Intellectual property rights

Effective legal protection is essential if you wish to retain the intellectual property rights to your product or creation. This applies to your trademarks, logos and domain name as well as your models and designs. And you also want to ensure that your marketing and after-sales services are taken care of effectively.

Safeguarding your intellectual property rights

At Ploum, our specialists can advise and assist you in protecting your intellectual property rights. For example, we can file your trademarks and designs with the official authorities worldwide and we can also investigate a trademark’s national and international availability.

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+31 (0)10 4406440

What we can do for you

Tackling illegal practices

If you are troubled by unfair or illegal trade practices, marketing and advertising, competition, promotional games of chance or a domain name dispute, or if you have discovered that others are trading imitations or parallel imports of your products or their packaging, Ploum will help you tackle this, e.g. by setting up a programme to combat counterfeit goods or parallel trade. Our experts include an EU trademark and design attorney as well as other specialists in trademark law, design law, copyright law, trade name law and marketing and advertising law. We will represent you in court proceedings, before the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets or the Advertising Code Commission if the need should arise.

International support

Since the challenges facing businesses do not respect national boundaries, Ploum maintains a wide and reliable network of agents, and we cooperate with other lawyers and service providers on a daily basis all over the world. We are also associated with a number of organisations such as MARQUES (the European Association of Trade Mark Owners) and the International Trademark Association (INTA). In addition, we act as lead counsel for a large number of non-European clients and are therefore their first point of contact in the EU. We help them set up projects that may involve more than 50 different countries.

“Collaborating with Ploum is incredible – the team is quick to reply and always tells it like it is. Their strategies are considered, straightforward and informed by broad industry knowledge.” In the words of one in-house counsel: “It is one of my favourite firms to work with and I recommend it to anyone who needs assistance in the Netherlands” - WTR1000 2022

The Rotterdam-based Ploum team is ‘composed of excellent technicians’ who have expertise in trade mark, design and copyright protection and domain name issues, especially for clients in the automotive, technology, luxury goods and food/beverage industries. It can co-ordinate pan-European programmes including anti-counterfeiting and parallel import cases and also has an established prosecution practice. The latter team has been boosted with the hire of trade mark attorney Michelle Roosma from Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.. Team head Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu are both considered by clients to be ‘stand outs‘ who have been successful in numerous complex anti-counterfeiting or parallel trade actions for luxury goods brand owners. - Legal 500 EMEA 2022

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