marieke Berghuis: our main advocate on privacy issues. Good and thorough. Caroline de  Vries is a true talent’.

‘The success of the firm’s IP practice comes down to the knowledge and experience of firm founder Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, who was one of the first ‘internet lawyers’ in the country. Christiaan knows how to attract interesting cases and clients, and is very visible in the media. And he is unconventional: he is strong in pursuing what interests him, and he is not afraid to move on when he thinks it is time to do something new (he’s also an investor and novelist).’

‘Professional, competent, experts on their legal territories’.

‘Open communication with clients, hands-on mentality’.

‘What makes them unique? Their unique expertise, a mix of creative litigation experience and academic depth, combined with a very approachable attitude. A joy to work with the lawyers at bureau Brandeis.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm: not sure if any lawyer in the Netherlands has a better knowledge of copyright law than he does. He has extremely good knowledge about the liability regime for internet intermediaries’

Key clients

Dutch Publishers Association

Spinnin’ Records

PVH Europe (Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein)

Overamstel Uitgevers

Dash Berlin

Netflix

KPN

eBay

UNGA

Pathé

Red Bull

Marqt

CarNext

Work highlights

  • Represented PVH Europe in multiple proceedings against Facebook, regarding infringing advertisements on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Advised Spinnin Records and Music All Stars in an appeal against DJ Martin Garrix in a widely-watched dispute re contractual and IP matters.
  • Represented the Dutch publishers’ association in a widely-publicised digital copyright case concerning e-book rights. The judgment of the CJEU is a landmark copyright ruling.

DLA Piper

Niels Mulder heads the soft IP practice and co-heads the DLA Piper international trade mark and copyright practice, which has a long-established, global reputation for the protection and enforcement of IP rights. The firm also provides a range of IP-related tax and IP valuation services. Mulder has litigation experience across all court levels in the Netherlands and Europe and coordinates multi-jurisdictional IP disputes across Europe. Legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis' litigation expertise includes trade mark and copyright matters; he is co-counsel representing  Skykick before the European Court of Justice in a significant trade mark dispute with Sky.

Niels Mulder heads the soft IP practice and co-heads the DLA Piper international trade mark and copyright practice, which has a long-established, global reputation for the protection and enforcement of IP rights. The firm also provides a range of IP-related tax and IP valuation services. Mulder has litigation experience across all court levels in the Netherlands and Europe and coordinates multi-jurisdictional IP disputes across Europe. Legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis' litigation expertise includes trade mark and copyright matters; he is co-counsel representing  Skykick before the European Court of Justice in a significant trade mark dispute with Sky.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Tsoutsanis

Testimonials

‘Niels and his team are great to work with. Coming from his team as well: they still make me feel as part of the team and as feeling at home and at ease. They pretty much take care of our TM portfolio for us. Making my life as the responsible legal counsel very easy.’

Key clients

Moët & Hennessy c.s.

Barack Obama Foundation

Spin Master Ltd.

Five Guys

Louis Vuitton

Gucci

Polo / Ralph Lauren Corp.

Converse / Nike

ITT Inc

Nikon

Premier League

Rituals

Rakuten

Jas Hennessy & Co

Bacardi

VEON

Conair (Babyliss)

NXP

Work highlights

  • Representing key client Moët Hennessy in a number of trade mark disputes both in the Netherlands and elsewhere in EU in relation to well-known spirits brands such as Hennessy, Belvedere, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Cliquot, and Dom Perignon.
  • Representing Spin Master Ltd., a leading global children’s entertainment company and the manufacturer and distributor of several innovative toy products on IP matters across Europe.
  • Representing Inter-Tyre in a trade mark dispute against the Principality of Monaco, about who owns the exclusive trade mark rights in the term MONACO.

Höcker Advocaten

The 'rigorous, reliable experts' at Höcker Advocaten are praised in respect of the collective management of IP rights, specifically copyright protection and enforcement. Team head Jacqueline (J.M.B.) Seignette is chair of the Dutch Copyright Association and her work is typified by the representation of Stichting LIRA in proceedings against Dutch cable operators Ziggo and Delta. Joep (J.W.A.) Meddens' work includes cases concerning copies for private use stored in the cloud or for streaming services which should be equitably remunerated as part of the private copying levies system. Litigator Marijn (M.E.) Kingma handles cases including those that reach the European Court of Justice; acting for clients including NGOs and broadcasters, she advises on privacy, contractual matters, trade mark misuse, and copyright infringement. Willem (W.A.) Roos, who stepped down as a partner at the end of 2019, continues with the firm as a senior counsel.

The 'rigorous, reliable experts' at Höcker Advocaten are praised in respect of the collective management of IP rights, specifically copyright protection and enforcement. Team head Jacqueline (J.M.B.) Seignette is chair of the Dutch Copyright Association and her work is typified by the representation of Stichting LIRA in proceedings against Dutch cable operators Ziggo and Delta. Joep (J.W.A.) Meddens' work includes cases concerning copies for private use stored in the cloud or for streaming services which should be equitably remunerated as part of the private copying levies system. Litigator Marijn (M.E.) Kingma handles cases including those that reach the European Court of Justice; acting for clients including NGOs and broadcasters, she advises on privacy, contractual matters, trade mark misuse, and copyright infringement. Willem (W.A.) Roos, who stepped down as a partner at the end of 2019, continues with the firm as a senior counsel.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Seignette

Other key lawyers:

Willem Roos; Joep Meddens; Marijn Kingma

Testimonials

‘I have the ability to refer lawyers to my best clients in all of the areas covered by this questionnaire. I know many high-quality Dutch law firms, but it is to Hocker that I have been loyal for many years. I work with the team formed by Marijin Kima and Willem Ross, they are always supportive, responsive, highly qualified, and involved in the professional world. I recommend this team, which is expert in all my areas of intervention and expertise concerned. It helps me enormously to be able to serenely recommend loyal, rigorous, reliable experts to my best clients.’

‘Marijin Kingma is a woman for action, very convincing. She knows how to develop the best strategies. Willem Roos is a great lawyer and a great entertainment lawyer: technical qualities, human qualities, they are at the top of their game.’

‘The team is very strong in the field of copyright protection and enforcement, especially in the area of collective management and liability of platforms. The lawyers are accessible and pleasant to work with. The team does not have the reputation of some competitors but they are able to handle high profile and/or high-value cases as well any other.’

‘Marijn Kingma in particular is an exceptional attorney and has despite being relatively young acted on several high-profile copyright matters and has in-depth knowledge of the field. It is a pleasure to work with her because of her expertise, flexibility, and dedication.’

‘Marijn Kingma is a very sharp, quick-thinking, intelligent lawyer and a pleasure to work with. She is also a nice person with a good sense of humor.’

‘Marijn Kingma is one of Europe’s most outstanding intellectual property specialists. She knows the ins and outs of this field in numerous countries and her knowledge is not only limited to the Netherlands. ’

‘Marijn makes you feel she’s your own in-house legal specialist. Even without being asked, she’s checking our social media and other outlets to see if she can find anything that potentially could cause us a problem.’

