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

Excellent lawyerKriek Wille and ‘talentDominique Geerts left Van Doorne to set up their own firm &Co Advocaten in January 2024. The practice focuses on IP matters alongside advice surrounding advertising, media and commercial contracts.

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

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s soft IP team is lauded for ‘finding forward-thinking solutions to complex problems’ in both contentious and advisory trade mark and copyright matters, supporting clients seeking to register new IP and representing both plaintiffs and defendants before the Dutch, Benelux and EU courts in infringement, parallel import and anti-counterfeiting proceedings. Heading the team is ‘outstanding attorney’ Manon Rieger-Jansen, who litigates trade mark, copyright and product design disputes for retailers and luxury brands. Trade mark attorney Daan Wijnnobel frequently appears before the Benelux and EU intellectual property offices to handle refusal, cancellation and opposition matters, while Nina Dorenbosch focuses on matters of product design in the fashion and retail industries. Clemens Molle represents music and gaming clients in copyright disputes.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Daan Wijnnobel; Nina Dorenbosch; Clemens Molle


‘Manon Rieger-Jansen and Daan Wijnnobel handle our IP portfolio. I appreciate their detailed but always practical and to-the-point advice and suggestions. They really are our strategic partners in the protection and defence of our IP rights.’

‘The practice has, for many years, been at the forefront of European IP consultancy and court representation, and rightfully so. The level of involvement and solution oriented advice is unprecedented. Dealing with an ample portfolio of important clients, this firm is the benchmark in this sector.’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen is an outstanding attorney with an academic understanding of the law. Nina Dorenbosch is a great lawyer; very efficient, a real problem solver!’

‘Their innovative mindset and technological knowledge give them a competitive edge. The team’s strengths are not limited to legal expertise, they also excel in finding forward-thinking solutions to complex problems.’

‘Geographical scope, very responsive and thorough.’

‘Manon Rieger-Jansen and Nina Dorenbosch are knowledgeable, technical and helpful.’

Key clients

Kraft Heinz

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein


Steigenberger hotels



Monster Energy



WeMo Brands


Swartland Winery




Kanonkop Wine Estate

Huda Beauty

Fengh Medical

The Gillette Company


Work highlights

  • Advised various clients, including some designated by the EU Commission, on the implementation of the new DSA Regulation in the Netherlands and around Europe.
  • Represented PPG in litigation against Dutch designer Eric Kuster in a case that revolved around referential use of third party trade marks in paint mixing machines.
  • Acted for Volkswagen in trade mark litigation matters, particularly in relation to parallel imports.


Providing ‘excellent, succinct advice’Brinkhof is a popular choice for a range of household names for its expertise in Dutch and EU trade mark and copyright litigation, representing clients involved in infringement and cancellation proceedings, while also supporting clients’ trade mark prosecution and design filing efforts. The team is headed by trade mark litigator Gregor Vos; copyright specialists Remy Chavannes and Dorien Verhulst, who handle a range of matters tied to privacy law, freedom of expression and media law; and Anke Strijbos, partner as of January 2023, who advises on music licensing and intermediary liability. The practice was further augmented by the October 2023 arrival from NautaDutilh of Fleur Folmer, whose practice encompasses trade mark, design and domain name litigation on behalf of clients in such sectors as fashion, electronics and retail. Co-founder Kurt Stöpetie departed the firm in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Vos; Remy Chavannes; Dorien Verhulst; Anke Strijbos

Other key lawyers:

Fleur Folmer


‘Excellent, succinct advice, very responsive with short turn-around times. In-depth and very seasoned litigation experience. Just a wonderful firm to work with. Highly recommended.’

‘Gregor Vos is one the very best soft IP litigators in the Benelux countries. The go-to lawyer for complex and high-profile trade mark and unfair competition litigation.’

‘The high attention and responsiveness is unique.’

‘Gregor Vos is our main contact. His skills and experience can not be underestimated. He is probably one of the most experienced IP lawyers in the Netherlands. Swift, spot on and business oriented, it can’t be better!’

Key clients








Meta Platforms


The Body Shop

Iceland Foods


Work highlights

  • Represented INEOS in its case against Jaguar Land Rover regarding the latter’s alleged copyrights for its Defender model.
  • Acted for Iceland Foods against Icelandic Trademark Holding in proceedings before the Grand Board of Appeal EUIPO and EU General Court regarding the ability to register country names as trade marks.
  • Represented adidas in the Benelux part of the international dispute between it and Thom Browne on the use of three stripes on clothing.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Under the leadership of ‘IP luminary’ and Supreme Court litigator Tobias Cohen Jehoram, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek acts for clients from across a spectrum of industries in multi-jurisdictional soft IP disputes, including infringement and validity proceedings, counterfeiting issues and complex issues tied to copyright levies. Selmer Bergsma litigates contractual IP disputes, in addition to trade secrets matters, with Roos van der Poel taking the lead on transactional matters, advising on IP transfers tied to M&As and assisting on the structuring of IP portfolios. Gertjan Harryvan assists Jehoram with Supreme Court appeals.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Other key lawyers:

Selmer Bergsma; Gertjan Haryvan; Roos van der Poel


‘De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s valuable work in the Netherlands allows us to protect our rights, through contentious and non-contentious matters, thanks to a deep knowledge of geographical indications law and case law.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is an IP luminary, though very approachable and pragmatic in his advice. His team consists of talented lawyers with the same mindset.’

‘Very good firm, in particular for Supreme Court litigation in these cases. Very strong in high-end matters.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is really one of the biggest trade mark experts.’

‘For complex trade mark matters, Tobias Cohen Jehoram and his team are the ones to go to. Extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and highly effective.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram stands out as highly professional. His expertise in trade mark and copyright law is outstanding and quite exceptional. He is detail oriented to a degree that doesn’t allow anything of importance to slip.’

‘De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has a very strong, intelligent team. They go to the extreme and beyond for their clients and leave nothing to chance. Probably the best firm in the Netherlands for IP matters.’

Key clients

Impossible Foods

Calvin Klein

Converse Inc

Anne Frank Stichting














Inter IKEA

Work highlights

  • Represented Impossible Foods in the EU in several actions before the Dutch courts and the EUIPO regarding its vegan burger brand IMPOSSIBLE BURGER.
  • Acted for Heineken before the General Court regarding the validity of AB Inbev’s ULTRA trade mark in the EU.
  • Represented Calvin Klein in Dutch Supreme Court proceedings against Diesel relating to coin pockets and trade mark law.


Through the utilisation of its network of offices across Europe, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is well-placed to coordinate multi-jurisdictional soft IP litigation for well known brands in the electronics, food and beverages, fashion and luxury sectors. Next to contentious work, the group also handles trade mark prosecutions and provides strategic IP advice. Joris van Manen leads the team, specialising in IT-related IP issues, including those concerning peer-to-peer file sharing, ISPs and proxy servers. ‘Excellent litigator’ Laura Fresco handles opposition and invalidity proceedings before the EUIPO. Frank Eijsvogels specialises in customs issues and the drafting of IP agreements.

Practice head(s):

Joris van Manen

Other key lawyers:

Laura Fresco; Frank Eijsvogels


‘Excellent service and problem-solving. They take control of the situation.’

‘Laura Fresco is an excellent litigator.’

