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The ‘top-notch’ team at Altius is noted for its ‘exceptional level of service’ and ‘commercially practical advice’. Among its areas of expertise are patents, plant variety rights, parallel trade and unfair competition. ‘Excellent litigator’ Paul Maeyaert ‘has thorough knowledge of competition law and intellectual property’. Christophe Ronse, Olivier Vrins, managing associate Sophie Lens and Jeroen Muyldermans are also highly regarded.

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.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier is ‘a creative’ and ‘cutting edge’ firm in the field of IP, where it covers the gamut of IP matters. Ongoing work includes Carl De Meyer’s representation of a US company in a cross-border community design dispute. Liesbeth Weynants, Benoît Strowel and Carina Gommers have been defending Boehringer Ingelheim in patent litigation. Managing partner and patent litigation specialist Steven Cattoor has a strong practice in the life sciences sector. Senior associate Eva De Pauw has a particular focus on trade marks and designs. Benoit Michaux is also recommended.

Top law firmNautaDutilh receives plaudits for its ‘high-quality, detailed assessments and good response times’. Its impressive client base includes household names including L’Oréal, Lego and Hyundai. IP litigator Tanguy de Haan is noted for his ‘flexibility and ability to grasp the background of the case quickly and to present successful solutions with a lot of attention to detail’. Florence Verhoestraete focuses her practice on the food, consumer goods and life sciences sectors. Philippe Péters heads the practice.

Stibbe covers the full spread of IP work, from patent litigation to technology transfer to biotech and nanotechnology. It has a multidisciplinary and multi-office approach, often working with colleagues in the firm’s other Benelux offices on competition, tax and corporate issues. In recent work, the team represented Celltrion and Mundipharma in litigation against international pharmaceutical companies concerning the launch of a new biosimilar; practice head Ignace Vernimme took a lead role. Senior associate Simone Vandewynckel is another key contact.

Allen & Overy LLP’s strong presence in the European market makes it a go-to firm for complex, cross-border matters, and it maintains an active unified patent court practice. The firm is strong in regulated and IP-rich sectors such as media, telecoms and life sciences, where its clients include leading domestic and international companies. Geert Glas, Filip Van Elsen and recently promoted partner Peter Van Dyck are noted.

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL’s team is sought out by household-name multinationals for assistance in customs and IP enforcement work. The broad practice takes in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and patent issues. Data protection is another area of strength. Koen De Winter heads the practice and Elisabeth Dehareng is also noted.

CMS represents companies in highly regulated sectors, including TMT, chemicals, food and beverage and pharmaceutical. The IP team covers patents, copyrights and trade marks, with ancillary expertise in anti-counterfeiting and customs actions. Tom Heremans heads the department; Renaud Dupont and Tom De Cordier are also active members of the team.

Kristof Roox heads the very capable IP department at Crowell & Moring. 2017 was another busy year for the team in patent litigation, particularly in the biosimilars arena, in which it is strengthening its capacity. Jan-Diederik Lindemans has an active IP practice, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Counsel Christian Dekoninck is another key contact. Flip Petillion, who is a key name for TLD work, left to establish Petillion in 2017.

The Brussels IP team at Fieldfisher works closely with colleagues in other European offices, and has ‘a pragmatic, business-oriented and down-to-earth approach’. Its well-established client base includes Getty Images, Puratos and Pirelli, and it also picked up several new client wins during 2016 and 2017. Stijn Debaene and Hakim Haouideg are ‘excellent individually’ and form a ‘terrific synergistic team’.

Top performerJanson Baugniet is ‘fast and easy to work with’. It excels in IP litigation, including disputes with cross-border elements. On the non-contentious side, the team has been advising a fashion retailer on advertisement campaigns and contractual agreements. Clients include Mondelēz, Renault and the Belgian Confederation of the Dairy Industry. Mireille Buydens and Hans Dhondt are the practice heads.

A very good firm with very co-operative, excellent lawyers’, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrickis at the forefront of IP and related practice areas’. Cross-border work regularly features, with the team handling IP cases at a national and international level. Of counsel Bernard Vanbrabant has a broad IP litigation practice and also specialises in complex licensing agreements. Etienne Kairis heads the practice.

Lydian acts for luxury brands and a range of domestic and multinational companies from a diverse spread of industries, and is also a popular referral firm among international law firms. Key names in the team are ‘professional and responsive’ senior associate Olivia Santantonio and practice head Annick Mottet Haugaard, who has considerable expertise in counterfeiting issues. Bastiaan Bruyndonckx joined in October 2016 from Linklaters.

