Joris van Manen


Joris heads the Trademarks, Designs, Copyrights and Media practice in Amsterdam. He advises and litigates in trademark, copyright, media and internet matters. He is particularly experienced in providing quick and effective remedies to intellectual property infringements, complicated IP litigation and coordinating pan- European infringement actions. Joris is often involved in ground-breaking matters in the field of trademarks and copyrights, designsTV formats, peer to peer file sharing, action against ISP’s and proxy servers, search engines, database rights, and other (on line) infringements and unfair competition. 

Joris van Manen has registered Intellectual Property Law as his principal legal practice area in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister). Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten credits per calendar year in this principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

    • Samsung v. Michael Gleissner. Acting on behalf of Samsung against the notorious multi trade mark filer Michael Gleissner, who blocked successful registration of one of Samsung’s EUTMs, due to a devious filing strategy. On 18 September 2019 a positive judgment was obtained in which the court annulled the Gleissners trademark and awarded damages to Samsung. (Appeal is pending) (press)
    • BREIN v. Ziggo and other ISP’s – website blocking (The Pirate Bay). Representing the Hollywood film studio’s and the music, games and e-books industries in various court cases involving the blocking of torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay. The European Court of Justice ruled in favour of BREIN and declared that P2P websites like The Pirate Bay are making available to the public (C-610/15). In subsequent court proceedings BREIN obtained injunctions forcing all big Dutch ISP’s to block The Pirate Bay. (press)
    • Rituals International Trademarks v. The Body Shop. Obtaining a a pan-European injunction against The Body Shop for infringement of the RITUALS trademark.
    • Consejo Regulador del Tequila v. Heineken. successful litigation against the use of the denomination of origin Tequila on Desperados’ beer. The litigation ended in a favourable settlement.
    • G-Star RAW litigation. Joris heads the team that enforces the rights in G-Star’s famous RAW trademark across Europe. The team obtained various cross border injunctions and reached settlements with a large number of companies. On 11th of June 2019 the Court of Appeal of The Hague ruled in favour of G-Star in proceedings, bypassing an earlier decision of the Düsseldorf Court of Appeal.
    • Representing Philips in matters relating to copying of household products, inter alia obtaining cross border injunctions.
    • Acting on behalf of the John Lennon Estate (Yoko Ono) in various cross border proceedings against the infringers of the John Lennon brand. Obtained, among others, a favourable judgment in 2018 against a Polish company marketing JOHN LEMON soda. (press)
    • FKP V. SPI (Stolichnaya). Representing the owner of the Stolichnaya brand in a trademark dispute, winning back the rights to the well-known vodka trademark Stolichnaya in the Benelux, Austria, the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Sweden and Italy. Joris coordinates the European litigation. (press)
    • Acting on behalf of the Jimi Hendrix Estate (Experience Hendrix LLC) against various abuses of the Jimi Hendrix trademark and personality rights across the EU. The team inter alia represents the Estate in EU wide cross border litigation against manufacturers of “JIMI HENDRIX” branded products which are offered under license of Jimi Hendrix’s brother, who is not authorized to sell such products.
    • Obtaining injunctions against infringers on various famous Italian and French fashion designer trademarks and copyrights.
    • Obtaining various injunctions on behalf of Rituals against third parties abusing the RITUALS trademark, resulting in EU wide settlements.
    • Successful litigation on behalf of Rabobank re the tradename Fundr. (press)
    • EU wide litigation on behalf of a Swiss Multinational in the appeal phase relating to the trademarks of vegetarian burgers.
    • Assisting Philip Morris in various trademark and copyright infringement cases.
    • FKP v. Yukos. The shareholders of oil company Yukos seized FKP’s Benelux vodka trademarks for auction, to settle claims by virtue of an arbitral award. On 24 October 2020 the Hague Court ordered that the seizure be lifted. (press)
    • Representing an American foods multinational in court in advertising claims.
    • Representing Hunter Douglas in a damage claim filed by Zimmer & Rohde for alleged unjustified enforcement of a trademark injunction in the Netherlands.
    • Successfully representing a Dutch television Network against a claim for trademark infringement by an American sports company.
    • REACT v. Hosting ISP’s. Obtained various pan EU injunction orders on behalf of various luxury brands in relation to counterfeit websites.
    • AkzoNobel v. network of software infringers. Obtained EU wide injunctions and seizures against multiple resellers infringing on AkzoNobel paint mixing software, eliminating a network of infringing resellers of Sikkens paint.