Key clients

Buma/Stemra

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd. and SIEE Benelux B.V.

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Stichting LIRA

Motion Picture Association

Stichting foodwatch Nederland

Radiocorp B.V.

Omnicom

ROSE stories

Snowflake Inc.

Local Eyes

Globall Concepts

IFPI

Lama Lama

Work highlights

  • Represent Stichting LIRA in proceedings against Dutch cable operators Ziggo and Delta.
  • Representing Stichting Brein in an anti-piracy suit pending before the ECJ.
  • Representing and advising RadioCorp BV, a major Dutch radio broadcaster, on a range of IP/trade marks, privacy and contracts matters.

Hoogenraad & Haak

Hoogenraad & Haak is a 'creative-thinking and pragmatic' firm that specialises in IP, advertising, and food law. It can therefore provide a complete blend of expertise to major brands including Lidl and Heineken, as well as smaller companies. In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm instigated a “Kennis aan de Keukentafel” (Knowledge at the Kitchen Table) strategy in order to ensure that clients can attend knowledge exchange and other meetings. Maarten Haak heads a 'dream team' that undertakes complex litigation in respect of trade marks, designs, copyright, and unlawful advertising, in addition to a range of contractual matters. Daniel Haije, Moïra Truijens, and Mathijs Peijnenburg are also core team members of note.

Hoogenraad & Haak is a 'creative-thinking and pragmatic' firm that specialises in IP, advertising, and food law. It can therefore provide a complete blend of expertise to major brands including Lidl and Heineken, as well as smaller companies. In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the firm instigated a “Kennis aan de Keukentafel” (Knowledge at the Kitchen Table) strategy in order to ensure that clients can attend knowledge exchange and other meetings. Maarten Haak heads a 'dream team' that undertakes complex litigation in respect of trade marks, designs, copyright, and unlawful advertising, in addition to a range of contractual matters. Daniel Haije, Moïra Truijens, and Mathijs Peijnenburg are also core team members of note.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Haak

Other key lawyers:

Daniël Haije; Moïra Truijens; Mathijs Peijnenburg 

Testimonials

‘Hogenraad & Haak is a very strong boutique firm in IP and Advertising Law. The team is extremely knowledgeable, creative-thinking, pragmatic, responsive, and proactive, while being also affordable for the Dutch market. A dream team, really. ’

‘The commitment that Mr Haak and his team made is extraordinary. In our situation (a trade mark issue), other firms did not want to accept the case as we are a smaller company and have to fight the Goliath. After 2 meetings with Mr Haak and having discussed the possibilities, he decided to go for our case as he saw legal possibilities. This also based on his experience, which gave a confident feeling for the ongoing. Confident as a plan was created, lined up with arguments pro and con and he informed us for a long time frame.’

‘Several times we had a meeting with the information/results at hand regarding our case and adjust the strategy. Even so many times the team showed up with more information which was evident to our case. In this matter, it was not only Mr Haak, but for sure also his direct assistant (M. Peijnenburg) who contributed greatly. Very pleasant were the immediate contacts the next day after we have done our session in front of the court. Mr. Haak showed in these moments to be not only a highly effective litigator but also very knowledgeable about brand protection. 

‘They have extensive knowledge about their field and are capable of viewing cases from a practical point of view, to make sure we get the best result. In-depth knowledge of both IP and litigation.’

‘The team is always accessible and ready for action. They can take a legal deep dive and still give easy-to-access advice; always with a good eye for commercial strategy.’ 

‘Maarten Haak is a true strategist in difficult litigation. I admire him for his knowledge about procedural rules in lawsuits, which he takes pride to use to his advantage. Maarten can break difficult matters down in clear language. He dares to give a clear risk assessment which makes the discussion with the business so much easier.’

‘Flexibility and expertise, coupled with accessibility and the ability to clarify matters to legal colleagues as well as laypeople. ’

‘I have had the pleasure of working with a few of the people at Hoogenraad & Haak, but a special commendation I would like to make towards Dani’.

‘This team boasts extreme brainpower and experience and proves to effectively use this in practice. They are highly responsive, transparent on the process, very thorough litigators. Honest too, if you don’t have a case they will tell you! I like the high level of partner involvement. ’

‘Maarten Haak has everything I search for in a modern lawyer. He is a crystal clear communicator (able to explain any complex matter in a simple way), and a brilliant and creative litigator. I can recommend him for any must-win case. He has a good commercial sense, too.’

Key clients

Lidl

Heineken

Ahold Delhaize

L’Oréal

Royal Wessanen

Samsung

Jaguar Land Rover

MullenLowe

Publicis

Secto Design

Work highlights

  • Represented Lidl and its Kordaat beer in trade mark infringement proceedings initiated by Koninklijke Grolsch based on its Kornuit trademark.
  • Represented Secto Design Oy in several enforcement actions concerning its award winning “Octo” lamp.
  • Defended Cantina Mexicana B.V. in a principal case against McIlhenny Company on descriptive use of the TABASCO trade mark.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Team head Sikke Kingma and Supreme Court litigator Martijn Scheltema are the senior practitioners leading on Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV IP work. Known for its extensive expertise in Supreme Court proceedings, the team attracts government agencies, Dutch regulatory authorities, universities, and corporate clients. It undertakes copyright, trade mark, and design right-related cases and is often engaged by global firms for Supreme Court matters. The Pels Acceleration Lab (PAL) advises start-ups and innovation departments. The firm is also a member of the board of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and a legal advisor to the Dutch AI Coalition. Senior associate Jordi Bierens is also a core team member.

Team head Sikke Kingma and Supreme Court litigator Martijn Scheltema are the senior practitioners leading on Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV IP work. Known for its extensive expertise in Supreme Court proceedings, the team attracts government agencies, Dutch regulatory authorities, universities, and corporate clients. It undertakes copyright, trade mark, and design right-related cases and is often engaged by global firms for Supreme Court matters. The Pels Acceleration Lab (PAL) advises start-ups and innovation departments. The firm is also a member of the board of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and a legal advisor to the Dutch AI Coalition. Senior associate Jordi Bierens is also a core team member.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Scheltema; Jordi Bierens

Testimonials

‘We often work with Sikke Kingma for cassation proceedings in the field of copyright. He is a very strong lawyer, a very smart person, and very pleasant to work with.’

‘The team is able to make a very sharp analysis of complex legal issues. They combine their legal expertise with good insight into the technical background of the online environment. What makes the team different is that they are able to take into account the specific positions of organizations with a public/governmental responsibility.’

‘Very sharp analysis in written documents and during oral proceedings. Strong focus on defending the case. ’

Key clients

Spirits International B.V.

