Firms To Watch: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Heffels Spiegeler Advocaten is a boutique firm active in the Netherlands, France and Germany; the IP team works on trade mark portfolios and prosecutions and is led by art law specialist Brigitte Spiegeler.
La Gro Geelkerken advocaten‘s IT and IP team frequently works on software implementation and medical sector licensing agreements; department head Benjamin Niemeijer also leads the team on trade mark and copyright infringement disputes.

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


AC&R combines the forces of Hofhuis Alkema Groen, a specialist in pan-European protection of design rights, and Le Poole Bekema, the go-to advisor for public broadcasters, following the firm merger in January 2023. Key lawyers include trade mark expert Jesse Hofhuis, digital media and IP practitioner Arnout Groen, and advisor to big names in the food and beverages industry Adonna Alkema. EU copyright law expert Anne Bekema is a trusted counsel for international clients in a range of matters, including IP-based contracts, protection and enforcement of rights, and advertising and sponsoring. Media and entertainment-sector specialist Laura Broers advises clients on a day-to-day basis regarding various IP and advertising matters.

Practice head(s):

Jesse Hofhuis; Arnout Groen; Adonna Alkema; Anna Bekema

Other key lawyers:

Laura Broers


‘Jesse Hofhuis is passionate, intelligent, opinionated and creative. Not afraid to challenge the mainstream and is a fantastic strategist.’ 

‘Laura Broers is both a great sparring partner and a reliable resource for legal advice and action. She is efficient, pragmatic, cost-conscious, responsive as well as pro-active, and last but not least strategically savvy.’

‘Jesse Hofhuis is one of the smartest lawyers I have ever worked with. Highly effective, pragmatic and creative negotiator who never loses sight of the bigger picture. In addition, a lot of fun to work with and highly approachable.’

‘Laura Broers is very much the trusted advisor in-house lawyers are looking for.’

Key clients



Red Bull

Warner Bros


FC Barcelona



MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)


Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guilds

Christian Louboutin

Mediahuis nederland




Volvo trademark holding

De bijenkorf



kawasaki motors Europe

Mobis parts

Kabushiki kaisha zoom

Lebara mobile

Work highlights

  • Representing Apple in litigation with regard to copyright payments and copies made in the cloud.
  • Representing Airwair in litigation, protecting the famous Dr. Martens designs and trade dress.
  • Representing FC Barcelona in an invalidation action before the EUIPO regarding an EU Design registration by a third party integrating the FCB crest.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has ‘impressive knowledge of EU intellectual property law’, and frequently advises international clients on ‘strategies regarding the EU Copyright Directive’. The Hague office plays a leading and coordinating role in many multi-jurisdictional projects; the team manages the trade mark portfolios of a broad range of brand owners, from small businesses to multi-national corporations and across a range of sectors, such as gaming, NFTs, metaverse, retail, product design and life sciences. Seasoned litigator Manon Rieger-Jansen heads the IP and brand management practice, acting for clients before the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property and EUIPO. Involved in the creation and implementation of the Trade Secrets Directive into national law, Wouter Pors works on trade mark cases before the Dutch and European Courts. Armand Killan is sought after by international clients as coordinating European lead counsel for cross-border trade mark litigation and counterfeiting matters. Additionally, many clients turn to the team for advice on new trade mark filings. Associate Nina Dorenbosch is the team’s expert on product design, especially in the fashion and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen; Wouter Pors; Armand Killan

Other key lawyers:

Nina Dorenbosch; Daan Wijnnobel; Clemens Molle


‘Personal touch, great understanding of the business and prioritises the client.’ 

‘Deep understanding of procedures. Highly sensitive to what is important and urgent in the company.’

‘The team at Bird & Bird have an impressive knowledge of EU intellectual property law. We rely on them for advice on strategies regarding the EU Copyright Directive. I have been impressed with their ability to stay up to speed with new developments in the law as well as their responsiveness to our business needs.’

‘Clemens Molle has been fantastic to work with. With his assistance we were able to transition the other party from an adverse to collaborative mindset. He has an expert level of copyright knowledge and is very responsive to his clients.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein


Steigenberger hotels



Monster Energy





Swartland Winery

NPO (Dutch Public broadcaster)



Kanonkop Wine Estate

Huda Beauty

Aspen Medical

Fengh Medical


Belmond Group


Work highlights

  • Advising various clients – including a global gaming company – on the implementation of the new DSM Regulation in the Netherlands and Europe.
  • Advising a renowned jewellery house on trade mark and copyright infringement in relation to the re-use of branded jewellery.
  • Successfully represented Mead Johnson Nutrition in three trade mark cases at the Benelux Court of Justice against the a2 Milk Company.


Brinkhof’s soft IP team is often the first port of call for well-known and leading international brands. The firm has two dedicated trade mark partners in Gregor Vos and Kurt Stopetie; the pair are experienced advisors on IP and litigation strategies. Remy Chavannes and Dorien Verhulst focus on digital copyright, working on intersecting copyright, freedom of expression and privacy law matters. Counsel Anke Strijbos is a key contact for media licensing matters, often advising clients on media regulation, collective rights and digital piracy issues.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Stöpetie; Gregor Vos; Remy Chavannes; Dorien Verhulst

Other key lawyers:

Anke Strijbos


‘Our main supplier of legal services in the Benelux. Always trustworthy and reliable. Delivers what is expected.’

‘Gregor Vos is our main contact at Brinkhof. He is a super litigator and provides excellent advice for our clients.’

Key clients









Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook)




Jack Daniel’s

Association of Dutch Commercial Radio Broadcasters



Cosmetic Warriors



Work highlights

  • Representing IKEA in pan-EU trade mark litigation regarding key products.
  • Representing adidas in all trade mark and design rights issues in the Benelux region, including in a Supreme Court case relating to the well-known 3 Stripes trade mark.
  • Representing INEOS in its case against Jaguar Land Rover regarding the latter’s alleged copyrights in the defendant’s design.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Renowned Supreme Court IP litigator Tobias Cohen Jehoram leads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek‘s broad IP practice. Cohen Jehoram leads a robust team on a plethora of mandates, including ground-breaking cases before the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and on transactional work before the EUIPO as well as trade name, slavish imitation and advertising issues. Recently promoted counsels Selmer Bergsma and Roos Van Der Poel support on landmark cases pertaining to trade mark and copyright disputes as well as on transactional matters that include IP agreements and structures. Another notable senior associate is Bertrand ter Woort, a key name to note for TMT and life sciences clients for both patent and soft IP advice. Associates Yiyi Song and Irenah Klink are also notable team members. Since research concluded, Gertjan Kuipers left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Other key lawyers:

Selmer Bergsman; Roos van der Poel; Bertrand ter Woort; Yiyi Song; Irenah Klink


‘The IP team of De Brauw is one of the strongest in the Netherlands when it comes to trade mark law. It is guided by Tobias Cohen Jehoram, who is one of the leading IP lawyers in the Netherlands. Tobias Cohen Jehoram is an absolute authority when it concerns Supreme Court proceedings.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is very hands on and makes excellent use of his team, particularly Yiyi Song and Selmer Bergsma, who are outstanding associates. They are extremely responsive and kind, and have hit the ground running on a very important matter for us.’

‘De Brauw is top notch when it comes to supreme court litigation!’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is the leading partner for IP at De Brauw. He is highly respected for his knowledge on trade mark law, and he is recognized as one of the best Supreme Court litigators in trade mark cases in the Netherlands. He is easy to work with and is in all a pleasant person that gains his professional respect from the extensive knowledge and experience that he has.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Roos van der Poel are truly a joy to work with. Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable and a lot of fun. When it comes to trade marks, no one can match Tobias’ qualities. When the stakes are high, he is the first one we turn to.’

‘Roos van der Poel is a highly talented senior associate with a deep understanding of our commercial needs and the interests involved. She is indefatigable with a very keen intellect and a second to none work ethic.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is the rockstar of IP litigation before the Dutch Supreme Court. He knows it all and is also a true fighter.’

