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Jean-Christophe Troussel

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Intellectual Property


Jean-Christophe has more than 25 years of experience in contentious and transactional intellectual property and technology related matters. He has significant industry expertise in a number of sectors, including Food & Beverages, Luxury Goods and Medical Devices as a litigator, a transactional lawyer and a trusted adviser. With an impressive track record in all types of IP dispute resolution, including patents, know-how, trademarks and unfair competition matters, Jean-Christophe has consummate negotiation and drafting skills in the field of stand-alone IP transactions and other related types of collaboration in which brands or technology are essential. He also assists clients on issues related to portfolio management and protection, and on new types of challenges such as IP issues in social media and on the Internet. He also advises on the IP aspects of mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and finance-driven transactions, including IP due diligences.


2007 – present - Bird & Bird LLP, Brussels - Partner 1990 – 2007 - Linklaters LLP, Brussels - Partner (since 2000) 1994 - Finnegan Henderson, Washington DC - Foreign trainee


French, English, Dutch


Brussels Bar, French Order, Avocat AIPPI (Association Nationale Belge pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle), member BMM (Beneluxvereniging voor Merken- en Modellenrecht), member EFLA (European Food Law Association), member EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers Association), member INTA (International Trademark Association), past-Committee member LESI (Licensing Executive Society International): member, former International Counsel to the Board and former Chairman of LESI European Committee LES Benelux, President (current) Mont-Blanc Circle, member (


1994 - University of Chicago School of Law – LLM 1988 - University of Louvain-La-Neuve - Law degree


Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Jean-Christophe Troussel - Bird & Bird

Within: Intellectual property

A leading firm for IP globally, Bird & Bird is renowned for its ability to handle complex contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Longstanding clients include Facebook, Nestlé, AB InBev and Eurogentec. The team’s recent work spans cross-border patent litigation, copyright disputes, protection of trade secrets and technology transfer and licensing. The practice is headed by Jean-Christophe Troussel and includes key partners Benoit Van Asbroeck and Bruno Vandermeulen.

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Within: Not-for-profit

Scientific institutions and trade and industry associations regularly turn to Bird & Bird for advice on legal issues impacting on their activities, including commercial, competition, regulatory and IP law. Corporate lawyer Paul Hermant and tax specialist Brent Springael head the not-for-profit practice group, where they often work alongside IP expert Jean-Christophe Troussel. Senior associate Cedric Berckmans is another key contact.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Food and beverage

Within: Food and beverage

IP partner Jean-Christophe Troussel leads the team at Bird & Bird, which represents an array of clients in the food industry, including food and beverage producers, packaging manufacturers and biotech companies. Agro-science research, IP, distribution and regulatory matters are among the group’s specialisms.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Bird & Bird has a leading position in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Its clients include pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, universities, sector organisations and manufacturers. In the biotech space, the team recently advised Celyad on its gene therapy products pipeline, and Bone Therapeutics on regulatory issues connected to its product portfolio. Practice head Marc Martens has broad contentious and non-contentious experience, Jean-Christophe Troussel specialises in IP and technology and Bruno Vandermeulen excels in pharmaceutical and biotech patent litigation. Nicolas Carbonnelle, who was recently made up to counsel, often advises on the use of biological material for research and manufacturing, including of advanced therapy medicinal products.

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