Automotive

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The automotive sector is undergoing major shifts. Today’s fast-changing world means that dealer and repair networks are being restructured, leading to the gradual disappearance of traditional distribution methods and the constant amendment of EU regulations. The increasing demand for electric cars and car sharing as well as the development of an online services market in and around vehicles has led to an increase in new suppliers and new revenue streams. Thanks to specific sector knowledge, Houthoff’s experienced Automotive Team understands this new playing field.

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    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: Patent (2020 Edition)
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    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2020 Edition)
  • Recognised Practitioner
    Chambers Global and Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2019 Edition)
  • “The practice at Houthoff is recognised for its ‘very strong Supreme Court practice.’”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2019 Edition)
  • "Clients value the lawyers for their 'responsiveness, excellent advice and approach, containing practical and reliable solutions'."
    Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2018 Edition)
  • "According to sources, the lawyers display a 'quick grasp of the issues' and offer 'sensible, pragmatic advice'."
    Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property: General - Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2018 Edition)
  • “Houthoff’s department has a strong line in Supreme Court litigation.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights (2018 Edition)
  • “Houthoff’s department provides ‘prompt, comprehensive and to-the-point’ advice.”
    Legal 500, Intellectual Property: Patents (2018 Edition)
  • "Broad range of expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and copyright issues, with a particularly strong focus on the pharmaceutical, automotive and media industries."
    Chambers Global, Intellectual Property: General (2017 Edition)
  • "The firm can provide an in-house expert for every different topic and provides an international network of lawyers that can assist in the various stages when co-operating with international companies."
    Chambers Europe, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Intellectual Property (2017 Edition)
  • Houthoff advised OLA Electric on the acquisition of electric scooter company Etergo B.V.
  • Houthoff represented IQ V-Tech B.V., a Quadrum Capital portfolio company, in entering into a strategic partnership with Alois Kober GmbH and mother company Dexcko Global through the sale of a 37.5% indirect interest in the VB-Airsuspension and its group companies.
  • Early 2017, Profile launced a campaign in which it alleged that 'Profile Brand Service' (Profile Merkonderhoud) was much cheaper (up to 28%) than the service of the authorised repairers. It did not use and trademark rights of car manufacturers.

    Again, Houthoff acted on behalf of 18 car manufacturers and made an end to the Profile campaign, as Profile was unable to demonstrate that it was always much cheaper than the authorised repairers.

  • Car importers usually appoint two types of repairers: those that also sell new vehicles on the basis of a dealer agreement and stand-alone repairers, that only repair vehicles. Obviously, the temptation for the latter to also sell new vehicles is big. In a recent case, where a Hyundai repairer sold new vehicles without a dealer agreement, the importer terminated the repairer agreement for cause. The repairer subsequently challenged the validity of the termination, arguing that he acted as an intermediary. Houthoff successfully defended the position of the Hyundai importer; the termination was upheld.

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Walter van Overbeek

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阿姆斯特丹
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+31 20 605 61 61
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Rick Cornelissen

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阿姆斯特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 65 30
+31 6 5184 5353