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Benjamin van Kessel, Partner

Benjamin van Kessel



Dutch and English

Practice areas

  • Commercial agreements
  • Industrials
  • Intellectual property
  • Other
  • Technology

Practice notes

Benjamin has over 15 years of experience in all fields of intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, domain names, copyrights and design rights, advising (international) clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Benjamin further focuses his practice on information technology and commercial law.

Benjamin van Kessel started his career as a lawyer in 2005 with Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam. As from 2015, Benjamin worked at the boutique firm Nineyards Law as a partner, before joining Eversheds Sutherland as from 1 May 2019. Benjamin has been listed in World Trademark Review since 2015 and is in the 2019 edition said to “proficiently handle complex matters and provide simple and accessible feedback. He is not only an expert in intellectual property but has broad knowledge which he leverages effectively in the transactions he handles”. Benjamin is also listed by World Intellectual Property Review as a leading IP practitioner.

Benjamin is a member of the Dutch Bar Association. Benjamin is further a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); the Dutch Association Advertising Law (VvRr); and the Association for Benelux Trademarks and Design (BMM).

Representative Cases

  • Successfully litigated and settled various trademark disputes for a major global apparel company.
  • Representing major global manufacturer of beauty products in Dutch courts against trademark / trade name infringer
  • Advising several (consumer) technology companies with respect to all aspects of copyrights in a digital environment
  • Manage anti-counterfeit programs for a number of multinational (technology, apparel and pharmaceutical) clients on a daily basis
  • Advising chips machine manufacturer and chemical company on restructuring of its IP portfolios due to supply chain reorganization
  • Represented Desigual in a high profile copyright dispute with Longchamp (Court of Den Bosch, 27 February 2015)
  • Represented NT-MDT Co, a Russian nanotechnology company, in a trademark dispute (Court of Appeal Arnhem, 18 December 2012)
  • Represented Swatch in interim proceedings against a trademark infringer (Court of The Hague 28 September 2010)
  • Represented UPC in several interim proceedings regarding misleading advertising (Court of Amsterdam 25 March 2010 and Court of The Hague 13 August 2010)
  • Represented Carglass before the Dutch Advertising Board (Carglass vs Volvo – Reclame Code Commissie 27 April 2010