City of Rotterdam

SENA

Goossens Meubelen

SONT

Kunstmuseum The Hague

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security)

Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board

Council for the Judiciary

The Dutch Institute for Physical Safety

Work highlights

  • Represented Spirits International, a private international company producing alcoholic beverages and part of the SPI group, in Supreme Court proceedings against FKP Sojuzplodoimport. The dispute concerned the ownership of the trade marks of the well-known vodka brands.
  • Successfully represented furniture company Goossens in this case before the Dutch Supreme Court, the Benelux Court of Justice, and the Court of Justice of the EU, against accusations by competitor Montis Design of an alleged infringement of copyright.
  • Represented Sena, the Dutch Foundation for the Exploitation of Neighbouring Rights, in Supreme Court proceedings against music publisher All Music Publishing (AMP), who claimed a supplementary payment of € millions for the use of one of its compositions as background music by home shopping channel Tell Sell on the RTL television networks.

Ploum

Ploum provides a comprehensive offering in respect of trade mark, design, and copyright work for clients in sectors as varied as automotive, technology, luxury goods, food/beverage, and tobacco industries. It undertakes pan-European) litigation, extensive anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade work as well as tech-related copyright cases. The 'business-orientated' Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu head the practice, while Dennis Zieren is a central team member of note.

Ploum provides a comprehensive offering in respect of trade mark, design, and copyright work for clients in sectors as varied as automotive, technology, luxury goods, food/beverage, and tobacco industries. It undertakes pan-European) litigation, extensive anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade work as well as tech-related copyright cases. The 'business-orientated' Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu head the practice, while Dennis Zieren is a central team member of note.

Practice head(s):

Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Zieren

Testimonials

‘I am very satisfied. All lawyers with whom I work have a great deal of relevant professional knowledge, are available 24/7, have a pragmatic approach, take our commercial interests into account, and are very much aligned with our business. My overall impression is very positive. Ploum has mainly highly qualified and kind people on board.’

‘Willem Leppink: I know Willem approx. 20 years. We have a very good relationship. Willem has a lot of expertise, is always willing to help out, has a very pragmatic approach, and takes our commercial interests into account. Willem is a real sparring business partner for all our related intellectual property matters!

‘Sabin Tigu is a very reliable and professional educated lawyer.’

‘Very good knowledge of our business, practical and business-oriented solutions, easy to deal with’

‘Willem Leppink, Sabin Tigu. Both very capable, easy to talk to, business-oriented.’

Key clients

Western Digital, including SanDisk

Harley-Davidson

Libéma

Coty

Japan Tobacco

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

UNIT4, business software house

Samsung

Honda

LinkedIn

LRC (Reckitt Benckiser Group)

PUIG

Medical Pet Shirts

Under Armour

Vattenfall

Satelliet Meubelen B.V.

Prescan

NEN

Nomad

Donna Karan

Bidfood

Renewi

Work highlights

  • Organising and coordinating for Western Digital its pan EU battle against counterfeits and parallel trade in its products on all European online market places.
  • Successful for Coty in its battle against Easycosmetic, an e-tailer who was using Coty’s trade marks on its packaging boxes.
  • Representing London Rubber Company (part of the Reckitt Benckiser Group) in various proceedings, including seizures, interim injunctions, and proceedings on the merits regarding the diversion of parallel traded product from Senegal via Rotterdam.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons's team head Paul Tjiam is highlighted as the 'perfect candidate for developing and implementing a strategic game plan in complicated cases'. He is recognised for his 'soft' IP skills and is also the key partner in respect of the firm's considerable pro bono work which includes assisting Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF. The team handles high stakes, politically sensitive cases such as that between Spirits and the Russian State. It also handles the full range of trade mark protection and enforcement matters, including anti-counterfeiting.

Simmons & Simmons's team head Paul Tjiam is highlighted as the 'perfect candidate for developing and implementing a strategic game plan in complicated cases'. He is recognised for his 'soft' IP skills and is also the key partner in respect of the firm's considerable pro bono work which includes assisting Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF. The team handles high stakes, politically sensitive cases such as that between Spirits and the Russian State. It also handles the full range of trade mark protection and enforcement matters, including anti-counterfeiting.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tjiam

Testimonials

‘The Simmons & Simmons team is highly responsive, has great commercial insight and amazing legal depth. In Particular Paul Tjiam.’

‘Paul Tjiam from Simmons & Simmons is highly recommended for (complex) intellectual property litigation cases. He is the perfect candidate for developing and implementing a strategic game plan in complicated cases. He is highly responsive, has great commercial insight and amazing legal depth. He also has a very good understanding of the interest of the company besides intellectual property (both legal and non-legal). If it is complicated and a sensitive matter, for us Paul is the person to turn to.’

‘We are very happy with the adequate, detailed, and high-quality pro bono advice and services of Simmons & Simmons on many different legal issues.’

Key clients

Spirits

Monster Energy

Bacardi

BlackRock

L’Oréal

HP

Cargill

Samsung Electronics

Gold’s Gym

ArcelorMittal

VELCRO

JEE-O

I4F

Serax

UNICEF

Shimano

Médécins Sans Frontières

HMS MYG BV

Egeria

Work highlights

  • Represented Spirits in Europe’s largest trademark matter against FKP (the Russian State) on the ownership of the famous Stolichnaya brand in 13 different European countries.
  • Defending L’Oréal’s luxury perfume brands (such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Lancôme, Valentino, and Viktor & Rolf) in various contentious matters against infringers. Last year we obtained a court victory against European retailer TopPerfumery.
  • Defending Bacardi and its world-famous brands, Bacardi, Martini, Patron, Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire, etc. against infringers in the Benelux.

Van Kaam IP & Media

Van Kaam IP & Media is acknowledged as a 'strong and esteemed boutique' for IP and IT-related matters, especially in the creative industries. The team's breadth of expertise covers transactional and disputes cases across trade marks, copyright, and designs, together with media law, privacy law issues, and e-commerce; it also advises on transactions such as franchising and distribution agreements. The highly regarded Bertil van Kaam advises on the full range of IP issues, both litigation and transactions, especially in the areas of entertainment, broadcasting, and publishing, as well as representing international celebrities. Trade mark specialist Remco Klöters assists both traditional and online retailers, as well as clients in the food and beverage industries. Also of note, Jurian van Groenendaal is well versed in both IP and IT law and Oskar Mulder joined the team in February 2020, bringing additional copyright, trade marks, and portrait rights expertise.

Van Kaam IP & Media is acknowledged as a 'strong and esteemed boutique' for IP and IT-related matters, especially in the creative industries. The team's breadth of expertise covers transactional and disputes cases across trade marks, copyright, and designs, together with media law, privacy law issues, and e-commerce; it also advises on transactions such as franchising and distribution agreements. The highly regarded Bertil van Kaam advises on the full range of IP issues, both litigation and transactions, especially in the areas of entertainment, broadcasting, and publishing, as well as representing international celebrities. Trade mark specialist Remco Klöters assists both traditional and online retailers, as well as clients in the food and beverage industries. Also of note, Jurian van Groenendaal is well versed in both IP and IT law and Oskar Mulder joined the team in February 2020, bringing additional copyright, trade marks, and portrait rights expertise.

