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Hidde Koenraad

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Hidde Koenraad is recognized as being among the world's leading IP lawyers. He is ranked in all the major directories, including the Chambers Global and Europe Guides (2018), with clients describing him as "a good business partner who is excellent - determined and concise". Hidde is also mentioned in World Trademark Review 1000 (2019, silver tier), which recommend him as “a down-to-earth and diligent litigator with a commercial approach”. Koenraad acts for BMW as lead counsel on soft IP matters in the Netherlands. He also acts in Benelux infringement and opposition matters for Augusta National Inc regarding its famous MASTERS brand”. Hidde is also recommended by Legal 500 (2017 and 2018) with clients describing him as being “profoundly knowledgeable”.

Furthermore, Hidde is one of the few lawyers in Europe specialized in plant variety right law. He was mentioned by Chambers Europe for his notable experience in this field.

Hidde graduated from Utrecht University and practices IP law since the beginning of his career in 2001. Prior to joining Boekx, Hidde practiced at the international firms DLA Piper and Simmons & Simmons. At the latter firm, he was responsible as a partner for the soft-IP litigation and trademark registration practice in the Netherlands.

Hidde is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), AIPPI (co-author of many AIPPI papers), the Benelux Trademark and Designs Association (BMM), Dutch Copyright Association, the Agricultural Law Association and the Association of Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyers (VIEPA). He is co-author of the chapter Benelux design law included in the database Intellectual Property Comments ( and contributes to the MARQUES Class 99 design law blog. Furthermore, Hidde sits on the editorial board of the Dutch intellectual property website Finally, he is a regular columnist in the international flower trade magazine FloraCulture International.


/ 1 februari 2019 / FloraCulture International Magazine

Column Hidde Koenraad in FloraCulture International Magazine

Column van Hidde Koenraad in het vakblad voor de sierteelt sector FloraCulture International Magazine (Editie jan-feb 2019) over een uitspraak met betrekking tot de toelaatbaarheid van een rasbenaming van het College van Beroep voor het bedrijfsleven (CBb) van 23 oktober 2018.

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publicatie / 1 september 2018 / Floraculture International

Court of Justice EU: varieties obtained by new mutagenesis techniques are GMOs

In a recent judgment, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that organisms obtained by new mutagenesis breeding techniques are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within the meaning of the GMO Directive. As a result, those organisms fall, in principle, within the scope of the GMO Directive and are subject to the regulatory obligations laid down by that directive. Critics say the decision has far-reaching consequences for the ability of plant breeders to apply promising new breeding techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 within the European Union, also within the ornamental sector.

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publicatie / 1 september 2018 / Berichten industriƫle eigendom (BIE)

Noot Hidde Koenraad bij Rechtbank Amsterdam 12 januari 2018 (Spin Master/High5 Products)

Noot van Hidde Koenraad in Berichten Intellectuele Eigendom (maart/april 2017) inzake Vzr. Rechtbank Amsterdam 12 januari 2017 (Vzr. Rechtbank Amsterdam 12 januari 2017 IEF 16496; ECLI:NL:RBAMS:2017:298): ‘Nationale bevoegdheid van niet-Haagse voorzieningenrechters bij inbreuk op Gemeenschapsmodellen en Uniemerken’.

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publicatie / 1 maart 2018 / Berichten Industriƫle Eigendom (BIE)

Noot Hidde Koenraad bij het arrest Hof van Justitie EU van 6 oktober 2015, zaak C-500/14 (Ford/Wheel Trim)

Noot van Hidde Koenraad in Berichten Intellectuele Eigendom (januari 2016) bij arrest Hof van Justitie EU van 6 oktober 2015, zaak C-500/14 (Ford/Wheel Trim) ‘Reparatieclausule in het modellenrecht is geen geldig verweer tegen merkinbreuk’.

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/ 4 september 2017

Hidde Koenraad stapt over naar Boekx Advocaten

Amsterdam, 1 september 2017 – Hidde Koenraad (42) is per 1 september als partner toegetreden tot Boekx, een Amsterdams advocatenkantoor gespecialiseerd in intellectuele eigendom, media en privacy. Hidde is afkomstig van het internationale advocatenkantoor Simmons & Simmons, waar hij in 2013 partner werd.