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

Key clients


Deutsche Telekom


Christian Louboutin

Red Bull

Hewlett Packard (HP)



Beiersdorf (Nivea)


AGICOA (collective of international film producers)

MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)

Warner Bros. (incl DC Comics)

British American Tobacco

Vice Media

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


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Christian Louboutin in a ground breaking battle to uphold the red sole trade mark.
  • Acted for Facebook in proceedings in the Netherlands initiated by PVH (Tommy Hilfiger) regarding advertisements for infringing Tommy Hilfiger products.
  • Representing global trading house Van Caem Klerks Group in a legal war  with Bacardi and liquor and champagne brand proprietors of the LVMH group (including MOËT & CHANDON and HENNESSY).


Brinkhof has a sizeable intellectual property practice that covers the entire range of 'soft' and 'hard' IP law. The firm regularly advises leading industry names including Google, adidas, IKEA and more. The team has a 'hands-on' and 'cost efficient' approach and is led by practice heads Kurt Stöpetie, Gregor Vos, Remy Chavannes. A recent highlight was the successful representation of T-Mobile in summary proceedings regarding advertising and trade mark claims. Sjo Anne Hoogcarspel is also noted.


The firm appears well organized and business focused‘.

We have worked predominantly with Mr Kurt Stöpetie. Kurt is extremely analytical and outstandingly sharp in his judgement. He is highly responsive and always a pleasure to work with‘.

Hands-on, deep knowledge, understand business, cost efficient‘.

Key clients



Astellas Pharma

Aston Martin


August Storck

Bank of America



Deckers (UGG)





Forever 21




Imperial Tobacco



Reckitt Benckiser



Work highlights

  •   Representing adidas in a landmark trade mark infringement case against H&M before the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the CJEU.
  • Acting for Aegir in IP litigation against Wärtsilä in relation to a dispute over trade secrets.
  •   Representing Wild in a multi-jurisdictional litigation aimed at protecting the shape of Capri Sun’s distinctive stand-up pouch as a three-dimensional trade mark.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's strength and expertise in IP law allows the firm to deal with all aspects of litigation. With a sizeable team, the firm is able to tackle complex and ground-breaking cases, such as acting for Royal Smilde before the European Court of Justice on the question whether tastes can be copyright protected. Practice head Tobias Cohen Jehoram is a widely recognised intellectual property litigator in the fields of trade mark, design, trade secrets and copyright law. Other key team members include senior associates Selmer Bergsma and Gertjan Harryvan, and associate Roos van der Poel. Koen Limperg has retired from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Cohen Jehoram


‘Selmer Bergsma shows great insight into our specific industry sector and has a pragmatic approach to the situation at hand’.

Key clients


Royal Shell







Royal Smilde


Tommy Hilfiger/PVH

Procter & Gamble

Royal Philips




Impossible Foods



The Ocean Cleanup

Fyffes International

Société en Commandite Simple MHCS


University of Amsterdam

Anne Frank Stichting


Work highlights

  • Acted for Royal Smilde in a landmark case before the European Court of Justice on the question whether tastes can be copyright protected.
  • Representing University of Amsterdam in Supreme Court proceedings on its merchandise trade marks.
  • Representing MHCS in Supreme Court proceedings on its Moët & Chandon, Dom Perignon and Hennessy trade marks.

Hofhuis Alkema Groen

Specialist firm Hofhuis Alkema Groen is dedicated to trade mark, copyright and design law in addition to related areas such as marketing, media, and digital issues. It is going from strength to strength; handling high-profile cases for an impressive roster of domestic and international companies. The seasoned Jesse Hofhuis focuses on contentious cases, including those before the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Arnout Groen is well known for taking on ground-breaking cases in the areas of copyright and database rights and Adonna Alkema‘s practice takes in the full range of IP protection, both advisory and litigation. In 2019 Landine Varela joined from Kneppelhout & Korthals Advocaten and Rutger de Beer joined from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER.

Key clients


Deutsche Telekom


Christian Louboutin

Red Bull

Hewlett Packard (HP)



Beiersdorf (Nivea)


AGICOA (collective of international film producers)

MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)

Warner Bros. (incl DC Comics)

British American Tobacco

Vice Media

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


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Christian Louboutin in a ground breaking battle to uphold the red sole trade mark.
  • Acted for Facebook in proceedings in the Netherlands initiated by PVH (Tommy Hilfiger) regarding advertisements for infringing Tommy Hilfiger products.
  • Representing global trading house Van Caem Klerks Group in a legal war with Bacardi and liquor and champagne brand proprietors of the LVMH group (including MOËT & CHANDON and HENNESSY).


HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has a well-established presence in intellectual property litigation. The firm has strong cross-border capabilities and focuses on trade mark, patent, copyright, design right and new media litigation. Key clients include Philips, Rabobank, Wendy's, and many other leading industry names. Practice head Joris van Manen regularly advises Philips on IP matters, including assisting with border seizure programmes in relation to counterfeit goods in China. Laura Fresco, 'who is a very skilled lawyer' advises alongside Manen. Clients praise the team's 'commercially oriented approach'. Willem Hoyng is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Joris van Manen


The team has an excellent understanding of the market, a reliable commercially oriented approach and a solid experience about the practice‘.

The individuals at Hoyng Rokh Monegier Netherlands are outstanding. Among the many professionals at the firm, we have the pleasure to work with: Willem Hoyng who is undoubtedly a superlative lawyer and one of the best in the country.’