‘In depth knowledge in IP law.’

Key clients



Impossible Foods





PVH Europe

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein

Nolet Group










Schneider Electric

Converse Inc

Anne Frank Stichting






Work highlights

  • Represented Impossible Foods in pan-European litigation against Nestlé.
  • Advised charitable foundation Anne Frank Stichting (AFS) on its research and publications relating to Anne Frank’s works, and assisting AFS in copyright infringement proceedings.
  • Representing Shell in several complaints based on sustainability claims made by Shell.


With a vast network of top-tier IP practices across Europe, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is well placed to handle high stakes, EU-wide IP litigation. On soft IP matters, such as trade marks, copyrights and design rights, the team, which is led by four partners, acts for consumer electronic companies, food and beverage manufacturers and leading fashion and luxury labels. Head of the practice Joris Van Manen successfully litigates high-profile trade mark cases, providing effective remedies on infringement mandates and coordinating pan-European actions. Manen is at the forefront of ICT-related IP issues, involving ISPs, proxy servers and search engines. Founder of the firm Willem Hoyng represents pharmaceutical and biotech companies before all the national courts, Court of Justice of the European Union and European Patent Office. Frank Eijsvogels has extensive experience in drafting agreements and dealing with contractual disputes. Laura Fresco is vastly experienced in IP, advertising and media law, and is often called upon by clients to represent them before the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Fresco also assists in anti-counterfeiting mandates and border seizures. Senior associates Eric Meyer and Roeland Grijpink work closely with the partners on high-end international trade mark injunctions.

Practice head(s):

Joris van Manen; Willem Hoyng; Frank Eijsvogels; Laura Fresco

Other key lawyers:

Eric Meyer; Roeland Grijpink

Key clients



Anna van Toor


Bolton Adhesives



Concord Music

Consejo Regulador del Tequila

Daniel Wellington

Deutsche Bahn


Easy Sanitary Solutions

Epic Games


Evolution of Smooth

Forest Group



Hennes & Mauritz

Hunter Douglas

Isabel Marant

Jimi Hendrix Estate

John Lennon Estate

MC&F Broadcasting

Mondriaan Fonds

Motion Picture Association of America

Naga and Apeiron


Paragon Pet Products

Philip Morris International


Procter & Gamble




Roche Bobois





Sony Entertainment








Yoko Onno Lennon

Work highlights

  • Assisting Rituals EU-wide in its fight against third parties infringing on its trade mark and copyrights.
  • Successfully represented international food and agriculture company J.R. Simplot in a cross-border design dispute against McCain.
  • Obtained a final decision on behalf of a client (EU-wide TM litigation) against a TM squatter.

bureau Brandeis

bureau Brandeis is known for its expertise in digital copyright litigation, representing clients in contentious e-book matters as well as social media IP disputes. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm works on complex IP matters involving tensions between copyright enforcement and intermediary liability. Hans Bousie focuses on media and entertainment matters with associate Sophie van Everdingen, a key support in this area. The firm is noted for its range of associates, including Syb Terpstra, Sam van Velze, Caroline de Vries and Silvia van Schaik, who all are experienced in handling trade mark and copyright disputes in the technology and media spaces.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm; Hans Bousie

Other key lawyers:

Sophie van Everdingen; Syb Terpstra; Sam van Velze; Caroline de Vries; Silvia van Schaik


‘Very good litigators, a great mix of younger and older associates. Very much on top of current practices for their clients.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a very sharp litigator, one who always has the clients’ interest in mind but also the bigger picture.’

‘Sam van Velze is a true talent with a bright future ahead of her.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and his team are great to work with. They are often engaged to argue cases about important legal questions in the field of IP and privacy.’

‘Specialist in its territories, friendly, accurate, fast response time’.

‘Syb Terpstra is friendly, accurate, can think quickly in short term and with solutions.’

‘Syb Terpstra is a very pragmatic, accessible and an efficient lawyer who thinks along with his clients in concrete outcomes first’.

Key clients

Dutch Publishers Association

Spinnin’ Records

PVH Europe

Overamstel Uitgevers

Dash Berlin






Red Bull

Hearst Magazines

Dutch Association for Educational Media





Yellow Claw & Barong Family

West Coast Supply Group and WCHS






VKB Uitgeversgroep B.V. and VBK

Work highlights

  • Representing PVH (Tommy Hilfiger) in a landmark proceeding against Facebook regarding infringing and unlawful advertisements on Facebook.
  • Representing News Service Europe before the Dutch Supreme Court regarding several issues relating to the right of communication to the public under copyright law and intermediary liability.
  • Represented Spinnin Records in litigation before the Court of Appeal Arnhem/Leeuwarden and the Supreme Court against a world-famous DJ concerning IP-related contractual matters, including the ownership of neighbouring rights.

DLA Piper

The large IP practice at DLA Piper is known for its international litigation and global brand portfolio management across copyrights, trade marks and design rights. Niels Mulder is routinely sought out by high-profile retail brands, including global sports and fashion companies, for contentious matters such as Supreme Court proceedings. Seasoned IP litigator Paul Reeskamp is a key contact for comparative advertising and parallel import matters, and patent specialist Alexander Tsoutsanis is a key member of the soft IP team. Experienced associate Sophie Gauquier provides advice on the protection, enforcement and maintenance of trade mark and design portfolios. Associates Eeke Kenninck, Willemijn Rensen, Noa Naaman and recent arrival from Brinkhof Rutger Stoop demonstrate the depth of IP expertise in the team.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reeskamp; Alexander Tsoutsanis; Eeke Kenninck; Willemijn Rensen; Noa Naaman; Rutger Stoop


‘Professional, international, reputable.’

‘The team of Niels Mulder is a one-stop-shop for us. His team manages EU wide enforcement efforts for us and coordinates all the work with the other teams to ensure that everyone is doing their work consistently and cost efficiently.’

‘Great team that works in a very self-organised say and takes the burden off us.’

‘Sophie Qauquier is a great person and leader to work with. She really makes my life a lot easier. She is to the point.’

‘Dedicated, quickly responding, loyal.’

‘The team’s capability to leverage the firm’s international network is what makes them unique and pleasant to work with.’

‘Niels Mulder is always willing to go the extra mile in IP enforcement matters. Associate Eeke Kenninck is always helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Airvance International B.V.



De Nederlandsche Bank N.V.

Five Guys

Glen Dimplex / Basic Holdings


Home Depot

Jack Daniels Properties Inc.


Moët & Hennessy c.s.





Pernod Ricard

P.K. Benelux

Polo / Ralph Lauren

Premier League







Spin Master

Taishan Group

Unilever Nederland N.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Unilever in a comparative advertising dispute against Procter & Gamble.
  • Representing the Dutch Central Bank (DCB) in a trade mark dispute against a global operating payment service provider (DNBC).
  • Representing Moët Hennessy in a number of trade mark disputes both in the Netherlands and elsewhere in and outside the EU in relation to well-known spirits brands.


Drawing on the expertise of Supreme Court litigator Thijs Van Aerde and national and community plant variety rights specialist Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis, Houthoff is a first port of call for clients from a range of industries for trade mark, copyright and licensing matters. The IP practice is headed by Thomas De Weerd, an expert in technology-related transactions, outsourcing transactions and technology contracts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde; Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis; Nicole Bilderbeek


‘Thijs van Aerde is our preferred Supreme Court lawyer.’

‘Very good cassation team.’

‘Thijs van Aerde is a clever lawyer who works efficiently.’

