Summary

Tobias has a broad litigation practice, with particular focus on cross-border litigation, Supreme Court litigation, litigation before the European Courts of Justice and intellectual property law. This includes 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.

Chambers Europe 2020 mentions "Tobias is a widely-recognized and leading intellectual property litigator, especially in the fields of trademark, design, trade secrets and copyright law […] a renowned litigator, appearing before all national courts, as well as EUIPO and the EU Court of Justice. He has been involved in most of the landmark IP decisions of the Dutch Supreme Court (including its references to the ECJ) in the past five years." Legal500: a “rock star with a formidable intellect, deep experience [able to] provide pitch-perfect advice”.

As a renowned litigator, Tobias’ team also appear in the top tier of all leading rankings for IP. Legal500 explains how “the team [uniquely] combines its IP expertise with its litigation, corporate, and competition skills to provide a full service to both regional and international clients”.

The World Trademark Review similarly acknowledges that “with its bench of 150 litigators, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is in pole position to handle must-win cross-disciplinary disputes. The famous Tobias Cohen Jehoram spearheads the Dutch IP group at this dynamic commercial firm. ‘He is a superb Supreme Court litigator with many years of experience. Having taken the lead in many landmark litigations, he has developed a reputation in the Netherlands for being an intellectual powerhouse. Everyone has Tobias’s book on their desk’. Cohen Jehoram thrives on a challenge and is sought out for the most complex big-ticket disputes. His client roster includes prominent Dutch national companies, along with high-profile foreign corporations.

Tobias is listed as EMEA Global Elite Thought Leader and as one of the leading individuals for Trademarks in the Netherlands. "Tobias Cohen Jehoram at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is “still top of the bill” remark impressed sources who add he is a “renowned professor of trademark law”. WWL 2021 (Who’s Who Legal)

Tobias' 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.

Held in high regard for his contentious copyright and trade mark practice, with vast experience acting before the Dutch Supreme Court and the ECJ. Clients laud him for being "great, one of the best, adding that he is very knowledgeable and very quick in his responses. Clients include an array of multinational corporations and leading domestic companies.

Chambers Europe 2020

Qualifications

  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the bar in the Netherlands in 1993, admitted to the Supreme Court bar

  • Languages

    Dutch, English, German, French (Passive)

  • Education

    University of Leiden

    University of California, Hastings College of the Law

    University of San Francisco

    University of Utrecht (PhD)

  • Additional positions

    Part-time professor of IP Law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam

    Board Member of Dutch Group AIPPI (VIE)

    Founder and Team Member of Marques' Dispute Resolution Team

    Member of Standing Committee on Trademarks AIPPI

    Editorial Board of BIE (Berichten Industriële Eigendom)

    Co-author of the leading handbook series on all industrial property rights ("Industriële eigendom"; 3 volumes)

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