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Willem Leppink

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Work +31 10 440 6441
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Ploum

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Marketing law, Technology and Media

Position

Partner/Lawyer, Areas of expertise: Advertising and marketing law, Intellectual property (trade marks, designs, copyrights, domain names), Unfair competition and unfair commercial practices.

Career

Willem heads the IP and marketing law group at Ploum Lodder Princen. Apart from representing international household names in major trademark and advertising disputes, he helps clients to coordinate brand and marketing-related projects around the globe. He assists brand owners in setting up and managing pan-European customs border detention orders. In cooperation with his network of local counsel, he has managed projects ranging from advertising clearance and consumer warranties to website localisation and environmental compliance. Willem is a domain name panellist with the World Intellectual Property Organisation form both UDRP and .nl disputes, and with the Czech Arbitration Court for EU. disputes. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) and regularly lectures at various universities. Willem was recommended as expert on trade mark law in the WTR1000 of World Trademark Review and in Chambers Europe. He is listed in the Legal 500, the Guide of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practioners, Best Lawyers for Advertising Law and PLC’s Which Lawyer. He was the winner of both the 2010 and the 2011 International Law Office Client Choice Award for intellectual property law. He was a partner at NautaDutilh and Simmons & Simmons before joining Ploum Lodder Princen in 2009.

Languages

Dutch, English, German, elementary proficiency of Western Frisian

Member

MARQUES (Association of European Trade Mark Owners), council member, Netherlands Advertising Law Association, co-founder and secretary, International Trademark Association (INTA), European Trade Mark Association (ECTA), AIPPI.

Education

Willem studied at Western Carolina University and graduated from Groningen University in 1994.


Netherlands

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights

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

Ploum serves clients in the automotive, technology, food and beverage, as well as fragrance sectors, and handles pan-European contentious and advisory work. Willem Leppink heads the group and is supported by senior associate Sabin Tigu in assisting clients including Harley-Davidson, Arla Foods, Donna Karan, and the Ford Motor Company.

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