Practice head(s):

Bertil van Kaam; Remco Klöters

Other key lawyers:

Jurian van Groenendaal; Oskar Mulder

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of IT and IP law, flexible, customer-facing, and efficiently run.’

‘Thinks from a customer standpoint, is pragmatic and professional.’

‘Van Kaam advocaten is a strong and esteemed boutique law firm with in-depth knowledge of the media and entertainment industry and various other creative industries and its businesses. Over the years it has built an excellent practice and our companies have build a strong collaboration.’

‘The firm has a particularly strong focus and experience on litigation within the field of intellectual property. Also, it has an in-depth knowledge of IP contracting.’

‘The firm and its team regularly advise our company regarding (new) publications and the IP-issues involved.’

‘The lawyers of Van Kaam are very responsive, incredibly agile, and hands-on and they deliver high-quality work. Their advice is always practical and well translated to our practice and business, which shows they have a lot of knowledge about our industry: publishing. Their advice has been incredibly valuable for our daily practice but also in building new collaborations with authors and brands.’

‘The team exists of strategic and creative thinkers and great sparring partners.’

‘Bertil van Kaam is a highly experienced negotiator and strong litigator. He has proven to be a strategic partner over the last couple of years for our company. His knowledge of our industry has allowed us to strengthen our own position in the field. Van Kaam helped us to build strong collaborations with (new) brands and to protect our own. His knowledge of the industry has proven to be invaluable. Above all, he’s proven to be a great, accessible, sparring partner in new projects, which has allowed us to (re)act smart and prompt in a rapidly changing industry.’

‘Hanneke van Lith is a great Attorney at law. Van Lith has supplied our company with profound and thorough advice on new ideas and issues that occur in our industry. She’s been an empathic, accessible sparring partner in new projects and unexplored terrain. Her expertise has allowed us to realize some of our highest rewarding publishing projects. ’

‘The team of Van Kaam advocaten is very responsive, hands-on and up to date and they deliver high-quality work.’

‘No-nonsense approach, energetic, strategic hands-on service-oriented. Great value for money’. 

‘Bertil van Kaam: Highly experienced negotiator and strong litigator. Strategic partner, analytical thinker, great industry knowledge with over 25 years of experience in IP and media and entertainment law.’

Key clients

Strengholt Music Group

Dutch FilmWorks

Advance Publications

Kluitman

BBNC Uitgevers B.V.

Pathé Thuis

The Dutch Exhibitors Association (NVBF)

Senf Theaterpartners

Sim-Lab products B.V.

Allsafe Management B.V.

Schrijver Vochtbestrijding

Work highlights

  • Representing Dutch FilmWorks in a copyright infringement case before the Dutch Supreme Court against one of the biggest telecom providers of the Netherlands, Ziggo. A landmark case in which Dutch FilmWorks demands Ziggo to provide the identifying information behind monitored Dutch IP-addresses used for illegal filesharing of the movie ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ via BitTorrent-networks.
  • Advising and drafting copyright and merchandise licensing contracts for the biggest publisher of children’s books in the Netherlands, Kluitman.
  • Advising Advance Publications (USA) on IP matters, amongst others on trade mark protection in the European Union with regard to its critical brands referring to some of its well-known international magazines.

BarentsKrans

The compact BarentsKrans practice is led by 'standout trade mark lawyer' Jaap Bremer. It offers a full service on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright, design, patent, and anti-counterfeiting matters. This is augmented with expertise in unfair competition and advertising issues. The firm also has an extensive network of international referral firms. Marleen van den Horst has extensive experience assisting clients with IP litigation and contractual matters and also undertakes substantial pro bono work.

The compact BarentsKrans practice is led by 'standout trade mark lawyer' Jaap Bremer. It offers a full service on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright, design, patent, and anti-counterfeiting matters. This is augmented with expertise in unfair competition and advertising issues. The firm also has an extensive network of international referral firms. Marleen van den Horst has extensive experience assisting clients with IP litigation and contractual matters and also undertakes substantial pro bono work.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:

Marleen van den Horst

Testimonials

‘The practice has core all-round strength across trade marks, copyright, and designs. They provide practical, commercial advice tailored to specific situations and needs. Always available and responsive.’

‘Jaap Bremer is a standout trade mark lawyer, combining legal knowledge with a practical, commercial application.’

‘No-nonsense approach, solution-driven, this practice acts as an in-house business partner’

‘Pleasant, knowledgeable people, leaders in on-line IP issues’

‘This practice works in compact teams, always easy to reach and with a lot of interest in and knowledge of the client. ’

‘The team is hands-on, easily approachable, and always offers practical and business-wise solutions.’

‘Jaap Bremer: hands-on, practical advice combined with an open mind to handle matters, leading to solutions that the business can always work with. Experienced litigator and negotiator.’

‘The lawyer we work with is very interested in technical affairs in order to ensure that the juristic view is also in the view of technical aspects.’

Key clients

Exterion Media

Grohe

Heutink

Koninklijke KPN (Royal KPN)

Vacu Vin (rebranded in Dutch Creative Brands)

Epic Games

Zwanenberg

Work highlights

  • Successfully litigated, on behalf of Royal KPN, the largest Dutch telecom provider, two high-profile trade mark and comparative advertising cases against T-Mobile.
  • Successfully acted on behalf of renowned kitchen appliances manufacturer Vacu Vin in its anti-counterfeit matters and trade mark issues.
  • Represented leading outdoor media company Exterion Media (part of the Global group) in a long-lasting copyright-related dispute on popular outdoor furniture.

CMS

Rogier de Vrey heads a group at CMS  that 'provides hands-on advice both at a practical and strategic level'. It combines abilities to deal with cross-jurisdictional cases with a full service such as competition, tax, and corporate expertise. In sector terms, de Vrey has a focus on life sciences, technology, and media and Marcoline van der Dussen's expertise relates to consumer products and the automotive sector. The team handles the full range of IP protection; trade mark and copyright infringements, protection of design rights, parallel imports, anti-counterfeiting, and theft of trade secrets. Dolf  Segaar includes sports law (and e-sports law) within his expertise.

Rogier de Vrey heads a group at CMS  that 'provides hands-on advice both at a practical and strategic level'. It combines abilities to deal with cross-jurisdictional cases with a full service such as competition, tax, and corporate expertise. In sector terms, de Vrey has a focus on life sciences, technology, and media and Marcoline van der Dussen's expertise relates to consumer products and the automotive sector. The team handles the full range of IP protection; trade mark and copyright infringements, protection of design rights, parallel imports, anti-counterfeiting, and theft of trade secrets. Dolf  Segaar includes sports law (and e-sports law) within his expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rogier de Vrey

Other key lawyers:

Marcoline van der Dussen; Dolf Segaar

Testimonials

‘The team headed by Rogier provides really excellent quality advice. They are available, to the point and understand what really is important for their clients.’

