The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
JACHTHAVENWEG 121, 1081 KM AMSTERDAM, PO BOX 75265, 1070 AG AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Tel:
Work +31 20 6789 123
Fax:
Fax +31 20 795 4589
Email:
Web:
www.vandoorne.com

Kriek Wille

Tel:
Work +31 20 6789 271
Email:
Van Doorne

Work Department

Intellectual Property & Media; Technology, Media & Telecom; Consumer Goods, Retail, Food & Beverages; Cyber Security

Position

Kriek heads the Intellectual Property practice and is co initiator of the Media & Technology Sector Team. In trademarks and general IP law, Kriek is both trusted advisor and litigator, with special focus on - online/digital - business and media, and the creative/innovative sector. She is especially skilled in handling complex strategic problems and files.

Career

Kriek is a traditional soft IP and unfair competition lawyer with a strong track record in sponsoring, endorsement, (media) production and licensing projects. Kriek advises cultural and major retail organizations on the protection of design. She specializes in cases on media publicity (TV, print, online), communication and advertising law. Kriek is member of the Board of the Cobra Museum business club. Kriek has specific expertise in commercial litigation, both before national and international Courts (EUC), regularly speaks on issues of intellectual property law and authored a handbook on intellectual property rights in bankruptcies. In the past, Kriek worked for the Ministries of Economic Affairs and Justice where she was involved in policy and legislation on intellectual property and civil law. Her affinity for strategies on managing media attention was kindled when she was director of a foundation that worked for better relationships between celebrities and the media.

Languages

English, Dutch

Member

  • Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM)
  • Dutch Copyright Association (VvA)
  • The Netherlands Advertising Law Association (VvRr)
  • Dutch Federation for Media and Communications Law (VMC)
  • Honorary Judge at the Court of Appeal in The Hague

Education

  • Dutch Law, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1989


Netherlands

Industry focus: Food

Within: Industry focus: Food

A substantial team at Van Doorne offers cross-border, sector expertise in areas as varied as commercial/M&A, real estate, litigation, IP and employment. It provides advice that is 'to the point at short notice and has solid knowledge of all areas of law that a corporate has to deal with'. Lisette Bieleveld, who heads the team and leads the commercial work advised Superunie, a buying cooperative for supermarket chains, on its acquisition of the BIO+ brand. Bart van Reeken focuses on outsourcing and IT agreements and disputes. IP partner Kriek Wille is advising Texelse Bierbrouwerij, the well-known Dutch specialty beer brewer, on an ongoing conflict with its former director who started a competing brewery under a confusingly similar brand.

[back to top]

Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: Media and entertainment

The Van Doorne team is recommended for being 'very dedicated and able to bring together the right experts in a team'. Kriek Wille and Louis Jonker are  highlighted for their 'tactical' approach to solving disputes. Jeroen Sombezki  specialises in sector-related corporate matters and Marjolijn Lips likewise for employment matters. The team has an established client base that includes Walt Disney as well as publishers, broadcasters, and gaming organisations. It acted for Erdee Media Group on a range of matters including copyright and data protection and also represented the client in an appeal case on alleged unlawful publishing and the legitimacy of keeping news articles in online archives.

[back to top]

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

Within: Leading individuals

Kriek Wille - Van Doorne

Within: Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

The team at Van Doorne 'works well together' to provide clients with a full range of expertise from enforcement and anti-counterfeiting cases to distribution, franchising, and sponsorship matters. Department head Kriek Wille 'is a smart, outstanding attorney' who is acting for Texelse Bierbrouwerij in high-profile proceedings including a conflict with a former director who started a competing brewery under a confusingly similar brand; Wille is also handling a number of other trade mark opposition and infringement actions.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments in Netherlands

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the ‚ÄúCommission‚ÄĚ) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD
  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";} Dutch Law distinguishes two categories of commercial premises. Depending on the type of premises or the purpose for which it is used, they are referred to as:
  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD