Benelux: Netherlands AKD

In touch, in tune and efficient – that is the trademark of AKD, a law firm with over 220 lawyers, notaries and tax advisers. We have experts in virtually all legal fields and are dedicated to focusing entirely on the interests of our clients.

The key features of our work are commitment, accessibility and a pragmatic approach.

Close cooperation

At AKD we attach a great deal of importance to cooperation and personal contacts. All our lawyers have a no-nonsense approach and can be contacted directly.

Broad-based and in-depth expertise

Our in-depth expertise in practically all legal areas enables us to stand out in the market. AKD has consciously chosen to work in a wide range of legal areas, including intellectual property, so that we can assist clients in a number of different fields.

Intellectual property, information technology and data protection

AKD has a strong and internationally recognised IP, IT and data protection practice group. It is a large and highly specialised team with international expertise in trademarks, designs, copyright, technology, media and privacy law. This includes AKD Trademarks & Designs – the firm’s trademark and design filing practice.

AKD also has specialised sector groups, which combine expertise in a number of areas.

International reputation

AKD’s attorneys are all admitted to the Dutch Bar and have an excellent national and international reputation with respect to trademarks, designs, copyright and patents.

Legal 500 says: “AKD’s team includes Peter Claassen, who acted for Forax on several copyright infringement cases. Huib Berendschot advised leading clients on actions against counterfeiters.”

Chamber & Partners says: "Huib Berendschot is very skilled in handling large-scale IP cases and has a very business-oriented approach, according to clients. He is noted for his expertise in counterfeiting and contentious matters.”

Martin Hemmer has experience in industry and private practice. Mr Hemmer has sound knowledge of new media and specialises in advertising matters, media law and privacy. He is a creative thinker. One of his many highlights is the representation of Schmidt Spiele against Goliath in a trademark matter involving the classic game Rummy.

Rising stars in the team are associates Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht and Eliëtte Vaal. The team is complemented by four more attorneys, three paralegals and support staff.


The IP, IT and data protection team is active in organisations such as the International Trademark Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, MARQUES, the European Communities Trademark Association and the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM). Mr Hemmer and Mr Berendschot are both lecturers at the BMM institute.


AKD represents many well-known international clients in a wide range of sectors, such as automotive, electronics and information technology, food and beverages, household, personal care, pharmaceuticals, medical appliances, fashion and luxury goods.

Clients say about AKD: "the lawyers are very concerned. They are very proactive and very knowledgeable" and "the firm is able to see where the case is going to go, think a few steps ahead and try to take steps which would be best for that future path."


A highlight of AKD’s practice is its membership of the European Coalition Against Piracy in Intellectual Property (CAPIP.EU). CAPIP.EU is a unique coalition against counterfeiting and piracy. It operates in 35 jurisdictions and supports clients in their fight against counterfeiting across Europe. Services include border detentions, market actions and action against online infringements.

AKD trademarks and designs registration services

AKD also supports clients that require filing and prosecution of their trademarks and designs. It has particularly strong expertise in Europe, but serves clients across the world. Key figures of the practice are Mr Berendschot and Bram Woltering.

Contact details

Gustav Mahlerlaan 2970
Amsterdam 1081 LA

T: +31 88 253 5915
F: +31 88 253 5945

Professional contacts

Huib Berendschot, Partner

Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht, Associate

Bram Woltering, Associate

Other offices

Breda, Brussels, Eindhoven, Luxemburg, Rotterdam

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