Firm Profile > Brinkhof > Amsterdam , Netherlands

Brinkhof
DE LAIRESSESTRAAT 111-115
1075 HH AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

The team at Brinkhof is led by the 'particularly impressive' Wieke van Angeren, who is 'an excellent negotiator, effortlessly switching between negotiation styles as is required for the situation'. Together with Eliane de Vilder and Quinten Kroes, the group offers comprehensive IT, outsourcing, and data protection expertise to WhatsApp, Google, and various corporations in the transport and logistics sectors. In the words of one client, the team 'completely lived up to our high expectations and were exactly what is needed for a high-stakes and high-pressure project'.

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 1

Brinkhof has an outstanding range of capabilities in the media/TMT spaces from traditional publishing to telecoms and the online sectors. It has been involved in many ground-breaking cases including the copyright status of hyperlinking, the right to be forgotten, image rights, and the various regulatory regimes. Remy Chavannes, Quinten Kroes, and 'the brilliantDorien Verhulst are the senior members of a team which acts for Google and Sky Radio on a range of matters and is also acting for the Association of Dutch Commercial Radio Broadcasters in a dispute with Sena over performing rights rate-setting.

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Industry focus: telecoms Tier 1

The Brinkhof team acts for many of the major telecoms companies offering the gamut of expertise including related competition and regulatory regimes. It is entrusted with complex disputes; Pepijn van Ginneke has been representing KPN in a long-running matter in which Vodafone challenged its acquisition of Reggefiber. It also counts Tele2, BT Global Services, Sky Radio and VEON among its clients. Quinten Kroes is a notable partner in the team which has added Joost van Eymeren to its ranks, who joined from Stibbe. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne left to join Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV.

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Intellectual property: Patents Tier 1

Brinkhof 'undoubtedly has the top patent lawyers in the Netherlands acting for multi-national and domestic clients across all scientific fields and has a pipeline of exceptionally talented associates'. Richard Ebbink, Mark Van Gardingen, Koen Bijvank, and Daan De Lange are 'standout' partners. The team acts for Sandoz, the generics division of Novartis, in a dispute related to the client's biosimilar of AbbVie’s blockbuster drug Humira used in the treatment of chronic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease. The practice's roll call of clients also includes Amgen, Astra Zenica, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Becton Dickinson. 'Rising stars in the associate ranks' include Jan Pot, Rik Lambers, and Rien Broekstra.

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 1

'Fast, responsive, and on point', Brinkhof is a go-to practice for the gamut of IP prosecution, enforcement, and transactional work across trade marks, design rights, and copyrights, as well as IP monetisation and advertising. Kurt Stöpetie, 'who is an extremely sharp, analytical lawyer', along with Gregor Vos and Remy Chavannes are the senior partners overseeing work for well-known clients, including the protection of all marks and design right matters in the Benelux for adidas. Counsel Sjo Anne Hoogcarspel litigates on a broad range of cases in national courts and European institutions. In other work, the team is acting for Eredivisie Media & Marketing, which markets the media rights to the Dutch football league, and for its exclusive license holder Fox Sports. The work involves litigation to combat the wrongful live streaming and hosting of matches.

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EU and competition Tier 3

Brinkhof’s team is 'very committed to delivering high-standard legal services' and has 'a detailed and thorough knowledge of matters of domestic and EU regulatory laws and is quick to deliver hands-on advice'.  ‘Knowledgeable’ and ‘analytical’ group head Pepijn van Ginneken is 'very quick to give on the spot analyses and advice with business sense'; he is leading advice to Rabobank on its investment in a nationwide telecoms network roll out in the Netherlands. The well-regarded Quinten Kroes is also working on this matter and is another name to note.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Brinkhof counts Sandoz, Synthon, Celltrion among its clients. The team recently acted for Accord Healthcare, the generic division of Intas, in a range of patent cases, one of which ended at the Hague Court of Appeal. It also acted for Boston Scientific on complex patent litigation against Edwards Lifesciences. Mark Van Gardingen leads the work with Daan De Lange.

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The firm

Brinkhof was established in 2005. Since its establishment, the firm has focused exclusively on intellectual property (international and cross-border patent litigation and Benelux and European Union IP law), TMT (technology, media, telecommunications), privacy and EU competition law. The firm has steadily grown to 29 lawyers, 12 of whom are partners of the firm.

Areas of practice

Brinkhof is an independent Dutch law firm specialising inter alia in international and cross-border patent litigation and Benelux and European Union IP law. Brinkhof’s lawyers are dedicated and experienced litigators. At the same time, the firm has experienced drafters and negotiators. Brinkhof caters to clients from various innovative industries, including large and small technology companies, companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, food and fashion, and also banks, insurance companies and large department stores.

The breadth of knowledge and depth of specialist experience make Brinkhof a centre of legal expertise for modern markets. As regards the breadth of IP practice, Brinkhof has one of the broadest IP offerings in the Netherlands. Brinkhof’s competition department provides support where IP and competition law meet. Its IT department provides support where IP and licensing meet. Where it concerns IP in the digital environment, Brinkhof has dedicated and experienced privacy law specialists and provides clients with practical business advice. Moreover, Brinkhof has seasoned non-contentious IP specialists who deal with IP licensing and other IP transactions on a daily basis.

Department Name Email Telephone
Patent litigation Richard Ebbink
Patent litigation Mark van Gardingen
Patent validity and infringement Daan de Lange
Patent validity and infringement Koen Bijvank
Trade mark litigation Gregor Vos
Trade mark litigation Kurt Stöpetie
Unfair competition Gregor Vos
Unfair competition Kurt Stöpetie
Life sciences Mark van Gardingen
Life sciences Daan de Lange
Pharmaceuticals and biotech Mark van Gardingen
Pharmaceuticals and biotech Koen Bijvank
Copyright protection Remy Chavannes
Copyright protection Gregor Vos
Licensing Wieke van Angeren
Licensing Eliane de Vilder
IP portfolio management Gregor Vos
IP portfolio management Kurt Stöpetie
EPO oppositions Koen Bijvank
EPO oppositions Mark van Gardingen
Supplementary protection certificates Koen Bijvank
Supplementary protection certificates Daan de Lange
EU and competition Pepijn van Ginneken
Media and entertainment Remy Chavannes
Media and entertainment Quinten Kroes
Telecoms Pepijn van Ginneken
Telecoms Quinten Kroes
IT Eliane de Vilder
IT Wieke van Angeren
Privacy and data protection Quinten Kroes
Number of partners : 12
Number of lawyers : 29
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Brinkhof is an independent Dutch law firm specializing in international and cross-border patent litigation and Benelux and European Union IP law. Brinkhof’s lawyers are dedicated and experienced litigators. At the same time the firm has experienced drafters and negotiators. Brinkhof caters to clients from various innovative industries, including large and small technology companies, companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, food and fashion, and also banks, insurance companies and large department stores.

The breadth of knowledge and depth of specialist experience make Brinkhof a center of legal expertise for modern markets. As regards the breadth of IP practice , Brinkhof has one of the broadest IP offerings in the Netherlands. Brinkhof’s competition department provides support where IP and competition law meet. Its IT department provides support where IP and licensing meet. Where it concerns IP in the digital environment, Brinkhof has dedicated and experienced privacy law specialists and provides clients with practical business. Moreover, Brinkhof has seasoned non-contentious IP specialists who deal with IP licensing and other IP transactions on a daily basis.