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

Brinkhof

The Brinkhof team handles many of the most high-profile and landmark trade mark and design cases; Kurt Stopetie and Gregor Vos are the lead lawyers in these areas. Both are seasoned litigators – including before the ECJ, and also have experience of on-line infringement issues such as platform liability for trade mark infringement and advertising law. Their practice is supported by a team of trade mark attorneys. Concerning copyright, Remy Chavannes and Dorien Verhulst are the lead lawyers who are skilled in copyright litigation cases, media and on-line disputes including ground-breaking cases concerning the copyright status of hyperlinking. Other key team members include counsel Anke Strijbos who has expertise in media and internet litigation, copyright and information law, and senior associate Rutger Stoop whose expertise spans trade mark, design and copyright law.

Practice head(s):

Kurt Stöpetie; Gregor Vos; Remy Chavannes; Dorien Verhulst

Other key lawyers:

Anke Strijbos; Rutger Stoop

Testimonials

‘Brinkhof is a highly professional organization. We work mainly with Dorien Verhulst (partner) and in additional with Remy Chavannes (partner). High level of expertise, friendly, good insight into our business and well known on international and sector-specific laws.’

‘It is a real pleasure to work with Brinkhof. They truly act as a partner instead of just another law firm. Working with Dorien Verhulst feels like working with one of your closest colleague’s. She is very much aware of all details and always available. She did a great job during the legal proceedings which we won and now prepares the litigation process. Her advice and support cover all areas, including press, lobby’s and external relationships. It is so much more than just preparing the litigation.’

‘Gregor Vos and Rutger Stoop are friendly and easy to work with. Theoretically great and in addition pragmatic in solving issues.’

‘Technical skills of members of firm are very good. Communication is very fluent and precise.’

‘Adee Keepy is an outstanding professional.’

‘They are a very smooth outfit with excellent associates and counsel.’

‘Rutger Stoop is extremely likeable, always helpful, and a great litigator. His contributions are commercially astute and compelling. He is not afraid to think outside the box.’

Gregor Vos remains cool and calm under pressure no matter what. His court performances are always very slick.’

‘Efficiency, legal expertise, ability to address client’s needs swiftly. Ability to understand the business model and legal risks and find pragmatic solutions to address them.’

‘Availability despite being busy. Dedication to the clients and unparalleled legal expertise.’

Remy Chavannes is one of the best partners I have worked with. His knowledge is outstanding and exceptional. He is always there to help and provide efficient and pragmatic solutions to the problems we are dealing with.’

‘The personal connection is very important to me, to have a good working relationship, to feel that you can contact them about anything and trust every (small) case or situation is handled with equal importance. During Covid we had some limitations in the budget due to the impact on our business, the Brinkhof team worked with us to see how we could handle cases and registrations with less cost and find creative solutions or postpone actions. This made it easier to pick up again when our situation improved.’

‘We work with various individuals at Brinkhof, depending on the subject matter. All are dedicated, quick to reply, clear in explaining the situation and what is possible.’

My main contact was with Sophie Gauquier and Rutger Stoop, both excellent contacts who especially proved their worth to our company in a few long-running cases.’

Key clients

Polaroid

Google

adidas

IKEA

Amazon

T-Mobile

Netflix

Apple

Maytronics

Association of Dutch Commercial Radio Broadcasters

Ferrari

WILD / SiSi Werke (Capri Sun)

Jack Daniel’s

Xindao

Work highlights

  • Representing IKEA in pan-EU trade mark litigation regarding key products, including coordination of legal advice and representation across multiple EU jurisdictions in this high profile case.
  • Continues to represent 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 trademark.
  • Representing Infineon Technologies in the landmark case against NXP regarding the latter’s trade mark MIFARE up to the Supreme Court.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek offers a full service to clients with complex international IP disputes which includes corporate, competition, regulatory and tax law – in combination with its IT/tech expertise. Litigator Gertjan Kuipers and Tobias Cohen Jehoram who is a ‘go-to‘ for IP litigation, both cross-border and up to the Supreme Court, and provides ‘truly outstanding value for money‘ jointly head the group. Selmer Bergsma, Bertrand Ter Woort and Roos Van Der Poel are among the talented senior associates who collectively provide deep experience in all aspects of IP protection from disputes to IP-heavy transactions, related agreements and corporate matters. The firm offers clients numerous platforms designed to assist with areas such as costs control (its electronic costs centre) and is part of the Pink Elephant initiative (an LGBT+ network) as part of its focus on gender and international diversity.

Practice head(s):

Gertjan Kuipers; Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Other key lawyers:

Selmer Bergsma; Bertrand ter Woort; Roos van der Pole; Irenah Klink; Daan Beenders

Testimonials

‘Tobias Cohen is excellent. He is knowledgeable, creative, practical and cost effective. He has solved many tricky trade mark conflicts for us. I recommend him highly.’

‘We have engaged De Brauw in the field of copyright only once and we found them to be quite innovative on how to approach the issue from a legal perspective and assess under what legal theories certain specific designs/works may be protected by copyright, showing strong legal and technical commands.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Selmer Bergsma have strong legal knowledge in the field of copyright/design rights complemented with strong technical commands.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is our go-to partner for high-stake trade mark matters. His knowledge and level of expertise is unrivalled. He is extremely pragmatic, business savvy and a lot of fun to work with. In addition, he is highly effective and efficient, leading to truly outstanding value for money. He is very accessible, with a fantastic sense of humour. Always a pleasure to work with!’ 

‘Bertand ter Woort is a highly talented and effective senior associate, who always is able to reduce complex matters to its core with seemingly little effort.’

‘The team is very skilled and well versed in the intricacies of the Entertainment industry.’

‘Daan Beenders and Tobias Cohen Jehoram are both extremely valuable business partners and great fun as well.’

Key clients

Unilever

Impossible Foods Inc

P&G

Philips

JDE

NXP

PVH Europe

Nolet Group

Disney

LVMH

AkzoNobel

Shell

adidas

Pepsico

FrieslandCampina

Gazelle

Danone

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 Anne Frank Stichting in its constant (and highly publicised) battles to research Anne Frank’s works and publish the results, against the Swiss AFF that holds copyrights to parts of the works.

Hofhuis Alkema Groen

Hofhuis Alkema Groen is a firm that is fully dedicated to the areas of trade marks, copyright, and design rights cases together with media and marketing law. It acts in pan-European protection cases for well-known brand owner corporates ranging from those in film or media to the electronics sector. Jesse Hofhuis is an experienced litigator whose cases include those before the ECJ and Arnout Groen specializes in IP disputes in the digital environment, particularly copyrights and database rights and has acted on a number of high-profile, novel cases. Adonna Alkema‘s practice covers advisory work, licensing and litigation for international film makers and leading brand owners.

Practice head(s):

Jesse Hofhuis; Arnout Groen; Adonna Alkema

Key clients

Apple

Red Bull

Warner Bros

HP

Airwair

Volvo

MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)

Dell

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

Christian Louboutin

Work highlights

  • Represents Airwair in litigation, protecting the famous Dr. Martens designs and trade dress.
  • Represents Apple in court proceedings with regard to copyright (compensation) payments and copies made ‘in the cloud’.
  • Represents several Hollywood majors in litigation for the collection of monies for public broadcasting of film works.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER provides pan-European coverage from its offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Lyon, Madrid, Mannheim (branch office) and Paris. In other European countries it has alliances with partner firms. It attracts high-stakes litigation cases involving trade marks, copyright and designs, acting for well-known brand owners in sectors ranging from food and beverages and fashion to major film, music and publishing in respect of copyright protection. It has won cases in the European Court of Justice as well as European trademark offices. The firm is also committed to diversity and inclusion; the Belgian team is a co-founder of the Legal Diversity and Inclusion Alliance (LDIA) and has run a networking event for ‘women in IP’ in collaboration with AIPLA and the Dutch organization FIPE (Female Intellectual Property Experts). Team head Joris Van Manen advises and litigates in trade mark, copyright, media, internet and ICT matters and coordinates pan-European infringement actions. Litigator Willem Hoyng has acted before national courts, the Supreme Court and the ECJ for clients in areas including pharmaceuticals and biotech and is a professor of IP law at Tilburg University. Frank Eijsvogels has extensive experience in patent, design and trade mark law and also specialises in anti-piracy regulation while Laura Fresco is known for her cross-border litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Joris van Manen

Other key lawyers:

Willem Hoyng; Frank Eijsvogels; Laura Fresco

Key clients

Abbott

AkzoNobel

Anna van Toor

Arpa

Bagjump

Bolton Adhesives (Bison and UHU)

BREIN

Broadview

Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT)

Daniel Wellington

De Persgroep

Diadora

Easy Sanitary Solutions

Epic Games

EuroNext

Evolution of Smooth (EOS)

FKP SOJUZPLODOIMPORT (Stolichnaya)

Forest Group

Gemini

G-Star

Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)

Hunter Douglas

Jimi Hendrix Estate (Experience Hendrix LLC)

John Lennon Estate

MC&F Broadcasting

Mondriaan Fonds

Motion Picture Association of America (MPA)

Nestlé

Paragon Pet Products

Philip Morris International

Philips

Procter & Gamble

Rabobank

Rituals

River2Sea

Roche Bobois

SABAM

Samsung

Signify

Simplot

Sony Entertainment

Supergroup

TERN

Trespa

Vemedia

Vlisco

Wendy’s

Westag

Yoko Onno Lennon

Work highlights

  • Successfully litigated on behalf of BREIN, winning a copyright case against access providers Ziggo and XS4ALL before the Dutch Supreme Court and the EU Court of Justice.
  • Acts as Philips’ trusted outside counsel in a series of soft IP matters, including trade mark, copyright and design right litigation and advisory work.
  • Advises the Motion Picture Association of America (MPA) on various aspects of media and copyright law, such as cross border website blocking orders.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is highlighted by clients for its ‘great depth and variety of legal expertise throughout Europe’ and for ‘consistently delivering positive results‘. The well-known Wouter Pors heads the IP practice which excels in trade mark, copyright and design protection, while Manon Rieger-Jansen who heads the brand management practice is considered to be a ‘formidable force‘ for IP in the Netherlands. Armand Killan is noted for cross-border trade mark litigation and counterfeiting matters. The team can call on professor Martin Sentfleben (of counsel) who is a full professor of IP Law at the University of Amsterdam for an academic view, while a strong team of associates includes the ‘highly skilled and commercial IP lawyerClemens Molle. The practice is notable for the range of its well-known clients which it can serve not only in litigation but also provides a full brand protection service from clearance to prosecution and enforcement. 

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors

Other key lawyers:

Manon Rieger-Jansen; Professor Martin Sentfleben; Clemens Molle

Testimonials

‘The team is very cohesive.’

‘This practice has a great depth and variety of legal expertise throughout Europe. A global company can rely on this practice for timely and accurate information and in depth analysis across a myriad of jurisdictions.’