‘Bart Van den Broek is a highly regarded patent litigator, Simon Dack is very well respected and knowledgeable, Frank Eijsvogel is a top quality and brilliant litigator and Laura Fresco is a very skilled IP lawyer‘.

Key clients



Anna van Toor

Arpa Yes

Broadview Yes


Consejo Regulador del Tequila (CRT)

De Persgroep


Easy Sanitary Solutions




Work highlights

  • Acting for Brein in copyright litigation to obtain blocking orders against ISPs to prevent easy access to The Pirate Bay.
  • Assisted the Russian Federation in returning ownership of vodka brands Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya.
  • Representing the Consejo Regulador del Tequila (the Mexican authority governing the use of the denomination of origin Tequila worldwide) in EU wide litigation about the use of Tequila on Desperados’ bottle.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's full-service IP team delivers 'very sharp and practical advice' especially regarding patents, brand management and copyright. The firm's strong trade mark, design and copyright practice is evidenced by its representation of Chiquita in claims for alleged trade mark infringement brought by Fyffes. Practice head Wouter Pors has strong experience in litigation and lobbying on IP legislation, both at a national and European level. Manon Rieger-Jansen is a 'fantastic lawyer' and a 'strong litigator' with a particular focus on anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade matters. Armand Killan, Martin Senftleben and associate Thijs van den Heuvel are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Pors


‘They have very strong expertise and always resource the matter well. They have very good staff, and we always get very sharp and practical advice. Excellent at meeting deadlines’.

‘Manon is a fantastic lawyer: responsive, gives solid advice, and is a strong litigator as well as a strategic adviser. The fact that she handles trade mark portfolios and litigation allows her to give strategic but also very pragmatic advice. I also work with Manon on anti-counterfeiting cases and again her down-to-earth approach has allowed us to get outstanding results.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein


Steigenberger Hotels



Monster Energy







Lloyd Shoes

Petit Bateau

Jouets Ecoiffier




Work highlights

  • Representing Calvin Klein in claims for alleged copyright and trade mark infringement brought by Diesel.
  • Representing Chiquita in claims for alleged trade mark infringement claims brought by Fyffes.
  • Acting for Asolo in EU General Court proceedings against Red Bull over the cancellation of the FLÜGEL mark.


Houthoff has extensive IP litigation experience and advises on the IP aspects in M&A transactions. The firm has a significant automotive sector practice and regularly advises leading car companies including Ford, Kia, and Renault. Key individuals in the team include practice head Thomas de Weerd and Thijs van Aerde. Aerde is acting for the European Pallet Association in Supreme Court trade mark litigation against PHZ.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd


I have only worked with Mr Thijs van Aerde (counsel). Thijs stands out as a Supreme Court lawyer in patent litigation matters. He is very creative and gets to grips quickly where complex subject matter is concerned‘.

The team at Houthoff provides high quality, corporate-faced patent litigation services. Houthoff has a long tradition in litigation and this shows – also in the patent field‘.

Although I know of several individuals having a good profile at Houthoff, I have personally only interacted with counsel Fleur Tuinzing. Fleur has vast experience in non-contentious and contentious IP matters including patent litigation and one can tell this when she handles a case‘.

Key clients

HP inc.

Media Saturn


Stichting Brein

Car manufacturers/importers such as







VDL Nedcar

Enza Zaden

Dümmen Orange





The Dutch National Opera & Ballet



Fresenius Kabi


Organik Kimya

Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting BREIN in Supreme Court copyright litigation against Usenet provider News-Service Europe (NSE).
  • Representing real estate project developer De 4 Jaargetijden in Supreme Court copyright litigation against architect Tjeerd Dijkstra concerning the architect’s moral rights.
  • Acting for the European Pallet Association (EPAL) in Supreme Court trade mark litigation against PHZ.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan's IP practice handles both contentious and non-contentious work in the areas of trade marks, copyright, designs, licensing, R&D, trade secrets and patents. The firm has a strong presence in the technology, media, and fashion and luxury sectors; key clients include Fossil and Philipp Plein. Alfred Meijboom and Maarten Schut lead the department and both advised Orange on trade mark infringement matters. Sophie van Loon specialises in copyright law and is representing KNMT in a major dispute with collecting rights society Buma. Also recommended are senior associates Reindert van der Zaal and Joran Spauwen.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut


‘Extremely professional and well organised’

‘Alfred Meijboom and Jens van den Brink are both excellent lawyers’

Key clients

Nike / Converse

PVH (Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein)














Work highlights

  • Representing KNMT in a major dispute with collecting rights society Buma.
  • Representing Philipp Plein in infringement proceedings against Puma.
  • Advising Superdry on various counterfeit cases.

Le Poole Bekema

Le Poole Bekema is an independent boutique firm with a strong presence in the Dutch media and entertainment sector, focusing on soft IP, media and privacy laws. The firm's client roster includes broadcaster RTL Group, Warner Bros. International Television Production Nederland, and news platform Telegraaf Media Group. Founding partners Anne Bekema and Bas Le Poole head the team, both are representing SEKAM in proceedings against the Dutch State for wrongful remarks regarding illegal downloading of television series and films.