Key clients




Easy Sanitary Solutions


Michael Kors

G-Star Raw




MC&F Broadcasting

John Lennon Estate


Jimi Hendrix Estate

Hunter Douglas



Verburg Washtower



Work highlights

  • Represented Abbott in cross-border litigation about counterfeit packaged diabetes test strips against various defendants in the Holland Trading Group.
  • Acted for Simplot in the international so-called ‘potato war’ against McCain in design enforcement proceedings.

bureau Brandeis

The ‘highly experienced and approachable team’ at bureau Brandeis specialises in disputes concerning digital copyrights, and frequently appears before Dutch and European courts on issues centred on infringements, questions of platform liability and contractual disagreements. Leadership of the practice is shared between Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, a specialist in matters at the intersection of copyright and intermediary liability, and Hans Bousie, who handles both copyright and competition matters for media and entertainment clients. Syb Terpstra focuses on copyright and trade mark disputes tied to the music industry, while he and Sophie van Everdingen both handle matters of portrait and image rights. Caroline de Vries moved to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm; Hans Bousie

Other key lawyers:

Silvia van Schaik; Syb Terpstra; Sam van Velze


‘Highly experienced and approachable team.’

‘Syb Terpstra is a really smart lawyer. Very approachable and pragmatic. Very good at handling high profile, prestigious cases for clients, under massive time pressure.’

‘The practice is brimming with expertise and takes a very client-oriented, friendly approach.’

‘We work with Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm. There is no one better in the Netherlands in his field. In addition, he exudes professionalism, takes the stress out of pending and ensuing legal actions situations, and puts his clients at ease.’

‘Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm is a deservedly well-known, multitalented, very accessible, intelligent copyright and media right lawyer, and very successful in attracting interesting clients and cases. He is great to work with and always delivers.’

‘Syb Terpstr is the only expert we need for all IP/media-related work streams. Syb is a pragmatic professional who strikes the right balance between high-end output and down-to-earth risk assessments.’

‘bureau Brandeis is an outstanding firm when it comes to soft IP work. They are great IP litigators with specialist knowledge of copyright and trade marks. Much of their work is litigation on these topics, but they also provide sound advice in non-contentious matters.’

‘Syb Terpstra is a truly outstanding senior attorney at bureau Brandeis when it comes to IP and trade marks.’

Key clients

Dutch Publishers Association

Spinnin’ Records

PVH Europe

Dash Berlin




News Service Europe

Hearst Magazines/Quote




Yellow Claw & Barong Family

West Coast Supply Group and WCHS

Vlado (Marcel Kosic)




VKB Uitgeversgroep B.V. and VBK | Media B.V.


Beverly Hills Polo Club



Work highlights

  • Represented PVH in proceedings against Meta regarding infringing and unlawful advertisements on the platform.
  • Acted for News Service Europe before the Dutch Supreme Court in a case concerning the liability of a Usenet provider for copyright infringements committed by Usenet users.
  • Represented Spinnin’ Records in litigation before the Supreme Court against DJ Martin Garrix in a case concerning ownership of neighbouring rights.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper supports clients with the management of their global IP portfolios, representing them before Dutch and European courts in a spectrum of IP disputes, ranging from infringement claims to revocation actions and anti-piracy work. Leading the team is Niels Mulder, who is noted for coordinating soft IP litigation across multiple jurisdictions, specialising in copyright, brand protection and the devising of anti-counterfeiting strategies. Alexander Tsoutsanis handles the spectrum of soft IP matters, with a client base that encompasses tech, sport, entertainment and life sciences giants. Trade mark attorney Sophie Gauquier-Rutgers advises on the enforcement and ongoing management of IP portfolios, with Rutger Stoop litigating matters concerning product designs and trade names.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Tsoutsanis; Sophier Gauquier-Rutgers; Rutger Stoop; Adee Keppy; Willemijn Rensen; Noa Naaman


‘A young, flexible and driven team, highly knowledgeable and eager to delve into new technologies.’

‘Rutger Stoop is very driven and knowledgeable. Sophie Gauquier knows how to translate complex IP portfolio matters into bite-sized chunks.’

‘Excellent foresight and advice regarding multiple cases.’

‘Niels Mulder and Noa Namaan are great at providing quick responses to detailed questions. Active partners, with a strong focus on problem-solving in a reasonable time.’

‘DLA Netherlands is a full service IP law firm offering support in a broad range of matters. They are highly dependable and always willing to help at short notice.’

Sophie Gauquier and Niels Mulder are a fantastic resource for my small in-house team. We heavily rely on their systems, processes and expertise to manage our diverse global portfolio. I can always rely on Sophie and Niels to provide me with pragmatic advice on a range of diverse IP matters.’

‘They have a great trade mark agent team that understands our needs and can pretty much run the portfolio by themselves.’

‘Sophie Gauquier is amazing. She truly understands our needs, is thorough, precise and easy to reach out to.’

Key clients







Jack Daniels Properties Inc.

Moët & Hennessy c.s.



Papa John’s

Pernod Ricard

Polo/Ralph Lauren

Premier LeagueRakutenRenault

Shell International B.V.

Taishan Group

TV Entertainment Reality Network

Unilever Nederland N.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Taishan Sports in appeal proceedings against JFS in a copyright and design rights dispute.
  • Acted for Converse before the Supreme Court in a matter revolving around the alleged exhaustion of almost a million pairs of infringing shoes.
  • Represented Bacardi in a number of trade mark disputes in the Netherlands, the EU and further afield in relation to the Bacardi brand.


Houthoff's ‘innovative and creative’ practice is a strong choice for clients that require specialist Supreme Court litigation support, with Thijs van Aerde handling complex, often cross-border trade mark and copyright disputes, including issues tied to the collection of copyright levies, seizures of infringing goods and IP contract disputes. Led by IT, privacy and IP specialist Thomas de Weerd, the team also includes Nicole Bilderbeek, a Supreme Court litigator who handles software-related IP litigation, in addition to assisting with IP-heavy transactions, licensing and transfer agreements.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde; Nicole Bilderbeek


‘Thijs van Aerde is excellent in translating our arguments to the Supreme Court.’

‘Exceptionally well-organised, non-intrusive and supportive, with flexible communication times and channels.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable in the areas of law needed. Innovative and creative, thinking both legally and commercially.’

Key clients


Airwair International

Philip Morris


Dummen Orange

Netherlands Vehicle Authority

Spinnin’ Records (Warner Music Group)





Buma Stemra

Work highlights

  • Represented HP and Dell in a copyright test case before the Dutch Supreme Court concerning the issue of tethered downloads.
  • Representing Buma Stemra in copyright and competition litigation against Associated Music Business Distributors and its members.
  • Acted for Philip Morris in a trade mark litigation before the Supreme Court concerning the seizure of tobacco products destined for a non-EU market.

Kennedy Van der Laan

The ‘true legal and judicial experts’ at Kennedy Van der Laan divide their focus between the tech, media and entertainment, fashion and luxury sectors, representing clients in major trade mark infringement claims and issues around intermediary liability. The practice is led by Maarten Schut, a specialist in tech and life sciences trade mark disputes; IP, IT and sports-focused Alfred Meijboom; and Joran Spauwen, whose expertise lies in assisting the IP aspects of tech transactions. Reindert van der Zaal represents both domestic and international fashion, luxury and sports brands in trade mark and advertising matters, and co-heads the firm’s anti-counterfeiting program.