‘Clemens Molle has been instrumental to my company in assisting us with compliance issues in Netherlands. He can be depended on to deliver timely and accurate results on short notice.’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen, overseeing her excellent team. Clemens Molle is fast, responsive, excellent work in all kind of IP matters’

‘We have been working with Bird & Bird LLP, Netherlands on a regular basis in relation to various aspects of trade marks practice viz. search, filing, prosecution, oppositions, renewal, recordal, assignments, etc. The team has been extremely efficient and professional, their turn-around time is quick and they have always been exceptionally responsive to our queries. Their timely, precise and to the point communication has been helpful to us. They have a realistic approach and are knowledge about the law and practice and are receptive to the solutions provided to them.’

‘We would like to recommend Ms. Manon Rieger-Jansen. We have worked with her on a number of trade mark prosecution matters with her. She is detail-oriented, never loses sight of the bigger picture, is easy to work with, and extremely professional in her approach to issues at hand. Her expertise and knowledge of the law enables her to provide efficient strategies to matters at hand and has helped us foster an extremely good working relationship with the Firm.’

‘Responsiveness and business-oriented advice.’

‘The team consistently delivers positive results. Their advice is pragmatic, and grounded in our business objectives.’

‘The team consists of highly skilled intellectual property lawyers. They have both a commercial understanding of the commercial landscape within media and combined with a cutting edge knowledge of copyright law and several of their lawyers have a background and still very active presence within academia. Very impressive.’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen: head of their IP team and a formidable force in the Netherlands for IP-work.

Martin Sentfleben: Professor Dr. Martin Sentfleben is one of the most prominent IP-lawyers in The Netherlands and is able to deliver to the point answers to complex IP-issues.’

Clemens Molle is a highly skilled and commercial IP lawyer who is up and coming!’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein

Nestlé

Steigenberger hotels

Husqvarna

Ferrero

Monster Energy

Reckitt

CrossFit

Flügel

Chiquita

Lebara

NPO (Dutch Public broadcaster)

PPG

Novomatic

Husqvarna

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. Litigating (and winning) at the Court of Appeal, and representing Primark in 4 cancellation actions at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.
  • Advising on the implementation of the new DSM Regulation in the Netherlands/ Europe.
  • Representing Calvin Klein in litigation against alleged copyright and trade mark infringement claims from Diesel.

Houthoff

Houthoff is renowned for its Supreme Court litigation expertise. It handles cases across all types of IP disputes from patents, trade marks and copyright to plant variety rights, database and defamation matters. It also has a niche expertise acting for car companies such as Ford and Renault and has a dedicated IP technology transfer team that advises on acquisitions and cross-border tax structuring. Thomas De Weerd heads a team that includes core team members Thijs Van Aerde and Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde; Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Testimonials

‘Houthoff has an excellent IP-team that works with dedication for their clients. The level of services is very high. The team members are very responsive. Team members have a lot of knowledge and experience. The IP practice of Houthoff is specifically renowned for cassation work (specialised litigation in front of the Dutch Supreme Court), which only few IP lawyers do at that high level.’

‘Thijs van Aerde stands out for being an excellent litigator in IP-matters. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his work as a lawyer in front of the Dutch Supreme Court. But he is also a good and solid IP-lawyer in cases in first instance that can be brought in front of the lower Dutch courts. He is responsive and a great sparring partner in the Supreme Court matters. He understands the needs of the client and is committed to integrate those needs in the approach to be chosen.’

Key clients

HP inc.

Media Saturn

Ryanair

RTL Group

Spinnin’ Records

VodafoneZiggo

Stichting Brein

Volvo

Kia

Renault

Peugeot

FIAT

Ford

VDL Nedcar

Dümmen Orange

Enza Zaden

Driscoll’s

The Dutch National Opera & Ballet

VolkerWessels

Fresenius Kabi

Work highlights

  • Represented broadcasting company RTL in neighbouring rights litigation before the Supreme Court against a performer and a phonogram producer, thus setting new precedent on the interpretation of the Dutch Neighbouring Rights Act.
  • Acting as counsel for film distributor Dutch Filmworks in proceedings against internet provider Ziggo, Liberty Global/Vodafone, regarding whether the internet provider must provide Dutch Filmworks with the personal data customers who infringed on the film industry’s copyrights by illegally downloading a film.
  • Advising the Netherlands’ largest IT cable company, Ziggo, in proceedings before the Supreme Court about cable transmission against the author’s collecting society, Lira, in a determination of who owns the copyrights to the films and series that cable companies distribute among households in the Netherlands.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan continues to build on its key areas of specialism; technology, media/the internet and the fashion/luxury goods sectors. It has attracted an impressive number of new clients in these areas and its ‘success rate has been remarkable throughout the years‘ in respect of trade mark protection matters. Maarten Schut, who heads the group with Alfred Meijboom, has extensive trade marks expertise, particularly in the areas of life sciences and advanced technologies and is also a deputy judge at one of the four courts of appeal. Founding partner, Meijboom is known for his work where IP and IT interface and for ‘complex multi-jurisdictional‘ cases. Joran Spauwen became a partner in 2021 – his focus is on internet-based disputes and transactions and he is noted for his cyber security expertise. The ‘exceptional‘ senior associate Reindert Van Der Zaal's focus is brand protection and entertainment law. Sophie Van Loon and Gaya Schultz are other core team members.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut

Other key lawyers:

Reindert van der Zaal; Sophie van Loon; Gaya Schultz; Joran Spauwen

Testimonials

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 perfectly adapted to their interlocutors: concise and pragmatic for operational clients, and legal smart experts before Courts and offices.’

‘Alfred Meijboom is a smart and experienced lawyer, capable of handling complex multi-jurisdictional intellectual property cases. Gaya Schultz, who assists Alfred on cases, is very well versed in trademark law and office practices.’

Marteen Schut is a proven expert in anti-counterfeiting and trademark protection, with extensive experience in the fashion and retail sectors. Reindert van der Zaal, in Maarten’s team, is also excellent in this field.’

‘Joran Spauwen is a good contact for on-line and platform cases and cybersecurity matters.’

‘I have worked with Alfred Meijboom, Maarten Schut and Reindert van der Zaal in particular and have been very impressed. I had no hesitation in recommending a complex trade mark dispute to Alfred knowing that he would explore all avenues and think laterally to assist the client (in the luxury /leisure sector) to overcome the numerous difficulties.’

‘The IP team is particularly known for its work in the fashion and pharmaceuticals fields. They have a very good knowledge of both and rank amongst the top Netherlands firms for quality of advice and service generally.’

‘Very professional and highly knowledgeable team in IP matters, especially in counterfeit issues.’

‘Reindert van der Zaal and his team members are exceptional and helped our company out in a lot of IP infringement/counterfeiting cases. We valued their preparation work, and holistic approach to our needs, as well as their availability and ability to set the right priorities.’

‘The Team at KVDL has been providing assistance in all trademark prosecution and contentious matters. Their success rate has been remarkable throughout the years, which indicates long term commitment to clients. Their advice has always been frank and never biased.’

Key clients

AholdDelhaize

Twitter

Facebook/Instagram/Whatsapp

Nike/Converse

Hugo Boss

Nordisk (Banijay)

Lacoste

Fossil

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein)

Microsoft

VodafoneZiggo

Nutreco

AGICOA

Schiphol Airport

UNStudio

VU Medical Centre

Dmarcian Europe

Work highlights

  • Secured an important and highly publicized win for Lacoste in an appeal against department store HEMA which was handed a European wide injunction regarding the sale of children’s clothing with crocodile images resembling the famous Lacoste brand.
  • Representing Nordisk/Banijay in complex appeal litigation regarding copyrights in the television format “Psychic Challenge”.
  • Represents the largest ISP in the Netherlands, VodafoneZiggo, in the leading case on website filtering brought by anti-piracy organisation Brein.

Le Poole Bekema

Le Poole Bekema’s team heads, Anne Bekema and Laura Broers are highlighted for the depth of their specialism in IP advisory and dispute cases including advertising law, copyright (rights management and in the media and entertainment sectors). The team acts for multi-national and domestic clients on a range of enforcement and infringement of trade mark cases. Other key lawyers include associates Georgina Nühn who advises and litigates on cross-border trade mark infringement matters and the ‘tech-savvy and outstanding strategist’ Ron Lamme who joined the team from Boekx Advocaten in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bekema; Laura Broers

Other key lawyers:

Georgina Nühn; Ron Lamme

Testimonials

‘Strong legal knowledge and very experienced.’

‘Very solution-driven and a delight to work with!’

‘Every aspect of our service in the field of media and entertainment is being seamlessly supported by the team. Especially in the area of commercial media and entertainment contracts and privacy-related issues. Because of their extensive experience in the media and entertainment industry, they also proactively point out possible risks, which is of great value to us. Opposite to the larger firms, they always deliver quality in a way that suits the modern, informal way of doing business in the media sector. That is very pleasant. Their quality is outstanding.’

‘Ron Lamme is our main contact. Anne Bekema advises in the background. Ron is systematically involved in every major deal. Ron is incredibly tech-savvy and an outstanding strategist. He is also very friendly and has approachable character: from the upper management to operative staff, everyone likes to work with Ron. Due to his in-depth knowledge of the entertainment industry, IT-structures and payment systems, he is, despite his relatively young age, one of the very few experts in the field of ticket sales, event innovation and event streaming. We believe Ron will play a leading role as a lawyer in the entertainment industry in the future.’

‘A highly specialised boutique firm with a very approachable team. Strong reputation, highly regarded among their peers.’

‘Anne Bekema is highly specialised but can also explain the most complex legal issues in such a manner that anyone can understand them. She is very calm and confident and knows exactly what strategy to choose.’

‘This practice operates in a specific field of the law and is very equipped in it’s specialisms. In spite of this narrowness, this firm manages to present excellent quality in other fields of law in case this is needed. In such cases the lawyers join forces to maximize the quality of expertise.’

‘Prompt replies. Excellent knowledge. Very open to other solutions than a court procedure. Thinking ahead and in line with the client’s vision and needs. Half a word is enough for them to get a solid grip on the matter. The calmness in hours of stress is very reassuring. A client is treated like a client feels he should be treated.’

‘Laura Broers is a knowledgeable and energetic lawyer. Primarily an IP litigator, she is also pragmatic in commercial transactions. Having spent time as an interim in-house lawyer, she understands the support companies are looking for, and is quick to respond with to the point, practical advice. Laura is definitely someone to build a long term trusted relationship with.’

‘Laura Br0ers is to the point, approachable, kind and great to work with.’

Key clients

RYANAIR

CARYN MANDABACH PRODUCTIONS (Peaky Blinders)

MCDONALD’S

ARLA FOODS (Arla Foods is the fifth-largest dairy company in the world)

NOS (Dutch public news broadcaster and biggest news media platform)

ROCKWOOL (world leader in stone wool solutions)

BOSH SIEMENS HAUSGERATE

UNILEVER PLC.

MONDAY MEDIA

The VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM

TERUMO

NPO

FREMANTLE and TALPA NETWORK

MEDIAHUIS NEDERLAND

SEETICKETS

RYANAIR

CLT-UFA

EO

NLPO

STICHTING REGIONALE PUBLIEKE OMROEP

KRO-NCRV

VPRO

OMROEP BRABANT

RTV RIJNMOND

NCP

ENDEMOL SHINE GROUP

VINCENT TV PRODUCTIES

NEDFILM & TELEVISION

COBO

EUROGROEI

VIDEMA

AMC

BORD BIA

NTR

IBOOD

WESTLAND CHEESE

FINTAGE

BLUE SAKURA

BS TOYS

VANGOUD ADVOCATEN

SHUTTEL

IMAGIN.STUDIO

RIVIAN

KOOLEN INDUSTRIES

Work highlights

  • Advising McDonald’s on a variety of IP related topics, mostly regarding copyright and trade mark infringement.
  • Advising Mobis Parts (Hyundai) regarding parallel import trade mark infringement in the Netherlands.
  • Representing NOS in litigation against a well-known photographer concerning alleged copyright infringement in an online publication.