‘Rogier is just there when you need him, always flexible, in a good mood and never compromising on quality.’

‘Prompt and professional service. We feel the team is fully engaged with our objectives and have aligned with what’s important to us.’

‘Strong feeling of partnership and that our objectives are as important to them as they are to us. The individuals supporting us have proved to be really trustworthy professionals and able to adjust to our expectations in terms of differentiating what’s crucial and what isn’t and also aligning their efforts accordingly so that we maintain cost efficiencies.’

‘Very proactive team, attentive to their client’s needs.’

‘Rogier de Vrey has been very pleasant to work with, always efficient and to the point. ’

‘CMS provides hand-on advice both at a practical and strategic level. ’

‘Rogier de Vrey is friendly and easy to talk to. He thinks along with our needs.’

Key clients

HP

Kverneland Group

Lemonade

The Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

Vreugdenhil Dairy Foods

Fineline Technologies

Aecom

Vattenfall

McCain

UEFA

Johnson & Johnson

Medtronic

Amgen

Adidas

Ajax

Rabobank

Syngenta

CitizenM

Unilever

Birkenstock

Shisheido (BPI)

Accor

Columbia Sportswear Company

Fossil

Eneco

Universal Electronics

Canada Goose

USPA

Royal Ahrend

Douglas

Colgate-Palmolive

Ultimaker

Xiaomi

ASR

Workiva

Eli Lilly

Work highlights

  • Assist Eli Lilly in a broad cross-border infringement case, concerning pharmaceuticals traded via a supply chain involving companies from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, and the Netherlands.
  • Assisted Johnson & Johnson in infringement proceedings against a company counterfeiting its product line.
  • Assists McCain in a global dispute concerning various design infringement cases.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

In addition to its proactive and effective advice, Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. is noted by clients for the diversity within the team. Thera Adam and Olav van Haperen in Rotterdam, and Benjamin van Kessel in Amsterdam, head up the practice; Adam is also the co-head of the firm's global IP group. The practice has had impressive growth and includes a number of senior associates including Robert Santifort, Landine Varela, and Derya Ada. The practice serves an impressive range of domestic and international clients and in conjunction with its global network, provides end-to-end IP expertise, especially relating to trade mark protection.

In addition to its proactive and effective advice, Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. is noted by clients for the diversity within the team. Thera Adam and Olav van Haperen in Rotterdam, and Benjamin van Kessel in Amsterdam, head up the practice; Adam is also the co-head of the firm's global IP group. The practice has had impressive growth and includes a number of senior associates including Robert Santifort, Landine Varela, and Derya Ada. The practice serves an impressive range of domestic and international clients and in conjunction with its global network, provides end-to-end IP expertise, especially relating to trade mark protection.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

A strength of the Amsterdam team at Greenberg Traurig LLP is its ability to work with its colleagues in the USA and elsewhere in its global network of offices on cross-jurisdictional matters. Radboud Ribbert is noted for being able to 'bring skills together and create a strong team.’ His international practice spans IP litigation and all aspects of entertainment, media, and telecoms law. The team assists clients with the protection of trade marks and designs, manages European trade mark and other IP portfolios, and attracts clients ranging from well-known names in the entertainment businesses to large corporates. Willeke Kemkers is also noted for her blend of IP and media law experience.

A strength of the Amsterdam team at Greenberg Traurig LLP is its ability to work with its colleagues in the USA and elsewhere in its global network of offices on cross-jurisdictional matters. Radboud Ribbert is noted for being able to 'bring skills together and create a strong team.’ His international practice spans IP litigation and all aspects of entertainment, media, and telecoms law. The team assists clients with the protection of trade marks and designs, manages European trade mark and other IP portfolios, and attracts clients ranging from well-known names in the entertainment businesses to large corporates. Willeke Kemkers is also noted for her blend of IP and media law experience.

Practice head(s):

Radboud Ribbert

Other key lawyers:

Willeke Kemkers

Testimonials

‘In the last year, this firm’s IP practice has considerably grown, with particular expertise in international IP Litigation, especially trade mark law.’

‘Mr. Radboud Ribbert: excellent lawyer, in particular outstanding litigator and fast thinker with always a pragmatic solution at hand. I also appreciate his very high responsiveness.’

‘The team has a very strong “can-do” approach. The team acts as a true team, with room for all to share their expertise.’

‘Radboud Ribbert is a strong team player and motivator. Able to bring skills together and creates a strong team.’

‘Very professional, very responsive, and competitive fees.’

‘Very professional, 24/7 service, very responsive and helpful.’

‘Radboud Ribbert is an excellent lawyer in the IP arena, deploys a very good hands-on approach and proactive approach, and has good client sensitivity.’

Key clients

Shenzhen Thunderstone Technology Inc.

Dylan Haegens / Liever Sociaal B.V.

Jennifer Lopez

Cheetah Mobile Inc.

StoneAge, Inc

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)

CrossFit, Inc.

Vibesta B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Shenzhen Thunderstone, a China-based company that sells e-cigarettes under the name Moti. The company is currently in the process of expanding throughout the world. Advising the company on IP strategy and represented the company in several opposition proceedings at the EUIPO.
  • Representing Jennifer Lopez in several European trade mark applications and trade mark-related issues.
  • Represented Vibesta B.V. in a design infringement case concerning LED camera lights offered for sale in the EU.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing offers a global service for IP clients in addition to an integrated Benelux and Europe-wide offering. It also provides clients with platforms (TW Clear and TaylorFlow) to assist with the management of IP portfolios. The team is highlighted for 'creating additional value for their clients' in its handling of trade mark and copyright protection and enforcement; Wim Maas and Maarten Rijks, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, are handling a number of crucial cases in these areas. Design issues, anti-counterfeiting, and WIPO proceedings are other areas of expertise. Margot van Gerwin and Annemijn Schipper are other core team members of note.

Taylor Wessing offers a global service for IP clients in addition to an integrated Benelux and Europe-wide offering. It also provides clients with platforms (TW Clear and TaylorFlow) to assist with the management of IP portfolios. The team is highlighted for 'creating additional value for their clients' in its handling of trade mark and copyright protection and enforcement; Wim Maas and Maarten Rijks, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, are handling a number of crucial cases in these areas. Design issues, anti-counterfeiting, and WIPO proceedings are other areas of expertise. Margot van Gerwin and Annemijn Schipper are other core team members of note.