Practice head(s):

Alfred Meijboom; Maarten Schut; Joran Spauwen

Other key lawyers:

Reindert van der Zaal; Sophie van Loon


‘KVDL are true legal experts who have the added advantage of being very pragmatic. They deliver effective advice, and strategies are perfectly adapted to their interlocutors.’

‘The IP and tech team are first class at KVDL. They are one of the most impressive teams in the Netherlands.’

‘The standout partner is Maarten Schuut. He is a leader in his field. He has a commercial mindset which clients appreciate, as well as a clear focus on outcomes.’

‘Kennedy Van Der Laan has a deep understanding of intellectual property legislation in the Netherlands and extensive experience.’

‘Reindert van der Zaal has extensive experience in both pre-litigation and litigation involving intellectual property rights. Reindert has assisted our company on very delicate and complex matters and, in all cases, has managed to achieve great results.’

‘They have an outstanding team with great experience in IP matters.’

‘Reindert van der Zaal is an exceptional professional.’

‘The KVDL IP practice is clearly a dynamic, forward-thinking, and approachable one. They have excellent legal knowledge in the field of IP.’

Key clients





Hugo Boss

Nordisk (Banijay)









Schiphol Airport


VU Medical Centre

ABC Signature

Work highlights

  • Defended running shoe brand Brooks against trade mark infringement claims made by Puma.
  • Acted for HUGO BOSS against use of the sign ‘boss’ and variants for third-party watch collections.
  • Represented DMARC Advisor BV in interim relief proceedings and litigation on the merits against dmarcian Inc. in several disputes concerning joint ownership and distribution of software.


Leeway focuses solely on soft IP matters, advises well-known names in the retail and fashion sectors on trade mark prosecutions and litigation across the Benelux region, acting for plaintiffs in infringement disputes and supporting clients facing cancellation and opposition proceedings before Dutch and European courts. The team is led in tandem by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Michiel Odink, a specialist in the retail and digital services sectors, and ‘IP superstar’ Marga Verwoert, who advises fashion brands and celebrities on the protection of their IP portfolios. Jos Klaus is a name to note for online IP infringement, advising on marketing campaigns and matters concerning misleading advertising, with Nini Blom acting for clients in domain name disputes and advising on licensing and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):

Marga Verwoert; Michiel Odink

Other key lawyers:

Jos Klaus; Nini Blom; Lotte Rutgers


‘Jos Klaus is like a pitbull for his clients. He will do all in his power to find that one thing that can change the case in the client’s advantage. Nini Blom is a great attorney. She is very dedicated and makes the client feel at ease. Her knowledge of the IP field is amazing.’

‘We often work with Marga Verwoert. She thinks like a transaction lawyer, which makes it very easy to involve her in complex transactions with an important IP angle.’

‘The Leeway team is small but provides high quality advice, and is very much hands-on.’

Key clients

Action Nederland

easyGroup Ltd.

Baidu Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Beter Bed

Chet Baker Estate


Vacu Vin

DPG Media


PAL Sporting Goods

Royal Boch BVBA

Pathé Thuis

Scotch & Soda B.V.

The Agent-C

Warner Music Benelux B.V.

Wieland Electric

Wahl Corporation Inc.

OSLO skin lab

Work highlights

  • Acted for Baidu in cancellation and opposition proceedings against BAIDU marks owned by a company called Baidu Europe, owned by Michael Gleissner.
  • Represented Warner Bros in several trade mark disputes, including against Ferrero regarding the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory brand.
  • Represented HEMA in a dispute with Lidl concerning an alleged infringement of its copyrights in relation to “lettercrate,” a HEMA design for a foldable basket.

Visser Schaap & Kreijger

Described by a client as ‘one of the best IP boutiques in the Netherlands’, Visser Schaap & Kreijger is well versed in assisting clients with the protection and enforcement of their IP rights, acting for well-known media and publishing names in copyright infringement and licensing disputes, and in the licensing of IP for merchandising. Leading the team is Jacqueline Schaap, a specialist in copyright and defamation litigation, and Dirk Visser, who has extensive experience in anti-piracy matters tied to the film and music industries and collecting societies. Paul Kreijger is noted for his expertise in competition-related IP matters. Patty de Leeuwe focuses on platform liability and anti-piracy measures.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Schaap; Dirk Visser

Other key lawyers:

Paul Kreijger; Patty de Leeuwe; Jasper Klopper


‘Visser Schaap & Kreijger is one of the best IP boutiques in the Netherlands. They have a tremendous expertise in IP law and are extremely efficient.’

‘Jacqueline Schaap is one of the best IP lawyers we know in Europe. Her knowledge of IP law is extraordinary, as are her skills as a litigator. It is better to have Jacqueline on your side in an IP case in the Netherlands. Patty de Leeuwe is also an exceptional lawyer and Dirk Visser has a great knowledge of IP law.’

‘Dirk Visser, Paul Kreijger, Jacqueline Schaap and the rest of the team are all very knowledgeable. They have a deep understanding of the business side. They provide excellent legal input and the best practical solutions.’

‘Visser Schaap & Kreijger is an extremely professional team with innovative legal approaches.’

‘Dirk Visser is a go-to person for copyright matters. Paul Kreijger is very apt at litigating matters. Jacqueline Schaap has a strong track record in steering away from trouble. Jasper Klopper is a very sophisticated trial and commercial lawyer.’

Key clients




Stichting Brein

Singel uitgevers

DPG Media


Talpa Network

Riviera Maison





Estate of Vangelis

Fiep Amsterdam

Work highlights

  • Acted for Stichting BREIN in first instance proceedings against Ziggo in order to enforce new measures, such as to send warning letters to its own customers to prevent piracy online.
  • Brought infringement proceedings on behalf of Muscle Meat (Olivier Richters) to prevent the further use of Muscle Meals on the basis of trade mark and trade name rights.
  • Advised the collecting society Sena on whether it can continue to collect equitable remuneration for the transmission of ‘synchronisations’.


AKD acts for clients based in the Netherlands and further afield in trade mark and copyright infringements, appearing before the Dutch and Benelux courts, in addition to arbitration proceedings. Furthermore, the firm also assists clients with trade mark prosecutions and advises on the IP aspects of corporate transactions. The team is led by copyright and database rights specialist Martin Hemmer and includes Huib Berendschot, who specialises in litigating parallel import and counterfeiting issues. Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht advises on licensing and distribution agreements, and takes on infringement cases. Bram Woltering handles cases of parallel trade and transit.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Huib Berendschot; Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht; Bram Woltering


‘The team is very approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘It is a pleasure to work with Roderick Chalmers. He is very up-to-date in knowledge and case law, and is always willing to help and think along with the company.’

‘We were recently referred to AKD and have found their team to be highly professional and competent.’

Key clients


Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson

Perfetti van Melle




Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

President Safety

Ulthera Inc.

Bär Software

Track Innovations



Worldwide Machinery





Ma-rell Boats AB

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's Dutch IP team works closely with the firm’s offices around Europe to handle pan-European trade mark prosecution and management strategies for numerous household names, while also taking instructions on infringement disputes. Leading the team are Benjamin van Kessel, who handles both contentious and advisory matters, including IP transactions and portfolio restructuring, and Steffen Hagen, whose focus is predominantly on soft IP infringement cases and brand enforcement matters. Trade mark attorney Ischa Gobius du Sart takes the lead on strategic trade mark and design issues, also handling opposition proceedings and advising on the management of IP portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin van Kessel; Steffen Hagen; Ischa Gobius du Sart

Other key lawyers:

Nathalja Doing; Eva Sluijmer


‘A one-stop-shop that we can trust to handle all our trademark issues worldwide competently.’