Practice head(s):

Anne Bekema; Bas Le Poole

Key clients


RTL Group






Arla Foods

Stichting Regionale Publieke Omroep

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented RODAP in ground-breaking litigation regarding the question whether copyright extends to  producers of audiovisual works.
  • Representing CMO Videma in appeal proceedings in a principle matter on abuse of a dominant position by charging unreasonably high prices.
  • Successfully represented AMC in injunction proceedings with regard to copyrights in scientific research material.


NautaDutilh's intellectual property practice has strong expertise in cross-border litigation particularly in the life sciences and food industries. The firm's client roster includes Lego, Feyenoord, and GSK. Practice head Anne Marie Verschuur has extensive experience in litigating and advising on intellectual property rights and is a key individual involved in the multi-jurisdictional trade mark litigation case defending GSK against Sandoz, senior associate Jeroen Boelens is also advising alongside. Clients praise the ‘breadth and depth‘ of the firm's practice. In addition to Charles Gielen,  Richard van Oerle, and counsel Fleur Folmer are also notable.

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur


The breadth and depth of their practice is very good. With Charles Gielen still providing client advice, the firm has a true leading figure head‘.

Key clients






Airwair (Dr. Martens)



Work highlights

  • Representing GlaxoSmithKline in its multi-jurisdictional litigation against Sandoz regarding GSK’s colour trade mark.
  • Acting for Ypsomed in litigation against Insulet in relation to alleged unfair practices.

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

Visser Schaap & Kreijger is a leading IP, media and competition boutique firm. Its wide ranging skills cover copyright and neighbouring rights, trade marks, designs, internet and media and privacy issues. Key clients include Heineken, Nestlé, and the Van Gogh Museum. The practice is led by Jacqueline Schaap and Dirk Visser; clients praise Visser's expertise in litigation and for being 'sharp and quick on his feet'.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Schaap; Dirk Visser


Visser Schaap & Kreijger is a leading firm in the Netherlands in the field of soft IP and Media‘.

Dirk Visser is the best copyright lawyer when litigation before the Dutch Courts and also the CJEU Luxembourg is concerned. Very sharp, quick on his feet, and very efficient‘.

Working together with Dirk Visser and the firm’s very bright and dedicated associates are very pleasant‘.

Key clients









Stichting Brein


Bioworld Merchandising


Cool Invest




Scholten & Baijings

Van Gogh Museum



Singel Uitgeverijen

NCP (Dutch Content Providers Asscociation)

Work highlights

  • Represented Dutch anti-piracy organisation BREIN in cases against IPTV providers, such as Leaper, IPTV Dreambox and HIPTV.
  • Assisting Fatboy in various national infringement proceedings and in various cancellation proceedings with EUIPO.
  • Acted for Heineken in a high profile trade mark case about the use of Tequila on its Desperados beer.


AKD's 'insightful' intellectual property team is made up of 'creative thinkers' with strong expertise in infringement litigation, as demonstrated by its representation of Zuru, Tenga, and Geneva Laboritories. The practice is also experienced in 'advising in-house counsel on anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports issues'. Practice head Martin Hemmer is 'particularly strong in privacy law issues' and Huib Berendschot has a 'keen business mind'. Peter Claassen, Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht, and Bram Woltering are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer


I’ve worked with several of their attorneys and feel that they all are insightful, well-prepared and creative thinkers. I think they are particularly adept at advising and representing in-house attorneys on anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports issues‘.

Huib Berendschot has a keen business mind when it comes to all IP issues‘.

Peter Claassen and Martin Hemmer are also quite knowledgeable and respected in the IP field. Martin is particularly strong on privacy law issues. Peter teaches trade mark law on occasion‘.

Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht: Although not yet a partner, Roderick has a keen understanding of IP issues. He is able to explain issues very well‘.

Bram Woltering is an up-and-coming attorney with a good grasp of IP law. He has published interesting articles on trade mark law and can explain trade mark topics very well‘.


Key clients


The Sting

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson




Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

Majestic Products BV (part of Bunzl Group)

K3 Software

Bär Software

Track Innovations


Hornbach Nederland B.V. B.V.



Worldwide Machinery





Work highlights

  • Representing Zuru in court against several third parties (Koopman International; Toi Toys) that are using market copies of Zuru’s award-winning product.
  • Acting for Track Innovations in litigation against parties that are using illegal copies of their software.
  • Defended Lucky Vitamin in summary proceedings before the District Court in Amsterdam in a dispute where the claimant (Monster Energy), made allegations that  Lucky Vitamin was unlawfully advertising in the Netherlands.

Boekx Advocaten

Boekx Advocaten's IP practice covers broad areas of IP, in sectors including the retail, design, automotive and airline industries. The firm has particular expertise in the field of media and can handle contentious and non-contentious content-related issues. Hidde Koenraad and practice head Diederik Stols are key individuals advising BMW on trade mark issues. Clients praise Stols for his 'strategic' thinking and the team's 'practical and down-to-earth mentality' and also rate Fulco Blokhuis for 'getting results'.

Practice head(s):

Diederik Stols


The IP team at Boekx combines top-notch IP expertise with a practical and down-to-earth mentality. The structure of the firm is such that they are very approachable, and willing to turn things around immediately. We gladly refer work to them in cases where we are conflicted out, and vice versa‘.

Hidde Koenraad is very well regarded in the soft IP field, and also in plant variety law. He’s very responsive and fun to work with. Diederik Stols always thinks on a higher, more strategic level, and knows that clients sometimes need practical solutions rather than endless legal proceedings‘.