Practice head(s):

Wim Maas; Maarten Rijks

Other key lawyers:

Margot van Gerwin and Annemijn Schipper

Testimonials

‘We entrust them with different types of trade mark work for our clients, in particular prosecution and anti-counterfeiting activities. Our overall assessment of their team is very positive and we appreciate working alongside them. The whole team has a thorough understanding of the Dutch and EU legal system. In particular, Maarten Rijks is a very experienced professional regarding IP matters. ’

‘The whole team has a thorough understanding of the IP field and the legal system. In particular, Maarten Rijks is a very experienced professional regarding IP matters in The Netherlands and he pays great attention to details. We really appreciate his ability to build and implement sound strategies of prosecution. ’

‘The Taylor Wessing team provides clear, concise, and practical advice which takes into account both legal and business considerations. The team is also highly responsive. ’

‘Maarten Rijks, Margot van Gerwin, and Annemijn Schipper understand our business and our IP enforcement strategy. They are proactive in their approach to IP enforcement and they’re a solid and reliable partner in our IP enforcement strategy in the Netherlands.’

‘They are very good, think along with the client and their interests and it’s pleasure to work with them.’

‘Wim Maas and Maarten Rijks are professionals and top lawyers.’

‘I experience a true interest in what is important to their clients and how they can fulfill these needs in a traditional way or in an alternative way. ’

‘Outstanding professional knowledge and judgement. Resulting in effective strategies fitting to the explicit case.’

‘The team is always fast to assist with any legal issues you contact them about. The legal advice they provide is of high level.’

‘The Tayler Wessing IP Team in the Netherlands are very efficient and client-oriented. They create additional value for their clients by not only executing instructions but considering what the client really wants and providing the clients with options that they might have not thought of before.’

‘Maarten Rijks is an excellent litigator and attorney. He has a very deep knowledge of IP law and a vast pool of experience to rely on when handling client matters. Additionally, he has a great personality and is easy to communicate with. ’

‘Great experience, business-oriented approach, and highly skilled professionals.’

‘Easy to work with, quick and straightforward advice.’

Key clients

Van Haren Schoenen (part of Deichmann Group)

Heijmans

Barco

PSV Eindhoven

Homefashion Group

Mi Moneda

Van Bommel Shoes

On Lemon

Borek

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Heijmans in preliminary injunction proceedings against EU Chalets and LARK. On 12 June 2020, the court ruled that the tiny house Heijmans ONE is a copyright protected work and that EU Chalets and LARK infringed these rights by offering the tiny house Eco-One.
  • Represented Kwantum in one of the most significant copyright litigations against Vitra in the Netherlands, concerning the (in)validity of copyrights of the DSW chair designed by EAMES (originating from the US).
  • Represented Van Haren in the landmark case against Louboutin on the (in)validity of Louboutin’s red sole trade mark. The case was referred to the CJEU that rendered a decision and decided that the mark in question does not solely consist of a shape giving substantial value to the goods.

Van Doorne

The 'skillful and practical' Kriek Wille, who heads the Van Doorne practice oversees the media and technology practice in addition to IP. As well as traditional IP protection she focuses on online business and media and the creative/innovative sectors. Her team's clients range from The Walt Disney Company, Laboratoires La Prairie, and LG Electronics to Hunkemöller, Skechers, and Nomad Foods. The team, including Chris In ’t Veld and Dominique Geerts, undertake the full range of both contentious and transactional work, while Bas Pinckaers is noted for his range of expertise in patents, trade secrets, trade marks, and designs.

The 'skillful and practical' Kriek Wille, who heads the Van Doorne practice oversees the media and technology practice in addition to IP. As well as traditional IP protection she focuses on online business and media and the creative/innovative sectors. Her team's clients range from The Walt Disney Company, Laboratoires La Prairie, and LG Electronics to Hunkemöller, Skechers, and Nomad Foods. The team, including Chris In ’t Veld and Dominique Geerts, undertake the full range of both contentious and transactional work, while Bas Pinckaers is noted for his range of expertise in patents, trade secrets, trade marks, and designs.

Practice head(s):

Kriek Wille

Other key lawyers:

Bas Pinckaers; Chris In ‘t Veld; Dominique Geerts

Testimonials

‘The team delivers pragmatic and practical overviews of the situation at hand and comes up with potential solutions, especially in conflict situations, which we can negotiate and that prevents us from a long and costly court case with an unknown outcome.’

‘Mrs Kriek Wille is a highly qualified, pragmatic, and solution-oriented counsel. ’

‘They have up to date and in-depth knowledge of the subject and furthermore are specialised in IP in the public domain. Their knowledge is not limited to The Netherlands, but includes trans-national (EU and beyond EU) expertise.’

‘Kriek Wille provides in-depth and up to date legal advice. She also manages to provide this advice in the context befitting our organisation. Since she is able to combine legal expertise with daily use for us as her client.’

‘They have a strong will to get things done and do it in an accurate and no-nonsense type of communication. ’

‘Helpful and flexible. Quick to respond.’

‘Solid knowledge; practical solutions offered.’

‘Kriek Willie and Chris Veld were very quick to pick up on the technical aspects of the case even though the product which was the subject of the dispute is not something one often comes across. Their ability to remain objective was much appreciated, even if this meant some rigorous inquiry and tough questioning for their own clients in getting up to speed with the facts. This provided in-house counsel with the reassurance that their assessment was realistic.’

‘Over the years, the team has gained in consistency and depth. This is typically a litigation practice, capable of dealing with complex cases. Careful, considerate, aware of the bigger commercial picture, but very sharp. Any in house legal team will enjoy working with this team.’

‘Kriek Wille is heading this practice for a number of years. Her recognition in the market for being an outstanding professional and for leading an outstanding team has grown considerably over the years. Kriek has an exceptional ability to analyse IP issues in the context of the overall commercial interests of any client, as a result of which clients quickly rely on her judgement. In IP litigation, she is second to none.’

Very good experience in IP law. Distinctive from other offices in the market in terms of knowledge and experience.’

Personal contact, sound strategy, good consultation‘.

‘No-nonsense, first-class legal support. ’

‘Kriek Wille – highly skillful and practical lawyer. Honest about chances and position of the client.’

Key clients

Accell Group

Air Supplies Holland

A.P. van den Berg Holding B.V. (APB)

Arovo BVBA

Biolitec Ltd. and Biolitec Pharma Marketing Ltd.

CIV Superunie

Coolergiant Computers Handels GmbH

Dagelijks Leven Holding B.V.

Durabo B.V.

Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center

Enermax Technology Corp.

Erdee Media Group B.V.

Gebr. Kooy

HKM Hunkemöller International GmbH

Inshared (Achmea)

La Prairie Group AG

MacGregor/Cargotec

Medialane Theater BV

Merck /MSD Global Security Group

Nuts Groep B.V.

Oiltanking GmbH

O.P.I. Products, Inc.

S. Weisz Uurwerken B.V.

Sound United B.V.

Stichting Cliniclowns

Stichting Rataplan

Textkernel, a Career Building company

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Wibra Supermarkt B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Air Supplies Holland BV in the overall management of its worldwide IP (mostly trade mark and design) rights – covering various court proceedings on infringement, anti-counterfeiting measures, WIPO domain name arbitrations, and nullity proceedings before Benelux and EU IP Offices.
  • Acting in litigation for MacGregor/ Cargotec Corporation (Cargotec Oyj) concerning alleged IP infringement and abuse of trade secrets regarding the design of a 90m long gateway. The litigation is part of a complex conflict in France amongst various partners (and ex-partners) in a consortium.
  • Assisting Accell Group NV (with multiple famous bicycle and e-bike brands) with an analysis of and strategic advice on its IP portfolio (trade marks and patents), including advising on (potential) IP conflicts.