‘Ischa Gobius du Sart was extremely helpful in suggesting an out-of-the box approach to our filing strategy, greatly reducing the risk of an opposition.’

‘Steffen Hagen really dives deep into the matter at hand, looking at it from all angles. He takes the time to discuss matters, precisely weigh the facts and make the best plan of action. Steffen is easily approachable and has an informal style.’

Key clients

Burger King


Calvin Klein




British American Tobacco

Mistral International

Creamy Creation B.V.


Work highlights

  • Advised Burger King on all aspects of trade mark and product name clearance, trade mark, copyright and advertising law advice on new campaigns, advertisements and franchise agreements.
  • Represented Meguiar’s in connection with disputes with unauthorised resellers in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
  • Handled the anti-counterfeiting and brand enforcement work for Calvin Klein, including through Dutch customs on any seizures of counterfeit products, as well as coordinating the customs seizure work for the EU.

Boekx Advocaten

With a practice that covers trade mark and copyright litigation in addition to advisory work, Boekx Advocaten is sought out by the retail (including e-commerce) and design sectors, and is also noted for its specialisation in plant variety law. The practice is led by ‘brilliant lawyer’ Diederik Stols, who advises sports apparel, consumer goods and entertainment clients on the spectrum of soft IP matters. Hidde Koenraad, described by one client as an ‘excellent attorney,’ handles both IP disputes and advises on the management of portfolios for automotive, life sciences and plant breeding sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Diederik Stols

Other key lawyers:

Hidde Koenraad


‘Diederik Stols is a brilliant lawyer with a client-orientated approach.’

‘They pay attention to the client’s needs.’

‘Boekx has a great team that provides excellent, top tier service. Their knowledge and ability to handle any IP issue within Benelux or the EU make them a versatile option for many jurisdictions.’

Key clients

BMW (Rolls Royce, Mini)

Hilton Hotels

Augusta National Inc.

David Allen & Company

Sea Shepherd


Off-White Ltd.



Dümmen Orange Group

Van der Valk Hotels

Melissa & Doug

Work highlights

  • Represented BMW on matters relating to anti-counterfeiting, IP infringement and trade mark portfolio strategy.
  • Acted for the Augusta National Golf Club in a number of EUIPO oppositions relating to its MASTERS trade mark.
  • Advised Quooker on its worldwide IP portfolio and infringement matters.

Hoogenraad & Haak

The ‘true experts in trade mark and copyright law’ at Hoogenraad & Haak advise clients at the confluence of three key areas, namely soft IP, advertising and food law, where they tackle critical litigation concerning alleged infringements and assist with the ongoing protection of existing trade mark portfolios. Cross-border trade mark, copyright and design litigation is the domain of practice head Maarten Haak, who also handles unfair competition disputes. Daniël Haije advises on the licensing of IP rights, and also supports noted retail and food and beverage clients in infringement proceedings. Moïra Truijens represents clients across the spectrum of contentious soft IP and patent proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Haak

Other key lawyers:

Daniël Haije; Moïra Truijens; Mathijs Peijnenburg


‘Top-notch boutique with a bunch of smart lawyers with expertise in IP, media and advertising law and in-depth knowledge of the food industry. Thanks to its pragmatic approach and great partner involvement, Hoogenraad & Haak provides first-class advice.’

‘Hoogenraad & Haak is a boutique firm that provides excellent legal advice in a very pragmatic way. They are business-oriented and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Maarten Haak has in-depth knowledge and a pragmatic approach. Great business partner.’

‘Partner involvement, small teams, smarter and more efficient operations.’

‘The people working at Hoogenraad & Haak are very easy to contact and are always available to assist. The cases we give them for litigation are handled diligently. It’s a no-nonsense firm with reliable and transparent services.

‘Maarten Haak is a very good hands-on lawyer, very skilled and intelligent. Easily accessible and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Ultra-responsive and true experts in trade mark and copyright law.’

Key clients



Ahold Delhaize (Albert Heijn, Etos)








Omega Pharma


RGF Staffing


Secto Design


Work highlights

  • Represented Cantina Mexicana in trade mark infringement proceedings against McIlhenny Company on the generic use of ‘tabasco’.
  • Defended Fruugo in a conflict with Audi and Volkswagen in relation to allegedly infringing Audi and Volkswagen-branded products placed on the Fruugo marketplace by independent retailers.
  • Acted for Verisure in several trade mark and copyright infringement proceedings.

Höcker Advocaten

Höcker Advocaten is the firm of choice for a number of the Netherlands’ collecting societies, providing them with advice on complex copyright issues tied to music and entertainment. Practice head Jacqueline Seignette frequently takes on copyright litigation, advising on infringement proceedings and collective rights management. Marijn Kingma is noted for her expertise in matters that touch on both copyright and privacy law, while Joep Meddens handles IP-heavy transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Seignette

Other key lawyers:

Marijn Kingma; Joep Meddens


‘Marijn Kingma is a force of nature, made entirely of conviction and determination. Everything starts with her great quality of listening, she tries to understand the objectives and provide the best service.’

‘The Höcker IP team is highly specialised in all fields of intellectual property. Great knowledge of the subject matter, as well as the market we operate in. Joep Meddens, Jacqueline Seignette and the other members of the team will go all the way for their clients.’

‘Joep Meddens knows how to plead cases in court, but also how to stay out of court if that benefits his client. Very convincing in negotiations. Jacqueline Seignette knows everything there is to know about copyright and related rights, and knows how to use that knowledge for the benefit of her clients.’

‘Marijn Kingma is the go-to lawyer for collective rights organisations, dealing with copyright and neighbouring rights. She knows everything there is to know in the market. Joep Meddens is a thoughtful, strategic and knowledgeable thinker in this field.’

‘Marijn Kingma is a brilliant legal mind. She has the ability to break down complex legal concepts into easily digestible information, which is truly helpful. She is also a great person. I would 100% recommend working with her to anyone.’

‘Höcker has been a reliable firm and we have worked with them for many years now. They know our DNA and can therefore anticipate our wishes and needs.’

‘We work closely with Jacqueline Seignette, who is a valued partner to us. She is trustworthy, reliable, intelligent, knows us and our opponents well, and her advice is always on point.’

Key clients


Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and SIEE Benelux

Stichting de Thuiskopie

Pythagoras Music Fund

Stichting BREIN

Stichting LIRA

Motion Picture Association


ROSE Stories




Stichting Leenrecht

Nanada Music Publishing

Merk X

Work highlights

  • Advised Buma/Stemra in proceedings against Fresh FM, the former Dutch radio station, and its owner.
  • Acted for RadioCorp in regard to matters involving intellectual property, privacy, and contracts.
  • Represented Stichting BREIN in proceedings against News Service Europe, which offered unauthorised access to copyrighted work.