Fulco Blokhuis is very pleasant to work with and a real thought-partner at the highest level. Client-interest really does come first for Fulco. Always. He is a strategic litigator and strong in court. I most valued his integrity and passion for getting results for us. If you want to know for yourself: just check Fulco’s near flawless track record‘.

Our case was complex and took several years. It was of crucial importance for our business. The case was also cutting edge in the copyright world. Fulco Blokhuis and, at a later stage, Otto Volgenant, were very precise, tactically strong, calm and looked further for solutions and new angles. They helped us win this groundbreaking case in two instances, but also setting up the successful strategy even before the case had really begun. I consider the Boekx team the most talented litigators in the soft IP field.’

Key clients


The Smiley Company




Tommy Teleshopping

Filling Pieces

Augusta National


TP Vision

Work highlights

  • Assisting  BMW with trade mark issues including three design right infringement cases concerning car wheel rims.
  • Defended Snappet against four large publishers with copyright and database infringement claims before the District Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • Successfully represented TP Vision in an advertising law dispute against LG.

bureau Brandeis

bureau Brandeis has a strong reputation in the fields of digital copyright and internet liability. The firm regularly advises clients in the digital and media sectors, these include Spinnin’ Records, Netflix, and the Dutch Publishers Association. Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm and Hans Bousie jointly head the practice. Recent work includes representing the Dutch Association of Publishers in a landmark case concerning digital copyrights, led by Thijm. Also recommended are associates Caroline de Vries, Sophie van Everdingen, and Syb Terpstra.


Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is sharp and a very good litigator. He has the unique capacity of combining legal knowledge and daily practice from his clients into the court rooms‘.

Machteld Robichon has a unique knowledge of gaming and media law especially and law enforcement issues. She is straight forward, honest and has integrity‘.

Hans Bousie is a very experienced lawyer and remains calm even in the midst of the storm. Very knowledgeable and truly committed to his case‘.

Syb Terpstra is a very intelligent, young talent with a great future ahead of him. Very smart and sharp and at the same time very approachable in his communication‘.

Sophie van Everdingen is a very professional and powerful presence in and outside the court room. An expert in many fields, very committed and a pleasure to work with‘.

Key clients

Dash Berlin

Spinnin’ Records

PVH Europe (Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein)



Dutch Publishers Association





Red Bull


Work highlights

  • Advising Spinnin’ Records in a dispute with DJ Martin Garrix in relation to neighbouring rights.  
  • Advises Netflix on copyright and privacy law issues.
  • Represented the Dutch Association of Publishers in a landmark case concerning digital copyright and second hand e-books.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is known for its multi-jurisdictional litigation expertise and is well recognised in the fields of anti-counterfeiting and customs seizures. The firm is experienced in a range of sectors including fashion, food and beverages and consumer goods generally. Key clients include Nikon, Louis Vuitton, and the Barack Obama Foundation. Niels Mulder heads the practice and is representing the Premier League in proceedings against Ecatel regarding anti-piracy matters. Alexander Tsoutsanis is advising alongside Mulder. Paul Reeskamp is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder


The strength of the firm overall is that it can provide IP litigation support across most jurisdictions, wherever and whenever any such dispute arises‘.

Alexander Tsoutsanis is a trusted pair of hands when it comes to IP litigation, mixing action with reflection. He is tenacious in preparation, while also keeping in mind strategic aspects‘.

I know Niels Mulder and Alexander Tsoutsanis to be very persistent lawyers who will leave no stone unturned for their client. They will not rest until they get to the bottom of a matter‘.

Key clients

Moet & Hennessy c.s.



Ralph Lauren

Hugo Boss


ING Bank




Glen Dimplex



Barack Obama Foundation

Premier League


Spin Master Ltd.

Five Guys

Louis Vuitton


Work highlights

  • Representing the Premier League in proceedings against Ecatel regarding anti-piracy matters.
  • Advised Moët & Hennessy c.s. in obtaining an injunction on a trade mark infringement case.
  • Represented Wärtsilä in  court on a copyright protection and trade secrets case.

Höcker Advocaten

Höcker Advocaten is renowned in the area of the collective management of rights and regularly represents music, audio-visual and literary rights collecting societies including Buma/Stemra, Stichting Thuiskopie, and BREIN. The firm is known for its extensive copyright expertise as demonstrated in a case where it defended the legality of the Dutch Copyright Act and a Government Decree. Practice head Willem Roos advised Stichting de Thuiskopie in such a case. Jacqueline Seignette co-heads the practice and also has extensive experience in advising collecting societies.


‘Roos is a very good lawyer, imaginative, creative, very intelligent. Kingma is also an exceptional lawyer’.

Höcker has in-depth knowledge of copyright (music and online) and is at the absolute top of the field. Moreover, the lawyers at Höcker always reply extremely fast and the atmosphere at the office is very intimate and friendly. Finally, their fees are very reasonable in comparison to other firms‘.

Marijn Kingma is highly recommended for copyright matters, she always responds quickly and is on top of every problem. Associate Charlie Engels is also recommended‘.

The team is in the #1 position as lawyers to collecting societies (organizations that collectively manage IP rights and collect compensation for the use of IP rights). They are very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with‘.

Jacqueline Seignette is president of the Dutch Copyright association, and has much experience in advising collecting societies‘.

