Remco has more than 20 years of experience in the international intellectual property rights arena. After having spent the last 15 years as partner with one of the leading independent Dutch law firms, he founded Leeway Advocaten with Michiel and Marga on January 1, 2017.
Remco specialises in the protection, enforcement, acquisition and commercialisation of IP rights, including IP-driven mergers and joint ventures, and portfolio management. His experience spans the full range of trademarks and trade names, industrial design, copyright law, advertising and sponsorship, media and entertainment law, marketing and corporate communications, protection of know-how and trade secrets, and unfair competition, which he combines with a particular interest in internet-related matters, including domain names, social media and e-commerce. In addition, Remco is experienced in setting up and implementing cross-border anti-counterfeit programs and has comprehensive experience with domestic and international commercial contracts and product liability issues.
Especially well-known for his expertise in the consumer goods and retail sector, and focus on ‘products law’ in its broadest sense, Remco represents a number of blue-chip clients, including many ranked among Business Week’s Top 100 Global Brands. Along with major names in retail, fashion, sportswear and luxury goods, he also works for leading brands in the automotive, electronics, consumer healthcare, food & beverage, hotels, leisure and hospitality, and entertainment sectors.
Whatever the sector, Remco is valued by his clients as a dedicated relationship lawyer, who goes the extra mile to build longstanding relationships, getting to really know clients’ businesses, and helping them develop. This means not just providing quick, commercial responses that get straight to the heart of clients’ issues, but also helping them to save and make money by protecting their intellectual property carefully and exploiting it effectively. For this reason Remco is often called upon to act almost as an outsourced in-house counsel for leading brands.
“Remco van Leeuwen… recently joined new boutique IP firm Leeway. He acts for numerous clients on all aspects of managing their IP portfolios, including the protection and enforcement of copyright and trade mark, trade name and design rights, including litigation. Clients describe van Leeuwen as “an excellent, experienced and very knowledgeable lawyer” who is “client-minded and a pleasant person to work with.” . Chambers Europe and Chambers Global: Intellectual Property, Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2017)
“Remco van Leeuwen … is “a very pleasant person with in depth business knowledge and the ability to immediately find the crux of the matter”, one client says. Managing Intellectual Property , IP Stars Handbook (2017)
“Remco van Leeuwen… has ‘excellent technical knowledge, is extremely personable, and speaks in a language the client understands,’ say clients.” Chambers Europe and Chambers Global: Intellectual Property, Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2016)
“‘Sharp’, ‘quick’ Remco van Leeuwen … is praised for his ‘good business acumen’, ‘thorough legal knowledge’ and ‘brilliant strategic advice’.” Legal 500 EMEA, Intellectual Property (2016)
“Remco van Leeuwen wins the highest commendations from clients, who ‘never have trouble reaching him. He is extremely clever, fast and efficient, and his advice is always excellent.'” WTR1000, Intellectual Property (2016)
“Remco van Leeuwen wins strong endorsements from sources, who value his ‘very to-the-point and down-to-earth’ approach.” Chambers Europe and Chambers Global, Intellectual Property, Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (2015)
“Remco van Leeuwen is an abundant source of insight on a wide variety of IP topics; foreign associates call him a ‘fantastic guy to work with’”. WTR1000 (2015)
ILO (International Law Office) – Client Choice Awards 2012
Winner of the Intellectual Property category for the Netherlands