The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise
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Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, Ploum has earned the enduring loyalty of brand-rich multinationals such as Coty and Samsung Benelux. Captain Willem Leppink is one of the distinguished practitioners in the country: “He is a true subject-matter expert and a fantastic communicator who can deliver nuanced but very practical solutions. Hands-on and results-oriented, Willem gets to grips with any situation and quickly comes up with a way to solve it.” He oversees Western Digital’s portfolio with verve and coordinates seizures across Europe, the Middle East and Africa along with Sabin Tigu, the firm’s resident parallel imports expert. The pair have also linked up for Harley Davidson to advise and litigate several cases, most often against grey dealers.
Sabin Tigu is a partner at Ploum specialising in IP and unfair competition law. He primarily concentrates on trademarks, design rights, copyright and domain names. He also conducts project-driven IP litigation and has extensive experience in relation to large-scale and long-term projects for international clients, managing and assisting in parallel trade and anti-counterfeiting problems such as custom border detentions. He is in particular active for clients in the automotive, technology, food and beverage, outdoor and luxury goods industries.
Based in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, Mr Tigu assists his clients with complex trademark matters related to unauthorised parallel trade issues throughout the continent. In close cooperation with local counsel in countries all over Europe, as well as other jurisdictions, he manages many trademark and design portfolios.
In close cooperation with IP partner Willem Leppink and his team, he has managed projects ranging from parallel trade to counterfeit products, as well as relating to recovering domain names and stopping phishing schemes.
Mr Tigu studied at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After completing his studies, he joined Ploum in 2012.
Mr Tigu is a member of the editorial board of a leading Dutch journal on trademarks and designs. He is also a member of the MARQUES IP Emerging Issues Team. Before becoming a lawyer, he was an international professional tennis player. For the past years, he has been the winner of the International Trademark Association’s tennis tournament. From his client Harley-Davidson he received the award for Rising Star in Brand Protection at the company’s global counsel meeting in Seattle.
Most companies want more from a law firm than straightforward legal advice. They want to hear the best solution to their issues in clear language. The entrepreneur’s solution. A solution that works and gives them confidence in the future of their company.
Ploum is a full-service law firm that prioritises giving personal attention to clients and building long-lasting relationships. With a practical approach that is energetic, no-nonsense and without frills, we strive to tackle your challenges promptly. Legal knowledge is the basis we start from and business instinct is our forte. This is Ploum. This is what makes us your partner in business.
Legal matters, business counts
Effective legal protection is essential if you wish to retain the IP rights to your product or creation. This applies to your trademarks, logos and domain names, as well as your designs. And you also want to ensure that your marketing and after-sales services are taken care of effectively.
Specialised IP team
Part of our full-service offering is our dedicated IP team with a strong focus on trademarks, copyright and designs. In addition, we are experts in domain name disputes and in marketing and advertising law.
Based in the heart of Europe’s largest port, we assist many IP owners not only in the Netherlands, but also in other countries in the European Union and far beyond. We manage international trademark portfolios and have assisted brand owners in setting up and managing pan-European customs border detention orders in close cooperation with customs and other law enforcement agencies and programmes to combat unauthorised parallel trade. We have set up programmes to stop general trademark infringements, stop trademark genericisation and stop phishing activities using domain names containing our client’s trademarks.
We have a single integrated approach: overseeing not only the trademark prosecution issues, but also trademark litigation, copyright issues and knowing what the possible marketing law issues are, also in relation to the deep knowledge that we have of our clients. Having the knowledge and the extensive expertise of what happens or could happen after, say, trademark clearance or filing an application not only in the European Union or the Benelux, but also other countries worldwide, enhances the quality of the work that we do and ensures that we are always one step ahead.
Key members of the IP team include Willem Leppink, Sabin Tigu, Yvonne Hamerling, Arnoud Martens, Martijn Poulus, Sophie Schneiders and Paul Trapman.
We work closely together with our firm’s customs, trade and logistics team, which has a unique practice and solid track record in the area of customs and trade law.
Safeguarding your IP rights
At Ploum, our specialists can advise and assist you in protecting your IP rights. Our team includes certified Benelux and European trademark attorneys and we can assist you in managing your trademark and designs portfolio. It goes without saying that we can take care of your trademark registrations in the Benelux or the European Union. We can represent you before the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property and the EU Intellectual Property Office, as well as before their appeal bodies. We are known for our pragmatic analysis of trademark searches.
Tackling illegal practices
If you are troubled by unfair or illegal trade practices, marketing and advertising, unfair commercial practices, 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. Although we have a great track record for settling out of courts, we will also represent you in court proceedings and before the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets or the Advertising Code Commission should the need arise.
Since the challenges facing businesses do not respect national boundaries, Ploum maintains a wide and reliable network of law firms and 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 Trademark Owners) and INTA, and play an active role in the Benelux and international IP community.