Key clients


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

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Stichting LIRA


DDB Unlimited B.V.

Motion Picture Association

Stichting foodwatch Nederland

Radiocorp B.V.

Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction


Work highlights

  • Assisted Stichting de Thuiskopie with defending the legality of the Dutch Copyright Act and a Government Decree.
  • Advising Stichting LIRA on proceedings against Dutch cable operators Ziggo and Delta in relation to copyright infringement.
  • Acting fo Buma/Stemra in infringement litigation against the Dutch Radio Station Fresh FM.

Hoogenraad & Haak

Hoogenraad & Haak are well established in the areas of IP, advertising, and food law. Clients praise the boutique firm for its 'excellent knowledge and experience in trade mark and patent law matters'. Practice head Maarten Haak is 'highly knowledgeable' and 'pragmatic'. Haak assisted Jaguar Land Rover with the defence of its trade mark before the Court of Appeals of The Hague. Senior ssociate Bram Duivenvoorde was another key individual on this case. 'Exceptional IP lawyer' Moïra Truijens is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Haak



Excellent knowledge and experience in trade mark and patent law matters. Our favourite IP lawyers in the Netherlands‘.

Moira Truijens is a very experienced IP lawyer with an excellent commercial understanding and a good reputation on the Dutch market‘.

Maarten Haak – very kind and attentive laywer. Open to a quick consult and assitance. Highly knowlageble and responds fast and pragmatic‘.

Bram van Duijvenbode – Always reachable and responsive. very pleasant to work with‘.

Key clients



Ahold Delhaize


Royal Wessanen


Jaguar Land Rover



Secto Design

Work highlights

  • Represented Fashion Linq in enforcement litigation for Fashion Linq’s Denim & Co trade mark against Primark’s use of DenimCo on clothing.
  • Defending the Jaguar trade mark before the Court of Appeals of The Hague.
  • Representing Kallo Foods in a cross-border trade mark enforcement matter.


Leeway advises on a broad range of IP matters including trade marks, copyright, and design rights. The firm is recognised in the retail and consumer goods sectors, and regularly advises household names including Action, Urban Outfitters, and Yamaha Motor Europe. Practice heads Marga Verwoert, Michiel Odink, and Remco van Leeuwen lead the team which is praised for its 'high-quality work' and 'practical approach'.


Great team, high quality work, good colleagues to work with and against. We often refer work to Leeway in cases of conflicts and always get good reports from our clients‘.

Marga Verwoert stands out for her thorough legal work and practical/commercial approach with clients and cases‘.

Michiel Odink is always on top of his game‘.

Leeway is a high-quality team with a very and practical approach. Founding partner Michiel Odink is efficient, commercially minded, and well-liked by his clients and peers. The entire team works together very well‘.

Key clients Inc.

Bi-Wear Clothing Company B.V.

BookSpot B.V.

Chaud Devant

Denham The Jeanmaker B.V

McGregor IP B.V.

Urban Outfitters (URBN Netherlands B.V.)

Victorinox AS

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Dutch leading retailer HEMA in trade mark proceedings against Lacoste in relation to an alleged trade mark infringement.
  • Successfully represented McGregor in multiple trade mark litigation proceedings .
  • Represented Natuurmonumenten in a trade mark infringement case relating to their trade mark OERRR against

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has extensive experience in litigating before the Dutch Supreme Court on cases regarding trade marks, copyright, design and patent law and has a 'unique' position acting for government agencies. A highlight includes practice head Sikke Kingma acting for Spirits International in Supreme Court proceedings concerning the ownership of Russian vodka trade marks. Other key clients include the Dutch Institute for Physical Safety, Goossens Meubelen, and the City of Leiden.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma


Mr. Sikke Kingma understands the digital environment very well and is able to make the link between the digital world and the application of IP law‘.

Mr Kingma is creative and original in his analysis and the examples he brings forward to support the arguments of his client‘.

The team we work with is expert in their field, expertise that we do not have. The team knows how to fine-tune their expertise to our specific requirements and function as a government institution. The team ensures efficient and effective cooperation. The knowledge and experience with government institutions makes this team unique‘.

Key clients

XS4ALL Internet B.V.

Spirits International B.V.

Dutch Institute for Physical Safety

Goossens Meubelen

Simiramida EOOD

Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security)

City of Leiden

Dutch Government Information Service

Work highlights

  • Represented the Dutch Institute for Physical Safety, the national institution supporting the Dutch Fire Services, in trade mark opposition proceedings against BrandveiligNL, a company advising on fire safety.
  • Represented internet service provider XS4ALL in a landmark case regarding the court order requested by foundation BREIN to block all access to the torrent index website The Pirate Bay on the grounds of copyright infringement.
  • Assisting Spirits International with Supreme Court proceedings against FKP Sojuzplodoimport in a dispute concerning the ownership of the trade marks of the well-known vodka brands Stoli, Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya.

Simmons & Simmons

Paul Tjiam, who became partner in 2019 leads the soft-IP team at Simmons & Simmons. In addition to its highly rated patents practice, it offers the full range of  trade marks and designs expertise which includes application filing services and the management of portfolios of well-know brands.

