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Dutch Supreme Court Litigation

As of 1 July 2012, The Netherlands has a specialized court at the Dutch Supreme Court (Hoge Raad or HR). Only attorneys who meet the requirements of the Dutch Regulation on the competence requirements for Supreme Court attorneys may appear before the Supreme Court of The Netherlands. Willem Hoyng has been admitted to this specialized court. He has been pleading Supreme Court cases since 1973.He underwent training by the famed supreme court attorneys Mr Willem Blackstone and Mr Siep Martens, who was later appointed President of the Dutch Supreme Court. Particularly for the area of intellectual property, it is important that those who render advice regarding Supreme Court litigation and try cases before the Dutch Supreme Court are competent in both the specialties of intellectual property and of Supreme Court appeal practice.

A large number of cassations in the area of intellectual property successfully tried by Willem Hoyng have led to important judgments, including:

  • Droste – Tjoklat, HR 2 March 1990
  • Vredo – Veenhuis, HR 4 June 1993, NJ 1993, 659
  • Hupkens – Van Ginneken, HR 27 December 1994
  • BAT – Doucal, HR 16 April 1999
  • Van Bentum – Kool, HR 29 March 2002
  • Roche – Primus, HR 19 December 2003
  • Philips – Postech, HR 19 March 2004
  • Souza Cruz – Tabacalera, HR HR 17 February 2006
  • Stork – Bakels, HR 29 September 2006
  • Dijkstra – Saier, HR 22 December 2006
  • Lego – Mega Brands, HR 20 November 2009
  • Uitgeversmaatschappij De Limburger, HR 1 March 2013
  • Lundbeck - Tiefenbacher Centrafarm, HR 7 June 2013
  • Sojuzplodoimport - Spirits (Stolichnaya), HR 7 December 2013
  • Medinol – Abbott, HR 14 April 2014
  • Brein - Ziggo and XS4ALL (The Pirate Bay), HR 13 November 2015