Leeway

A wonderful team‘ and ‘great people to work with‘ are some of the plaudits that the Leeway group attract. This growing practice is known for its work for domestic and multi-national retail and fashion clients and those in the TMT sectors where it advises on complex trade mark, copyright and entertainment-related laws as well as consumer law and a range of IP contracts such as distribution agreements. The highly rated practice heads; Marga Verwoert, Michiel Odink and Remco Van Leeuwen collectively provide huge experience in all aspects of the protection and enforcement of IP assets. Further talent in the team includes Eric Keyzer (formerly of Keyzer Media) who joined in September 2021; counsel Jos Klaus who joined in March 2021 from BarentsKrans and who specialises in IP/media, and Michiel van Ast who joined in April 2021 and focuses on IP within the digital sector.

Practice head(s):

Marga Verwoert; Michiel Odink; Remco van Leeuwen

Other key lawyers:

Eric Keyzer; Michiel van As; Jos Klaus

Testimonials

‘Very specialised IP boutique with focus on IP- trademarks.’

‘Marga Verwoert stands out and has been leading in this field for years now. She is an exceptional lawyer: effective, pragmatic, efficient and very knowledgeable. She has the ability to bring complex matters back to the essence.’

Great people to work with: highly responsive, and provides commercially-savvy advice. Both Michiel and Jos clearly have a wealth of relevant experience and went above and beyond to bring about a highly favourable result in a settlement negotiation.

‘Michiel van As’s user-friendly but legally sound advice is timely, concise and immediately accessible.’

Jos has a great eye for detail, and is clearly very experienced in trademarks and domain names related matters.’

‘Remco van Leeuwen sees the bigger picture, is client-minded and a very pleasant person to work with. For us, he is a ‘go-to lawyer’ for soft IP related matters.’

The partners and associates of Leeway are knowledgeable, sharp thinking, effective and practical lawyers. Leeway’s level of service is excellent. They are solution-oriented and problem-solving. Leeway has always been very responsive, extremely professional, seemingly conscientious and dedication to tailoring its case to our clients’ wishes. They also interact very well with the commercial side of the business. I find their advice to be exactly what is required in the circumstances. We have the feeling of having a real IP power house with trusted advisors on our side.’

‘Michiel Odink is a fast thinker and provides us with strategic and practical advice.’

‘Marga Verwoert is an exceptional practitioner, and is particularly attentive to her client’s goals and priorities. She understands clients’ business objectives, which helps to better advise on the development, management and enforcement of IP assets.’

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of national and European Trade Mark and Design Law.’

‘Marga Verwoert offers exceptionally fast and pragmatic advice and she and her colleagues, in particular Lotte Rutgers, are always quickly available, helpful and supportive.’

‘Jos Klaus is a truly pragmatic person, catches keys to the solution from the fly. Also good from hopeless matters – knows how to play poor cards to get miraculous results.’

‘Rarely do you come across a team who is talented at both executing legal advice with incredible knowledge and expertise as well as being very personable and able to articulate it in such a way that’s easy to grasp — that describes the team at Leeway Advocaten best. The claim that confronted our business wasn’t a straightforward one and very complex in nature, which didn’t make it an easy one to solve. Nevertheless, the team was able to create a comprehensive picture, while not missing any details for our approach for defence. Taking into account all different angles, the team acted as a real coach for our business during the process. Finally, it is very apparent that the team gives so much more than they signed up for. This is because they truly care about reaching the best outcome.’

‘Michiel Odink is a true force in the field of media & entertainment law. Having worked at a law firm in California in his early years, Michiel is also very sought after by international clients in the technology sector. Remco van Leeuwen and Marga Verwoert are the two partners that made Leeway’s reputation in fashion and retail. They both represent a number of blue-chip clients.’

Key clients

Amazon.com Inc.

Action

Sunweb

Baidu Inc.

Amgen Inc

EGM Architecten

Bi-Wear Clothing Company B.V.

Noatum

KCST

Colourful Rebel B.V.

CVmaker B.V.

Dataprovider.com

Denham The Jeanmaker B.V.

EasyGroup LLP

Maas

University of Pretoria

Cardialysis

FieldTurf USA, Inc.

HEMA B.V.

Hudson’s Bay Company

Karl Lagerfeld Group

Rodeo

Lampe B.V.

Brouwerij Hoop

MagicFX B.V.

GitLab Inc.

Maui Jim, Inc.

KidsKonnect

McLaren Automotive

Minus Four Studio’s

Mirage Retail Group (Miniso) B.V.

Coppa Cocktails

The Analogues

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 (URBN Netherlands B.V.)

Vacu Vin

Victorinox AS

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Warner Music Benelux B.V.

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.

Wahl Corporation Inc.

Wieland Electric

KODAK

OSLO skin lab

GitLab

Work highlights

  • Representing a well-known client in a legal battle with Louboutin, which is famous for its immediately recognisable, trademarked red-soled shoes.
  • Handling trade mark and other IP infringement matters for The Karl Lagerfeld Group globally.
  • Continue to represent McGregor in multiple high profile trade mark litigation proceedings in The Netherlands and Europe.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is home to substantial Benelux IP teams across Brussels, Luxembourg and Amsterdam which benefits the conduct of Benelux-wide litigation. The teams serve clients in an array of sectors from consumer goods and electronics to healthcare and pharmaceuticals and cover the gamut of IP protection issues from oppositions and revocation actions to litigation and anti-counterfeiting measures. The team also provides clients with a range of billing options including fixed fees. Anne Marie Verschuur heads the team in Amsterdam and seasoned litigator Charles Gielen and Richard Van Oerle are other senior practitioners. Counsel Fleur Folmer is experienced in trade marks, industrial designs, copyrights and trade names, in both litigation and advisory (the negotiation of IP agreements).

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Richard van Oerle; Fleur Folmer

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Feyenoord

Intel

Diageo

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

WE/O’Neill

REV’IT!

Henkel

Allergan

Work highlights

  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline in the Dutch Chapter of its worldwide litigation against Sandoz regarding GSK’s colour trade mark in respect of GSK’s SERETIDE (US brand: ADVAIR) product (the best-selling asthma/COPD-product of all time and one of the best-selling medicinal products of all time).
  • Advising LEGO on a range of IP matters.
  • Represents Airwair regarding infringements of Airwair’s IP rights to the famous Dr. Martens footwear.

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

A highly efficient IP boutique firm with great lawyers‘, Visser Schaap & Kreijger assists clients across all types of IP including trade marks and design rights but is especially well known for the depth of its copyright expertise. Its focus is on contentious matters; co-head of the team, Jacqueline Schaap is a noted litigator for both IP and broader media cases and has litigated a number of high-profile copyright and design cases. The hugely experienced fellow co-head Dirk Visser has handled cases relating to anti-piracy in the music and film industries and is an acknowledged expert in complex copyright contractual disputes. Paul Kreijger and Patty De Leeuwe are other key lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Schaap; Dirk Visser

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kreijger; Patty de Leeuwe

Testimonials

‘Visser Schaap & Kreijger is a highly efficient IP boutique firm with great lawyers highly specialised in IP Law.’

‘Jacqueline Schaap is an exceptional IP lawyer. Extremely responsive, straight to the point, with an in depth knowledge of IP law, a full capacity to adapt. She understands immediately the specifics of a case. She is really a brilliant lawyer. And, on the top of that, she has exceptional human and moral qualities. Jacqueline Schaap is the kind of lawyer you want to have on your side to defend the interests of your clients.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable on all aspects of intellectual property, recent case law, upcoming new laws and practical aspects of legal conflicts, which enables them to provide us with the best suited advice.’

‘You can leave your legal lingo bingo cards at home as everyone is able to discuss legal subjects without talking like a lawyer.’

‘Great IP and media law knowledge and pragmatic advice.’

‘Dirk Visser is a very good lawyer. He is sharp and  able to explain complex situations easily. His knowledge about IP is really good. Dirk Visser also understands the commercial part of our job, which helps us a lot. Paul Kreijger is also a good lawyer, but more theoretical and scientific. He is precise and stays calm in most situations.’

‘Best team in The Netherlands for copyright, lead by Dirk Visser.’

‘Dirk Visser has it all: knowledge, expertise, swag and the team. He can be diplomatic and ruthless.’

Key clients

Universal

Talpa

Heineken

Nestle Nederland

Sanoma

Fatboy

H&M

Bol.com

Stichting Brein and MPA

Jumbo

Sena

Videma

Singel Uitgeverijen

Work highlights

  • Assisting Stichting BREIN with an educational warning campaign that aims to change the behaviour of frequent or long-term BitTorrent uploaders and reduce the illegal content available online.
  • Assisting Maisons du Monde, a company with over 300 furniture stores throughout Europe, with various cases against Dutch companies selling products that infringe upon the copyrights of Maisons du Monde with regard to one of its design buffet cabinets.
  • Advising Universal Music in various copyright contract law and neighbouring rights issues.

AKD

The AKD team provides a range of expertise in respect of trade marks and copyright infringements and advertising disputes. It serves clients in areas including technology, retail, fashion, life sciences, and the agriculture/food industries. Team head, Martin Hemmer, Huib Berendschot and Roderick Chalmers focus on disputes and litigation, while of counsel Peter Claassen has led on a number of high-profile trade mark infringement matters. The firm also offers a trade mark and design prosecution service; Berendschot who is also a European and Benelux trade mark attorney heads that team and is ably assisted by associate Bram Woltering whose IP expertise extends to parallel imports and anti-counterfeiting cases.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Peter Claassen; Huib Berendschot; Roderick Chalmers; Bram Woltering

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked with Bram Woltering. He is a great match for me. He is of course professional and knowledgeable as you expect from any lawyer. Bram is also very willing to go the extra mile and can think and advise practically. This last characteristic is of great value to me as a corporate lawyer and is not present in every lawyer. Last but not least, Bram has a good sense of humor and seems to enjoy the cases he is involved in.’

Key clients

Inditex

The Sting

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson

Tenga

Attema

Starskin

Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

President Safety

K3 Software

Bär Software

Track Innovations

Bax-shop.nl B.V.

TerStal

WPS

Worldwide Machinery

Zuru

Audax

Belvilla

Prorail

Ma-rell Boats AB

Moooi

Varma

Work highlights

  • Representing Moooi, a high-end furniture, interior, and lighting modern design company, in enforcing its copyrights and design rights against multiple companies infringing IP rights in relation to exclusive lighting products in the Netherlands and abroad
  • Acting for Ma-rell Boats AB in litigation against several defendants (shipping companies) that copied and distributed the design of one of Ma-rell’s powerboats.
  • Representing Varma against several defendants (intermediaries) which services are used by the counterfeiters to import their products into Europe.

