Intellectual Property & Media

Intellectual property stimulates societal progress and fair competition by protecting creations of the mind and investments. European standardisation and global digitalisation are raising new questions on this topic, which also means that old questions require new answers. Pels Rijcken’s team of intellectual property specialists follow these developments closely.

The team represents foreign and domestic companies in the Supreme Court. In fact, the part of Pels Rijcken's practice that deals with appeals to Supreme Court covers all aspects of intellectual property law, whether it involves life-science patents, European trademark law or the private-copying levy. The attorneys work either for direct clients or for other law firms.

Moreover, Pels Rijcken has ample expertise with providing legal advice and litigation (in district courts and courts of appeal too) when it concerns intellectual property matters in the public sector. Although the government cannot always rely on the same protection as private individuals and private copyright owners, it still has a considerable interest in protecting its own works, logos and databanks. Thanks to years of experience with intellectual property law in the public sector, Pels Rijcken's intellectual property specialists have what it takes to avoid disputes or to win a procedure, either as a claimant or a defendant.

Media law takes place at the interface between  freedom of speech on the one hand and the right of privacy on the other. Freedom of the press is essential in any democratic society, and the new media also play a role here. Nonetheless, it does not follow that because new media enables everyone to act as journalists, everyone also feels obliged to respect the limits of responsible journalism. Unfounded accusations can cause permanent damage, especially due to the lasting memory of the internet. Pels Rijcken's specialised attorneys handle cases for various clients centring on the freedom of expression, privacy injury, damaged reputations or harassment. Putting their ample experience to good use they achieve high rates of success.

Traditionally, the media has also been the focus of government policy. In the Netherlands, the government protects the independence, the diversity, the quality and the accessibility of the media. It also monitors the fairness of relations between the commercial and public broadcasting companies. Pels Rijcken's specialised attorneys have years of experience with regard to the Media Act.


  • The lawyers "are involved in the majority of market analysis decisions so they definitely know what they are talking about." - Chambers Europe 2019
  • "The lawyers have extensive knowledge of administrative law," states another interviewee. - Chambers Europe 2019