Van Kaam IP & Media

Van Kaam IP & Media is a specialist boutique firm with a well-established presence in intellectual property, media and entertainment and privacy law. The firm regularly assists clients with drafting and negotiating key contracts involving trade mark and copyright assets. Key clients include Sports Unlimited Retail (Perry Sport), Advance Publications, and Dutch FilmWorks. Practice head Bertil van Kaam is advising the Dutch Exhibitors Association on IP issues involved in drafting and negotiating collective agreements. He also acts as a district court judge on IP related cases. Remco Klöters heads the practice alongside Kaam and is acknowledged as an 'experienced litigator'.

Practice head(s):

Bertil van Kaam; Remco Klöters


Van Kaam has highly skilled people related to media rights, commercial contracts, trade marks. Moreover, they provide a quick response!

Van Kaam is an excellent IP, IT and media boutique law firm in the Netherlands. They provide excellent and swift service that so far we haven’t found at another law firm in the Netherlands. So far all matters they handled for us were handled as we would handle them our own‘.

Remco Klöters is not just a very nice and eloquent attorney with excellent English, but also a very streetwise and experienced litigator. His litigation skills are outstanding as he has managed to win cases that seemed to be lost from the beginning‘.

Bertil van Kaam is the intellectual mastermind of the firm. His longtime experience as an attorney and a judge (which he is also) are very valuable‘.

Key clients

Strengholt Music Group

Dutch FilmWorks

Sports Unlimited Retail (Perry Sport)

Advance Publications

World Press Photo Foundation

The Dutch Exhibitors Association (NVBF)

Night of Comedy

Senf Theaterpartners

Craft Drinks / Dorstlust

Dutch Filmers Academy

Work highlights

  • Assisting Dutch Filmworks with preliminary injunction proceedings against Ziggo regarding copyright infringement.
  • Assisting Advance Publications with trade mark clearance and securing trade mark registrations for some of its critical brands for the EU.
  • Advising the NVBF (the Dutch Exhibitors Association) on IP-issues involved in drafting and negotiating collective agreements with (international) partners.

Baker McKenzie

The intellectual property practice at Baker McKenzie has a focus on trade mark, copyright and design law. The firm's client roster includes Unilever, Abbott, and Chanel. Practice head Wouter Seinen and Steffen Hagen are representing Sisley in various trade mark infringement matters and parallel sales disputes. Ischa Gobius du Sart is also noted.


Steffen Hagen is an easily approachable lawyer with great commercial awareness and creative thinking‘.

Really professional but also personal. Good cooperation and quick response to questions and remarks‘.

Key clients




3M Company







Work highlights

  • Representing Sisley in various trade mark infringement matters and parallel sales disputes.
  • Assisting Global Logistics Service Provider with drafting and implementation of IP clauses in various multi-jurisdictional commercial contracts, including R&D agreements and employment contracts.
  • Representing Boost, a large international advertising and marketing campaign developer, in Dutch court copyright and trade mark infringement and disclosure proceedings.


BarentsKrans has an established track record in areas such as trade marks, copyright and design law. The firm has cross-border capabilities and regularly advises clients including Exterion Media, Facebook, and KPN. Jaap Bremer and Marleen Van Den Horst jointly lead the team that is representing KPN in appeal opposition proceedings against trade mark squatter Michael Gleissner. Senior associate Jos Klaus is noted as someone to watch for the future.


We are working with Jaap Bremer and his team for years. The team has excellent expertise and is highly efficient, always customer-centric, having a excellent eye for the clients budget and needs. Superfast-responsive, easy to work with’.

Partner Jaap Bremer and senior associate Jos Klaus are a league of their own. Jaap really is one of the top guys in the field and it won’t take Jos long to get there as well. Smart, creative and very practical. They both really are a business partner‘.

The team is extremely responsive and gets to the heart of issues quickly. They always look at the bigger commercial context when evaluating the legal routes available and clients really appreciate that big picture thinking. They are always alive to the cross border implications of decision-making‘.

Key clients

Exterion Media





Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij

Vacu Vin

Voedingscentrum Nederland

Work highlights

  • Represented Koninklijke KPN in appeal opposition proceedings against trade mark squatter Michael Gleissner.
  • Represented Koninklijk KPN in high-profile litigation initiated by T-Mobile on nation-wide promotional campaigns concerning the upcoming 5G network.


CMS has notable cross-border capabilities and utilises this expertise when handling IP-related cases where multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings, EU-wide,  FTO requests or product launches are concerned. The firm regularly advises household names including McCain, Birkenstock, Johnson & Johnson and many more. Practice head Rogier de Vrey advised McCain with a number of Dutch design infringement cases against competitor Simplot, in relation to potato products. Senior counsel Marcoline van der Dussen advised alongside de Vrey.

Practice head(s):

Rogier de Vrey


Outstanding full service firm. Excellent knowledge of IE-rights and data protection‘.

Partner Rogier de Vrey is easily approachable to the client and strong in communication. He is straightforward and paints a clear picture of expectations‘.

Key clients




Johnson & Johnson



Shisheido (BPI)





Columbia Sportswear Company



Universal Electronics



Canada Goose


Royal Ahrend



Work highlights

  • Represented Syngenta in a case related to parallel imports of plant protection products.
  • Acting for Johnson & Johnson against a Chinese medical device company Fengh Medical, that offers infringing imitation products in various EU countries and ME.
  • Assisted McCain with a number of Dutch design infringement cases against competitor Simplot, in relation to potato products.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP regularly handles domestic and cross-border disputes related to patents, trade marks and copyright issues. The firm has strong expertise in the media and entertainment sectors. Key clients include Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Dylan Haegens, and Jennifer Lopez. Practice head Radboud Ribbert is 'dedicated' and 'highly experienced in complex patent litigation'. Willeke Kemkers  is also noted and is 'calm, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with'. Ribbert, with Kemkers advising alongside, is representing Dutch Top 40 in preliminary relief proceedings against Radio 538.