Key clients

DPG Media

Airwair International


Fresenius Kabi

Netherlands Vehicle Authority

Spinnin’ Records



Work highlights

  • Representing Spinnin’ Records against a famous DJ in copyright contracting litigation before the Supreme Court.
  • Representing the Notino Benelux online perfume store in trade mark proceedings before The Hague Court of Appeal against Silk Cosmetics, an exclusive licensee for luxury brand perfumes.
  • Representing Mr Bourik in UDRP proceedings against Instagram.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan represents high-profile clients active in a range of sectors, especially in the advanced technologies, life sciences, fashion and media industries. Maarten Schut is a key name for technology and innovative life sciences companies for trade mark and trade secret issues, while Alfred Meijboom is recognised for his intersecting IP and IT work, and also advises sports-sector clients and handles arbitration cases involving art. Joran Spauwen assists emerging companies and foreign clients with investments in innovative technologies, requiring licensing and IP transactions. Counsel Sophie Van Loon is a specialist in collective rights management issues and in copyright law, and senior associate Reindert Van Der Zaal leads on brand protection, anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement mandates for sports, luxury and fashion brands.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut; Joran Spauwen


‘KVDL lawyers are true legal and judicial experts who have the added advantage of being very pragmatic. They deliver effective, business-oriented advice and strategies and are smart experts before Courts and offices.’

‘Technically excellent with first-rate client service and a focus on the commercial imperatives.’

‘Maarten Schut is rightly highly rated in relation to brand protection and enforcement, as is Reindert van der Zaal. On the commercial side, Martine de Koning is superb.’

‘Alfred Meijboom brings superb legal analysis and works with commercial and tactical acumen.’

‘Maarten Schut and Sophie van Loon are both very easy to deal with and efficient in the conduct of matters.’

‘The individuals I work with are Reindert van der Zaal, Joran Spauwen and Jens van den Brink. All very specialised, pragmatic and always deliver on time.’

‘The firm has a good team for IP matters. They are approachable and provide a good service.’

Key clients






Hugo Boss










Schiphol Airport


VU Medical Centre

ABC Signature

Work highlights

  • Representing Fossil & Diesel in litigation in a high-profile brand protection case regarding international trade of a large number of counterfeit watches imported into Europe.
  • Representing VodafoneZiggo in the Netherlands in a leading case on website filtering brought by anti-piracy organisation Brein.
  • Defended software publisher Eveoh in a case against software developer Scientia, which claimed that Eveoh infringed its IP rights in its software and databases.


Well-known and specialised retail and fashion firm Leeway acts for the bulk of the country’s leading retailers in intellectual property issues. The firm’s IP team specialises in trade mark, copyright and design rights. Michiel Odink advises clients on a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious matters in the digital business, media and entertainment, and retail sectors. Particularly active in the trade mark area, Marga Verwoert is renowned for her work for influential brands and prominent celebrities, covering the full life cycle of creative products, content and services. Eric Keyzer is an impressive addition to the team, bringing a portfolio of high-profile clients and ongoing matters. Michiel van Ast adds digital sector expertise to the IP team, while senior associate Arnoud Martens, a recent arrival from Ploum, bolsters the IP litigation team. Counsel Jos Klaus is another name to note for clients for online IP infringement and internet liabilities as well as advertising and anti-counterfeiting matters.

Practice head(s):

Marga Verwoert; Michiel Odink

Other key lawyers:

Eric Keyzer; Michiel van Ast; Jos Klaus; Arnoud Martens


‘I believe the level of expertise and the way that Leeway thinks along with their client in a very pro-active manner, is a winning combination.’

‘Leeway has grown during the last few years and is in my opinion one of the leading IP boutiques.’

‘The IP lawyers have a lot of experience and a very practical approach.’

Key clients Inc.


Aimia Holdings UK Ltd

American Icon B.V.

Amgen Inc


Baidu Inc.

Bi-Wear Clothing Company B.V.

BookSpot B.V.

Chaud Devant

Colourful Rebel B.V.

CVmaker B.V.

Denham The Jeanmaker B.V.

De Staffing Groep Nederland B.V.

easyGroup Ltd. (easyJet)

Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA)

Energyworkx B.V.

FieldTurf USA, Inc.


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.

NorthernLight Design B.V.

Novamedia B.V.

People’s Postcode Lottery Ltd.

Svenska Postkod Lotteriet

Deutsche Postcode Lotterie

Pandora A.S.

Pentland Brands Limited

Royal Boch BVBA

Ryde Gmbh (Kodak)

Scotch & Soda B.V.

Takko Holding GmbH

Telefunken Licenses Gmbh

The Agent-C

The Owls Foundation

Tronios Group International B.V.

United Soft Drinks B.V.

Urban Outfitters

Vacu Vin

VF Corporation

Victorinox AS

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Warner Music Benelux B.V.

Wieland Electric

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.

Wahl Corporation Inc.


OSLO skin lab


Work highlights

  • Advising EasyJet on potentially ground-breaking trade mark litigation against Bunq.
  • Acting for Qmusic, a leading radio station owned by Benelux media company DPG Media, in trade mark proceedings against Q-Dance.
  • Representing Hunkemöller in a legal battle (spanning across Europe) with Louboutin.


Anne Marie Verschuur heads NautaDutilh‘s IP group, assisting national and international clients active in the life sciences, technology and consumer goods industries in trade mark, trade secret, design and copyright disputes as well as non-contentious transactions. Seasoned litigator and counsel Charles Gielen is a name to note for trade mark infringement enforcements and defences. Counsel Fleur Folmer is not only an experienced litigator in infringement and counterfeiting disputes but also drafts and negotiates license agreements and has a niche specialism in preparing IP documentation within the framework of financing transactions, such as vesting security rights. Senior associate Lisolette Bekke and associate Richard van Oerle act for clients in a variety of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Richard Van Oerle; Fleur Folmer; Lisolette Bekke

Key clients











Van Gils

Maus Frères



Work highlights

  • Advising LEGO on all Benelux IP work.
  • Advising and representing Waalfin Holding and its subsidiaries in a wide range of IP matters, most notably in relation to the reputed brands WE Fashion, Van Gils and O’Neill.
  • Representing Airwair in an infringement dispute concerning Airwair’s IP rights to the famous Dr. Martens footwear.

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

Visser Schaap & Kreijger frequently deals with infringements and strategies in the copyright contract law space, advising broadcasters, producers and publishers. Design protection is also a strength of the expanding practice. The experienced Dirk Visser co-heads the IP practice, with a background in acting for clients in landmark anti-piracy issues and expertise in collecting societies. Co-head Jacqueline Schaap is a seasoned litigator with a specialism in defamation and copyright issues. Paul Kreijger is the key contact for IP-related competition law issues, while recently promoted partner Patty De Leeuwe works on anti-counterfeiting and illegal merchandising matters for high-profile clients.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Schaap; Dirk Visser

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kreijger; Patty De Leeuwe; Jasper Klopper


‘Extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the most practical solution.’

‘Everyone in the firm we have worked with is an expert in their field.’

‘The lawyers work together very well in a good and professional environment.’

‘Jacqueline Schaap has been a very great help. Her advice has always been excellent for the registrations of trade marks and defending of rights. She is a great defender and caretaker of IP.’

‘Great knowledge of IP and provides practical advice.’

‘Dirk Visser is one of the most relevant copyright law professors in The Netherlands. Together with Jacqueline Schaap and Paul Kreijger, they cover all relevant aspects in the soft IP field, including media law, privacy and competition and operate on a very high level.’

‘New partner Patty de Leeuwe should also be mentioned as very dedicated, very hard working and highly experienced. No matter how high the stakes, she will perform at her best and get the job done.’

Key clients




Stichting Brein

Singel uitgevers

DPG Media

NDP Dutch news Media Association

Talpa Network and Talpa TV





Nestle Nederland



Work highlights

  • Representing Goliath in proceedings against Spin Master concerning an alleged infringement of the famous Rubik’s Cube.
  • Representing the anti-piracy organisation Stichting BREIN in proceedings against the largest Dutch access provider Ziggo.
  • Representing DPG Media in its successful defense against Blendle, a digital kiosk which demanded that DPG Media should continue to supply its content for distribution by Blendle.


