BSH Home Appliances is the licensee for the Bosch and Siemens brands and sells home appliances under these brand names. Le Poole Bekema regularly advises BSH on its commercial advertisements and intellectual property rights. We successfully represented BSH in proceedings against its competitor Dyson in cases on energy ratings.
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 recently successfully represented Hanos, an international wholeasaler and full-service supplier for catering establishments, in proceedings concerning the unlawful imitation of a social card game. The provisional relief court of Arnhem ruled on 20 December 2018 that Hanos did not act unlawfully against the maker of ‘de Kletspot’ by including the ‘Pak ‘n vraag pot’ in the Christmas hamper that Hanos sells.
Furthermore, Le Poole Bekema regularly advises Hanos on contractual issues and has assisted Hanos with several acquisitions.
Le Poole Bekema advised Canon Europe on, among other things, the insolvency of a contractual party. We also advised Canon on the application of a commercial agreement.
Le Poole Bekema regularly advise the Dutch broadcaster RTL on media issues and copyright. Among other things, we represented RTL in proceedings against The Einstein Grammar School which demanded a ban on the screening by RTL of an episode of the Project P programme on bullying. The episode contained images of pupils in and around the school, which were recorded by a hidden camera. The Court had to weigh the right to protection of the privacy of pupils against RTL’s right to freedom of speech.
Le Poole Bekema regularly advises NCP. NCP represents the interests of independent commercial TV producers such as Endemol, Talpa and Blue Circle. We have successfully represented NCP in preliminary proceedings concerning the use of Dutch police uniforms and police cars in television series.