Practice head(s):

Radboud Ribbert


The Greenberg Traurig team is considerably experienced in handling domestic and cross-border disputes. The team is dedicated and go the extra mile for us. Good team-players and my first point of call. They are a great team who has always provided excellent service. Very client-focused and solution-orientated‘.

Radboud Ribbert is very bright and dedicated and he understands our business. He is highly experienced in complex patent litigation‘.

Willeke Kemkers is calm, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with. Willeke Kemkers is super-sharp and listens carefully‘.

Key clients

Stichting Nederlandse Top 40

Dylan Haegens / Liever Sociaal B.V.

Jennifer Lopez

Cheetah Mobile Inc.

Stichting Nicam

Flight Club New York


ECI Software Solutions B.V.



Work highlights

  • Representing Jennifer Lopez in several European trade mark applications and trade mark related issues.
  • Advise Cheetah Mobile on various opposition proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
  • The firm advises DFFRNT Media on IP related issues, including the drafting of licence and production agreements, a patent related dispute and IT contracts.


Ploum routinely assists its clients with anti-counterfeiting, border seizures and parallel trade cases. The firm handles pan-EMEA litigation in a range of sectors including automotive, technology, luxury goods, food and beverage, and tobacco. Practice head Willem Leppink is 'very pragmatic' and thinks 'out of the box'; he is assisting Western Digital with multi-jurisdictional counterfeit and parallel trade cases connected to online market places.

Practice head(s):

Willem Leppink


I work with Willem and Sabin. They are knowledgeable and prompt. We are a tech company so we appreciate the more relaxed and friendly approach‘.

All lawyers of the IP section work well together and can take care of each other in case of absence, so quick advice is possible. Costs are in proportion to the work / experience and practical advice is provided (also legible for non-lawyers)‘.

Willem Leppink: Reachable 24/7, very pragmatic and commercial thinking lawyer taking into account the best interests of the company. Has a lot of ready knowledge and also thinks out of the box. Acts as a team player and not as an external advisor‘.

Arlette Molenaar: Reachable 24/7, very pragmatic and commercial thinking lawyer taking into account the interests of the company. Has a lot of ready knowledge and always takes into account the costs and tries to reduce these as much as possible‘.

Key clients

Western Digital




Japan Tobacco





London Rubber Company


Medical Pet Shirts

Under Armour




Work highlights

  • Advising Western Digital on multi-jurisdictional counterfeit and parallel trade matters connected to online market places.
  • Representing PUIG in parellel trade goods litigation against Kruidvat and other parallel traders.
  • Representing London Rubber Company in various proceedings, including seizures, interim injunctions and proceedings.  

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's intellectual property team is 'down to earth' and has expertise in trade marks and design right portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting, and IP litigation. The firm's client roster includes Van Haren Schoenen, and PSV Eindhoven. Practice head Maarten Rijks 'possesses good analytical skills' and co-head Wim Maas acted for Homefashion Group in a copyright infringement case before the The Hague Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Wim Maas; Maarten Rijks


Easy going, down to earth, quick and practical advice‘.

Maarten Rijks does what he says and does it quickly and thoroughly. His output is practical and very useable for non-legal colleagues‘.

Taylor Wessing is a full service firm with highly skilled professionals. They offer tailor made advice which is ready to use in practice. They are quick in delivering their advice and are always available for a call or short meeting to help our company. One the stengths of the IP practice is that Taylor Wessing employs both attorneys-at-law and trade mark attorneys. They can therefore assist us with regard to all aspects of our IP portfolio‘.

Taylor Wessing’s professionals are highly skilled and very experienced in the field of IP law, especially trade mark law. We value that they are very approachable and swift in delivering their advice. We specifically enjoy working with Maarten Rijks. He is always quick to reply to questions and requests for assistance. His advice is to the point and practical. Maarten possesses good analytical skills and quickly understands the ins and outs of the matter at hand‘.

Key clients

Van Haren Schoenen B.V.

PSV Eindhoven

Homefashion Group

Mi Moneda

Van Bommel Shoes

Work highlights

  • Represented Van Haren Schoenen B.V. in trade mark infringement proceedings before the Dutch courts and the CJEU.
  • Acted for Homefashion Group in a copyright infringement case before the Hague Court of Appeal.
  • Represented On Lemon in a trade mark infringement matter against Ms Yoko Ono before the The Hague District Court.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne has wide-ranging experience across non-contentious and contentious IP, combining cross-border capabilities with expertise in anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and patent litigation. Practice head Kriek Wille is 'a strategic thinker and a delight to work with'and is representing Laboratoires La Prairie in a substantial trade mark and advertising law dispute with the Lidl group. Bas Pinckaers is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kriek Wille


‘The IP team is smart, pragmatic and hands-on, and they really understand our business and the urgency of our questions’

‘Kriek Wille is a strategic thinker and a delight to work with’

Key clients

CBS (Statistics Netherlands)