AKD‘s seasoned IP litigator Huib Berendschot represents a range of clients in trade mark infringement matters, either as a claimant or defence attorney, while Roderick Chalmers works on matters across copyright, trade marks, advertising law and unfair competition, and is sought out by clients for trade name issues. Martin Hemmer routinely works on ICT-related IP matters, such as infringements of database rights and software copyrights. Associate Bram Woltering adds another layer to the practice, experienced in dealing with parallel import issues and coordinating counterfeit matters across Europe for clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Huib Berendschot; Roderick Chalmers; Bram Woltering; Renée Schipper


‘AKD has a very deep bench when it comes to IP, unfair competition and design law. They also show a very client-focused strategy that takes into account the business practicalities at issue in a dispute or prosecution matter. In other words, they look at the issues considered from the client’s perspective. This includes offering reasonable fees. I believe they use technology very effectively.’

‘Very responsive and hands on advice. Clients like what they get as there is always a good balance between commercial and legal requirements.’

‘Huib Berendschot is very experienced with exceptional industry insights.’

‘Roderick Chalmers has great experience in the sector, very smart, friendly, practical counsel who understands the need to balance the commercial requirements with the legal ones.’

‘Huib Berendschot is a very experienced partner with a good understanding of how to resolve problems. He has in-house experience which allows him to understand a client’s perspective. He is knowledgeable in the area of IP, unfair competition and design rights and an effective advocate.’

‘Roderick Chalmers is a junior partner with a deep understanding of IP, unfair competition and design law. He is a very effective problem solver.’

‘Bram Woltering is very capable and also understands IP, unfair competition and design law.’

‘Roderick Chalmers and Huib Berenschot are excellent professionals. Experienced and straight to the point. I trust their advice.’

Key clients


Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson

Perfetti van Melle



Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

President Safety

Ulthera Inc.

Bär Software

Track Innovations



Worldwide Machinery





Ma-rell Boats AB





Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s Dutch IP team forms an integral part of the Benelux group as well as the wider global set up. Having re-joined the firm at the start of 2022, Benjamin van Kessel advises multinational clients on a range of mandates, including transactional due diligence and tax restructurings. Counsel Steffen Hagen focuses on IT-related IP matters, such as database rights, copyrights, trade marks, domain names and licensing. Ischa Gobius Du Sart is a key contact for trade mark and design right infringement disputes, and senior associates Puck Hurkens, Nathalja Doing and Eva Sluijmer are key names to note for clients operating in the digital environment.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin van Kessel; Steffen Hagen; Ischa Gobius du Sart

Other key lawyers:

Puck Hurkens; Nathalja Doing; Eva Sluijmer


‘I work with B&M on a global basis, and they make my life so much easier! B&M is a great partner.’

‘B&M in general and their Amsterdam office in particular are always extremely helpful in devising filing strategies and assisting me in maintaining and defending our global TM portfolio.’

‘The lawyers are diligent, knowledgeable and super quick to reply. It is a great help to me to have a one-stop-shop to assist me with all aspects of our global TM portfolio. I do not have to worry about finding local representation in the different countries. B&M (either through their Amsterdam or NY office) take care of that for me and ensure that I have a consistent high level of support in all jurisdictions.’

Key clients







Mistral International

British American Tobacco



Work highlights

  • Assisted Shell’s global IP legal team in IP contracting, advice and licensing for the Upstream, Downstream, Integrated Gas & New Energies business lines.
  • Advising Unilever on its trade mark prosecution matters, on potential trade mark infringement matters and strategic trade mark advice regarding the Benelux.
  • Implementing a strategy for improving brand protection and combatting grey import and other forms of unauthorised trading in countries where unauthorised sales take place on a significant scale.

Boekx Advocaten

Boekx Advocaten has a specialist trade mark practice, working with a range of clients in the retail, design, plant variety, sports and automotive industries. The firm is a go-to for several major German, UK and US IP firms. A key part of Diederik Stols‘ IP practice focuses on anti-counterfeiting matters for retail sports and fashion brands. Hidde Koenraad represents large international and smaller domestic companies in trade marks, copyrights, design rights, domain names and plant variety rights disputes. Marc de Boer continues to be a key contact for clients in the entertainment space, while associate Lotte van Schuylenburch, who joined from Simmons & Simmons, specialises in image rights cases.

Practice head(s):

Diederik Stols

Other key lawyers:

Hidde Koenraad; Marc de Boer; Lotte van Schuylenburch


‘The team has very good legal skills and commercial understanding to solve complex matters. Highly recommended team.’

‘Hidde Koenraad is exceptional and always available.’

‘Boekx offers superior service of a much larger firm with the cost and service of a smaller boutique. Its strategy and execution is unmatched and keeps the clients happy as to fees.’

Key clients

BMW Group

Warner Bros. Television


Augusta National Inc.

David Allen & Company

Ratpack Filmproduktion GmbH


Off-White Ltd.


Dümmen Orange Group

Work highlights

  • Represented BMW in various trade mark infringement cases as well as in trade mark prosecution.
  • Represented Picnic online supermarket in an image rights case against a Formula 1 driver.
  • Obtained an injunction for Ratpack Filmproduktion against US film financier RatPac Entertainment.

Hoogenraad & Haak

Maarten Haak leads IP, advertising and food law boutique Hoogenraad & Haak‘s trade marks, copyrights and design rights practice. Haak is routinely sought out by domestic clients, international retail chains and food companies for advice and representation. Daniel Haije counsels international retail brands on trade mark infringement and comparative advertising disputes, while versatile IP practitioner Moïra Truijens is a name to note for both soft IP and patent matters. Associate Mathijs Peijnenburg is another key practitioner in the team. As the only Dutch member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), the firm is a name to note for overlapping IP and advertising mandates.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Haak

Other key lawyers:

Daniël Haije; Moïra Truijens; Mathijs Peijnenburg


‘Very well-prepared legal team for IP related matters. Very effective and time-efficient work delivered with high quality standards. Great responsiveness and preparation.’

‘I have been working with Hoogenraad & Haak for a couple of years and I would highly recommend them for anything which is related to trade mark, copyright, design, media and advertising law. They are sharp, very responsive, hands on and pragmatic. What is more, they are amongst the most cost-effective law firms I have been working with.’

‘Maarten Haak and Moïra Trujiens are among my favourite IP lawyers in the Netherlands. They provide top-notch advice and always look for pragmatic solutions for my clients.’

‘Moïra Truijens is a key partner. She has a very practical approach and ability to understand and address issues very fast. She is competent and skilful with regard to IP-related matters. With her support good results are guaranteed.’

Key clients



Ahold Delhaize




Jaguar Land Rover







Perrigo/Omega Pharma

RGF Staffing


Secto Design


Work highlights

  • Represented German market-leading industry company Remmert in trade mark infringement proceedings.
  • Defending Fruugo in a conflict with Audi and Volkswagen in relation to allegedly infringing Audi and Volkswagen branded products placed on the Fruugo marketplace by independent retailers.
  • Enforced Secto Design’s IP rights in a number of cases regarding Secto’s award-winning “Octo” lamp.

Höcker Advocaten

Representing collecting associations and artists associations in complex copyright infringement proceedings is a niche specialism of Höcker Advocaten's IP team. Copyright law expert Jacqueline Seignette leads the practice, working on high-profile cases in the media and entertainment anti-piracy space as well as defending collecting societies in music-related competition disputes. Joep Meddens is a key contact for clients in the music sector for advice on transactions, including IP due diligence. Meddens is also an experienced litigator dealing with a range of disputes in the music and entertainment space, including counterfeit issues and trade mark infringement claims. Marijn Kingma is a name to note for copyright and privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Seignette

Other key lawyers:

Marijn Kingma; Joep Meddens


‘Hocker has a relevant Intellectual Property department already for a long period of time, where the younger generation perfectly fits in. Well-known in The Netherlands.’