Boekx Advocaten

Boekx Advocaten is home to a well-rated niche IP and media practice. It has a track record handling all areas of trade mark and copyright protection and enforcement in addition to related areas of image rights, neighbouring rights and data protection. Clients come from retail, design, automotive and fashion industries and are further served by the firm’s informal, global network of other IP specialists – particularly in Germany and the USA. Team head Diederik Stols together with senior partners Hidde Koenraad and Marc de Boer lead the work, which also includes a focus on the audio-visual and cultural/entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Diederik Stols

Other key lawyers:

Hidde Koenraad; Marc de Boer

Testimonials

‘Boekx is a great firm because it provides top tier service at mid-level firm price. I have worked with the Boekx team for years and have always been impressed with their work product and advice.’

‘The entire Boekx team is very responsive and knowledgeable about their particular areas of expertise. They will always give the most useful advice, not simply advise in a manner that provides more work for Boekx.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and ability to find commercial solutions.’

Key clients

BMW (including Rolls Royce and Mini)

Warner Bros. Television

C&A

Augusta National Inc. (The MASTERS Golf Tournament)

David Allen & Company (GETTING THINGS DONE)

Frasers (formerly Sports Direct plc)

Snappet

Off-White LL.C.

Hornbach

Dümmen Orange Group

Work highlights

  • Representing MASTERS golf brand in the EU in multiple pieces of complex IP litigation against third party ‘masters’ trade mark applications from around the world.
  • Successfully acted for Snappet on the liberty to publish a tablet-based educational method, after nine years of copyright litigation against a group of educational publishers who have lost their oligopoly.
  • Running the EU IP enforcement for iconic streetwear brands OFF-WHITE and PALM ANGELS.

bureau Brandeis

bureau Brandeis is home to ‘top-notch copyright lawyers‘ who combine a blend of technology/internet expertise with copyright, particularly in the entertainment and media sectors. It has acted on a number of landmark copyright cases including, for example copyright issues around hyperlinking. Team head Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is considered to be ‘a very sharp litigator‘; his internet/technology practice includes expertise in digital copyright litigation; some cases have gone before the ECJ. Co-team head, Hans Bousie , is an experienced litigator who also specialises in copyright, especially the digital form in the media and entertainment fields. Copyright expert Caroline de Vries has a particular focus on the liability of (internet) intermediaries.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Alberdingk hijm; Hans Bousie

Other key lawyers:

Caroline de Vries

Testimonials

‘Deep insight in IP-related issues; willingness to cooperate with the client, thus bringing together best of both worlds: expertise regarding the ‘content’ of the client and legal expertise of Brandeis.’

‘Broad range of knowledge and skills that are relevant for my company’s business.’

‘Easy going, skilled, dedicated, friendly, service oriented.’

‘Mix of very experienced lawyers and young, aspiring talents. Quick response to questions, all of them great to work with. They understand our business.’

‘Christiaan is a very sharp litigator but also someone with a wide scope in his legal knowledge.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a very capable, independent-minded, well-known IP and internet law lawyer, and very successful in attracting interesting cases. Strong in oral pleadings as well.’

‘This is definitely the firm’s showpiece practice. Top-notch copyright lawyers, all the way up to the European Court of Justice. Exceptionally deep knowledge of copyright legislation and procedural aspects.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm! He goes all the way and can go all the way because of his immense experience in this field.’

Key clients

Dutch Publishers Association (Mediafederatie, formerly known as: NUV)

Spinnin’ Records

PVH Europe (Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein)

Overamstel Uitgevers

Dash Berlin

Netflix

KPN

eBay

Submarine

Pathé

Red Bull

Groep Educatieve Uitgeverijen (GEU)

CarNext.com

Sony

Amp.Amsterdam

Talpa

Yellow Claw & Barong Family

Work highlights

  • Representing PVH (Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein) in several proceedings against Facebook regarding infringing and unlawful advertisements on Facebook.
  • Acting for News Service Europe on a case pending before the CJEU 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 before the Supreme Court against world famous DJ Martin Garrix.

DLA Piper

Niels Mulder  heads the practice which is part of the well-known DLA Piper global offering. The team handles all aspects of trade mark protection and enforcement from the prosecution of applications through to litigation for famous-name brand owners and is entrusted with cases that go to the Supreme Court. Equally, the team is skilled in the areas of copyright and design rights and anti-counterfeiting which the firm is known for globally. Litigator Paul Reeskamp is well known for his handling of trade mark infringements and copyright cases, as is legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis who handles disputes across all types of IP.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reeskamp; Alexander Tsoutsanis

Testimonials

‘DLA has provided us excellent support in terms of our management of trade marks and trade mark activities. They have an excellent amount of knowledge and most importantly, how best to protect and manage a brand correctly.’

‘Alexander Tsoutsanis has provided us with exceptional support related to trademark matters, helping us to outline a chain of management of brands and preventing the establishment of generics. An excellent help to us.’

Key clients

Burberry

EV-Box

Five Guys

Glen Dimplex / Basic Holdings

Hikvision

Jack Daniels Properties Inc.

Krakatau

Moët & Hennessy c.s.

Moncler

Nike

Nikon

Pernod Ricard

Polo / Ralph Lauren

Premier League

Prosus

Rakuten

Ravensburger

Renault

Rituals

Sakata

Spin Master

Work highlights

  • Representing Converse and Nike in a number of important trademark disputes in the Netherlands and Europe against organisations involved in importation and trade in Europe of large amounts of Converse and Nike counterfeit products.
  • 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 such as Hennessy, Belvedere, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon.
  • Handling and coordinating an EU wide IP dispute concerning the production and sale of professional gymnastics equipment in the Netherlands and Italy for Shandong Taishan Sports Equipment Company Co. Ltd., a global leader in sports equipment.

Hoogenraad & Haak

The Hoogenraad & Haak team specialises in IP; trade marks, copyright and designs together with unfair competition. It is also an expert in food and advertising law (it is the sole Dutch member of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)). It is noted by clients for its reasonable billing practices, its partner engagement and its ease of communication. Although not the biggest firm, it attracts multi-national clients and hefty infringement actions as well as smaller companies. Practice head Maarten Haak is considered to be ‘a brilliant strategist and great communicator‘; he, Moïra Truijens and associate Mathijs Peijnenburg are highly rated as a team. Also in demand is Daniel Haije who is a specialist in trade mark infringement issues and is an expert in comparative advertising.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Haak

Other key lawyers:

Daniël Haije; Moïra Truijens; Mathijs Peijnenburg; Myrna Teeuw; Lisanne Steenbergen

Testimonials

‘A first choice boutique firm, with a strong focus on trademarks, copyright, design and advertising law. Hands-on and with an excellent value-for-money. Their approach is always tailored to fit the client’s needs and budget.’

‘Maarten Haak and Moïra Truijens are excellent all-round IP lawyers. They are pragmatic, smart, very knowledgeable, responsive and overall very nice to work with. This is the ‘go-to’ law firm in soft IP and advertising law. Together with Mathijs Peijnenburg, they are just a dream team!’

‘Maarten Haak can distinguish well in importance levels during preparation and also during combat.  Maarten keeps his head cool while listening and loading his guns strategically. Under pressure Maarten stands his ground, doesn’t allow the opponent to steel time or position. At the same time, Maarten can think rapidly to negotiate or trade and takes time to explain a strategic position to his client during a process to keep making smart decisions.’

Myrna Teeuw is young and fast, smart, sharp and a great second set of eyes and ears for Maarten. It was a pleasure to have her on the case supporting Maarten and us.’

‘One of the first real IP niche firms in The Netherlands. Very accessible firm  standing out it its specialties.’

‘I worked with Moira Truijens as our external Dutch counsel. Moira was extremely responsive, helpful and had a very ‘can-do’ attitude which was important given the nature of the instruction and the pressing time scale. Her knowledge of the Dutch courts and contacts within them was also very helpful. I would be delighted to refer our client to Moira again regarding any Dutch IP matters.’

‘We are very satisfied about working with both Maarten Haak and Lisanne Steenbergen, in our experience they have proven to be very competent, very quick to respond and eager to win. Maarten has a real winner mentality, his competence, experience and eagerness to win inspire confidence in us, and make us feel prepared for potential (IP) confrontations. They respect our limited budget, make clear indications and agreements for (upcoming) costs, and they have so far successfully managed to steer away from (expensive) court procedures with our opponent.’

‘Moïra Truijens’ experience and feel for the business combined with excellent strategical and negotiating skills have solved many problems that we encounter, both in the Netherlands and abroad. She is a very smart and seasoned sparring partner that enjoys tackling the challenges we face as a business. Her associate Mathijs Peijnenburg delivers good work and is very communicative.’

‘High expertise – this practice is one of the best in the Netherlands as far as IP is concerned and it brings a lot of strength to our practice to be working with them. As soon as we have an IP issue in the Netherlands, we know we can count on them to find a very efficient and pragmatic solution.’

‘Daniël Haije – extremely pleasant to work with: very responsive, a great expert in all IP matters and always provides a solution, no matter how complex and difficult the problem is. Is responsible for some great successes for our firm when the situation was not so good from the start.’

‘A very knowledgeable and creative team with high partner involvement. They really walk the extra mile.’

‘Maarten Haak is a brilliant strategist, a great communicator and a solid advisor. I recommend him for any must-win soft IP case. Ebba Hoogenraad is THE go-to lawyer for food law, involved everywhere in the field. She always finds an out-of-the-box way through the complex regulatory framework, or she will get the result through litigation.’

Key clients

Lidl

Heineken

Ahold Delhaize

L’Oréal

Royal Wessanen (Ecotone)

Samsung

Jaguar Land Rover

FrieslandCampina

Camper

Marimekko

Expert

Suitsupply

Hyundai

Omega Pharma

MullenLowe

Publicis

Secto Design

Lidl

Heineken

Ahold Delhaize

L’Oréal

Royal Wessanen (Ecotone)

Samsung

Jaguar Land Rover

FrieslandCampina

Camper

Marimekko

Expert

Suitsupply

Hyundai

Omega Pharma

MullenLowe

Publicis

Secto Design

Work highlights

  • Defended Lidl and its KORDAAT beer in a high stake trade mark enforcement case against claims from Koninklijke Grolsch based on its trade mark KORNUIT.
  • Acted for Marchfun against one of the biggest Dutch cable/telecom providers Ziggo, based on Marchfun’s patent seeing to wifi hotspots.
  • Acted for a food producer in proceedings on fair use of the generic pepper name ‘tabasco’ against the owner of the TABASCO trademark.

Höcker Advocaten

Höcker Advocaten has an established reputation in relation to acting for collective rights organisations with cases that have have resulted in industry-wide settlements of copyright issues. Jacqueline (J.M.B.) Seignette  who is the chair of the Dutch Copyright Association heads the team that includes Joep (J.W.A.) Meddens  and Marijn (M.E.) Kingma , both of whom are notable for their copyright expertise. The team also handles a range of trade mark infringement cases and anti-piracy matters for international entertainment companies.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Seignette

Other key lawyers:

Joep Meddens; Marijn Kingma

Testimonials

‘I know the reputation of Marijn Kingma – Höcker’s team for many years, their name circulates among the best IP lawyers. They know copyright, industrial property, brand protection, innovation, IT, so I find in them a complete field practice.  They have always perfectly delivered the most appropriate service. They are truly committed to supporting their clients, notably through their strategic and negotiation skills, their human and ethical qualities. They have excellent networks of foreign colleagues among the best IP lawyers. 

