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Managing Partners: Richard Ebbink, Quinten Kroes N
umber of partners: 12
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Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian

Firm Overview:
Brinkhof has been established as an independent Dutch law firm in 2005. 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. Moreover, Brinkhof has seasoned non-contentious IP specialists who deal with IP licensing and other IP transactions on a daily basis.

Main Areas of Practice:

Patent Litigation General:

■ Representation of the Dow Chemical Company in trade secret misappropriation proceedings regarding opaque and non-opaque polymers (for use in paints) against Organik Kimya (Richard Ebbink and Mark van Gardingen)
■ Representation of Boston Scientific in several proceedings regarding cardiovascular technology (vascular stents, stent coatings, heart catheters) against various competitors (Richard Ebbink and Mark van Gardingen)
■ Representation of WIKO in several proceedings against Philips on injunctions in case of standard essential patents (SEPs) and FRAND-conditions (Richard Ebbink)
■ Representation of Agfa in multi-jurisdictional infringement proceedings against several competitors before the Hague specialised patent courts and the Supreme Court (Daan de Lange)
■ Representation of Tata Steel in multiple proceedings against ArcelorMittal concerning steel products and manufacturing processes (Richard Ebbink)
Contact: Richard Ebbink
Tel: + 31 20 3053221
Email: [email protected]

Pharmaceuticals & Biotech:

■ Representation of Sandoz in various pending nullity and infringement proceedings concerning generic medicaments, e.g. against AstraZeneca (esomeprazole and quetiapine), GlaxoSmithKline (salmeterol + fluticasone), Leo Pharma (calcipotriol), Merck (dorzolamide + timolol), and Sanofi- Aventis (docetaxel) (Mark van Gardingen and Daan de Lange)
■ Representation of Synthon in nullity and infringement proceedings against various competitors, including Astellas (tamsulosine) and Teva (glatiramer acetate) (Mark van Gardingen)
■ Representation of Celtrion in nullity proceedings against Biogen, Roche and Genentech (rituximab) (Mark van Gardingen and Daan de Lange)
■ Representation of Novozymes in multi-jurisdictional nullity and infringement proceedings against DSM (lactose for milk) (Mark van Gardingen)
■ Representation of Accord Healthcare in nullity and infringement proceedings against various competitors, including against AstraZeneca (quetiapine) and Medac (methotrexate) (Mark van Gardingen and Daan de Lange)
Contact: Mark van Gardingen
Tel: +31 20 3053212
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Daan de Lange
Tel: +31 20 3053247
Email: [email protected]

IP & Unfair Competition:
■ Legal support to Google for IP matters, including all trademark, domain name and Adwords related disputes, as well as licensing and privacy issues (Kurt Stöpetie, Remy Chavannes)
■ Representation of WILD in international trademark litigation aimed at protecting the shape of the CAPRI-SUN branded fruit juice pouches (Mark van Gardingen, Kurt Stöpetie)
■ Advising and representing adidas in all of its IP issues in the Netherlands, amongst which litigation in the textbook case about the well-known 3 Stripes trademark of adidas (Gregor Vos)
■ Representing Nestle in its European proceedings against Cadbury (Mondelez) regarding its EU trademarks for the shapes of its KitKat products (Gregor Vos)
■ Representing Dyson in litigation about advertising against Miele (Gregor Vos)
■ Advising LeasePlan on its IP portfolio, including coordination of the enforcement and strategy of its IP rights throughout the Benelux and Europe, and providing LeasePlan with guidance on its product introductions, and advising on LeasePlan’s product commercials (Kurt Stöpetie)
■ Representing Infineon in a high level trademark dispute against NXP regarding public transport technology (Kurt Stöpetie, Gregor Vos)
Contact: Kurt Stöpetie
Tel: + 31 20 3053211
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Gregor Vos
Tel +31 20 3053248
Email: [email protected]