‘Marijn Kingma and Joep Meddens are leading experts in the field of collective rights management. They know the market sector inside-out.’

‘Marijn Kingma’s team supports me in both copyright and industrial property. I have always known them as a very qualified niche firm, widely recognized for its performance in copyright law, and I am pleased that I have the luxury service of great experts.’

‘The team is responsive, and they know their stuff. Their fees are more than reasonable.’

‘Marijn Kingma has been our go to lawyer. She is very involved in our business, and it often feels like she is our in-house lawyer. She is an absolute expert on copyright and very fun to work with.’

‘Marijn Kingma is a force of nature, made entirely of conviction and determination. She has an iron will. She is an excellent jurist and fine analyst.’

Key clients



Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd.

SIEE Benelux B.V.

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Pythagoras Music Fund

Stichting BREIN

Stichting LIRA

Motion Picture Association

RadioCorp B.V.

ROSE Stories

Omnicom (incl. TBWA, DDB)



Stichting Leenrecht

Amsterdam Light Festival

Work highlights

  • Represented PMF in the acquisition of music copyrights.
  • Representing Stichting BREIN at the Dutch Supreme Court in a case regarding the liability of Usenet operators for copyright infringement on their services.
  • Acting as lead counsel for Thuiskopie, a client in the industry for second-hand, refurbished devices.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is known as the firm for public clients, including the Dutch State, the largest cities of the Netherlands, and several Dutch regulatory authorities and universities, which it assists with IP issues, including Supreme Court litigation. The firm also advises high-profile private clients. Practice head Sikke Kingma is an experienced Supreme Court litigator, who focuses on all aspects of IP. Senior associate Jordi Bierens is a key figure in the media and IP teams.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Jordi Bierens; Maartje Möhring; Max Pijlman


‘Excellent cassation team.’

‘Sikke Kingma is extremely competent on all issues regarding intellectual property.’

Key clients



State of Netherlands Ministry of Justice and Security

Council for the Judiciary

The Dutch Institute for Physical Safety

Kamer van Koophandel

Work highlights

  • Represented major retailers from The Netherlands and Belgium in extensive Supreme Court proceedings concerning American copyright law.
  • Represented the State of the Netherlands in lawsuits concerning the implementation of the European Copyright Directive.
  • Represented Sena in Supreme Court proceedings about the tariffs for compensation of dance organisers.


Ploum‘s IP team represents clients in the automotive, technology, luxury goods, outdoor, food and beverage, and tobacco industries in a range of mandates. Department head Willem Leppink collaborates with Sabin Tigu on anti-counterfeiting and anti-parallel trade matters. The pair are noted by several clients for their leadership skills and pan-European trade mark law knowledge. Dennis Zieren focuses on copyright work and is key advisor for Dutch public and commercial broadcasting companies.

Practice head(s):

Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Zieren


‘Ploum has an excellent local network and therefore excellent market knowledge. Very professional handling of cases, excellent responsiveness and thorough knowledge of IP.’

‘For years, our key contacts have been renowned senior partner Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu. We greatly appreciate this collaboration, especially their enormous commitment, their will to always achieve more than the competitors, their enormous experience and the passion with which they practice their profession. We are always impressed by how quickly they are able to present convincing solutions even in the most difficult matters.’

‘I have worked with Ploum and also referred a number of my clients to them. I always receive great feedback. They deliver great client service. Their advice is clear and to the point. They consider the bigger picture and the commercial context and not simply the letter of the law.’

‘Willem Leppink is an outstanding partner. He is considered, thorough and diligent in providing expert advice that really seeks to achieve the client’s goals. Sabin Tigu is great to work with. He has a great manner with clients and has an in-depth knowledge of trade mark law.’

‘Ploum’s team is our No. 1 partner for all soft IP-issues in the Netherlands. They are very knowledgeable, and they always deliver promptly.’

‘Willem and Sabin have a great team of young lawyers that all have the same solution driven, pragmatic approach. With this team we can have an efficient way of dealing with online and domain name issues.’

‘Willem and Sabin both are very trustworthy, approachable and hands-on lawyers. To the point and willing to think with the business rather than only from a legal point of view.’

‘You can absolutely trust Willem Leppink’s advice. He has a high-level perception of EU-trademark law.’

Key clients


Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual arts

Arli Group







Control Union


Customs Support

Dataflex International

Donna Karan

Duru Bulgur

Ford Motor Company






Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Japan Tobacco


Koninklijke Verkade






Medical Pet Shirts

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Nature’s pride

The Nomad Company B.V.

Pjur Group Luxembourg S.A.



Richemont SL





Satelliet Meubelen B.V.

Snap Inc.



Under Armour





Western Digital

Work highlights

  • Coordinating Western Digital’s pan-EU battle against counterfeits and parallel trade in its products on all European online market places.
  • Representing Coty against Easycosmetic in a trade mark matter involving packaging boxes before the Supreme Court.
  • Representing Robeco against Milieudefensie (an environmental action group) before the Dutch Advertising Standards Committee, regarding sustainability claims related to investments in palm oil.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' head of soft IP Paul Tjiam is described as ‘one of the best IP litigators in the Netherlands’; he is sought out by leading fast moving consumer goods, food and beverages, luxury goods, NGOs and TMT companies for assistance in trade mark, parallel goods and copyright infringement matters. Associates Edwin van der Velde, ‘who is always ready to provide advice’, and Daisy Termeulen, who is noted for bringing ‘passion and enthusiasm to her work’, are key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tjiam

Other key lawyers:

Edwin van der Velde; Daisy Termeulen


‘The firm’s planning, communication and service is exceptional.’

‘Paul Tjiam has the energy and attack of the young, combined with the wisdom and experience of the older generation.’

‘Edwin van de Velde is a very experienced associate, who is knowledgeable and always ready to provide advice at short notice. Daisy Termeulen is another young associate who brings passion and enthusiasm to her work.’

Key clients


Spirits International







Gold’s Gym

E & J Gallo Winery


Médécins Sans Frontières



Van Caem Klerks


Work highlights

  • Representing Van Caem Klerks in trade mark proceedings against Bacardi and obtained a significant court victory at the Appeal Court of The Hague in 2022.
  • Represented L’Oréal in trade mark infringement proceedings against a major webshop for discounted perfumes at the court of The Hague in 2022.
  • Advised Spirits International in a pan-European trade dipsute, relating to the ownership of the famous Stolichnaya trade mark.

Taylor Wessing

Providing IP-related services across the Benelux is a core strength of Taylor Wessing’s soft IP practice. Based in Eindhoven, Maarten Rijks heads the trade marks, copyrights and designs practice in the Netherlands and Belgium. Rijks focuses on litigation, filing and anti-counterfeiting strategies. Stationed in Amsterdam, Wim Maas is a specialist in litigation. Having re-joined the firm in April 2022, Charlotte Garnitsch brings vast experience in product design matters, dealing with design and copyrights. Associate Margot van Gerwen advises clients on IP protection mandates, specialising in the media and e-commerce sectors.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Rijks; Wim Maas; Charlotte Garnitsch

Other key lawyers:

Margot van Gerwen; Saskia Bullens; Diana Nieuwhof; Christian Dekoninck


‘At Taylor Wessing, they are committed to creating an environment that enables their people to be successful. They foster a culture of inclusion and across the jurisdictions where they operate, they set inclusivity priorities. Taylor Wessing N.V. is a good example of this.’

‘Maarten Rijks and Wim Maas are outstanding lawyers. They have in depth legal knowledge and very good business sense. Their strategic analyses are spot on, and they are able to execute the chosen strategy in a formidable manner.’

‘Wim Maas, Margot van Gerwen, Maarten Rijks and Charlotte Garnitsch are very skilled IP lawyers. They argue cases in a very convincing matter and are a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Van Haren Schoenen

Heijmans N.V.