NautaDutilh acts for clients facing pan-Benelux IP challenges, tackling trade mark and copyright infringement disputes and also assisting with counterfeiting prevention and customs seizures. The ‘pragmatic and proactive’ Jeroen Boelens has stepped into the role of practice head following Anne Marie Verschuur's July 2023 departure, covering multi-jurisdictional trade mark disputes and non-contentious matters, including IP licensing and due diligence. Charles Gielen acts for plaintiffs and defendants in trade mark infringement proceedings, with Liselotte Bekke advising at the intersection of IP and advertising law. Richard van Oerle retired in February 2023, and October 2023 saw Fleur Folmer depart the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Boelens

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Liselotte Bekke


‘Jeroen Boelens is a very smart lawyer. He is pragmatic and proactive, and he is a very good litigator. On top of that, a very nice person to work with.’ 

Key clients




ING Bank





WE, O’Neill, Van Gils

Maus Frères (Lacoste, Aigle, Gant)



McIlhenny Company (TABASCO)

Scotch & Soda

Work highlights

  • Acted for LEGO on a number of infringement and enforcement cases.
  • Represented Waalfin Holding and its subsidiaries in a wide range of IP matters, most notably in relation to the reputed brands WE Fashion, Van Gils and O’Neill.
  • Represented fashion company Scotch & Soda in litigation against a subsidiary of New York-based global marketing communications agency WundermanThompson, where the latter alleged copyright infringement.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is frequently instructed by Dutch public bodies, including government ministries and city authorities, in Supreme Court appeals concerning trade mark and copyright disputes. The practice, which is led by Supreme Court litigator and ‘absolute expert on copyright law’ Sikke Kingma, also handles IP disputes on behalf of private sector clients. Jordi Bierens' practice encompasses both IP litigation and non-contentious advice.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Jordi Bierens; Maartje Möhring


‘Sikke Kingma is an absolute expert on copyright law and a great lawyer.’

‘Sikke Kingma is one of the leading Dutch Supreme Court litigators in general, but also specifically renowned for his broad IP knowledge.’

‘All Pels Rijcken partners and associates are very good. We worked with Sikke Kingma, who is both practical and efficient, as well as highly skilled in the most technical legal aspects. Also worth noting that the junior associates are very skilled.’

‘The team we work with is very professional, has great knowledge and is very driven.’

‘Sikke Kingma is a reliable and professional lawyer. He has excellent writing skills but also verbal. His knowledge of IP is perfect, but he is also good in strategic and/or commercial matters.’

Key clients




Ministry of Justice and Security

Work highlights

  • Represented a retailer from the Netherlands and Belgium in extensive Supreme Court proceedings concerning European and American copyright law.
  • Acted for the State of the Netherlands in lawsuits concerning the implementation of the European Copyright Directive.


Ploum coordinates multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting and parallel import efforts for automotive, luxury goods, and food and beverage clients, while operating in close connection with the firm’s IT team to handle tech-related copyright and database rights matters. Jointly leading the team are Willem Leppink, an expert in trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, and Sabin Tigu, who handles domain name disputes and parallel import matters. Paul Trapman advises on privacy law and handles trade mark and copyright litigation.

Practice head(s):

Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu

Other key lawyers:

Paul Trapman


‘Ploum, as a truly Dutch law firm, has an excellent local network with outstanding market knowledge. The cooperation with their Rotterdam office is excellent, with exceptionally fast and expert handling of cases.’

‘Our contacts have been the extremely renowned Willem Leppink and his outstanding younger partner Sabin Tigu. We greatly appreciate this collaboration, especially their enormous commitment, their goal to always achieve more than their competitors, their enormous experience and the passion with which they practice.’

‘Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu are a fantastic team. All round good performers and really nice to deal with.’

‘Great people to work with. Innovative and commercial in their approach. They look at the bigger picture and are laser-focused on what the client wants to achieve.’

‘Willem Leppink has extensive experience in handling a variety of IP cases. He is very knowledgeable about the law, quick-thinking and has good communication skills.’

‘They pay attention to the client, taking into account the needs of the organisation. They give good, solid advice.’

Key clients



Donna Karan (DKNY)

Ford Motor Company





Lipton Teas & Infusions


Snap Inc.

Western Digital

Work highlights

  • Coordinated Western Digital’s pan-EU anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade efforts.
  • Acted for Coty in proceedings against parallel trade, counterfeiting and other unauthorised uses of its trade marks.
  • Represented NOAH Clothing in litigation against former tennis player Yannick Noah in a dispute across several EU jurisdictions.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's integrated Benelux IP team is skilled in the handling of cross-border IP matters, including multi-jurisdictional filing strategies and soft IP litigation and WIPO arbitrations. Leading the firm’s soft IP practice in both the Netherlands and Belgium are the ‘reliable and innovative’ Maarten Rijks, who representc clients in the full range of soft IP disputes, and Wim Maas, who also heads the firm’s litigation and investigations team. Margot van Gerwen assists with the protection of product designs and also advises on matters of media and e-commerce law.

Practice head(s):

Maarten Rijks; Wim Maas

Other key lawyers:

Margot van Gerwen


‘Their teams have a strong IP specialisation and expertise in both litigation and the prosecution of IP rights.’

‘Its recommendations and strategies always have a very pragmatic purpose, being oriented to find the most practical solutions for the client in every case. In The Netherlands, Margot van Gerwen is a very talented lawyer with experience in handling big cases.’

‘A most reliable team, headed by Maarten Rijks.’

Key clients

PSV Eindhoven

Van Haren Schoenen (Deichmann)


Homefashion Group (Kwantum and Leen Bakker)


Goossens Meubelen

Ellie Cashman




Knaap Bikes

Floris van Bommel



Work highlights

  • Acted for Quantum in a copyright case against Vitra concerning the Eames chair and the applicability of Art. 2(7) of the Bern Convention.
  • Represented Van Haren in a trade mark and slavish imitation case against Airwair International Limited.
  • Assisted Borek Outdoor Furniture in summary proceedings against Belgian company Manutti, securing the lifting of an ex parte injunction.

Van Kaam IP & Media

With a particular focus on the film, TV and theatre sectors, Van Kaam IP & Media advises clients on the protection of their copyright and trade mark portfolios, taking on cross-border infringement disputes, in addition to  supporting clients with the drafting and negotiating of IP contracts. The practice is led by Bertil van Kaam, who represents entertainment industry clients in court and provides expertise in licensing deals. Jacintha van Dorp focuses on copyright and trade mark cases tied to online platforms. Remco Klöters, a specialist in EUIPO and BOIP opposition and invalidity proceedings, left in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Bertil van Kaam

Other key lawyers:

Jacintha van Dorp


‘Knowledge and expertise.’

‘Hands-on, practical and very clear.’

Key clients

Anton Corbijn

Senf Theaterpartners B.V.

Alois Dallmayr Kaffee oHG

Royal Coster Diamonds B.V.

Student Verhuis Service B.V.

Dun Yong Foodservices B.V.

Advance Publications

Eindbazen Producties VOF

Kitchenworld B.V.

De Vergulde Valck B.V.

Warrior Shanghai B.V.

Puik Design B.V.


Stichting Insert

Work highlights

  • Represented photographer Anton Corbijn in proceedings against a Czech gallery that sold Corbijn’s works online without his approval.
  • Represented Primary Holdings Ltd before the District Court of The Hague in a complex trade mark dispute with Nikon.
  • Acted for a format creator in civil proceedings before the District Court of Amsterdam against a producer concerning the format of a TV program.


