Claude Debussylaan 80

1082 MD, Netherlands


Copyright star 2021

Trade mark star 2021

French (Passive)



Practice areas:

Copyright litigation
Patent litigation
Trade mark litigation

Industry sectors:

Fashion & luxury goods
Food & beverage

Tobias has a broad litigation practice, with particular focus on intellectual property law, cross border litigation, litigation before the European Courts of Justice and Supreme Court litigation. This also includes tax planning related state aid litigation, soft IP litigation and Supreme Court patent litigation. Tobias regularly advises multinationals and foreign counsel on litigation strategies in the Benelux, the EU and beyond. He also provides strategic IP advice in complex M&A transactions.

Tobias has been involved in most of the landmark decisions heard by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in the past five years, giving Tobias an unrivalled track record in ECJ litigation.

As a renowned litigator, Tobias’ team also appear in the top tier of all leading rankings for IP. Furthermore, Tobias is co-author of the leading handbook series Industriële eigendom (3 volumes), and is part-time professor of IP Law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

His recent work includes representing and advising on:

  • strategies for the worldwide launch of new products and services;
  • Pan European injunctions;
  • IP related state aid litigation; and
  • copyright in tastes and smells.

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Year Joined Firm: 1992


  • University of Leiden
  • University of California and University of San Francisco

Network Memberships:

  • AIPPI Special Committee on Trademarks
  • WIPO arbiter under ICANN rules
  • Marques


Last updated 19th March 2021