Barco N.V.

PSV Eindhoven

Homefashion Group

VDL Group

Goossens Meubelen

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Van Haren before the Supreme Court in a large trade mark and slavish imitation (design rights) case against Airwair International (Dr Martens shoes).
  • Successfully represented VDL Group in two opposition proceedings filed by NISSAN, at the EU General Court in Luxembourg, against trade mark applications: “VDL E-POWER” and “VDL E-POWERED”.
  • Assisted Solar Studio in two preliminary injunction proceedings, requests for pre-judgment attachment to seize evidence, invalidity actions at EUIPO and other matters.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne has experience across a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP mandates. The firm’s IP specialists regularly collaborate with other teams to work with clients in the fintech, healthtech and mediatech spaces. Leading the IP practice, Kriek Wille is as a trusted advisor and litigator for large international enterprises in sectors ranging from media to retail and technology. Heading the patent and trade secrets team, Bas Pinckaers deals with EU trade mark and design rights matters. Dominique Geerts is experienced in media and traditional IP law.

Practice head(s):

Kriek Wille

Other key lawyers:

Bas Pinckaers; Dominique Geerts


‘Excellent practical and pragmatic advice. The department goes one step beyond normal Q&A work and advising on key strategies and structures.’

‘Kriek Wille is a well-seasoned, solution oriented and excellent sparring partner.’

‘This is a great IP team within a big firm. It has the advantage of being outstanding in IP whilst at the same time being able to put it in context and keeping an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘They give very good to excellent legal advice. They are not afraid to say at a meeting that they don’t have an answer to a complicated question, and will do some research before providing a detailed answer.’

‘Kriek Wille is an excellent lawyer. She is responsive and will always give very practical advice, simultaneously mentioning other possibilities.’

‘Kriek Wille is an outstanding professional. Originally an IP litigator, she is very much capable of translating her excellent technical and market knowledge into the advisory area, which is a real asset.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

MacGregor Cargotec Corporation (Cargotec OYJ)

Getir Netherlands B.V.

Air Supplies B.V.

The Walt Disney Company

Schwan Stabilo

Morenso International B.V.

Crisp B.V.

Enermax Technology Corp. and Coolergiant GmbH

Friedrich Ossenberg-Schule & Söhne GmbH. & Co. KG;

Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

Erdee Media Groep

Accell Group NV



Rockstars IT

Xero Shoes





Arovo NV

Plastic Soup Foundation

Work highlights

  • Representing public company MacGregor/Cargotec in and out of court in various complex proceedings in a case involving copyright, slavish imitation and trade secrets law.
  • Assisting an international listed company in drafting and implementing an IP policy that covers its international e-bike and bicycle companies.
  • Handles all IP matters for Crisp BV, a Dutch online retailer, covering a wide spectrum of copyright and trade mark law, advertising and product law, licensing and unfair competition issues.

Van Kaam IP & Media

Specialist IP, media, entertainment and privacy law boutique Van Kaam IP & Media represents clients in the food and beverage, fashion, industrial design, real estate and retail sectors in copyright conflicts as well as trade mark and advertising disputes. Firm founder Bertil Van Kaam is an experienced litigator and is particularly strong in drafting and negotiating agreements for creative industry clients, such as famous artists and film distributors. ‘Great litigator’ Remco Kloters represents clients in all areas of soft IP, working frequently on oppositions and invalidity proceedings at the BOIP and EUIPO. Associate Jurian Van Groenendaal is a name to note for IT and intersecting IP matters, while experienced IP associate Hanneke Van Lith is a privacy law specialist.

Practice head(s):

Bertil van Kaam; Remco Klöters

Other key lawyers:

Jurian van Groenendaal; Hanneke van Lith


‘Remco Klöters’ speed of thought and execution, his foresight, his negotiating abilities, and his written and verbal presentations were all highly impressive.’

‘Bertil van Kaam is excellent and always available if there is a problem that needs to be solved immediately.’

‘Remco Klöters is a great litigator.’

Key clients

Strengholt Music Group

Dutch FilmWorks

Anton Corbijn

Atelier Elliott

Senf Theaterpartners

Dolly Dots

Advance Publications

Kitchenworld B.V.


Sigal Avin Ltd.


Work highlights

  • Representing Dutch FilmWorks in proceedings before the Supreme Court, which led to a landmark ruling on obtaining identifying data from an ISP used by individuals for illegally downloading movies from Bittorrent networks.
  • Representing Atelier Elliott, an architectural designer, in civil proceedings on copyright infringements by Lagardère Travel Retail, concerning the use of the design of the client in Relay Stores.
  • Advising Advance Publications on a regular basis on the registration, maintenance and enforcement of its trade mark rights globally.


Led by IT and IP specialist Jaap Bremer, BarentsKrans advises both international and domestic clients from a range of sectors on a variety of contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and design right matters. Bremer regularly deals with clients in the technology industry, advising on trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting mandates across gaming and virtual products, often leveraging his knowledge of customs for seizure of merchandise. Head of the healthcare and life sciences industry group, Marleen Van Den Horst assists clients in negotiating licenses, IP transfers and supply and distribution agreements. The team also advises on managing IP assets in the telecoms and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:

Marleen Van Den Horst


‘Jaap Bremer is a star trade mark lawyer. He communicates strategy clearly and effectively and delivers on it. His knowledge and experience are second to none.’

‘Jaap Bremer in particular has a strong brand-related practice.’

‘Jaap Bremer is very knowledgeable, creative, hands-on and to the point. He explains complicated legal issues in an easy way and has an in-depth knowledge of our business and therefore is able to find practical solutions for complicated legal issues.’

‘Jaap Bremer has been handling all our intellectual property matters in Europe and has done an outstanding job. He is an excellent IP counsel, extremely knowledgeable and sophisticated in the software industry, and always takes the time to fully understand our business and products.’

‘Jaap Bremer has been supporting us with respect to several IP related projects and matters, which are extremely complex and strategic. He has always done a wonderful job and generated great results for the business. He is very strategic and thinks many steps ahead.’

‘ Jaap Bremer is a great IP counsel. I would highly recommend his services.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Koninklijke KPN (Royal KPN)

Facebook (Oculus)

Global (formerly Exterion Media)

Huisman Equipment



IPV Delft creatieve ingenieurs

Work highlights

  • Represented Huisman Equipment in unfair competition litigation against Mammoet related to an unlawful press release.
  • Represented Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in trade mark enforcement litigation against a European independent reseller.
  • Advised SuperUnie in a trade mark and unfair competition dispute regarding a newly introduced private label product.


Department head Rogier de Vrey reflects the multidisciplinary approach of CMS‘s Dutch IP set up; de Vrey advises media, sports and life sciences clients on patents, trade mark, unfair competition and trade secret matters. Patent specialist Willem Hoorneman is another name to note for his strategic and pragmatic work in the IP field. Advertising litigator Marcoline van der Dussen advises international companies in the field of consumer products, and associate Yasar Celebi is a key support on cross-border IP and intersecting competition law issues.