BarentsKrans represents clients in multi-jurisdictional copyright and trade mark disputes, assisting with infringement and counterfeiting matters, in addition to providing non-contentious and transactional IP advice. ‘Top-notch IP lawyer’ Jaap Bremer heads the practice, with a focus on the food and beverages, telecoms and retail sectors, frequently appearing before the Dutch courts and EUIPO on their behalf. Jan Jacobi joined the practice from an in-house role in August 2023, specialising in contentious IP matters in the fashion and fast-moving consumer good sectors. Marleen van den Horst moved to La Gro Geelkerken advocaten in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:

Jan Jacobi


‘Jaap Bremer is extremely strategic, sophisticated, smart and business-oriented and has always taken the time to fully understand our business objectives. Jaap is a top-notch IP lawyer with an outstanding track record.’

‘The trade mark, copyright and design rights practice is first class, with particular skills in cross-border issues.’

‘Jaap Bremer is highly skilled and a cross-border specialist.’

‘Jaap Bremer is in a class of his own. He is someone who always tries to find practical solutions. He is also able to translate complex matters into simple terms so that the business understands what the issues are.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Koninklijke KPN

Meta Technologies (Oculus)


Huisman Equipment


Palm Fruits

Delta Nuts

IPV Delft creatieve ingenieurs

Loesdau (Cheval de Luxe)

Work highlights

  • Represented Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in trade mark enforcement litigation against an independent European reseller.
  • Acted for a telecoms provider in a misleading advertising dispute with a competitor.
  • Represented a confectionery brand in a trade mark enforcement action against various infringing parties.


Seen by clients as a ‘highly professional and innovative IP partner’, Dentons handles trade mark and copyright disputes before the Dutch courts and EUIPO, and is also noted for its work on anti-counterfeiting class action lawsuits. Practice head Alexander Odle covers both trade mark and design litigation, and he also offers strategic IP advice, in addition to transactional support. Alexander van Laaren heads the firm’s trade mark prosecution work in addition to handling administrative IP matters. Tom Brohm specialises in anti-counterfeiting actions. Nathalie van der Zande departed the firm in February 2024.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Odle; Alexander van Laaren

Other key lawyers:

Tom Brohm


‘Legal experts with business-friendly advice, always willing to support the client.’

‘Alexander Odle is an experienced, seasoned expert in copyright litigation.’

‘Dentons is a highly professional and innovative IP partner.’

‘Alexander van Laaren is a highly likeable, professional and personal advisor and lawyer. It is truly a pleasure working with him.’

Key clients

React Foundation

The Social Hub

Stichting Sportonderscheidingen

Light in the Box, Ltd

CRN Management B.V.

Tapestry, Inc

1661, Inc and GOAT Fashion, Ltd

Catalyst Inc.

HCI Europe

Zhejiang Zhengthe Ltd and Sorara B.V.

Little Dutch B.V.

Champion Petfoods Ltd

HERE Technologies BV

BerryWorld Europe BV

Work highlights

  • Represented React Foundation React in a class action against an e-commerce platform, securing a court order for identifying information from the operator/owner of the e-commerce platform on the companies and persons behind the sale of counterfeit products.
  • Advised former international hotel chain The Student Hotel with their rebranding operation from ‘The Student Hotel’ to ‘The Social Hub’, including international trademark searches and filings.
  • Acted for CRN Management in multiple trade mark opposition proceedings and cancellation actions before the BOIP for multiple variations of Dutch radio station brand ‘ARROW CLASSIC ROCK’.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland advises clients on the spectrum of trade mark and design issues, from initial prosecution to licensing deals, cross-border infringement and opposition disputes. Thera Adam is the firm’s global co-head of IP, with a practice centred on trade mark and design right litigation. Olaf van Haperen handles matters at the intersection of IP and IT law, with particular expertise in acting for fast-moving consumer goods and healthcare clients. The October 2022 arrival of Alexandra van Lier from Kennedy Van der Laan saw the practice expand its soft IP litigation capacity, in addition to adding expertise in brand strategy.

Practice head(s):

Thera Adam

Other key lawyers:

Olaf van Haperen; Alexandra van Lier


‘Eversheds’ Dutch IP team have a good understanding of their clients’ interests, keeping a strong watch over any potential infringements and preparing analyses that are immediately actionable for the client.’

‘They are very good, assertive and forthcoming. They know what they are doing.’

‘Olaf van Haperen is a partner with a very strategic vision of the business and the market. He understands clients’ needs.’

‘Thera Adam has a lot of know-how, which give us confidence in her way of working.’

Key clients

Royal Swinkels Family Brewer

Nisbets Plc


Cyrus One

Loading Systems International




Ortec B.V

Gibson Guitar Corporation

Rheem Manufacturing (Intergas Verwarming B.V.)

Basil B.V.

Vrooam Powersports Lubricants International B.V.

NSE Products/NuSkin

Nanjing Vmoto Manufacturing Co, Ltd


Charlie’s Natural B.V.


Work highlights

  • Represented Royal Swinkels Family Brewers in its successful opposition to Arseni’s attempt to register a Belenux trade mark.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Under the leadership of ‘very experienced IP lawyer’ Radboud Ribbert, Greenberg Traurig LLP has become the destination of choice for celebrities looking to manage and protect their copyright and trade mark portfolios. Wouter van Wengen's practice covers both the entertainment and tech sectors, and his admission to the New York bar allows him to effectively service intercontinental IP disputes and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Radboud Ribbert

Other key lawyers:

Wouter van Wengen


‘The team is very skilful in all kinds of IP matters, especially those involving trade marks.’

‘Radboud Ribbert is a very experienced IP lawyer and the quality of his work is outstanding.’

‘Radboud Ribbert is a seasoned legal professional with versatile and true experience in the IP domain, from media to patents and everything in between. Secondly, he communicates in a direct and clear way, without complex legal formulations.’

Key clients

Roddelpraat (Jan Roos & Dennis Schouten)

Bollegraaf Patents and Brands B.V.

Lineweight LLC and Crye Precision LLC

Stichting Nederlandse Top 40

Buildings Group B.V.

Eric Kuster


Cheetah Mobile, Inc and Cheetah Mobile America, Inc

Sheryl Crow

JLO Holding Company, LLC (Jennifer Lopez)

Killer Queen, LLC (Katy Perry)

OverEasy B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Lineweight LLC and Crye Precision LLC in their lawsuit against European infringers of their camouflage patterns.
  • Represented Buildings Living BV and interior designer Eric Kuster in their lawsuit against the paint production company PPG, which infringed the clients’ trade mark right to the trade mark ‘SHADES BY ERIC KUSTER’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP takes instructions on the full spectrum of soft IP matters, including international trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, and also supports clients with a dedicated trade mark prosecution practice. Samantha Brinkhuis leads the practice, with considerable experience in trade mark, copyright and designs disputes, and ancillary expertise in media and advertising law. Giannina Leander and Babette Dol both maintain broad practices, with consumer, retail, fashion and tech clients coming to them for both contentious and transactional IP advice.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Brinkhuis

Other key lawyers:

Giannina Leander; Babette Dol


‘The practice is unique because of its in-depth knowledge of Dutch trade mark law, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge in court.’

‘Samantha Brinkhuis and her team members stand out in the market because they have truly mastered Dutch trade mark law.’