‘This is a very good firm with excellent IP teams, especially Marijn Kingma. She is very involved in the IP industries and knows its uses, practices, networks, regulations, I recommend her without hesitation.’

‘Very capable team, especially specialized in representing collective rights organisations.’

‘Marijn Kingma is great, she is very smart, quick-thinking, thorough and convincing. And a very nice person too! Joep Meddens is also a great litigator who combines a laid-back attitude with a concise spot-on wording of his pleadings.’

‘Marijn Kingma is a high-level intellectual property lawyer who’s working on a global stage. Extremely competent on all issues regarding intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights and with a lot of knowledge about the legal situation on this matter both domestically and abroad.’

Key clients

Buma/Stemra

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

Stichting BREIN

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Stichting LIRA

Motion Picture Association

ROSE Stories

RadioCorp B.V.

Omnicom

Snowflake Inc.

Local Eyes

Scriptbank

VEVAM

NVPI

Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting BREIN in a case against News-Service Europe, previously Europe’s largest Usenet provider offering unauthorized access to music, films, computer software and e-books, currently at the European Court of Justice.
  • Representing Buma Stemra and Belgian collecting society Sabam in a lawsuit before the District Court of Amsterdam by Dutch companies that distribute music to bars and shops online for further use on premise.
  • Assisting Stichting de Thuiskopie, the government appointed organisation for the collection of private copying levies regarding cases of copies for private use stored in the cloud and copies for private use made from streaming services.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV, which is based in The Hague, advises a range of corporate clients but is especially noted for its representation of the Dutch State, a number of Dutch regulatory bodies and universities. It advises, negotiates and litigates on all types of IP up to the Supreme Court and is especially notable for its work in the latter forum. Global firms frequently refer cases to the firm that are destined for the Supreme Court. Sikke Kingma  who spearheads the work, specialises in copyright and media law and is one of a few IP lawyers who is admitted to the Bar of the Dutch Supreme Court. Associate Jordi Bierens is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Jordi Bierens

Testimonials

‘Very strong IP team, especially for cassation.’

‘Sikke Kingma is very knowledgeable and can make complicated matters seem simple. Highly recommended.’ 

Key clients

SENA (Foundation for the Exploitation of Neighbouring Rights)

City of Rotterdam

Chamber of Commerce

Goossens Meubelen

SONT (Foundation for the negotiation of home copying levies)

Kunstmuseum The Hague (formerly known as ‘Gemeentemuseum’)

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

  • Successfully represented the Dutch Medicine Evaluation Board in proceedings initiated by German pharmaceutical company Medice. The case concerned the intended publication of (parts of) a medicine registration file, which was filed to the medicine evaluation board by Medice as part of a registration-progress of a specific medicine.
  • Representing Sena in Supreme Court proceedings against a group of dance organizers, who claim that the tariffs for compensation for artists set by Sena are too high.
  • Successfully represented the State of Netherlands in proceedings before the Court of Appeal of The Hague regarding a claim by film producers collective SEKAM, valued at EUR 1.2 billion (interest included) by some film producers.

Ploum

The Rotterdam-based Ploum team is ‘composed of excellent technicians’ who have expertise in trade mark, design and copyright protection and domain name issues, especially for clients in the automotive, technology, luxury goods and food/beverage industries. It can co-ordinate pan-European programmes including anti-counterfeiting and parallel import cases and also has an established prosecution practice. The latter team has been boosted with the hire of trade mark attorney Michelle Roosma from Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.. Team head Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu are both considered by clients to be ‘stand outs‘ who have been successful in numerous complex anti-counterfeiting or parallel trade actions for luxury goods brand owners.

Practice head(s):

Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Zieren; Arnoud Martens; Arlette Molenaar

Testimonials

‘Willem Leppink provides thoughtful, practical and strategic guidance. He is very prompt to respond to queries, is approachable and lovely to work with. He keeps you looped in at all times and is definitely a top IP practitioner.’

‘Ploum is commercial and innovative. They are solution driven and always looking for ways to deliver what the client needs in the most time and cost effective way possible. They truly feel like an extension of your own team.’

‘Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu stand out on IP. Both are driven by a team approach to finding the right solution. They are responsive and clear in their advice. You really feel they have considered all of the avenues and their “can do” approach instils confidence.’

‘The team is composed of excellent technicians. They know their practice and the market very well and have all the necessary connections, especially in the field of trademark law in Europe. The billing is fully in line with expectations.’

‘Willem Leppinck and Sabine Tigu are available, responsive, proactive, deliver the work in a timely manner. They have a very good contact with the clients and have been really available via zoom during the pandemic .’

‘PLOUM´s IP practice combines key virtues which are very much appreciated by our clients: profound knowledge in all kind of IP issues, experienced litigators, clear advice and prompt responsiveness. They always take strategic aspects into account as they have a broad view on the cases considering not only legal but also commercial factors. Also on a personal level, the key players Sabin Tigu and Willem Leppink are good to work with!’

‘We can recommend Sabin Tigu without any limitations. This evaluation is based on the experiences of a long lasting working relationship with him. He is very robust when expressing and enforcing our client´s interest, but at the same time has tactical excellent skills when it comes to negotiating. His knowledge of IP issues is very profound. We would characterize him as a very clever negotiator on the one hand, but also very clear and hard when necessary to defend client´s interests in proceedings!’

‘Very professional team, all equally nice persons. Lots of up-to-date knowledge, team spirit, always available, very good price-quality ratio, in-house training for customers.’

Arlette Molenaar: Very competent lawyer, who can put herself in practice very well and who is able to think along with the business. Able to always provide the necessary actions/advice at very short notice. Always keep the costs involved in mind carefully and is always available for a short sparring.’

Key clients

Western Digital, including SanDisk

Harley-Davidson

Libéma, a Dutch conglomerate of exhibition halls, leisure parks

Coty (fragrances such as Gucci, Hugo Boss, Davidoff and Calvin Klein)

Snap Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Koole (largest oil storage company in Rotterdam port)

Beachbody, Ladder, Openfit

TUI

Japan Tobacco

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

UNIT4, business software house

Samsung

Honda

LinkedIn

Upfield

Museum Boymans

LRC (Reckitt Benckiser Group)

PUIG

Medical Pet Shirts

Under Armour

Vattenfall

Satelliet Meubelen B.V.

Prescan

NEN (Netherlands Standers Institute)

The Nomad Company B.V.

Donna Karan

Bidfood

Renewi

Benbits

Arli Group

Hemsson

Tenzinger

Rivian

Mastronardi

Richemont SL

LinkedIn

Work highlights

  • Organizing and coordinating for Western Digital its pan EU battle against counterfeits and parallel trade in its products on all European online market places. This includes customs and legal action against many many infringers. We have handled almost 5 thousand cases since 2016 and this number is growing.
  • Acted successfully for Coty, the world leading beauty company, in its battle against Easycosmetic, an e-tailer who was using Coty’s trademarks on its packaging boxes. Coty litigated this case first in Germany and later in Austria. Another pending matter is against petrol stations selling Coty perfumes in their petrol stations.
  • 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. Furthermore, handled a counterfeit matter during the COVID19 crisis regarding the sales of counterfeit hand sanitizers.

Simmons & Simmons

The Simmons & Simmons' team handles cross-border, complex trade mark and related disputes cases for a blue-chip client roster. The group also carries out a considerable amount of pro bono work for UNICEF and Doctors without Borders. Considered ‘an incredible talent‘, Paul Tjiam leads the team (while Bas Berghuis leads on patent disputes). Tjiam’s expertise covers IP litigation (trade marks, copyright and designs), parallel trade cases and media law and is ably assisted by well-rated associate Edwin van der Velde. On the innovation front, the firm has developed the Rocketeer, an AI tool that can assess and predict the outcome of trade mark infringements.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tjiam; Bas Berghuis

Other key lawyers:

Edwin van der Velde; Ruben Verweij

Testimonials

‘Commercially focused advice – which actually is ADVICE, and not a rehash of the law in a nice PDF.’

‘Strong focus on multi-jurisdictional laws.’

No matter is too big or small. Results always delivered on time.’

‘Paul Tjiam, IP partner, is on top of the IP field in terms of knowledge and how to bring that knowledge to commercial issues. I would not hesitate to recommend him for a whole range of IP matters. He is ably assisted by Edwin van de Velde whose abilities extend way beyond his actual years.

‘The Simmons & Simmons team is highly recommended for (complex) intellectual property litigation cases. They are the perfect candidate for developing and implementing a strategic game plan in complicated cases.’

‘Especially Paul Tjiam is highly recommended. 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.’

‘Paul Tjiam is one of the best IP litigators in the Netherlands, known for his vigorousness, creativity and impressive track record of court victories.’

‘I work with Simmons & Simmons because of Paul Tjiam. He’s on top of his game and blessed with a good sense of humour. It’s amazing to see how his passion for the métier is driving him. Paul is without a doubt an incredible talent who’s becoming a leader in his field.’

Key clients

L’Oréal

Jacuzzi

Spirits (Stolichnaya)

Samsung

Gallo Winery

GrandVision

HMS

BlackRock

Idemia

I4F

UNICEF

Doctors without Borders

Work highlights

  • Representing Spirits in the largest trade mark litigation in the Netherlands regarding the ownership of the Stolichnaya brand in the EU.
  • Representing Samsung in the enforcement of its design rights and copyrights regarding its cartridges against Digital Revolution.
  • Assists UNICEF on a pro bono basis in all its IP related matters.

Taylor Wessing

The Taylor Wessing team is part of an integrated Benelux group and with the backup of the firm’s global network, it provides an extensive service across trade mark, copyright and design protection and enforcement (including anti-counterfeiting measures). Head of IP/IT, Wim Maas has expertise in all types of IP assets, while Maarten Rijks, who leads the trade marks, copyright and design work, is noted for having a ‘very dynamic and practical‘ approach and together with associate Annemijn Schipper and trade mark attorney Diana Nieuwhof-Sauvé demonstrated  ‘an extraordinary command of intellectual property matters‘. Senior associate Margot van Gerwen is also noted for combining IP expertise with a specialism in media law and e-commerce. The group is additionally noted for some of its initiatives in respect of diversity – particularly gender diversity and its client assistance initiatives – TW Clear; TW Secure and the TailorFlow client portal are noted by clients in terms of time and costs savings.

Practice head(s):

Wim Maas; Maarten Rijks

Other key lawyers:

Diana Nieuwhof-Sauvé; Margot van Gerwen; Lucas de Groot; Annemijn Schipper

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing’s team combines a very deep and through knowledge of intellectual property with several innovative initiatives. By way of example of these innovations, they have recently introduced TW Clear and TW Secure. The first one is a user-friendly tool, at competitive prices, by which the client can get practical advice when launching a new product or brand and mitigate the related risks. Those risks can also be assessed through TW Secure –another recent innovative service of Taylor Wessing (this one on a subscription basis)’.

In terms of diversity, gender diversity is among the main goals of the firm. One of the recent initiatives of Taylor Wessing in the Netherlands consists of anonymous job applications.’

