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Crowell & Moring

RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 282 40 82
Fax:
Fax +32 2 230 63 99
Web:
www.crowell.com

Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Tel:
Work +32 2 282 1832
Email:
Crowell & Moring LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property, litigation and trial, life sciences, media and entertainment law.

Position

Jan-Diederik has almost two decades experience defending his clients’ interests in ex parte, preliminary and permanent injunction proceedings, and in accelerated and standard proceedings on the merits. Issues dealt with relate to e.g., patents, trademarks, copyright, design, trade secrets, and unfair competition. Although adversarial court proceedings are his forte, Jan-Diederik is frequently consulted by clients in pre-trial matters (such as pre-trial discovery, trade secrets compliance and anti-counterfeiting strategy). He also advises on non-contentious matters relating to licensing or transfer of intellectual property, (re)structuring IP portfolios, joint ventures and other types of creative/technological collaboration. Jan-Diederik
represents a wide range of clients most of whom are active in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnological sectors, or the advertising, media, entertainment, and fashion industries. His focus is on complex and strategical legal advice that has an immediate impact on his clients’ business (e.g., product recall avoidance or opposition proceedings in relation to access to confidential information). Thanks to his involvement in various international and cross-border matters, Jan-Diederik has an impressive global network and is often invited to act as lead attorney in multijurisdictional matters. His experience and large number of publications make him a popular speaker at international conferences.

Career

Associate, Marx, Van Ranst, Vermeersch & Partners 2001-04; counsel/associate, Crowell & Moring 2004-14; partner, Crowell & Moring 2014 to date.

Languages

Dutch, French, German, Spanish.

Member

Lawyer, member of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar since 2001. Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual property (AIPPI); Belgian Association for Copyright; International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL); ICC Commission on Intellectual Property; ICC Task Force on Trade Secrets; AmCham EU Intellectual Property Committee.

Education

Catholic University of Leuven (2001); State University of Ghent (2013 post academic course in biotechnology).


Belgium

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

'The premier firm for pharmaceutical patent litigation',  according to one client, the life sciences group at Crowell & Moring attracts praise for its 'significant experience and a great feeling for how the courts will react to a submission'. The group represented Mylan and Sandoz before the Court of Appeal, securing the lifting of an injunction on the clients' sale of Tadalafil. The 'vastly experienced' Kristof Roox, who 'is fantastic as an advocate and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in', heads the practice, which includes Jan-Diederik Lindemans, who is singled out for his 'abundant experience and deep analyses', and was bolstered by the arrival of IP-focused senior counsel Gunther Meyer from Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland). Senior associate Jurgen Figys is another name to note. Other changes to the team include the arrival of Evelina Roegiers from Loyens & Loeff and the departure of Christian Dekoninck to Taylor Wessing.

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Industry focus: media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: media and entertainment

'Excellent firm' Crowell & Moring has 'a highly specialised' and 'very accessible' technology, media and entertainment team which has strength handling the full range of contentious and non-contentious, IP, regulatory, corporate and commercial matters in the space. The department successfully represented Federatie van Muziekfestivals in Vlaanderen in opposing the Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers (Sabam)'s increase in copyright royalties. Thomas De Meese led a team representing Unibet in a dispute following the termination of a sponsorship agreement with Belgian football club Standard Liège. 'Sharp lawyer and good litigator' Jan-Diederik Lindemans has 'a proactive approach' and heads the team alongside De Meese. Telenet, Universal Music and  Liberty Global Europe are also clients. Counsel Karl Stas' arrival from Jones Day bolsters the team's antitrust offering in this space. Flip Petillion  left to establish boutique firm Petillion.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Patent litigation is a significant area of instruction for Kristof Roox's team at  Crowell & Moring, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector; key clients include Novartis, Mylan and Synthon. Jan-Diederik Lindemans is also highly regarded. In 2018, Gunther Meyer joined from Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) and Christian Dekoninck moved to Taylor Wessing.

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