■ Supporting a leading Dutch company in the financial and leasing industry in a multi-jurisdictional ADM (application management development and maintenance) outsourcing project that is currently ongoing (Wieke van Angeren)
■ Supporting Perfetti Van Melle in a project concerning the reorganisation of its worldwide sourcing/procurement function for raw materials and packagings (Wieke van Angeren)
■ Supporting Accenture with various projects, including infrastructure and application outsourcings and complex integrations (Eliane de Vilder)
■ Supporting ERIKS in various outsourcing projects, including contract drafting and negotiations (Eliane de Vilder)
Contact: Eliane de Vilder
Tel: +31 20 3053224
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Wieke van Angeren
Tel: +31 20 3023243
Email: [email protected]

Data Protection:
■ Representing WhatsApp in the Dutch Data Protection Authority’s inquiry into WhatsApp’s use of telephone numbers (Quinten Kroes)
■ Advising Randstad in the Dutch Data Protection Authority’s inquiry into Randstad’s processing of employee data (Quinten Kroes)
■ Representing Dutch Railways in litigation on personal data an public transport card (Gerrit-Jan Zwenne)
■ Legal support to Google on privacy & data protection law, including representing Google in the investigations conducted by the Dutch Data Protection Authority into Google’s new privacy policy and representing Google in a number of proceedings over ‘the right to be forgotten’ (Quinten Kroes, Remy Chavannes, Dorien Verhulst)
Contact: Quinten Kroes
Tel: +31 20 3053226
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Gerrit-Jan Zwenne
Tel: +31 20 3053254
Email: [email protected]com

EU & Competition:
■ Representation of merging parties in national and international merger control cases, such as KPN/Reggefiber (Pepijn van Ginneken)
■ Representation of clients in national and international cartel investigations, such as Dinky in an alleged cartel in the health care sector (Pepijn van Ginneken)
■ Representation of parties in the procurement process for pharmaceutical care contracts with care insurers, such as NFZ (Pepijn van Ginneken)
■ Representation of defendants in civil cartel damage cases in the Netherlands, such as Pressed Steel and Paraffin Wax (Pepijn van Ginneken, Daan de Lange)
■ Acting for parties before the Court of Justice, such as the Dutch Diary Association in the cases Gouda Holland and Edam Holland (Pepijn van Ginneken)
Contact: Pepijn van Ginneken
Tel: +31 20 3053235
Email: [email protected]

Media, Entertainment & Reputation Management:
■ Representing satirical news website in domestic and European court proceedings over a news article containing allegedly infringing hyperlinks to a leaked Playboy photoshoot (Remy Chavannes, Dorien Verhulst)
■ Representing Sky Radio in successful appeal proceedings against the State on the financial terms of one of its radio licenses (Quinten Kroes)
■ Representing Google in litigation about delisting of search results under the European ‘right to be forgotten’ (Remy Chavannes, Quinten Kroes, Dorien Verhulst, Anke Strijbos)
■ Representing Fox Sports in tackling pirated streams of Eredivisie football broadcasts, obtaining the takedown of a number of infringing services (Remy Chavannes, Anke Strijbos)
■ Representing public broadcaster MAX in administrative appeal proceedings against a fine imposed by the media regulator over merchandising surrounding the Dutch version of the Great British Bake Off (Remy Chavannes)
■ Acting for broadcasters and distributors on distribution agreements and collective copyright
■ Advising and representing a number of prominent individuals and organisations in relation to defamatory media publications
Contact: Remy Chavannes
Tel: +31 20 3053232
Email: [email protected]

■ Representing KPN-Reggefiber in an appeal procedure by Vodafone against the merger clearance regarding the national fibre-optic network operator (Pepijn van Ginneken)
■ Representing Sky Radio in litigation against the Dutch State relating to the license fees imposed for the extension of the radio licenses (Quinten Kroes)
■ Advising Tele2 in negotiations with T-Mobile regarding the passive network sharing agreement (Quinten Kroes, Eliane de Vilder, Remy Chavannes)
■ Representing Eurofiber in all telecoms regulatory matters, including its successful appeal against near-net regulation (Pepijn van Ginneken)
■ Representing Rabo CIF in a state aid notification for next generation networks (Pepijn van Ginneken)
Contact: Pepijn van Ginneken
Tel: +31 20 3053235 Email: [email protected]