‘Maarten Rijks, Annemijn Schipper and Diana Nieuwhof-Sauvé have an extraordinary command of intellectual property matters and their approach towards the client is very dynamic and practical oriented. Their advice is always quick and accurate and they are always clear in terms of budget and cost-estimates.’

‘What distinguishes this team is not so much the knowledge and expertise that is comparable to other high-quality practices, but the personal, pragmatic and involved approach to cases and the personal attention to the client. I have experienced an excellent commercial knowledge of the industry/sector.’

‘In my contact with the various lawyers within this team, the high degree of involvement, accessibility and speed of action is striking. Wim Maas plays an exemplary role in this.’

‘The professionals of Taylor Wessing are highly skilled, approachable and thorough. We value that Taylor Wessing has both attorneys-at-law and trade mark attorneys available, so that they are able to assist us with both registration and opposition matters, as well as infringement cases.’

‘We have worked with Maarten Rijks and Annemijn Schipper in trade mark matters. They are in our opinion highly skilled attorneys who are very experienced in the field of trade mark law. We appreciate that they always reply to questions and requests for assistance quickly. Their advice is to the point and practical. Annemijn and Maarten possess good analytical skills and quickly understand the ins and outs of the matter at hand. In addition, they are easy to approach and always available for a quick call or meeting to discuss ongoing matters.’

‘Taylor Wessing runs one of the biggest IP practices in The Netherlands and its team consist of very talented individuals, each with a strong focus of certain aspects of IP law.’

‘Maarten Rijks is an outstanding lawyers who combines in-depth knowledge of the relevant laws with excellent knowledge of the industry/sector of business he works for. He is pragmatic, to the point and very service minded.’

‘Taylor Wessing’s Netherlands office (Maarten Rijks and Margot van Gerwen) represent us in Netherlands law matters and litigation. I believe their strengths are: (1) responsiveness: (2) They make it as easy as possible for their clients: They assisted us with a complicated court filing (3) They are cost-effective: They saved us considerable fees by proactively reaching out to their colleagues in other offices at their firm. I was very grateful for their proactive diligence and efficiency. I highly recommend engaging this team.’

‘Maarten Rijks is an amazing litigator, who always thinks three steps ahead and is great at anticipating the other sides next moves. When he handles litigation matters clients can be at ease as he will achieve the best possible outcome no matter how tricky the dispute is.’

Key clients

Van Haren Schoenen (part of Deichmann Group)

Heijmans N.V.

Barco N.V.

PSV Eindhoven

Homefashion Group (KWANTUM, Leen Bakker)

VDL Group

Van Bommel Shoes

Work highlights

  • Representing Van Haren in a large trade mark and slavish imitation (unfair competition) case against Airwair International Limited (Dr Martens shoes).
  • Representing VDL Group in two opposition proceedings filed by NISSAN, currently at the EU General Court in Luxembourg, against the client’s trade mark applications “VDL E-POWER” and “VDL E-POWERED”.

Van Kaam IP & Media

Van Kaam IP & Media is highlighted as a team of ‘strategic and creative thinkers‘. It is a well-established IP, media and privacy law boutique which advises corporate and individual clients in the entertainment, publishing and creative industries on copyright and trade mark infringements, design rights and privacy law. Seasoned litigators and negotiators, Bertil Van Kaam and Remco Kloters spearhead the work that is often cross-jurisdictional and they are backed by associate partner Jurian Van Groenendaal and associates Hanneke Van Lith and Oskar Mulder.

Practice head(s):

Bertil van Kaam; Remco Klöters

Other key lawyers:

Jurian van Groenendaal; Hanneke van Lith; Oskar Mulder

Testimonials

‘Van Kaam advocaten is a strong law firm with in depth knowledge of the media and entertainment industry and creative businesses. They have a particular strong focus and experience on IP litigation, something that is extremely important in modern times with social media and the fast evolving world of intellectual properties.’

The team of Van Kaam advocaten is very responsive, hands on and up to date. The team exists of strategic and creative thinkers and great sparring partners for ideas, discussions and legal situations. Even during out-of-office hours they are responsive and easily approachable.’

Bertil has been my go-to expert on a multitude of other cases, including a major IP case, a complex case that covered multiple fields of IP litigation.’

Hanneke van Lith proved herself to be of invaluable use in this case as well. Easy, open communication when in contact, responsive and fast when needed. Hanneke van Lith has definitely helped me in this case, proving her value with profound insight in the case and a fresh new look at certain aspects of such a complex case.

‘I would highlight the fast and accurate answer to questions raised, easy dialogue with its professionals and good and clear exposure of risk and possibilities of success in the issue.’

‘I have had professional contact with Bertil Van Kaam and Remcko Kloters. Both are very reliable on IP matters, they show deep knowledge of local and EU IP law. They do respond fast and in a very accurate manner, not needing endless exchange of e-mails to get the right answer.’

Key clients

Advanced Publications

Dutch FilmWorks

Strengholt Music Publishers

Anton Corbijn

BBNC Publishers

Framework Studio B.V.

Sim-Lab B.V.

Schrijver Systeem Vochtbestrijding B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Dutch FilmWorks in a landmark case around illegal filesharing via BitTorrent-networks.
  • Advised and represented Strengholt Music Group on various copyright matters, and advised Strengholt on various IP related issues concerning its music publishing agreements with artists.
  • Advising and representing Advance Publications, a publishing company vested in the USA and well-known worldwide for its trade marks and eponymous magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Vanity Fair.

BarentsKrans

BarentsKrans covers a full range of contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and design right matters, complemented by expertise in advertising, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting actions. Jaap Bremer heads the IP and technology practice and is considered a ‘top expert in software related IP matters‘, and IP and technology specialist Marleen Van Den Horst  litigates multi-jurisdictional IP cases in addition to assisting clients in negotiating and drafting IP agreements. The firm is a partner with the start-up/spin off initiative Yes!Delft of Delft University and is also a member of Pro Bono Connect.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:

Marleen van den Horst; Nuray Arslan

Testimonials

‘Marleen van der Horst and Jaap Bremer always provides excellent advice and are very knowledgeable in certain branch segments.’

‘Jaap Bremer in particular stands out.’

‘Highly qualified lawyers, very efficient. Good communication and availability. Good standing in the Netherlands.’

‘Marleen van den Horst has an excellent standing. Very efficient, high quality legal advice. Nuray Arslan is also highly recommended, one of the up-and-coming lawyers at BarentsKrans.’

Jaap is an outstanding IP lawyer and a top expert in software-related IP matters. He has always achieved excellent results for us. He has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism, dedication and commitment to the client. He is extremely strategic, sophisticated and business-oriented and has always taken the time to fully understand our business goals, objectives, products and strategy. In summary, Jaap is a top-notch IP lawyer and a trusted advisor with an outstanding track record. The level and quality of his legal services are unmatched and he is a pleasure to work with.’

‘We have worked with Mrs van den Horst on a very specific and tricky IP case. In-depth knowledge and a courageous approach are the key differences.’

‘It was with little background information and knowledge of our business that this team was able to provide spot-on and high quality advice. With the help of this team, we were able to take strategic decisions, not limited but strengthened by legal advice.’

‘BarentsKrans is a full service law firm but manages to keep its IP practice working as a boutique firm. Strong practice in patents but certainly in soft IP issues as well.’

‘Jaap Bremer has the ability to understand issues very quickly. He is also able to look at it not only from a legal perspective, but also from a business perspective.’

Key clients

Exterion Media

Epic Games

Heutink

Koninklijke KPN (Royal KPN)

RPFlow R&D

Grohe

Vacu Vin

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a major supermarket purchasing organisation in a dispute with a well-known brand owner concerning alleged trade mark infringement and unfair competition.
  • Representing a world-renowned IT company in trade mark enforcement action in the Netherlands against a major IT hardware supplier.
  • Representing a leading multinational software company in a copyright ownership and licensing dispute with the State of the Netherlands.

CMS

The CMS team is praised by a client for its ‘unusual ability to marry commercial practicalities with the complexities of European intellectual property law and related rights‘. Team head, Rogier de Vrey is highly rated for his expertise across international trade mark (and patent issues) together with unfair competition in areas as diverse as the sports and life sciences industries. Working with de Vrey, associate Yasar Celebi is considered ‘exceptional‘; he is well versed in the IP issues that arise in the technology and IT arenas. Dolf Segaar has over 30 years of experience in corporate litigation, with a special interest in (e-)sports law, sports-related image rights and digital media while Marcoline Van Der Dussen is also a key team member who has huge experience in trade mark and copyright protection. Managing Partner Willem Hoorneman is well known for his long track record in IP – he is also an arbitrator at WIPO.

Practice head(s):

Rogier de Vrey

Other key lawyers:

Marcoline van der Dussen; Dolf Segaar; Yasar Celebi

Testimonials

‘Laywers that are capable of explaining legal stuff in clear language. Meetings with them are efficient and to the point. Both Rogier de Vrey and Ellen Gielen are excellent and well prepared for meetings.’

‘The CMS team that serves our needs regarding intellectual property is well informed, explains their advice in detail  for us laymen in this field. Whenever one team member is unavailable and another takes over, we perceive no difference in who is handling the case at hand.’

‘We are serviced most by Marcoline, who is ever so friendly. And very patient when it comes to explaining each case, advice CMS offers, or background on certain practices. With a good sense of humor too!’

‘Rogier de Very can effectively explain both the law, procedure and usual practice. He is not afraid to robustly contest client suggestions giving clear explanations and alternative options.’

‘Worked with the team on commercial license matters in a cross jurisdictional matter. Have experienced a deep knowledge, very professional and can-do attitude and have worked on very creative solutions to solve the matter effectively.’

‘Rogier de Vrey is a great professional, very dedicated and helpful. Rogier has a very natural style while making the extra mile to give you a great advice. Having Rogier on the team brings more comfort and depth to the table and consequently results in a more tested and mature outcome.’

‘CMS has an unusual ability to marry commercial practicalities with the complexities of European intellectual property law and related rights and the EU Customs Authority and related regulations, which was a considerable advantage in relation to an international cross border commercial and intellectual property dispute involving Australia, Mauritius, the Republic of South Africa and the European Union. The service provided by CMS was outstanding, especially considering that it was provided during covid impacted times. The firm was quick, efficient and the end product produced was highly effective and of a great quality, even though the consultations and all communication was conducted using online resources only.’

‘I worked with Rogier De Vrey and Yasar Celebi. Their service was exceptional. They were readily available and easily accessible, no matter the time. They grasped the urgency of the project and ensured that all deadlines were met and that together we achieved the final outcome sought. I would highly recommend both of them for their efficiency, knowledge, skill and dedication to delivering a great service.’

