Bas Le Poole
Bas Le Poole is a highly respected expert in his field and a committed and effective lawyer. Bas always aims to achieve the best possible solution for his clients.
For the last 20 years Bas has been rated in the highest category of the international legal directories Chambers Global and Legal 500. He is recognised for his “commitment, client-oriented approach and extensive knowledge“. Clients describe him as ‘sublime in court’.
Bas regularly litigates and advises his clients on commercial disputes. He specialises in cases concerning the media, intellectual property and unlawful competition. He has successfully litigated groundbreaking cases on both national and European level.
In addition Bas advises on the strategic and publicity issues surrounding a case. He has wide board experience including as former chairman of Houthoff Buruma, one of the biggest Dutch law firms. Bas is chairman of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board of the Dutch Bar Association.
Recent matters handled by Bas
Media / Intellectual Property
Le Poole Bekema succesfully represented Rodap in proceedings concerning producers copyright against Lira, the collecting society representing screenwriters. Within Rodap the most important Dutch distributors, broadcasters and producers of (audio-)visual works have united. On 13 October 2018 the Amsterdam Court of Appeal reversed the judgment in first instance. The Amsterdam Court of Appeal maintained its interlocutory judgment, in which it ruled that the producers-copyright cannot be frustrated by an earlier transferral by the copyright authors of their rights to the collecting society.
Le Poole Bekema represents the Japanese multinational Terumo, manufacturer of injection needles and catheters, in proceedings against the Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS. AVROTROS made accusations against Terumo in several broadcasts of EenVandaag. The court of Amsterdam ruled that the accusations were unlawful and ordered AVROTROS to publish rectifications on television and on its website. In addition, the Court ruled that AVROTROS is liable for the damages incurred by Terumo which are a result of the unlawful broadcasts. AVROTROS has filed an appeal and the judgment is expected in the course of 2019.