Key clients


Deutsche Telekom

AB Inbev





Play North




Rewilding Europe

News Corporation

TIP Trailer Services



Stella McCartney

VKR (Velux)



The Bacardi Group

Kao Corporation

NM Beauty (Gisou)

Freya Biosciences


Club House Italia



Work highlights

  • Represented Deutsche Telekom in the defence of its Magenta colour trade marks against Lebara.
  • Acted for AB Inbev in various proceedings against Heineken in a trade mark dispute between AB Inbev’s ‘MICHELOB ULTRA’ and ‘ULTRA’ trademarks vs. Heineken’s ‘AMSTEL ULTRA’ trade mark applications.
  • Advised Play North on a formal response to new draft legislation that is set to restrict trade mark advertising possibilities for online casinos in the Netherlands.

Holla Legal & Tax

Holla legal & tax provides an all-encompassing soft IP practice, representing clients in trade mark, trade name and copyright infringement proceedings, with additional expertise in licensing, franchising and R&D agreements. The practice is led by Luuk Jonker, who advises clients across a wide range of sectors on infringement matters; Robbert Sjoerdsma, who handles soft IP litigation before the Dutch courts and EUIPO; and Kim de Bonth, a specialist in cross-border IP disputes and matters of slavish imitation.

Practice head(s):

Luuk Jonker; Robbert Sjoerdsma; Kim de Bonth

Other key lawyers:

Daan Breuking; Machiel Roosendaal


‘Luuk Jonker and Robbert Sjoerdsma are excellent and a joy to work with.’

‘Holla has an excellent team dealing with trade marks, copyrights and designs. They are responsive and provide commercial advice. The whole team is very personable to deal with.’

‘Luuk Jonker is excellent on parallel imports and other technical issues around trade mark rights. A leading authority in this area. Very good on licensing and exploitation of IP rights.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca B.V.

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 TakCompany B.V.)

50five B.V

Schmitz Holding B.V.

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

Handelsmaatschappij J. van Hilst B.V.

Salling Group A/S

Konica Minolta Sensing Europe B.V.

Ascena Retail Group Inc.

Fritz Hansen A/S

Mesa International Products B.V.

K!CK Trading B.V.

Mombacho Consulting B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Enexis in an IP and IT dispute against Accenture.
  • Represented Van Hilst in a dispute with Puma regarding alleged infringements of community design rights held by Puma on the so-called ‘Puma Creeper’.
  • Acted for Schmitz Foam in a trade secrets matter.

LXA Attorneys

LXA Attorneys adopts an ‘aggressive but effective approach’ to anti-counterfeiting proceedings, assisting notable fashion labels with disputes concerning fake products, and also representing a variety of clients in trade mark and copyright infringement disputes. Thomas Berendsen heads the practice, handling IP disputes for start-ups and fintech clients, with anti-counterfeiting and trade mark advice being the central facets of Gie van den Broek's practice. Fleur Boom and Iris van der Wal are further names to note for contentious soft IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Berendsen

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very good team of hands-on IP lawyers providing first-class advice in IP and anti-counterfeiting cases. Very responsive.’

‘Thomas Berendsen is an excellent all-round IP lawyer, a pitbull who keeps defending his clients’ interests at all costs.’

‘The IP team at LXA possesses a unique panache, supported by a highly skilful set of lawyers, with a particular focus on trade marks, copyright and anti-counterfeiting.’

‘Thomas Berendsen and Gie van den Broek are standout lawyers. Both are extremely passionate and dedicated, with Gie being at the forefront of anti-counterfeit protection in the EU.’

‘Thomas Berendsen is both experienced and business minded, and always provides good attention and quick turnarounds.’

‘Small but very committed IP team with a strong focus on anti-counterfeiting work, with an aggressive but effective approach to such matters.’

Key clients

Delta-Sport Handelskontor GmbH

Tomorrow Today (NZ) Ltd – OBO Hockey

Levi Strauss & Co.



Calvin Klein Inc.

VIA VAI Shoes B.V.

HUGO BOSS Trademark Management GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Represented Tomorrow Today (NZ) Ltd. – OBO Hockey in court and EUIPO proceedings against Handelsonderneming Kubus B.V. regarding a community design right infringement.
  • Represented Delta-Sport Handelskontor GmbH in preliminary relief proceedings following a copyright claim by HEMA B.V.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons‘brilliant IP team’ enjoys a strong following in the food and beverages sector, with wines and spirits clients entrusting the firm with complex cross-border trade mark infringement and ownership disputes. The ‘world class’ Paul Tjiam spearheads the firm’s IP efforts, acting across the spectrum of soft IP rights and representing a number of well-known NGOs, in addition to corporate clients. He is ably supported by Edwin van der Velde and Daisy Termeulen, both of whom tackle a range of IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Tjiam

Other key lawyers:

Edwin van der Velde; Daisy Termeulen


‘Simmons & Simmons has a brilliant IP team.’

‘Paul Tjiam is highly recommended for complex intellectual property litigation cases. He is the perfect candidate for developing and implementing a strategic game plan.’

‘World-class team led by a world-class partner.’

Key clients

Spirits International


Jacuzzi, Inc.

Van Caem Klerks Group



Cantiere Del Pardo


Doctors without Borders

Gallo Winery




Work highlights

  • Represented L’Oréal in infringement proceedings against an international wholesaler.
  • Represented HMS in proceedings against the Turkish State regarding the ownership of the ‘Galipoglu Hidromas’ trade mark.
  • Acted for i4F in opposition proceedings concerning its 3L Triplelock trade mark against Reflin.

Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg

The IP team at Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg brings ‘outstanding knowledge’ of trade mark and copyright law to the table for its clients, while also advising on matters at the intersection of soft IP and IT, and associated contractual matters. Helmer Klingenberg is the key contact for all manner of IP-related contracts, with additional experience in tackling complex IP litigation, and acting on trade mark and copyright disputes, alongside Godert van Rappard, a first port of call for many collective rights organisations. Roald Minneboo specialises in online copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Helmer Klingenberg; Godert van Rappard; Roald Minneboo


‘This IP law firm in The Netherlands is simply the best. If you need top-tier IP legal services in The Netherlands, it is the one to call.’

‘Helmer Klingenberg is dedicated, intelligent, pragmatic and passionate about the cases he handles.’

‘VRMK stands out for their personal and human approach, combined with outstanding knowledge and open and direct communication.’

‘Godert van Rappard understands and acts on our business and interests. He stands out in his knowledge of law and the process at hand.’

Van Rappard Minneboo Klingenberg is excellent for IP work. The partners are the best in the field.’

‘Helmer Klingenberg is one of the best IP lawyers out there. He is smart, strategic and very good in complex and sensitive situations.’

Key clients

Wunderman Thompson

FedEx Express



Circle Closet

Dynamic Credit


Billy Grace


De Club




Greenboy Group


Bangma Verpakkingen




Work highlights

  • Assisted Wunderman Thompson with questions revolving around trade marks, copyrights, online advertising and IP licensing agreements.
  • Acted for Pictoright in an international copyright infringement case against a large retailer and its suppliers.
  • Advised FedEx Express on the drafting and negotiating of a full range of commercial agreements that contain cross-border IP arrangements.

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh's ‘creative and hands-on team’ handles the full spectrum of soft IP disputes before the Dutch, Benelux and EU courts, covering issues of copyright, trade mark and design infringement, in addition to advising on matters pertaining to parallel imports. Practice head Timme Geerlof is sought after for his litigation experience, and also assists with the drafting of commercial contracts. Gerard van der Wal has extensive experience pleading cases before the ECJ, acting for luxury, pharmaceutical and agriculture clients, while ‘legal eagle’ Shaharzaad Said maintains a litigious practice, in addition to advising on the drafting of IP agreements.