Key clients

FrieslandCampina

Primark

Reckitt Benckiser

HP

Essity

IBM

UEFA

Johnson & Johnson

Medtronic

Comcast / NBCUniversal

ViacomCBS

Sky

Amgen

Adidas

Shisheido (BPI)

Rabobank

McCain

Vattenfall

Syngenta

Lemonade

Eli Lilly

Colgate-Palmolive

Eneco

Le Coq Sportif

Work highlights

  • Represented various toys manufactures in a landmark copyright case against Rubik.
  • Represented Hewlett Packard in litigation concerning comparative advertising.
  • Represented the Royal BAM Group against a claim regarding unlawful statements in the media.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

From bases in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.  handles the full range of trade mark, design and copyright protection and enforcement work – frequently with multi-jurisdictional elements. A team co-head Thera Adam oversees the trade mark prosecution practice in the Netherlands which manages the global IP portfolios of international clients. Adam is also the global co-head of the firm’s global IP group and is highly adept in the protection and enforcement of trade marks and designs. Fellow co-heads of the Netherlands group are Olaf Van Haperen whose expertise spans IT and privacy law in addition to IP and Benjamin Van Kessel who includes anti-counterfeiting and IP transactional matters with his broad expertise.

Practice head(s):

Thera Adam

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Van Haperen; Benjamin Van Kessel

Testimonials

‘Involved team, working on a high level, without the usual “Zuidas” blabla.’

‘Thera Adam. Involved, much experienced, results-driven, not hours driven.’

‘Benjamin van Kessel is very professional and pleasant character, gives you the feeling that what he advises is sound, safe, practical and logical (and it is…).’

‘They are responsive, immediately up to speed and pragmatic.’

‘Thera Adam and Olaf van Haperen are both excellent strategists, but pragmatic at the same time.’

Key clients

Royal Swinkels Family Brewer (former Bavaria)

easyGroup

Sandoz

Make Up United (Teaz)

Footasylum

Unilever

Basil

Ayano

Loading Systems International

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a strong foothold in the media and entertainment industries; it represents well-known national and international artists. Its client roster also includes domestic and international corporates, many from the technology sector, for whom it handles European trade mark and copyright disputes. The team, headed by Radboud Ribbert, also assists clients with IP-related contracts such as distribution and franchise agreements. Associate Willeke Kemkers advises on a variety of IP proceedings and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Radboud Ribbert

Other key lawyers:

Willeke Kemkers

Key clients

Shenzhen Thunderstone Technology Inc.

Jennifer Lopez

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – China headquartered App development company

Jos. H. Lowenstein & Sons

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)

CrossFit, Inc.

Vibesta B.V.

June B.V.

Gigstarter B.V.

FlyUs B.V.

Contentos Foundation

Beijing Roborock Technology

AWL-Techniek B.V.

Stichting Nederlandse Top 40

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted in copyright infringement litigation relating to a camouflage pattern.
  • Successfully acted for a client in litigation on copyright infringement related to outdoor seats made of concrete.
  • Acted for June BV in trade mark litigation on the use of the trademark JUNE.

Holla Legal & Tax

With a presence in Eindhoven, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht, Holla Legal & Tax is headed by Luuk Jonker, Robbert Sjoerdsma and Kim de Bonth who lead a team that is singled out for its excellence not only for highly effective IP protection but also for its approach to client care. The team is also noted for its ‘great international network‘ coupled with a strong presence in southern Netherlands. The firm has developed systems that streamline document production and communications for clients and demonstrates a commitment to areas such as diversity within the firm, pro bono work and environmental responsibility. In addition to expertise across all aspects of ‘soft’ IP, its offering includes areas such as unfair competition, privacy and advertising.

Practice head(s):

Luuk Jonker; Robbert Sjoerdsma; Kim de Bonth

Testimonials

‘Holla serves national and international clients, but they also have a very strong regional presence in the southern part of the Netherlands. They do well, since they have expanded to Utrecht in 2019.’

‘I have worked with Luuk Jonker and Robbert Sjoerdsma, who are both excellent. They provide sound and pragmatic advice. Luuk cares deeply for the interests of his client and goes out of his way to make sure his clients understand and agree with the strategy. Robbert has a very amiable personality, his advice is both sound and pragmatic.’

Holla helped us with several IP claims and legal issues, which have been all a success for our company. The lawyers are skilled and experienced. Personal contact, fast and efficient, proactive.’

‘Holla has many areas of expertise under one roof and my regular contact person ensures that I have easy access to this. Holla keeps me informed about interesting topics and statements. This allows me to align my business even better with new laws and regulations.’

‘I have had the same contact person at Holla for years. This lawyer has an enormous knowledge of IP issues and knows how to clearly explain complex legal disputes. It comes with multiple approaches from different viewing angles. This method makes us very successful. He continues to monitor and guide legal issues that can be better handled by a colleague, which gives confidence in the progress.’

‘The team consists of pleasant, approachable, responsive and down to earth persons who are highly knowledgeable and reliable experts on IP law. The firm has also a great international network.’

‘I mostly work with Robbert Sjoerdsma. He is a friendly, highly experienced IP lawyer. He shows great professionalism, is responsive and understands our needs. Robbert sees his clients as partners and is willing to go the extra mile. Combining his professionalism with his easy-to-approach attitude, without overcomplicating matters, he is definitely our preferred partner. Furthermore, he is a good deal maker and arranged many commercial IP settlements with great outcomes for our firm.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca B.V. Yes

Enexis B.V.

Antea Group

European Pallet Association (EPAL)

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 (Kai Tak Company B.V.)

50five B.V.

Schmitz Holding B.V.

Avec B.V./High5 Products B.V.

Salling Group A/S

Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V.

Ascena Retail Group Inc

Work highlights

  • Representing the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) in complex trade mark injunction proceedings against Pallethandel Zoetermeer, PHZ B.V. (PHZ).
  • Engaged by Goliath BV to assist in its fight against counterfeits in several European countries.
  • Advisor to the Dutch distribution network operator Enexis Holding N.V. (Enexis). Matters include the sale of software licenses, worth +/- 2 million Euro and acted for  Enexis in EU trademark opposition proceedings before the EUIPO against the EU trade mark application “ENESIS” for various products and services.

Van Doorne

Fielding a team that ‘works very effectively’ and ‘gives very open and honest advice about what is in the best interest of the client’, Van Doorne’s IP and media practice handles the full range of IP work for a high-profile international and domestic client roster. The group works closely with its IT colleagues and can provide multi-disciplinary teams in areas such as FinTech and Healthtech. The ‘outstandingKriek Wille heads up the group and has notable expertise in design protection work and transactions involving IP portfolios. Bas Pinckaers leads the patent and trade secrets team; Dominique Geerts also has expertise in media law, and Chris In ‘t Veld focuses on IP contracts and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kriek Wille

Other key lawyers:

Bas Pinckaers; Dominique Geerts; Chris In ‘t Veld

Testimonials

‘The team works very effectively. They are responsive. They are not afraid to issue doubt about a matter and give very open and honest advice about what is in the best interest of the client. The legal work is excellent.’

‘Kriek Wille is an outstanding lawyer.’

‘Up-to-date expertise, client-related practical advice, good service.’

‘Van Doorne has legal experts who give practical and thoughtful advice. They are quick and easily approachable.’

‘Great team which is able to scale up and down to meet the demands of the various stages of the proceedings, without compromising the integrity of the case.’

‘Kriek Willie – Great strategist, able to turn a defensive position into an offensive one.’

‘Chris In ‘t Veld – Extremely competent, always on top of all details and a great asset to his team.’

‘Bas Pinckaers – Very thorough and takes the time to find an angle which works for his clients.’

Key clients

Air Supplies Holland B.V.

Arovo N.V.

Biolitic Unternehmensbeteiligungs II AG

C-Tech B.V.

Coolergiant Computers Handels GmbH

Dasso Group

Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center (D.O.R.C.)

Erdee Media Group B.V.

Foodimus BV

Inshared (Achmea Schadeverzekeringen NV)

MacGregor Cargotec Group

Morenso International BV

Rataplan BV

Stichting Cliniclowns

The Green Happiness (TGH B.V.)

The Walt Disney Company

Tony’s Chocolonely BV

Welson B.V.

Wibra Supermarkt B.V.

Z Bridge B.V.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Air Supplies Holland BV in various trade mark, design and unfair competition disputes.
  • Representing MacGregor Cargotec in complex proceedings involving multiple parties relating to alleged copyright and trade secret infringement regarding the design of a 90m gateway.
  • Supported Tony’s Chocolonely with preparing and executing an advertisement campaign mentioning and using names and products of competitive chocolate manufacturers.

BINGH Advocaten

BINGH Advocaten’s ‘small, dedicated team’ attracts praise for its contentious IP expertise, regularly acting before a range of national and international courts including the European Court of Justice. The team is routinely instructed by high-profile clients in the luxury goods and media sectors and is a key name for cultural institutions such as the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam. ‘Driving forceLars Bakers leads the practice, which also includes IP litigators Marissa Brinks and Matthijs Schonewille.

Practice head(s):

Lars Bakers

Other key lawyers:

Marissa Brinks; Matthijs Schonewille

Testimonials

‘Small dedicated team, and Lars is a fighter that is both creative and does not give up, ever.’

‘Lars Bakers is the driving force and one to be reckoned with. His sharp mind and tenacity will get you the results you need.’

‘BINGH Advocaten is very strong in e-commerce and retail matters. Very pragmatic, very focused, always to the point. Not as big as the big law firms in the Netherlands but quite as good, sometimes even better.’

‘Lars Bakers is excellent. He knows what clients need and what they want. You don’t have to explain much to him, he simply delivers.’

‘Honest advice; great knowledge; down to earth and practical approach.’

‘Great knowledge. Practical and to the point. Clear advice – Lars Bakers and Marissa Brinks.’

‘Lars Bakers is very to the point, his legal advice is excellent.’

‘Partner and founder Lars Bakers has a very international practice and is a sought-after litigator.’

Key clients

Hugo Boss AG

Hugo Boss Trademark Management GmbH & Co KG

GEA AG and related Companies

Heirs of Rien Poortvliet and Will Huygen, co-authors of the world famous book ‘Gnomes’

SPAR International BV

Standard Investment

Commander BV and Just Brands BV

Royal Concert Hall / Het Concertgebouw

PIP Studio BV

National Museum of World Cultures

NRC Media

Boretti

Riedel BV

Alfa Laval

Work highlights

  • Represented Standard Investment – HSWT France SAS before the courts in a matter against Stratco BV and Pegasus Holding BV, which are claiming €8m in compensation/damages resulting from alleged trade mark infringements of the trade mark Hyet Sweet after the acquisition by Standard Investment of an Aspartame factory in France.
  • Advising SPAR International BV, as the owner and custodian of the international SPAR brands and its international partners in more than 45 countries worldwide, on new licensing contracts, expansions, extensions and terminations, as well as litigation advice and actions.
  • Representing Jelurida IP BV before the courts in a matter against Apollo Fintech Ltd in a dispute regarding the use of blockchain software for cryptocurrency services.

Dentons

With ‘a fine eye for detail and great advice’, the team at Dentons excels in cross-border IP litigation, leveraging the firm’s wider global network to act for clients in various Benelux and EU courts and in proceedings before the EUIPO. The team also regularly handles the IP elements of international transactions and has notable expertise in various online spheres including the e-commerce, social media and fintech sectors. Practice head Alexander Odle focuses on IP protection and enforcement matters, while counsel Alexander Van Laaren and data specialist Marc Elshof also contribute to the group.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Odle

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Van Laaren; Marc Elshof; Tom Brohm

Testimonials

‘The team provides excellent legal services. They have a lot of expertise and professional experience and they fully understand the business aspects.’