Practice head(s):

Rogier de Vrey

Other key lawyers:

Willem Hoorneman; Marcoline van der Dussen; Yasar Celebi

Key clients






Johnson & Johnson




Global (media)








Royal Ahrend

Work highlights

  • Represented Johnson & Johnson against Fengh Medical regarding infringing imitation products.
  • Defended Urus Europe against Automobil Lamborghini regarding trade mark infringement.
  • Represented HP in regard to two court cases initiated by Dutch company Digital Revolution, alleging trade mark infringement and violation of advertising laws.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.'s IP team is co-led by Thera Adam and Olaf Van Haperen, who have built a reputation working on complex and cross-border IP enforcement, prosecution and management of large trade mark portfolios. Associate Robbert Santifort adds another layer to the practice, bringing particular knowledge of copyright, software and database law and trade secret protection involving the digital sector. Although Benjamin van Kessel left the firm, the arrival of design attorney Esther Lins in November 2021 added a new dimension to the established trade mark work of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thera Adam

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Van Haperen; Robbert Santifort; Esther Lins

Key clients

Royal Swinkels Family Brewer

Nu Skin Enterprises, ltd





Barclays Bank

Cyrus One

Loading Systems International






Ortec B.V

Aalberts Industries

Gibson Guitar Corporation


Work highlights

  • Defended Mr Warrens in a Benelux trade mark registration dispute against Wendy’s International and QIOR.
  • Assisted Greencre8 in injunction proceedings regarding its design right.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

‘Diligent and strategic IP litigator’ Radboud Ribbert leads Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s IP team, covering a combination of copyright, patent and trade mark matters involving the entertainment, media and telecoms sectors. Despite the departure of associate Willeke Kemkers, the addition of associate Thomas van Weeren from DLA Piper and the continuing support of associate Wouter van Wengen, who represents national and international clients in the creative and technology industries on IP, IT contracts and data protection law, demonstrate the solidity of the practice. The Dutch office works with the firm's headquarters in the US in order to maintain the trade mark and copyright portfolios and managerial contracts of high-profile artists and celebrities.

Practice head(s):

Radboud Ribbert


‘Greenberg Traurig is an outstanding law firm with a particular strength in IP litigation. The have a strong position in the Dutch market and manage significant and large-scale IP cases with their exceptionally straightforward and efficient approach.’

‘In our case, the advantage of Greenberg Traurig is their global presence. We are a Dutch company working internationally. GT is able to assist us in the US. Communication between our partner in Amsterdam and the US team is excellent.’

‘Radboud Ribbert has great knowledge and expertise in his field.’

‘Radboud Ribbert is a very diligent and strategic IP litigator. At the same time, he can move forward cases to the client’s benefit in an incredibly fast and efficient way.’

‘Its network makes the firm stand out. The Dutch office is able to perform a lot of things on its own already, but the ability to easily reach out to lawyers in other countries is a great advantage. Additionally, their network allows us to find new partners.’

‘We’ve primarily worked with Radboud Ribbert and we’re very happy with him. He understands our cases and is genuinely interested in finding a solution that truly satisfies our needs. He goes out of his way to reach out and takes action incredibly quickly ensuring things keep progressing.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing Roddelpraat, an online content provider of celebrity gossip in a satirical context, in an action brought by a celebrity for copyright infringement and defamation.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides high-profile clients from across the consumer goods, food and beverages, fashion, and media and entertainment sectors with the complete suite of IP services. Head of the soft IP practice Samantha Brinkhuis covers IP licensing, media and advertising law matters. Associate Giannina Leander focuses on the protection and enforcement of copyrights, trade marks, trade names and design rights on a domestic and global scale. Associates Babette Dol and Charmayne Sijm are key names to note for intersecting IP and IT matters.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brinkhuis

Other key lawyers:

Giannina Leander; Babette Dol; Charmayne Sijm

Key clients



Deutsche Telekom

AB InBev




Play North


The Bacardi Group


Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)










News Corporation

Rewilding Europe

Work highlights

  • Represented Nintendo in various complex trade mark and copyright law infringement matters.
  • Represented AB InBev in various proceedings against Heineken in a global beer trade mark battle.
  • Advised Play North on a formal response to new draft legislation that is set to restrict trade mark advertising possibilities for online casinos in the Netherlands.

Holla Legal & Tax

Holla Legal & Tax‘s IP team covers ICT, privacy, advertising, media and unfair competition cases. Department head Luuk Jonker focuses on trade marks, copyrights, designs, trade names and trade secrets disputes in the clothing, footwear and wholesale trade industries. A specialist in pharmaceuticals advertising law, Robbert Sjoerdsma works on the maintenance of IP rights, which includes transactional and litigation strategies. Data privacy and protection specialist Kim de Bonth leads cross-border trade mark and copyright infringement matters and deals with the doctrine of slavish imitations, and associate Daan Breuking is a key support for the ICT and IP team, who helps entrepreneurs register and protect their brands.

Practice head(s):

Luuk Jonker; Robbert Sjoerdsma; Kim de Bonth

Other key lawyers:

Daan Breuking


‘Exceptional knowledge, service, teamwork, flexibility, speed of action.’

‘Luuk Jonker provides a personal approach and is proactive.’

‘Fast, reliable, good advice.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca B.V.

Enexis B.V.

Antea Group

European Pallet Association

Goliath B.V.

Stokke AS

Concorp International B.V.

GEA Refrigeration Netherlands N.V.

GAC Group of Companies B.V.

Ricoh Nederland B.V.

Toi-Toys B.V.

Otto Work Force B.V.

Oriental Merchant Europe

50five B.V.

Schmitz Holding B.V.

Avec B.V.


Salling Group A/S

Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V.

Ascena Retail Group Inc.

Mesa International Products B.V.

K!CK Trading B.V.

Fritz Hansen A/S

Work highlights

  • Representing Enexis in several IP and IT disputes.
  • Represented AstraZeneca against an unlawful advertising claim brought by Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • Assisting Goliabth, a manufacturer and distributor of toys and games, against counterfeits in several European countries.

LXA Attorneys

LXA Attorneys’ integrated IP, IT and privacy team is routinely sought out by international fashion and clothing companies for assistance in trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting enforcement in the Dutch Courts. All-round IP practitioner and head of the practice Thomas Berendsen is a name to note for anti-counterfeiting mandates, while Gie van den Broek is a key contact for brand protection issues. Associates Fleur Boom and Iris van der Wal routinely represent clients in opposition and nullity proceedings before the BOIP and the EUIPO.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Berendsen

Other key lawyers:

Gie van den Broek; Fleur Boom; Iris van der Wal


‘Thomas Berendsen and Gie van den Broek have built a world class practice, representing global blue-chip companies, with a strong focus on enforcement.’

‘Gie van den Broek is one of the few anti-counterfeiting ‘gurus’ in the Netherlands. He is very familiar with all legal and technological developments relevant to the fight against online counterfeiting and piracy, which is very valuable.’

‘Thomas Berendsen and his team are dedicated, hands on and are able to combine excellent expertise with very clear communication to the client. Well organized and very responsive. The team really pushes hard for the clients.’

Key clients

MusTec, Muscle Dynamic Technology B.V.

Real Tropical Food

Levi Strauss & Co.

Luxottica Group S.p.A.

DKH Retail Ltd



Only for Men (OFM B.V.)

Calvin Klein

Work highlights

  • Represented MusTec in proceedings regarding alleged bad faith in relation to trade mark registrations.
  • Protecting the Mattel trade marks against counterfeiters in the Netherlands since 2021.
  • Representing Only for Men in proceedings regarding the alleged infringement of trade mark rights.

Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg

Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg specialises in matters that intersect IP, IT and commercial contracts. Helmer Klingenberg negotiates in the full spectrum of intellectual property-related commercial business contracts on behalf of a broad range of corporations. Godert Van Rappard advises Dutch clients on copyright issues, such as photographers, painters, video makers, illustrators and graphic designers. Adding a different dimension to the practice, Van Rappard also deals with contentious matters involving trade mark and trade name disputes. With a background in industrial engineering, Roald Minneboo advises clients, which require IP and IT expertise, on IP restructuring, digital advertising and marketing as well as large copyright licensing deals and complex software development deals with copyright issues involved.

Practice head(s):

Helmer Klingenberg; Godert van Rappard; Roald Minneboo


‘Godert van Rappard is a good listener, really understanding the challenges we are facing. A senior with great knowledge and expertise.’

‘VRMK is a very good boutique firm that is a great value-for-money option in the market when seeking IP and IT law advice.’

‘Helmer Klingenberg is a smart and responsive lawyer who is always driven to find pragmatic solutions. On top of that he is extremely pleasant to work with. I have on several occasions recommended him to others who also turned out to be very happy with his services.’