Erdee Media Group BV

Hunkemöller International BV

Legal & General Investment Management

LG Electronics Benelux Sales BV

O.P.I. Products, Inc


The Walt Disney Company

Vrije Universiteit


Laboratoires La Prairie SA

Texelse Bierbrouwerij BV

Air Supplies Holland BV

Mowi ASA

Arovo NV


Dagelijks Leven BV

Durabo BV

Material Handling Systems, Inc

Wibra Supermarkt BV

Ruppert Handelsonderneming BV

Mogelijk BV

Le Cordon Bleu

Emolife Events & Consultancy


CIV Superunie

Sound United

Best Practice


InShared (Achmea)

Work highlights

  • Representing Dagelijks Leven in an appeal case concerning collective copyrights and neighbouring rights management.
  • Advising Walt Disney on a variety of non-contentious IP and digital media matters.
  • Representing Texelse Bierbrouwerij in a dispute with a former director who started a competing brewery under a similar brand name.

Vondst Advocaten N.V

Vondst Advocaten N.V  assists clients with both advisory and contentious IP matters, with  deep experience of  litigious cases involving trade marks, design rights, copyrights, domain names and software. Key clients include the University of Amsterdam, Engie,  and Talpa. Tjeerd Overdijk and Herwin Roerdink jointly lead the practice which acted for the National Postcode Lottery on several trade mark and domain name matters.

Practice head(s):

Tjeerd Overdijk; Herwin Roerdink

Key clients

University of Amsterdam



Assa Abloy

National Postcode Lottery


Tony’s Chocolonely


Blackberry Ltd

Piloxing LLC and Piloxing Academy LLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted the University of Amsterdam with an appeal in relation to the refusal to register the trade mark AMSTERDAM UNIVERSITY for various items of merchandise.
  • Advising Tony’s Chocolonely on its IP portfolio (including trade marks and copyrights), licence agreements and on the protection of its IP rights against infringement.
  • Assisting National Postcode Lottery with several trade mark and domain name issues and complex online marketing issues with respect to their national campaigns.

BINGH Advocaten

BINGH Advocaten has a reputation for intellectual property litigation and regularly represent clients during court proceedings. Practice head Lars Bakers is representing Rodeo Beheer BV in court proceedings concerning trade mark infringement. Key clients include Hugo Boss, Bugatti, National Museum of World Cultures.

Practice head(s):

Lars Bakers

Key clients

Hugo Boss AG

Bonnie Doon BV

GEA AG and related Companies

SPAR International BV

NRC Media

Bugatti SA

National Museum of World Cultures

Work highlights

  • Representing Rodeo Beheer BV before court proceedings concerning trade mark infringement.
  • Representing Eva Solo in litigation regarding design and copyright infringement.
  • Advising Louis De Poortere NV on copyright infringement.


Dentons' intellectual property team is led by Alexander Odle, a 'seasoned' practitioner. The firm's client roster includes Simpel, Mag Instrument, Chequepoint, Finfort Investment, and Fernandes. The team's skills range from litigation to advisory work and portfolio management and it works in close co-operation with the IT/data protection group.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Odle


Alexander Odle has a sharp business mind and this combined with thorough legal knowledge makes him a go-to lawyer for trademark matters, also because he is a pleasant person to work with‘.

The non-patent IP team is now in the hands of Mr. Alexander Odle. He is a seasoned and very well respected IP lawyer, known for his in depth knowledge, analytical qualities and great service mindedness. It is very likely that he will be able to attract other first tier soft IP lawyers‘.

Key clients B.V.

Mag Instrument, Inc

Chequepoint grp

Finfort Investment


Hogan Lovells International LLP

The intellectual property practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'professional' and has 'superior client service'. The practice covers a range of areas including soft IP, trade mark, copyright, design rights. Key clients include Ferring, Starbucks, Deutsche Telekom. The practice head is Samantha Brinkhuis who has replaced Marc Wallheimer. Brinkhuis was previously at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

Practice head(s):

Samantha C. Brinkhuis


Superior client service, people are professional but friendly. Experts in their fields and about out business and level of risk‘.

Key clients



Deutsche Telekom




Pepsi-Co / Frito-Lay

Work highlights

  • Representing Starbucks in various trade mark infringement matters concerning its well-known trade mark FRAPPUCCINO and logo.
  • Representing Ferring in its defence of a pending non-use cancellation claim initiated by Allergan.
  • Representing Deutsche Telekom in multiple trade mark infringement disputes concerning its well-known T mark and colour magenta.

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten has experience in intellectual property litigation and can handle intellectual property contracting, licensing, due dilligence. The firm regularly advises Brainport Development, Verum Software Tools, Smart Photonics. Practice head Ernst-Jan  Louwers is an experienced IP lawyer and focuses on a range of sectors including plant breeders, manufacturing and technology.

Practice head(s):

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Key clients

Driscoll’s of Europe B.V. and Driscoll’s Inc.

Springer Nature

CTOUCH Europe B.V.

Brainport Development

Verum Software Tools B.V.

Smart Photonics B.V.

Fysicon B.V.

Barbas Bellfires

Sorama B.V.

CycloMedia Technology

Work highlights

  • Advising Driscoll’s on IP-related matters including trade mark issues.
  • Advising Springer Nature on author contracts and disputes concerning royalties and disclosure of confidential information with universities.
  •   Assisting Brainport Development with trade mark protection and assessing the intellectual property rights on software.