Claire Pilaar

Thomas Manneke

Claire specializes in soft IP with a focus on copyrights, media law and trademarks. She has been involved in cases regarding the protection of intellectual property rights in the digital age and the enforcement of trademark rights for various well-known trademark proprietors.

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Claire completed two master's degrees, one of which with honours ('cum laude') in Civil Law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and in Information Law at the Institute for Information Law (IVIR) of the University of Amsterdam. She wrote her master's theses on the secondary liability of intermediaries and on the regulation of sensitive personal data.

Claire has been with one of the predecessors of AC&R, Hofhuis Alkema Groen, since 2018, where she worked as a paralegal and later as a lawyer. Claire was admitted to the Bar in 2021.

Representative Cases


    Enforcement of Red Bull’s trademark portfolio, in litigation, before the Benelux Office and through customs.


    Representation of Volvo Trademark Holding in disputes with unauthorized Volvo resellers and service providers.


    Advice and enforcement of the trademarks for the designation SWAPFIETS and the blue front tire.


    Representation of Camel in litigation before the Benelux Court of Justice.

  • ABMD

    Litigation for ABMD, the Associated Business Music Distributors, with regard to the enforcement of their licenses and fees for the distribution of music.


    Assisting in litigation for the hardware industry regarding the home copying levies as charged by de Thuiskopie.

Professional Affiliations

  • BMM • Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs

  • VvA • Association for Copyright Law

  • VvRr • Dutch Association for Advertising law

  • VMC • Association for Media and Communication Law

    Editorial board


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