‘Helmer Klingenberg was particularly invaluable to our project because of his commercial outlook and focus on practical advice. Helmer was able to clearly articulate what he felt our legal position was but at the same time help us consider a way forward while keeping in mind the risk level. This is what we very much appreciated. It is rare to find a professional services provider who is willing to go that extra step.’

‘With Helmer Klingenberg on your legal team you know you will get the best possible results. He knows everything about IP, is a great communicator and super strong in court. Helmer is a lawyer of great value to our company.’

‘Godert van Rappard has remarkable knowledge about copyrights. He is smart, creative, and pragmatic in his solutions. Besides being extremely effective and innovative, he is also a very pleasant and friendly person to work with.’

‘Roald Minneboo is a very experienced negotiator and contracting lawyer. He is very responsive and hands-on. Combines excellent theoretical knowledge with practical advice. Always achieves great negotiation results.’

‘Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg is a great alternative for smaller and medium sized cases. They are dedicated lawyers who assist in an efficient manner.’

Key clients

Wunderman Thompson

FedEx Express



Delft University of Technology


Salvia BioElectronic

Delft Enterprises

Blue Sky Group



Dynamic Credit






De Club





Greenboy Group


Bangma Verpakkingen




Umos Alliance


Stichting Civil Care


Piano Couture

Work highlights

  • Assisting Pictoright with copyright matters, including in a large-scale international copyright infringement case against a large retailer and its suppliers.
  • Assisting FedEx Express, including with IP questions FedEx Express encounters as well as drafting and negotiating a full range of commercial agreements that contain complex cross-border IP arrangements.
  • Assisting Wunderman Thomson with a broad variety of IP and IT matters, including drafting and negotiating commercial (digital) advertising agreements between Wunderman Thompson and global companies.

BINGH Advocaten

Specialist IP, corporate and employment law firm BINGH Advocaten is known for its copyright work for cultural institutions and Dutch artists. The practice is led by Lars Bakers, who represents international brands in Dutch and Benelux trade mark and design right infringement proceedings. Bakers leads a team of associates, including Marissa Brinks and Matthijs Schonewille, who are key supporting lawyers in disputes and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Lars Bakers

Other key lawyers:

Marissa Brinks; Matthijs Schonewille

Key clients

Hugo Boss AG

Hugo Boss Trademark Management GmbH & Co KG


Heirs of Rien Poortvliet and Will Huygen

SPAR International BV

Standard Investment

Commander BV and Just Brands BV

Royal Concert Hall (Het Concertgebouw)

PIP Studio BV

National Museum of World Cultures


Riedel BV

Alfa Laval

Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Work highlights

  • Represented Hugo Boss Trademark and Management GmbH & Co in trade mark infringement, opposition and litigation proceedings in the Benelux.
  • Assisting SPAR International in negotiating new licensing contracts, expansions, extensions and terminations as well as litigation.
  • Advising Commander Holding and Just Brands on licensing, franchising contracts and its international trade mark portfolio.


Dentons‘ IP team focuses on cross-border litigation matters, representing clients before the Benelux and EU Courts, including in EUIPO and BOIP proceedings. The firm routinely acts for clients in the fintech and fashion industries in trade mark, copyright and design right infringement and counterfeiting mandates. Alexander Odle leads the practice and remains a key contact for lifestyle brands. Apart from dealing with soft IP disputes, Odle’s transactional work also includes licensing and technology transfers. Associates Tom Brohm and Nathalie van der Zande are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Odle

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie van der Zande; Tom Brohm


‘Very knowledgeable team with lots of experience.’

‘Alexander Odle is an expert with unmatched experience, always willing to help and find a pragmatic, customer friendly solution.’

‘Tom Brohm is a smart lawyer providing first-class legal advice.’

Key clients


Avicanna, Inc.


Zuru, Inc. and Tinnus Enterprises LLC

CRN Management B.V.


Maria Tash, Inc.

HCI Europe, ltd

Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC


Work highlights

  • Representing international anti-counterfeiting network REACT in a class action by famous brand owners against an e-commerce platform selling counterfeit goods.
  • Acting for Zuru, Inc. and Tinnus Enterprises in multiple litigations before the EU General Court and EU Court of Justice regarding European design rights.
  • Assisting CRN Management in multiple opposition proceedings and cancellation actions with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) in a longstanding battle for ownership and use of trade mark rights.

Good Law B.V.

Good Law B.V. is an IP boutique with a reputation for representing high-profile and renowned retail brands in the sports and fashion segments regarding anti-counterfeiting and infringement matters. Sander Verbeek has expertise in the optimisation and restructuring of the IP portfolios of innovative and fledgling organisations, while Carja Mastenbroek is particularly active in the luxury sector. The pair leverage their strong network, obtaining work via European Trade Mark agencies and work on global mandates involving Dutch overseas territories in the Caribbean.

Practice head(s):

Sander Verbeek; Carja Mastenbroek

Other key lawyers:

Carolien van Bakel


‘GoodLaw is not afraid to give their opinion about a case and is always willing to have a quick call to discuss a matter. We have been assited on may occassions and have faith in their expertise in IP and contracts.’

‘Carja and Sander are informal and easy to talk to. They have great knowledge about IP and contracts and with their experience they usually are able to resolve cases in a practical manner.’

Key clients

Moët & Chandon


Veuve Cliquot

Polmos Żyrardów


Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein




Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Puma in proceedings in the District Court of the Hague against Monshoe Fashion for having infringed the famous Puma form strip.
  • Successfully represented Izipizi in litigation against LOOPLABB regarding trade mark and design infringement.
  • Successfully represented Kappershandel in both first instance and appeal proceedings against Wahl regarding the design rights on a comb attachment.

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Co-led by Gerard van der Wal and Timme Geerlof, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh has expertise in all aspects of trade mark, design, copyright, unfair competition and advertising law. Situated in Rotterdam, the team has considerable experience representing clients in cases involving parallel trade of goods, complex proceedings regarding the exhaustion of IP rights, and trade mark matters in the pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality sectors. Associate Shaharzaad Said is active in negotiating and drafting IP-related agreements and is a skilled litigator.

Practice head(s):

Gerard van der Wal; Timme Geerlof

Other key lawyers:

Shaharzaad Said


‘Despite being a relatively new firm, it has a very experienced set of lawyers, who specialise in a broad range of legal niches.’

‘Timme Geerlof is one of the young and prominent IP lawyers in the Benelux. He has a lot of experience and thinks outside the box. At the same time, I like his pragmatic approach.’

‘Timme Geerlof has excellent knowledge and instantly answers questions. He is friendly and accessible.’

‘Shaharzaad Said is eager to find the details in a case that can flip the case to the advantage of the client, and she will not rest until she finds those details.’

‘Timme Geerlof is a friendly and sharp legal practitioner, taking both business and legal risk and opportunities into account, with advice that goes beyond his initial turf of intellectual property.’

‘Timme Geerlof is one of the best.’

Key clients

WijKopenAuto’s B.V. and Auto1 N.V.

Spido B.V.

B.V. Rotterdamsche Producten Mij

Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA

F. Loendersloot Internationale B.V.

Rhino Overseas Inc

Stijlgroep Landschap en Stedelijke Ruimte B.V.

B&S HTG B.V. and affiliated companies

Crazy Piano’s On Tour B.V.

BModesto B.V.

Association Euro-Specialité (VES)

Euro-Caps B.V.

Saybrex International Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented WijKopenAutos in proceedings before the Benelux Court of Justice regarding the lack of distinctive character of the trade mark of its competitor for the sign ‘ik wil van mijn auto af’.
  • Representing Altunis Trading Gestão e Serviços in trade mark litigation proceedings before the Benelux Court of Justice.
  • Defending one of the largest logistics service providers and freight forwarding companies in the Netherlands in two trade mark litigations proceedings against Bacardi and MHCS Société En Commandite Simple.