Benjamin practices in the fields of intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, database and copyrights and design rights. He advises international clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, as well as assist them in IP and IT heavy transactional and restructuring work.
Benjamin is experienced in negotiating and drafting a wide range of (international) commercial contracts, such as distribution, outsourcing, manufacturing and supply chain agreements.
Benjamin is consistently ranked in the World Trademark Review (WTR) since 2015.
WTR stated in 2020: “Benjamin van Kessel is a highly skilled lawyer who can easily handle complex and challenging matters.” [..] while van Kessel’s pleadings brilliantly combine academic and innovative arguments .”
WTR stated in 2019: “Van Kessel is an experienced head and “out of the box thinker”, who offers creative solutions in complex cases and really listens to his client’s concerns. Not with template responses, he advises in a proactive manner that is easy for clients to understand.”
Benjamin is further ranked in Legal500 (2021) as an IP and technology specialist (tier 3).
Representative Legal Matters
Assist a Fortune 500 company on an ongoing basis on its non-US commercial and IP restructuring work.
Assisted a UK based retailer in a complex Benelux trademark dispute
Assisted a European apparel brand in a significant pan-European copyright dispute
Assisted a global fashion apparel company in a global trademark and copyright dispute with one of its main competitors
Assist a global technology company on combatting counterfeit in the Netherlands on a daily basis
Negotiated and drafted various complex toll manufacturing agreements for a global chemical company
Drafted all standard supply chain and distribution agreements for a global household appliance company
Assisted a European company on IT and commercial aspects of sale of its Dutch online payment provider
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Dutch Bar Association
- Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
- Benelux Trademark and Design Association (BMM)
- Netherlands Advertising Law Association (VvRr)
- Amsterdam~Netherlands (2005)