Syb Terpstra


Syb is an associate at bureau Brandeis. He specialises in media & entertainment law and intellectual property law. Syb has extensive experience in trade mark law and he has considerable knowledge of sponsorship contracts and celebrity endorsements. The leading guide of IP-experts Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars recognised him as an “excellent associate” and a “rising star” in the field of trademark and copyright law in its last two editions.

Before joining bureau Brandeis in the course of 2018, Syb worked as a senior associate with a large international law firm in Amsterdam for almost 5 years. Being active for clients in the media & entertainment industry, Syb’s extensive experience as a producer and musician (DJ and guitarist in various bands) serves him well.

Recent work

Syb is (or was) involved in the following legal cases:

  • Representing Spinnin Records and MusicAllStars in their appeal proceedings against Martin Garrix;
  • Representing various internationally renowned DJs and producers in contractual as well as IP law disputes;
  • Advising both athletes and sponsors in negotiations on sponsorship agreements;
  • Advising a television presenter in a dispute with a production company and the Dutch Media Authority (Commissariaat voor de Media);
  • Advising music labels and artists (and their managers) on, amongst others, record deals, management deals, booking agreements and publishing agreements;
  • Representing Hoog Catharijne at the EU Intellectual Property Office and at the Haarlem District Court in trade mark litigation;
  • Representing Royal Smilde in ground-breaking litigation before the European Court of Justice on the issue of whether flavour is subject to copyright protection;
  • Representing Facebook during the investigation by the Dutch Data Protection Authority (Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens);
  • Representing various clients before Dutch courts, the EUIPO and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) with regard to the protection and enforcement of their trade mark rights and other IP rights.
  • Syb has published on his field of expertise in, amongst others, the professional journal Berichten Industriële Eigendom. He is also an active member of the AIPPI / BMM / IAEL / VIEPA / VvA.