Arnout Groen

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Arnout Groen is an experienced soft IP lawyer who combines in-depth knowledge of the law with a pragmatic approach and an eye for detail.

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Arnout Groen specializes in the full range of intellectual property rights. He has been involved in many ground-breaking cases in these areas of law over the past decade ranging from copyright in the digital age, product design, trademark, tradename and media.

Arnout’s practice is mainly litigation, but he is also a trusted sparring partner for advice and out-of-court solutions.

Arnout frequently lectures and publishes on intellectual property. He is one of the authors of the most consulted handbook on intellectual property in the Netherlands, ‘Kort begrip van het Intellectuele eigendomsrecht’ and he is a member of the Benelux Council on Intellectual Property.

Representative Cases

  • Representation of hardware industry

    Representation of proceedings regarding copyright levies on hardware media.

  • Liability of internet intermediaries

    Representation of interalia Facebook and XS4ALL in litigation regarding the liability of internet intermediaries.

  • ECJ proceedings on database law

    Proceedings with regard to use of Ryanair flight information on the internet for comparison website, before ECJ and Supreme Court.

  • Protection of design furniture

    Representation of producer of design furniture against lookalike products on the basis of copyrights, trademarks and tort.

  • Protection against defamation claim

    Representation of publisher in short term injunction proceedings with regard to defamation claims.

  • Proceedings on equitable remuneration

    Supreme Court proceedings regarding the right of equitable remuneration for neighbouring rights holders.

Professional Affiliations

  • INTA • International Trademark Association

  • BMM • Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs

  • AIPPI • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

  • ALAI • Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale


  • Co-author of IP Handbook

    Chapters Copyrights, Database Rights and Neighbouring Rights of ‘Kort Begrip van het Intellectueel Eigendomsrecht’.

  • Chair of AIPPI working committee

    Chair of working committee for AIPPI Q231: “The interplay between design and copyright protection for Industrial products”.

  • Copyright in the Cloud

    Rapporteur for the Netherlands contribution for the 2012 ALAI Conference in Tokyo on “Copyright in the Cloud”.


    Author of the Hofhuis Alkema Groen annual overview of all ECJ case law on Intellectual Property, Marketing & Media Law, 2016–2020.


  • Legal500

    Arnout is ranked by Legal 500 as a leading individual in Intellectual Property.

  • Chambers & Partners

    Arnout is recommended in Band 2 for ‘Intellectual Property: General – Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright’.

  • WTR1000

    Arnout is ranked as ‘Recommended Individual’ in the Gold Band by WTR1000.

    “‘Brilliant litigator’ Groen recently represented an online social networking site in opposition actions; following the submission of the defence, the opposing party dropped its appeal, resulting in a victory.”

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In the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister), Arnout Groen has registered ‘Intelectual Property Law’ as his legal practice area. Based on this registration, Arnout is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in this legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.


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