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"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

Tobias Cohen Jehoram


  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 1993, admitted to the Supreme Court bar and part-time professor of IP Law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam
  • Expertise
    Intellectual Property, Litigation, Supreme Court Litigation
  • Languages
    Dutch, English, German, French (Passive)
  • Education
    University of Leiden, University of California and University of San Francisco


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 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.


Chambers Europe 2019, highlights Tobias’ “vast experience before Dutch national courts, the Dutch Supreme Court and the ECJ.” He 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: a “rock star with a formidable intellect, deep experience [able to] provide pitch-perfect advice” (Legal 500).


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 nationals such as Royal Dutch Shell, along with high-profile foreign corporations.”


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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