Intellectual Property and Media
Fashion and Retail
Freedom of Speech
Intellectual Property

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Reindert van der Zaal


Reindert van der Zaal studied law at Leiden University and at the Uppsala University in Sweden. After corporate law studies, he specialized in intellectual property and media law, and joined Kennedy Van der Laan.

His practice covers all aspects of media-, intellectual property- advertising law, with a focus on freedom of speech (defamation) and trademark cases. Amongst others, he acts on behalf of film producers, artists, designers, internet providers and various media, including leading newspapers and blogs. Furthermore, Reindert is specialized in advising and litigating in illegal parallel- and counterfeit cases, including for major international sports and clothing brands.

Reindert is member of the Netherlands Association for Media and Communication Law (VMC), the Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs (BMM) and the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). As editor-in-chief of media law blog MediaReport, he frequently publishes about legal news for the media. He also publishes in different specialist journals.

Reindert is part of Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘Bureau Français’ (French Desk), member of the supervisory board of the art foundation SBK Amsterdam and guest lecturer at different institutions.

In his spare time Reindert plays soccer and actively practices water and winter sports. He also likes cooking, art and travelling.

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Practice Areas

  • Media law
  • Free speech
  • Trademark law
  • Advertising law


  • Corporate law, specialization in intellectual property law, Leiden University
  • Juridiska institutionen, Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala Sweden, spring semester

Professional associations

  • Media Law Resource Center (MLRC)
  • Netherlands Association for Media and Communication Law (VMC)
  • Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs (BMM).

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Chambers Europe 2013
“Senior associate Reindert van der Zaal is praised as being “a great lawyer with high-value skills and a perfect understanding of business practice.” He advises on IP and media matters.”

Chambers Europe 2012
“Senior associate Reindert van der Zaal impressed sources with his media work, which often has an IP flavour. Clients note his calm demeanour and strong performance in court.”

BOIP Refuses to Register ‘Allah’ as a Trademark

11 january 2013 

Showing Imam's Portrait in PVV Film ‘Fitna’ Does Not Infringe Image Right

21 august 2012 

European Court in Axel Springer Case: Publications on Actor's Possession of Cocaine Allowed

28 february 2012 

Spitsnieuws Wins Case Concerning Expressions of James Sharpe About Term ‘Porn Baron’

31 january 2012 

Joop Schafthuizen Wins Preliminary Relief Proceedings on Quotes from Unpublished Work of Gerard Reve

26 july 2011 

Legal Review Plesner / Louis Vuitton judgment: Artistic Freedom vs Intellectual Property Rights

27 may 2011 

The Supreme Court in Tros v. Pretium: Showing Hidden-Camera Images in the Event of an Abuse is not Unlawful

29 april 2011 

The Court in Tros v. Pretium: Article 10 of the ECHR Applies to Order to Surrender Video Footage

28 march 2011 

European Court of Human Rights (Naomi Campbell case): English Success Fee Conflicts with Freedom of the Press

24 february 2011 

How Will The Government Deal With Ambush Marketing if the World Cup Comes to the Netherlands?

30 september 2010 

GeenStijl vs Nijmeegse Stadskrant: copying of interview allowed with a reliance on the journalistic exception

25 june 2010 

Generating Internet Traffic with Domain Name Not Used As Trade Name

29 april 2010 

A Few Kilos of Complaints

26 february 2010 

Commercial Exploitation of Jogging Mother's

27 february 2009 

Ban on Publication of Adjusted Quote-500 list

30 january 2009 

Barbarians at the Gate

28 october 2008