Vondst Advocaten N.V

Disputes and litigation make up the majority of work at Vondst Advocaten N.V. The group is skilled in both domestic and international cross-border cases and includes hearings before EU IP Offices. It also undertakes advisory work such as licence, franchise, and sponsorship negotiations. Its expertise spans trade marks, copyright, design rights, and domain names, as well as software-related matters. Clients also benefit from the firm's value-based billing arrangements. Tjeerd Overdijk and Herwin Roerdink are the senior advisors, while a team of associates including Nadine Reijnders-Wiersma and Merel Rondhuis are also worthy of note.

Disputes and litigation make up the majority of work at Vondst Advocaten N.V. The group is skilled in both domestic and international cross-border cases and includes hearings before EU IP Offices. It also undertakes advisory work such as licence, franchise, and sponsorship negotiations. Its expertise spans trade marks, copyright, design rights, and domain names, as well as software-related matters. Clients also benefit from the firm's value-based billing arrangements. Tjeerd Overdijk and Herwin Roerdink are the senior advisors, while a team of associates including Nadine Reijnders-Wiersma and Merel Rondhuis are also worthy of note.

Practice head(s):

Tjeerd Overdijk; Herwin Roerdink

Other key lawyers:

Nadine Reijnders-Wiersma; Merel Rondhuis.

Key clients

University of Amsterdam

Engie

Novamedia

Fox International

Assa Abloy

National Postcode Lottery

Catawiki

Shimano

Tony’s Chocolonely

Talpa

Blackberry

Piloxing LLC and Piloxing Academy LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for the University of Amsterdam in Supreme Court litigation on the explanation of the CJEU Neuschwanstein case.
  • Advised Tony’s Chocolonely in worldwide cooperation with a worldwide famous influencer.
  • The Soft IP team is assisting the National Postcode Lottery on several trade mark and domain name issues and complex online marketing issues with respect to their national campaigns. The National Postcode Lottery is the world’s largest charity lottery with lotteries in the Netherlands, the UK (People’s Postcode Lottery), Germany, Norway, etc.

BINGH Advocaten

BINGH Advocaten is a smaller, niche practice co-founded by Lars Bakers. 'An excellent strategist' and providing good value for money, Bakers has long-standing relationships with clients including Hugo Boss and SPAR International. The firm's work is geared to litigation/disputes and includes cases at the  European Court of Justice. The team's work is largely concerned with trade mark and copyright infringements and has a notable roster of clients in the cultural realm; the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam, Delamar Theatre, and the Royal Carré Theater. Marissa Brinks is an IP litigator and Kimberley Deutz is also noted. The team has grown following the arrival of Matthijs Schonewille from Simmons & Simmons in 2019.

BINGH Advocaten is a smaller, niche practice co-founded by Lars Bakers. 'An excellent strategist' and providing good value for money, Bakers has long-standing relationships with clients including Hugo Boss and SPAR International. The firm's work is geared to litigation/disputes and includes cases at the  European Court of Justice. The team's work is largely concerned with trade mark and copyright infringements and has a notable roster of clients in the cultural realm; the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam, Delamar Theatre, and the Royal Carré Theater. Marissa Brinks is an IP litigator and Kimberley Deutz is also noted. The team has grown following the arrival of Matthijs Schonewille from Simmons & Simmons in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Lars Bakers

Other key lawyers:

Marissa Brinks; Kimberley Deutz; Matthijs Schonewille

Testimonials

‘Excellent value for money. The go-to IP niche firm for SMEs in the Netherlands’.

‘Very efficient staffing, Lars Bakers is an excellent strategist and get really involved’.

‘To me, it looks as if BINGH has an excellent client base, in particular in the retail and e-commerce area. They are very experienced in that area, focused on their strength, and always deliver advice that is pragmatic and helpful and can be used with further questions.’

‘Lars Bakers is an excellent guy, very pragmatic, commercial minded and always to the point. We also like to work with Kimberley Deutz, who seems to be an associate but does an outstanding job.’

‘Great knowledge, reasonable tariffs, good sparring partner, down to earth thinking and practical solutions but when going to court is actually needed, good in defending client’s interests. ’

‘Lars Bakers is the founding partner and everything I stated under the team is applicable to him but he also trained the rest of his team to work like that (like Marissa Brinks and Josine Smits). ’

‘We value very much the open personal and dedicated approach with direct contact to the key partners. Over a period of 15 years, Bingh Advocaten has become a vital and valued extension of our team. The response is immediate and the quality and thoroughness of their work is unrivalled.’

‘Lars Baker is a partner of Bingh Advocaten who has is an extremely focused, knowledgeable professional with a pleasant style and manner that gets results. His thorough approach and dedication during a nine-month litigation proved invaluable particularly as it required flexibility of his time and perseverance.’

‘Interesting and successful combined IP and labour law practice. Very good reputation in fashion law and IP law in general, with some high-profile clients’.

‘Partner Lars Bakers is well recognized in the field of fashion law and is a good (and tough) negotiator. Next to Dutch and English he is fluent in German and Danish.’

Key clients

Hugo Boss AG

Hugo Boss Trademark Management GmbH & Co KG

GEA AG and related Companies

Heirs of Rien Poortvliet and Will Huygen

SPAR International BV

Standard Investment

Commander BV and Just Brands BV

Royal Concert Hall / Het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)

PIP Studio BV

National Museum of World Cultures

NRC Media

Riedel BV

Work highlights

  • Court proceedings about the devices between Commander Holding and Just Brands, against Outfittery GmbH, an online supplier of fashion boxes.
  • Assists SPAR International on a global level in the enforcement of its IP rights and the licensing structure of its IP rights.
  • Court proceedings about the trade mark RODEO between Service Bund GmbH (a large German supplier of meat) as trade mark holder of RODEO mark for meat, against the client, Rodeo Beheer BV, and its chain of franchise RODEO Steak restaurants in the Benelux.

Dentons

The Dentons team is recognised for providing 'pragmatic and business-friendly solutions' in its delivery of advice. The 'fantastic' Alexander Odle heads the practice where trade mark, copyright, and design rights expertise are core elements of the team's offering. The team is adept in cross-border conflicts and international IP transactions in addition to the prosecution and management of IP portfolios. Clients also benefit from the firm's platform that provides real-time monitoring of legal fees. The highly rated Alexander van Laaren and Marc Elshof  are other senior advisors, and this growing practice has made a number of lateral hires including senior associates Sara van Mourik and Sebastiaan Brommersma. Tjibbe Douma  has left the practice to join Bird & Bird.

