Bas Le Poole
Bas Le Poole is an advisor to Le Poole Bekema; he is one of the founders of our firm.
Bas is ranked 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“.
Bas advises on commercial disputes, in particular in the areas of media, intellectual property and unlawful competition. Furthermore Bas advises on the administrative, strategic and publicity aspects of legal issues. Bas has wide board experience including as former chairman of Houthoff Buruma, one of the biggest Dutch law firms, and as former 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.