Practice head(s):

Timme Geerlof

Other key lawyers:

Gerard van der Wal; Shaharzaad Said


‘Timme Geerlof has excellent knowledge of the latest trade mark laws and lawsuits, and knows how to use and explain this to all stakeholders in the cases we have together.’

‘Fantastic team, very diverse, always quick to respond.’

‘Excellent services.’

‘The IP team of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is a diverse team in many senses. This applies to the background of the members of the team, to their characters and to the different fields of IP they advise on.’

‘Timme Geerlof manages his team well and leads by example in providing practical legal advice.’

Key clients

B.V. Rotterdamsche Producten Mij

Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA

F. Loendersloot Internationale Expeditie B.V.

Rhino Overseas Inc.

Kamstra International B.V.

Crazy Pianos On Tour B.V. – Mr. R.A.H. Bravenboer

Eureco-Pharma B.V.

Medcor Pharmaceuticals B.V.

M. Khodabakhsh

VISUfarma B.V.

Association Euro-Specialité (VES)

Spido B.V.

Bankruptcy trustee of Saleslution S.L.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Altunis Trading Gestão e Serviços LDA in appeal proceedings before the Benelux Court of Justice concerning the use of Benelux trade marks of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
  • Represented Rhino Overseas Inc. and VanDutch Marine in cross-border proceedings against Dutch and Italian companies in relation to a global dispute regarding the ownership of multiple trade mark rights for the famous VANDUTCH luxury yachts.
  • Defended F. Loendersloot Internationale Expeditie B.V. in proceedings against Bacardi and MHCS Société en Commandite Simple concerning the use of trade marks by intermediaries.

BINGH Advocaten

BINGH Advocaten is noted for its advice to both cultural institutions and corporate clients, providing representation where IP rights have been infringed, and assisting with licensing contracts. Lars Bakers is the key contact within the IP team, focusing on trade mark and copyright litigation, with experience pleading cases before the national courts and the ECJ. He is also well versed in the management and exploitation of IP portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Lars Bakers


‘The highly experienced members of the team are very pragmatic lawyers, who are very quick to respond.’

‘Lars Bakers has a very good understanding of the industry and always delivers on time. Go-to guy in all trade mark and trade-related matters.’

Key clients

Hugo Boss

Leidseplein Beheer BV

GEA AG and related Companies

Heirs of Rien Poortvliet and Will Huygen

SPAR International BV

Standard Investment

Commander BV and Just Brands BV

Het Concertgebouw

PIP Studio BV

National Museum of World Cultures


Riedel BV

Jelurida BV

Pols Potten BV

Work highlights

  • Co-ordinated trade mark prosecutions, oppositions and infringement litigation for Hugo Boss across the Belenux region.
  • Advised SPAR International BV as custodian of the international SPAR brand on the relationship with its international partners in over 45 countries worldwide.
  • Represented Commander Holding BV/Just Brands BV on trade mark prosecutions and design infringements in the Benelux region and European Union.


CMS works alongside other practices to advise clients on multi-jurisdictional trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, while also working with the firm’s corporate teams to handle the IP aspects of transactions. Practice head Rogier de Vrey represents sports, media and life sciences clients in trade mark disputes, while also acting as a WIPO arbitrator. Marcoline van der Dussen specialises in copyright and advertising litigation, focusing on the consumer goods field, with Yasar Çelebi focusing on tech and communications-related IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Rogier de Vrey

Other key lawyers:

Marcoline van der Dussen; Yasar Çelebi


‘Rogier de Vrey: Dedicated, enthusiastic, competent.’

‘Very friendly, diverse and approachable team boasting a wide variety of experience with all sorts of IP-related matters.’

‘Its IP group is very knowledgeable about local and international patent issues.’

‘Rogier de Vrey is an excellent communicator. Decisive, but open to suggestions.’


Key clients


Comcast (NBC Universal, Sky)




Johnson & Johnson





Sony (Europe)




Royal BAM Group


Royal Ahrend

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Unibrew A/S on the IP aspects of its acquisition of Heineken subsidiary Vrumona.
  • Represented Ferm RFID Solutions against Avery Dennison Corporation and its Dutch subsidiary in a dispute concerning the alleged unlawful acquisition of trade secrets.

Good Law B.V.

The ‘hands-on’ Good Law B.V. team specialises in assisting the fashion and food and beverages sectors with the protection of their brand portfolios, tackling trade mark disputes and advising on anti-counterfeiting measures. These are areas of focus for Carja Mastenbroek, who handles soft IP disputes on behalf of fashion and luxury clients. Sander Verbeek focuses on the retail sector, which he advises on the optimisation of IP portfolios in addition to representing clients in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Carja Mastenbroek; Sander Verbeek

Other key lawyers:

Carolien van Bakel


‘Sander Verbeek’s availability and responsiveness is exceptional, as is the quality of his work.’

‘The team is hands-on and provides practical advice.’

‘Carja Mastenbroek is very energetic, strong-minded and decisive.’

Key clients

Moët & Chandon


Veuve Cliquot

Polmos Żyrardów


Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein




Under Armour

Work highlights

  • Represented Calvin Klein in a dispute against Sporttrading concerning the latter’s selling of boxer shorts that infringed Calvin Klein trade marks.
  • Acted for Puma in proceedings against Monshoe Fashion, where the latter was accused of infringing Puma’s form strip.
  • Assisted Visser and Ziegler in legal proceedings against a former director regarding the alleged theft of trade secrets, breach of confidentiality and non-competition agreements and potential copyright infringements.

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten

Louwers IP Technology Advocaten‘s ‘down-to-earth and practical’ team handles a range of non-contentious matters, including negotiating and drafting IP licenses and R&D agreements, while also appearing for clients before the courts in infringement of trade mark, copyright and trade secret cases. Founding partner Ernst-Jan Louwers is noted for his expertise in tech-related IP matters, covering disputes focused on copyrights, trade marks and database rights, and is further specialised in issues pertaining to plant breeders’ rights. Nathalie van der Zande joined the firm from Dentons in February 2024, with a practice encompassing the enforcement of trade marks and the crafting of IP protection strategies.

Practice head(s):

Ernst-Jan Louwers

Other key lawyers:

Eva van Groezen; Frank Rutgers; Lidian de Weert; Nathalie van der Zande


‘When comparing Louwers IP Technology Advocaten to other firms, potential clients can expect a combination of specialised expertise, a client-centric approach, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the seamless integration of technology. This unique combination positions them as a standout choice.’

‘The firm provides knowledgeable, practical solutions for clients. Moreover, the people I have worked with are very cooperative when working with mutual clients.’

‘Knowledge, expertise, down-to-earth and practical.’

Key clients

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

CTOUCH Europe B.V.

Smart Photonics B.V.

CycloMedia Technologies B.V.

BarbasBellfires B.V.

VTS Constructions B.V.

Masr Fruit International B.V.

Prowise B.V.

Sorama B.V.

Inalfa Roof Systems B.V.

Qlayers B.V.

Deryan B.V.

Blue Skies One B.V.

Satsearch B.V.

DDInnovations B.V.

Good Travel B.V.

BioCheck B.V.

SkyEcho B.V.

OES Group Ltd.

Coblo B.V.

Track Design & Media

Eysing B.V.

Folat B.V.

European Leisure Industries B.V.