The Dentons team is recognised for providing 'pragmatic and business-friendly solutions' in its delivery of advice. The 'fantastic' Alexander Odle heads the practice where trade mark, copyright, and design rights expertise are core elements of the team's offering. The team is adept in cross-border conflicts and international IP transactions in addition to the prosecution and management of IP portfolios. Clients also benefit from the firm's platform that provides real-time monitoring of legal fees. The highly rated Alexander van Laaren and Marc Elshof  are other senior advisors, and this growing practice has made a number of lateral hires including senior associates Sara van Mourik and Sebastiaan Brommersma. Tjibbe Douma  has left the practice to join Bird & Bird.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Odle; Tjibbe Douma; Marc Elshof

Other key lawyers:

Sara van Mourik; Sebastiaan Brommersma. 

Testimonials

‘Professional experts that understand the business aspects, providing pragmatic and business-friendly solutions’

‘The team lead by Alexander Odle provides excellent advice. Alexander is a fantastic lawyer with lots of knowledge and experience in the area of IP.’

‘In particular, we have worked with Alexander van Laaren who is always straightforward, proactive, has a good sense of business, and always friendly which makes it pleasant to work with him or to negotiate with him. He has vast experience in trade mark prosecution and is in our opinion a good win for the IP team at Dentons.’

Key clients

Zuru, Inc.

Simpel.nl B.V.

LightInTheBox, Ltd

Polaroid

The Flower Farm B.V.

Diesel SpA

Roku, Inc.

Here Technology

BerryWorld Group

Amazon

Georg Westermann Verlag GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting in litigation with EU General Court on European design rights with respect to toy products.
  • Strategic advice and enforcement on behalf of 3M against fraudulent offerings and sales of fake respirators, identity theft of 3M personnel, trade mark infringements, and price gouging
  • Defending LITB in Dutch courts against trade mark infringement claim by Hikvision in the whole of the EU.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Samantha C. Brinkhuis heads Hogan Lovells International LLP's IP practice in Amsterdam. Her experience spans trade mark, copyright, and unfair competition but also takes transactional and dispute matters in media, entertainment, and advertising law. The team's impressive client list includes Nintendo, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, and Amazon. The firm has a strong involvement in promoting diversity; it co-founded  Stichting Forward in the Netherlands and is active in programmes firm-wide. All lawyers also undertake pro bono work.

Samantha C. Brinkhuis heads Hogan Lovells International LLP's IP practice in Amsterdam. Her experience spans trade mark, copyright, and unfair competition but also takes transactional and dispute matters in media, entertainment, and advertising law. The team's impressive client list includes Nintendo, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, and Amazon. The firm has a strong involvement in promoting diversity; it co-founded  Stichting Forward in the Netherlands and is active in programmes firm-wide. All lawyers also undertake pro bono work.

Practice head(s):

Samantha C. Brinkhuis

Key clients

Nintendo

PepsiCo/Frito-Lay

Starbucks

Deutsche Telekom

Dell

Amazon

Work highlights

  • Acting for Amazon in litigation before the IP Court of the Hague concerning alleged design right infringement and copyright infringement. EU-wide injunction claims.
  • Representing PepsiCo/Frito-Lay in all of its trade mark-related matters in Benelux, from prosecution to litigation. The most recent litigation matter concerns summary proceedings before the Court of the Hague regarding infringement of the well-known Quaker trademark CRUESLI.
  • Representing Nintendo in various complex copyright law infringement matters, including proceedings before the Dutch court against multiple defendants that offer new generation circumvention devices and circumvention services, thereby circumventing Nintendo’s security measures against the unlawful copies of games (piracy).

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten

Based in Eindhoven's 'brainport' and with an office in The Hague, Louwers IP Technology Advocaten is an in-demand firm for its blend of IP and technology expertise. Founding partner Ernst-Jan  Louwers is highly recommended for his client handling as much as his deep knowledge of all aspects of IP and new technologies such as AI and robotics. The firm's specialisms combine traditional IP law with its intersection with technology, including emerging technologies, and the application of IP law to online activities. Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits and Lisa Molenaars are two of the core team members and Tom de Wit is noted for his additional IT and privacy law expertise.

Based in Eindhoven's 'brainport' and with an office in The Hague, Louwers IP Technology Advocaten is an in-demand firm for its blend of IP and technology expertise. Founding partner Ernst-Jan  Louwers is highly recommended for his client handling as much as his deep knowledge of all aspects of IP and new technologies such as AI and robotics. The firm's specialisms combine traditional IP law with its intersection with technology, including emerging technologies, and the application of IP law to online activities. Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits and Lisa Molenaars are two of the core team members and Tom de Wit is noted for his additional IT and privacy law expertise.

Practice head(s):

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Other key lawyers:

Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits; Lisa Molenaars; Tom de Wit

Testimonials

‘Specialised lawyers with in-depth experience and interest in trade marks, copyrights and design rights.’

‘Ernst-Jan Louwers: committed, experienced, knowledgeable.’

‘Louwers IP|Technology lawyers have an in-depth understanding and thorough knowledge of all things IP related. The region around Eindhoven (AKA Brainport Region) is known as the most intelligent region in Europe, and this law firm matches the high demands of this region in the legal field.’

‘Ernst-Jan Louwers, the firm’s founder, is an outstanding legal professional, who has not lost touch with the human side of technology matters. His patient and thorough nature give confidence that any legal conflict will be handled professionally.’

Tom de Wit is a scientist turned lawyer. His knowledge is unmeasurable. Frank Rutgers is the new kid on the block, a true whiz kid who has outstanding people skills.’

‘Well experienced, quick and involved in our business. Business support is important for us and they are a very good partner for us. ’

‘Highly experienced, easy to reach, and quick. The team is very interested in our business and that’s why they can give us quick and well-motivated answers. ’

‘Very engaged and hands-on.’

‘Very professional team with a pleasant and friendly client approach. High success rate.’

‘Both lawyers came extremely well prepared and were certainly more knowledgeable on the subject matter than the lawyer of the opposing party. My impressions of both Ernst Jan Louwers and Eva van Groezen were most favorable.’

Key clients

Driscoll’s of Europe B.V.

Springer Nature

CTOUCH Europe B.V.

Brainport Development

Smart Photonics B.V.

CycloMedia Technologies B.V.

Fysicon B.V.

BarbasBellfires

Color Concepts

2Getthere

Pacmed

Dimenco B.V.

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice and support to the EMEA operations of Driscoll’s. Practically always this relates to plant patents/plant breeders rights and its main trade mark ‘DRISCOLL’S’.
  • Advised BarbasBellfires in dispute with Stüv about alleged infringement on design rights, copyrights, and/or passing off/imitation fireplaces. In close cooperation with Belgian lawyer Paul Maeyaert since the proceedings are pending in the Brussels commercial court.
  • Advising Deryan on counterfeit of self-erecting tents which are widely copied by parties all over the world.