IP & IT
We deal with IT contracts and licensing agreements on a daily basis, which is why we are able to solve any issues currently pending, as well as prevent future ones from cropping up. We always keep a close eye on privacy laws and will always look for workable solutions to deal with them in the right way.
Assisting authors and their representatives looking to have their rights protected, we also come to the aid of businesses looking for the right legal framework to house the use of their products and services, or companies that might have questions about doing business in the digital age. We are able to advise on the best ways of protecting your ideas, plans and products and can help draft and negotiate the contracts that will match your needs. Letting us take care of this will save you time, money and energy.
And should matters need to be taken to court, we’ll also be there to fight the good fight on your behalf. You won’t find us taken aback by complex cases about the big issues. Over the years, we have built up a vast array of experience in setting up and implementing cost-efficient enforcement strategies.
We also assist international clients and businesses by employing our individual networks to also offer them specialist expertise abroad. These international networks enable us to swiftly retain attorneys in a large number of foreign countries.
Chambers Europe en Global 2021 about the team:
“Impressive IP team with particular expertise representing collecting societies and artist associations in anti-piracy proceedings, licensing issues and copyright levy matters.
Frequently acts for media sector clients, as well as advising on files relating to the digital rights of artists and content creators. Additionally assists clients with matters concerning the unauthorised use of trade marks.
“Clients rate the firm for its adaptability, one deeming it “very dynamic and flexible.” Another client hails its “very swift and complete advice.”
“Other clients particularly emphasise that “the lawyers are extremely involved in the matters and have been very supportive in negotiations and litigation.”
Legal 500 2021 about the team:
The ‘rigorous, reliable experts‘ at Höcker Advocaten are praised in respect of the collective management of IP rights, specifically copyright protection and enforcement. Team head Jacqueline (J.M.B.) Seignette is chair of the Dutch Copyright Association and her work is typified by the representation of Stitching LIRA in proceedings against Dutch cable operators Ziggo and Delta. Joep (J.W.A.) Meddens’ work includes cases concerning copies for private use stored in the cloud or for streaming services which should be equitably remunerated as part of the private copying levies system. Litigator Marijn (M.E.) Kingma handles cases including those that reach the European Court of Justice; acting for clients including NGOs and broadcasters, she advises on privacy, contractual matters, trade mark issues and copyright infringement.
Clients say “I have the ability to refer lawyers to my best clients in all of the areas covered by this questionnaire. I know many high-quality Dutch law firms, but it is to Hocker that I have been loyal for many years.”
“I recommend this team, which is expert in all my areas of intervention and expertise concerned. It helps me enormously to be able to serenely recommend loyal, rigorous, reliable experts to my best clients.”
“The team is very strong in the field of copyright protection and enforcement, especially in the area of collective management and liability of platforms. The lawyers are accessible and pleasant to work with.”