Tjibbe Fokkens

Attorney at Law at Nysingh
Ranked in Benelux: Netherlands
WTR Research

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

Silver - Individuals

Intellectual property is a central pillar of Nysingh’s practice. Its dedicated brand protection unit is right at home in the fashion and consumer products spheres, and is a trusted guide for foreign entities seeking to establish their brands and safeguard their rights in the Netherlands. “Highly skilled in trademark and unfair competition matters”, Tjibbe Fokkens is “a lovely person with a business-oriented approach. He analyses each case and its possible solutions thoroughly before preparing an effective strategy, bearing in mind that enforcement procedures differ in each country. Tjibbe is well organised, practical and of immense value to any company”.

Tjibbe Fokkens's Profile

Tjibbe Fokkens is a lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in the field of IP law. He is highly experienced in IP conflict handling and litigation, advising on the best ways to protect intellectual property and drawing up IP-related contracts such as licensing and cooperation agreements.

His main areas of expertise are trademarks, design rights, copyright, trade names, domain names, unfair competition and advertising law. He has wide-ranging experience in the field of international IP issues, including the coordination of international infringement cases, cross-border distribution networks and parallel trade.

Mr Fokkens advises and represents multinationals and other companies and organisations, including various well-known brands and retail chains, design agencies and public bodies. He handles cases in many different fields, focusing on the design, fashion, consumer goods, manufacturing and food sectors. He also regularly advises clients in the sports industry.

He combines broad legal knowledge with a practical and personal approach to achieve excellent results for his clients. In 2020 WTR 1000 wrote about Mr Fokkens:

Tjibbe Fokkens is “a highly skilled trademark litigator with an exemplary grasp of the core issues in any dispute. A great IP lawyer and person, he knows how to quickly translate his thoughts into practical solutions”. Focused on the commercial aims and objectives of his clients, few have come across a better practitioner.

Firm Profile

Nysingh offers its international clients a full range of legal services in the fields of IP law, advertising law, information, communication and technology law and privacy, and in almost every other area of the law. The firm is dedicated to building trust and developing business through responsiveness, accessibility, outstanding quality and in-depth practical knowledge of its clients’ industries and marketplaces.

The IP team

Nysingh’s IP lawyers operate an international consultancy and litigation practice, representing clients in cross-border IP disputes, drawing up IP-related contracts and advising on IP protection. They also routinely advise and litigate in the field of advertising law.

The IP lawyers are highly experienced and provide excellent quality, as well as being accessible and reactive and taking a practical and efficient approach, always focusing on their clients’ wishes and interests. Chambers wrote the following about Nysingh’s IP team:

Clients value the lawyers’ “in-depth knowledge of IP, their pragmatic approach of handling matters, their friendly and always swift communication, and understanding of the clients’ needs and businesses”.

The IP lawyers therefore always aim to achieve the best possible outcome for their clients by providing excellent customised quality in an accessible, practical and efficient manner.

IP disputes

Nysingh’s IP lawyers are involved on a daily basis in international IP disputes, often representing foreign companies whose IP rights are being infringed in the Netherlands or that are accused of IP infringement in the Netherlands. The team is also involved in coordinating cross-border infringement cases that arise in other countries.

These international disputes often relate to trademark infringement, parallel trade or counterfeit products, but the team also frequently deals with, for instance, conflicts regarding trade names, domain names, copyright or breaches of licensing agreements.

When handling a dispute, the specialists always aim to find a pragmatic solution, but litigate vigorously when necessary to achieve the desired result. The team is therefore very skilled in handling Dutch and international disputes, negotiating, and conducting Dutch and international injunction proceedings before the civil courts and administrative proceedings before, among others, the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

IP contracts

The IP specialists are very experienced in drafting IP-related contracts, such as non-disclosure, licensing and cooperation agreements. They furthermore regularly advise on setting up cross-border distribution networks and the contracts required for that purpose.

Advertising law

The IP team is also skilled in the field of advertising law. The lawyers assess the advertising campaigns of clients and their competitors, handle cases before the Advertising Code Committee and, if necessary, litigate before the civil courts on the admissibility of advertisements.

Clients and sectors

Nysingh’s IP specialists work for Dutch and international companies, including multinationals, the owners of various well-known brands and retail chains, design studios, advertising agencies, trademark agents and government agencies. Their clients come from different industries, in particular the design, fashion, consumer goods, manufacturing and food sectors. The team also regularly advises clients in the sports industry. WTR 1000 wrote the following about the team:

The growing team at Nysingh flexes its muscles in cross-border work, while membership of the international TAGLaw network makes it a go-to side for multinationals. Boasting a strong sector focus, Nysingh comes to the fore in the design, fashion and innovation spheres.

Areas of the law

The IP team would be delighted to help you. Feel free to contact them if you need quick, specific, practical advice on:

  • trademark law;
  • design rights;
  • advertising law;
  • trade name law;
  • domain names;
  • unlawful competition;
  • slavish imitation;
  • portrait rights;
  • trade secrets;
  • parallel trade;
  • licensing and other IP-related contracts;
  • cross-border distribution networks; or
  • any other IP issues.

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