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The trademark team at full-service firm AKD operates across a wide range of industrioes and provides outside-the-box solutions to successfully resolve even the most challenging branding issues. Its dedicated and ambitious professionals translate the intricacies of the country’s legal landscape into readily actionable advice for clients in portfolio management and trademark infringement scenarios. “An excellent lawyer and a rising star on the Dutch IP scene”, Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht was elected to the partnership in 2020. He blends his academic knowledge with practical experience to counsel domestic and international companies on trademark and trade name disputes. Adding to the firm’s firepower is anti-counterfeiting sage and poised litigator Huib Berendschot, who also leverages on his experience as an examiner to design effective protection strategies.

Firm Profile

With over 500 lawyers, tax advisers, civil law notaries and support staff in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, AKD is a leading Benelux law firm. For our clients, we are the gateway from, to and in the Benelux.

Full-service approach

For over a century now, we have combined a full-service approach and a broad sector focus to consider any question from a range of angles and provide quality solutions – anywhere in the world. Literally. From our own offices, of course, but also through our various country teams and our extensive, worldwide Friends Network.

Practising Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg law, we have the size, expertise and experience to assist clients nationally and internationally.

Doing business, winning cases

We help you do both. With committed, ambitious professionals who have no use for legalese but speak your language, we turn complex into coherent and give it to you straight. Rather than leaving your doubts linger, we resolve them. Exactly as you would expect from an adviser.

Specialised team

AKD has one of the largest IP and IT teams in Benelux. AKD also boasts a dedicated trademark and design registration team whose sole aim is to look after your IP portfolio. Our lawyers enjoy an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally. They litigate complex infringement disputes before national courts and all the way up to the European Court of Justice.

Key members of the team are OIilvier Belleflamme, Huib Berendschot, Paul van den Bulck, Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht, Jurriaan Dane, Martin Hemmer, Sophie Hendriks, Petra van Pul, Renée Schipper and Bram Woltering.

International reputation

The IP and IT practice group is very active internationally, maintaining strong links with INTA, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and MARQUES – for example, by taking part in working parties focusing on sharing knowledge.

The Legal 500 says: 

The AKD team, which includes litigators and trade mark attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of IP skills. In addition to trade mark, copyright, and design infringement disputes, the team also advises on areas such as anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition and contractual disputes. Martin Hemmer heads the IP and IT practice group. Huib Berendschot undertakes IP litigation for clients including multi-nationals for whom he co-ordinates cross-border infringement cases.

Chambers and Partners says: 

Clients appreciate the firm's commercial acumen, one identifying its "good sense of what clients expect", before citing its "sound business instincts and ability to set client expectations very well”.

Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht's caseload features copyright and trademark disputes, in addition to counterfeit claims. His user-friendly manner is cited by clients, one calling him a "great communicator", before explaining: "He is able to explain complicated concepts in a clear and concise manner.


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

Diversity and inclusion

We believe that everyone working at AKD will get the best out of themselves only if they are allowed to be themselves. That is why we are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing an open, diverse, safe and inclusive environment. AKD is a place where people, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, can thrive and reach their full potential. 

Social responsibility

AKD believes that corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of modern business practice.

We are involved in a number of CSR initiatives. One of them is Make-A-Wish, a not-for-profit organisation that creates life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness.

AKD also provides pro bono legal services to The Ocean Cleanup, assisting them in their ambition to rid the world of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

We have also partnered with Vereniging Natuurmonumenten, a nature conservation organisation managing sites in the Netherlands.

We also work together with Pro Bono Connect, an initiative matching non-governmental organisations with the country's top lawyers. Our lawyers, tax advisers and civil law notaries provide these organisations with free legal advice and assistance.

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