Partner - Ploum Lodder Princen
Willem Leppink heads the IP and marketing law group at Ploum Lodder Princen. He focuses on trademarks, designs, copyrights, unfair competition and unfair commercial practices and domain names. In addition to representing international household names in major trademark and advertising disputes, he helps clients to coordinate brand and marketing-related projects around the globe.
Based in the heart of Europe’s largest port, Mr Leppink assists brand owners in setting up and managing pan-European customs border detention orders. In cooperation with his wellestablished network of local counsel, he has managed projects ranging from advertising to trademark clearance, as well as consumer warranties to website localisation and environmental compliance. He takes pride in ensuring that his clients have a clear understanding of the challenges that they face when operating in multiple jurisdictions.
Mr Leppink joined Ploum Lodder Princen in 2009. Before this, he was a partner at NautaDutilh and Simmons & Simmons.
He is on the council of MARQUES, a European industry organisation representing the interests of brand owners, and chairs the MARQUES Programming Team. He is also a board member of the Foundation for the Professional Education of Benelux Trademark Attorneys. He is the co-founder and secretary of the Dutch Advertising Law Association and a domain name panellist with the World Intellectual Property Organisation for both Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and ‘.nl’ disputes, and with the Czech Arbitration Court for ‘.eu’ disputes. Mr Leppink is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) and the European Copyright and Design Reports (Sweet & Maxwell). He regularly lectures at various universities.
Mr Leppink was the winner of the International Law Office Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property in the Netherlands in both 2010 and 2011.
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Is there life for IP owners after Nokia and Philips?
World Trademark Review
While the ECJ’s decision in the joined Nokia and Philips cases initially seems a blow to trademark owners, there are positive aspects