Simont Braun provides ‘an excellent quality of work’, and specialises in transactional IP, IP litigation and advisory work. It has a very strong track record in complex patent litigation in the life sciences, chemicals and mechanical engineering sectors, and trade mark infringement cases for well-known companies. Fernand de Visscher, Eric De Gryse and Emmanuel Cornu are key names. Philippe Campolini made partner in May 2017.

time.lexcombines top expertise with the advantages of a medium-sized law firm’. In particular, the team is noted for its ability to ‘devise pragmatic solutions and take decisive action’. Edwin Jacobs is currently representing a leading financial services provider in a domain name dispute. Geert Somers, Frederic Debusseré and Hans Graux are noted.

The ‘very reliable’ team at boutique firm Van Innis & Delarue provides a ‘personal service’ which is appreciated by clients. It covers the gamut of IP, with its recent workload spanning copyright and trade mark litigation, trade mark acquisitions, freedom to operate analysis and IP portfolio management. Dieter Delarue, senior associate Anthony Van der Planken and the ‘super experienced and knowledgeable’ Thierry van Innis are key names.

The ‘great team’ at DLA Piper handles IP cases at a national and international level, forming an integral part of the firm’s global IP and technology group. Aside from its client base of well-known and well-established companies, it has developed an active practice advising start-ups on IP issues surrounding new and disruptive technologies. Alexis Fierens is ‘a rising star’.

Boutique firm IP Porta has ‘a strong interest in developing its industry knowledge in order to better adapt its responses’. It is involved in a high volume of IP litigation, and has also expanded its trade mark prosecution practice, where senior associate Christophe Du Jardin is active. Karen Ongena heads the practice.

Koan Law Firm’s team is split across the Brussels and Paris offices, from where it handles a range of transactional, regulatory and contentious IP matters. Agnès Maqua advised an IT company on the IP aspects of a new service contract with a multinational group. Christine De Keersmaeker is highlighted for her ‘high-quality work’.

The two-partner practice at Linklaters is noted for its ‘very short response times and hands-on approach’. The team collaborates closely with the firm’s TMT sector group; aside from its clients in these fields, it also acts for leading consumer goods, food and financial services companies. Pieter Van Den Broecke leads the team.

The service level at Loyens & Loeff is ‘excellent’, with ‘every matter promptly and punctually handled’. The team acted for its longstanding clients across the healthcare, retail, food, automotive and energy industries, and also picked up several notable new client wins. ‘Calm, sensible and practical’ practice head Yves Van Couterhas mastered his field of expertise like no other’. Associates Stéphanie De Smedt and Florence D’Ath are also noted.

With an ‘efficient and strong mix of IP and court system knowledge’, Monard Law provides ‘good value for money’. Recent highlights for the sizeable team include its representation of Rolex and Rolex Benelux in trade mark and copyright litigation against a dealer of vintage Rolex watchers. Daan De Jaeger and Ben Hermans, who has a strong IP dispute resolution practice, are the key names.

Petillion was established in 2017 by well-regarded name partner Flip Petillion, who was previously at Crowell & Moring. It excels in IP litigation, and has carved out a niche for TLDs and domain names. It has an active copyright practice, handling content, software and database protection matters.

Van Bael & Bellis’ IP practice takes in patent litigation, domain name procedures, database rights, customs and anti-counterfeiting. It has a strong position in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, and also counts leading technology companies among its clients. Peter L’Ecluse oversees the department, where Thibaut D’hulst is a key associate.

Ambos NBGO Advocaten has a broad contentious and transactional IP and technology practice. Areas of expertise include trade mark disputes, licensing, technology transfer and the protection of trade and domain names. Kathleen Paisley and Bart Vandereeckt are the key contacts.

The IP practice at Curia leverages the expertise and burgeoning reputation of senior associate and IP specialist Sarah van den Brande. A ‘rising star’, she is ‘exceptional at delivering bullet-proof contracts with great attention to detail’.

Pieter Callens heads the IP and ICT practice at Eubelius, which advises clients on trade mark, designs, patents, new technologies and data protection. In a recent highlight, he defended a Belgian company in a copyright dispute before the EU Court of Justice and in national proceedings before the Court of Appeal in Brussels.

Since his arrival at Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) in 2014, Gunther Meyer has built an impressive IP practice. Noted for his ‘his many years of experience and expertise in the field’, Meyer is ‘on top of his game regarding intellectual property yet retains a real human touch’.

Marx, Van Ranst, Vermeersch & Partners is active in IP, IT, media and entertainment, where it handles IP and counterfeiting disputes, patent applications and advertising. Key figures in the sizeable team are Peter Marx and Herman Croux.

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