‘Alexander Odle and Tom Brohm – I highly appreciate their expertise, drive, fine eye for detail and great advice.’

Key clients

Zuru, Inc.

Here Technologies

LightInTheBox, Ltd

React

BerryWorld Europe B.V.

G Westerman Verlag GmbH

3M Company

T-Mobile (Simpel)

Work highlights

  • Handled trade mark litigation representing the non-profit organisation React in a class action on behalf of famous brand holders and obtained favourable decision on the liability of e-commerce platforms and their responsibilities in the fight against counterfeiting.
  • Acting for Zuru in design rights litigation in the EU General Court and EU Court of Justice regarding the cancellation by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) of its design rights for a toy product.
  • Advising 3M on enforcement issues relating to fraudulent offerings and sales of respirators and face masks, including misrepresentation issues, trade mark infringements and price gouging matters.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team acts for a variety of notable clients in patent, trade secret, copyright, design right and trade mark matters; the group has expertise in regulatory issues and media and advertising mandates, and team head Samantha Brinkhuis also covers IP licensing work. Associate Giannina Leander is active in the consumer, retail, fashion and technology sectors. In terms of corporate social responsibility, the Amsterdam team has been assisting clients such as Musicians without Borders, Dress for Success and a number of start-ups on a pro bono basis and the firm has instigated a number of initiatives globally to encourage diversity and inclusion.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brinkhuis

Other key lawyers:

Giannina Leander

Testimonials

‘The team composition is tailored to the type of work we have requested. Together we have streamlined the collaboration, things that are standard/repetitive are made easy for our in-house legal team by means of templates made available by Hogan Lovells IP team.’

‘The Hogan Lovells team is great at right sizing their services. We do not have a large IP portfolio, but when we have to register them in exotic locations, their team is efficient, professional and effective.’

‘I always enjoy working with Samantha Brinkhuis. She provides great customer service and quickly breaks down the complex IP world into the relevant aspects for me and provides clear guidance to our C-suite.’

Key clients

Nintendo

Shimano

Anheuser-Busch Inbev

PepsiCo/Frito-Lay

Mars

Deutsche Telekom

Work highlights

  • Represented Nintendo in various complex trade mark and copyright law infringement matters (including legal proceedings) against parties that offer new generation circumvention devices and services, thereby circumventing Nintendo’s security measures against the unlawful copying of games (piracy).
  • Advising PepsiCo on all of its trade mark related matters in Benelux, from prosecution to litigation.

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten is highly active in matters spanning IP and technology law and covers the full range of traditional IP mandates with additional expertise in database rights issues, counterfeit cases, misleading advertising claims and unfair competition mandates. From the firm’s Eindhoven base, group head Ernst-Jan Louwers handles issues relating to emerging technologies, 3D printing, robotics, software and artificial intelligence alongside his traditional IP practice. Newly promoted partner Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits and junior team members Eva van Groezen, Frank Rutgers and Hague-based Lisa Molenaars also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Other key lawyers:

Evelyn Peerboom-Gerrits; Eva van Groezen; Frank Rutgers; Lisa Molenaars

Testimonials

‘The team showed a thorough understanding of our business. They showed interest in our specific concerns and issues and raised sharp questions to increase their understanding of our case.’

‘We have worked with Ernst-Jan Louwers and Eva van Groezen who, most importantly, understand our specific business needs.’

‘Louwers IP technology Advocaten has great experience in the IP sector for plants with a strong focus on European plant breeders rights and trade marks. Compared to other companies they have a good entrance for starting companies, with some nice presentations, but they are also very good at difficult items such as the changes of protection for European CPVO protection and trade mark Protection after Brexit.’

‘Ernst-Jan Louwers and his team are one of the few law firms who understand the issues and possibilities of IP at the crossings of biology and technology. In this field, choosing the right IP strategy is key for the establishment of partnerships and funding. Louwers knows the do’s and don’ts and is ready to support us, I would say on a 24/7 base when really needed.’

‘The whole team is great. Ernst-Jan Louwers is very accurate and clear. He does what he promises. We trust him.’

‘The team has got the good business sense with IP issues, i.e. they don’t just see the IP, but have the ability to understand the business context.’

‘We work mostly with Ernst-Jan Louwers. He is excellent, has deep knowledge, strong business understanding and is very responsive.’

Key clients

Driscoll’s EMEA operations

Springer Nature

CTOUCH Europe B.V.

Brainport Development Foundation

Smart Photonics B.V.

CycloMedia Technologies B.V.

Fysicon B.V.

BarbasBellfires B.V.

VTS Constructions B.V.

2Getthere B.V.

Pacmed B.V.

Vanderlande Industries N.V.

Seven Steps to Heaven B.V.

Revue Holding B.V.

Sorama B.V.

Ross Berries (Pty) Ltd

Color Concepts B.V.

Inalfa Roof Systems B.V.

Pheno Geno Roses B.V.

Qlayers B.V.

Eindhoven University of Technology

Whatifolution B.V.

Euroforum B.V.

Greetz

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice and support to the EMEA operations of the Driscoll group of companies, primarily relating to plant patents/plant breeders rights and the Driscoll trade marks.
  • Representing VTS in a court case against a former employee and a competing company making use of unlawfully obtained trade secrets and infringing database rights.
  • Represented the South African fruit growers Ross Berries (Pty) Ltd and Rosle Berries (Pty) Ltd in the Netherlands in a dispute over plant breeders rights.

LXA Attorneys

LXA Attorneys has key expertise across the full spectrum of IP work with noteworthy experience in copyright, design right, trade mark, anti-counterfeiting and brand protection issues. The group’s client roster spans national and international businesses with instructions regularly originating from the consumer electronics, automotive, technology, fashion, jewellery and other luxury goods sectors. Thomas Berendsen heads up the IP and IT department, which also includes trade mark protection and anti-counterfeiting specialist Gie Van Den Broek.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Berendsen

Other key lawyers:

Gie Van Den Broek

Testimonials

‘Very good IP practice, good value-for-money. All-rounders, with a strong focus on soft IP (trade marks, copyright and designs) and anti-counterfeiting.’

‘LXA have an innovative attitude to brand protection, with a cost-conscious approach to maximise investigation and enforcement capabilities.’

‘Thomas Berendsen is always pragmatic, knowledgeable and responsive. Excellent availability.’

‘Gie Van Den Broek is our main point of contact and he is extremely knowledgeable and practical. Gie understands how important it is to create an impact whilst maintaining a close eye on the budget.’

‘The team are experts in IP law and provide solutions to tackle counterfeits in a very cost-effective way.’

‘Thomas Berendsen: very relaxed and intelligent lawyer. Comes to the point quickly and thinks with his clients.’

‘The team of LXA has great knowledge, works very efficiently and delivers the highest quality of work.’

‘Extremely responsive and reliable partners. Always attentive to any problem that may arise and very good collaborators in exchanging ideas to find most effective way to resolve a legal issue.’

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

Popsockets LLC

Calvin Klein Inc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lankal Spiegels in summary proceedings to cease the use of its trade name subject to alleged trade name rights of the plaintiff.
  • Acting for Vero in summary proceedings regarding the alleged infringement of copyright.
  • Acting for Thuiszorg de Zonnestraal in proceedings regarding trade name rights before the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam.

Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg

Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg is a specialist IP and IT firm made up of three ‘very business savvy good lawyers’; Helmer Klingenberg, Godert Van Rappard and Roald Minneboo. All matters are handled exclusively by a partner, ranging from contracts and IP agreements to the Europe-wide protection and enforcement of IP rights such as trade marks, copyrights and design rights. The team is also well positioned to advise on IP in the e-commerce context. In addition to corporate clients, the team assists start-ups; it is partnered with the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE), the incubator for science and high-tech startups owned by The University of Amsterdam.

Practice head(s):

Helmer Klingenberg; Godert van Rappard; Roald Minneboo

Testimonials

‘Very diverse practice – very business savvy good lawyers.’

‘Helmer Klingenberg is extremely dedicated to his clients. He doesn’t only provide them with solid advice, he inspires his clients with the enthusiasm for his metier. Helmer is more than a very skilled professional in his field, he is an honest, open and sincere person who highly values integrity.’

‘Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg is a good niche firm and an excellent cost-efficient alternative for other small to mid-sized options in the market. They have made a name for themselves in a relatively short amount of time.’ 

‘It is a strong soft IP firm, with skilled partners. They operate amongst the top of IP lawyers in the Netherlands. The partners are experienced in handling complex cross-border trademark matters, for companies that are known (listed) international icons. The firm differs from other soft IP firms in that they guarantee handling matters on a partner level.’

‘Godert van Rappard is an outstanding lawyer. Very good with clients. He understands their businesses.’ 

Key clients

Pictoright

Delft University of Technology

Delft Enterprises

Capgemini

Wunderman Thompson

Achmea

FedEx

Simacan

Wereldhave

ACE

Hypotheken-Unie

Qualinx

Stamhuis

Emark

APPSolutely

Interpolis

EnerIso

Kumpany

Green Boy Group

Moongro

Work highlights

  • Assists Pictoright, the author’s rights organisation for visual creators in the Netherlands, with a large-scale international copyright infringement case against a large retailer and its suppliers.
  • Assists Capgemini in a trade mark and trade name matter against an international mobility company.
  • Assisting FedEx Express with various intellectual property matters.

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

From its Rotterdam base, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh  has a focus on IP law and its intersection with wider EU law. Acknowledged as ‘a very specialised IP boutique‘, what sets it apart is its ability (especially regarding trade marks and patent law) to navigate regulatory and EU laws in relation to, for example, the labelling or pricing of pharmaceutical products  and the import or export of products in the EU. Its cases often reach the Benelux Court of Justice and one is pending before the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Its work also covers trade mark, design and copyright  infringement matters in various areas of consumer goods with cases frequently going before the EUIPO. Timme Geerlof  and Gerard van der Wal  are the highly rated practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Timme Geerlof; Gerard van der Wal

Testimonials

A very specialised IP boutique and in its way of working a bit out of the box.’

‘The IP Laywers have a lot of experiences but are not afraid to try alternative ways to achieve the best results for their clients.’

Key clients

B.V. Rotterdamsche producten Mij

Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA

F. Loendersloot Internationale Expeditie B.V.

Kamstra International B.V. and related group companies NoCrazy Piano’s On Tour B.V.

WijKopenAutos B.V., subsidiary of Auto1 Group GmbH

Ruhi Enterprises Ltd

Decor Wonen Schiedam B.V. and affiliated companies

Association Euro Specialité’s (VES)

Youfone B.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing B.V. Rotterdamsche Producten Mij,  obtained a landmark victory judgement at the Court of Appeal of The Hague, currently pending before the Dutch Supreme Court, which decided several important issues regarding the free movement of trademarked goods.
  • Representing  Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA before the Benelux Court of Justice in a trade mark matter which will determine the temporary scope of genuine use of a Benelux trade mark, registered for hotel services and used for the services of a famous luxury hotel that is situated in a third country outside the Benelux.
  • Defending F. Loendersloot Internationale Expeditie B.V.,  the  freight forwarding company in two major pending proceedings before the Court of The Hague concerning issues of free circulation of trademarked goods without the consent of the trade mark owner.