    • De Persgroep v. Innoweb. Obtaining a favourable judgment awarding damages to a major Dutch publisher De Persgroep in litigation against Innoweb (De Telegraaf) before the European Court of Justice. (press)
    • Euronext v. Binck Bank and TOM. Obtained a favourable judgment re damages after obtaining an injunction against Binckbank and TOM on behalf of European Exchange Euronext to cease infringing on the AEX trademarks, cease infringing the rights in the stock options database, cease the breach of contractual obligations and stop misleading “best price” advertisement. Successful follow up proceedings about the damages. (press)
    • Successfully representing SABAM in legal proceedings against companies offering background music. A favourable judgment was recently obtained.
    • MARQUES 
    • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) 
    • International Trademark Association (INTA) 
    • Dutch Copyright Association (VvA) 
    • Dutch Media and Communication Law Association (VMC) 
    • “Television formats and ideas according to Dutch law book. Otto Cramwinckel Uitgever (1994) 
    • „Joris Van Manen is a strategic powerhouse. He gives his all for his clients.“ Chambers & Partners 2024
    • “Joris van Manen is a prominent expert. He excels in high-profile trademark litigation, providing swift resolutions to IP infringements, and overseeing pan-European actions.” World Trademark Review 2024
    • “Very experienced and strategically strong lawyer.“ Chambers & Partners 2023
    • “Very passionate and dedicated to understanding the different aspects of the case.” Chambers & Partners 2022
    • “Highly recommended for his shrewd and strategic advice.” World Trademark Review 2022
    • “Extremely efficient in coordinating multinational proceedings, mastering the variety and ambiguity of different legal systems.” Chambers & Partners 2021
    • “Joris is one of the best Dutch litigators around. He fuses excellent legal knowledge with exceptional strategic negotiation skills; and even in cases where the chances are split 50/50, he can tip the balance in the client’s favour.” World Trademark Review 2021
    • “Joris van Manen is a pioneer of groundbreaking copyright work, has perfect knowledge of Dutch law and is always easy and efficient to cooperate with.” World Trademark Review 2020
    • “Lauded as a good champion for his clients.” Chambers Global 2019 
    • “Van Manen is not only dedicated and creative, but boasts a unique combination of academic depth and street fighting spirit.” World Trademark Review 2019 
    • Sources admire his presence in court, saying: “He puts a lot of energy into his case, really goes the extra mile and is a totally committed fighter.” Chambers Europe 2018 
    • “Very efficient, very responsive and capable of addressing specific issues and getting down to what’s important.” Chambers Europe 2018 
    • “A determined, persuasive and aggressive litigator, he has an impressive courtroom presence. He is also very thorough, preparing every millimeter of a file, and is one of the most creative lawyers out there.” World Trademark Review 2018 
    • “Very sharp” lawyer who “understands the problem and content of the case immediately and is able to adopt the right strategy to convince other parties.” Chambers Europe 2017 
    • “Efficient, accurate” Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2017 
    • A “true litigator with enormous experience and a great record of success”, Joris van Manen is “intellectually sharp and does everything he can to win”. World Trademark Review 2017 
    • “Effective, creative and a good choice for important cases” IP Stars 2016 
    • “Joris Van Manen advises and litigates on a wide range of IP topics, including trade mark, design, media, internet and copyright matters. He has particular expertise in infringements with regard to TV formats, online betting, database rights and peer-to-peer file sharing.” Chambers Global 2016 
    • “Extremely clever litigator capable of producing brilliant work”
      World Trademark Review 2016 
    • “He is proactive and goes all the way for us; he takes great care of his clients’ interests.” Chambers 2015 
    • “Joris van Manen, a litigator with “enormous experience” and a leading combatant in the fight against fakes.” World Trademark Review 2015 
    • “In-depth knowledge and quick thinking” Legal 500 2014 
    • “Seasoned litigator” World Trademark Review 2014 
    • “He’s very thorough and thinks along with us. We’re very pleased with him’, one client comments.” Chambers Global 2013 
    • “He’s [Joris van Manen] excellent: to the point and business like” Chambers 2012 
    • ‘Joris Van Manen is “a strategist and experienced litigator,” sources say.’ Chambers 2011 
    • Joris “is a recent addition to the team, having arrived from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. His experience in trademark, copyright, media and Internet cases will no doubt strengthen the firm’s IP practice, peers predict.” Chambers 2010 
    • ‘The “wonderfully skilled” Joris van Manen has featured strongly in a number of Internet-related IP cases of late’ Chambers 2009 




Rembrandt Tower, 30th floor
Amstelplein 1
1096 HA Amsterdam
The Netherlands


P.O. Box 94361
1090 GJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands



Englisch, Niederländisch, Deutsch


University of Amsterdam, (Law, 1992)