Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

Nelissen Grade has a key focus on international IP matters and handles copyright, patent and unfair competition matters as well as having a trademark agency division.
Spearheaded by Agnès Maqua, new firm AdaStone Law works with a number of companies from the worlds of advertising, media, data, healthcare, and telecoms on IP strategies and portfolio management issues.
Artes was established in 2018 and is increasingly establishing itself as a destination for investors. Other clients include corporates, government entities, universities and well-known personalities.
AWA Law Advokater's Benelux-wide practice works with a strong mix of Belgian and international clients, including key players from the manufacturing, energy, and consumer goods sectors.
Boutique firm IPvocate handles a range of portfolio management issues, anti-counterfeiting actions, and patent infringement matters for a diverse and high-profile corporate client base.
Pierstone acts for a broad cross-section of corporate clients, who turn to the team for assistance with infringements, trademark portfolio management, licensing agreements, and contract issues.

Intellectual property in Belgium

ALTIUS

Fielding one of the largest IP practices in Belgium, ALTIUS is highly regarded by blue-chip corporations, professional associations, and sovereign governments, both in Belgium and beyond. The versatile team’s far-reaching expertise is especially concentrated in patent enforcement, anti-counterfeiting measures, trademarks, geographical indications, plant variety rights and software piracy. Litigation – representing clients before various Belgian, Benelux, and European courts – is also a core competency. The team is jointly led by three partners: Christophe Ronse, who focuses on patent law and life sciences; Olivier Vrins, an expert in trademarks and anti-counterfeiting; and Phillippe De Jong, who specialises in parallel import issues and IP regulatory work in the life sciences and agri-food sectors. Sophie Lens is noted for her broad capabilities that encompass trade secrets and software piracy. Kirian Claeyé concentrates on patent litigation for pharmaceutical companies.

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Lens; Kirian Claeyé; Bregt Raus

Testimonials

‘High quality patent firm with a strong team capable of dealing with big patent cases.’

‘Christophe Ronse is a very experienced, excellent litigator.

‘The Altius team offer bespoke, high quality advice in all aspects of IP’

‘Christopher Ronse is a shrewd and experienced practitioner.’

‘Excellent knowledge of plant specific IP across the EU, as well as competition law aspects. Very strong professional approach to all questions and excellent, accurate responses to all questions.’

‘Philippe de Jong and Bregt Raus both provide an exceptionally high level of service.’

‘Top flight IP team – involved in all the most important cases.’

‘Olivier Vrins is fast, smart and thorough. He is very accessible too. Everything I want from a modern lawyer.’

Key clients

Novartis

Gilead

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Merck (MSD)

Eli Lilly

Moët Hennessy

The Government and Attorney General of Pakistan

CIVC (Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne)

Tata Steel

BASF

Bayer Cropscience

Samsung

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung in various patent infringement proceedings (PI and main actions), partially brought by Ericsson before the Brussels patent courts following the (temporary) failure of the negotiations between these parties in view of the renewal of cross-licenses for their respective standard essential patents, and partially launched by Samsung.
  • Representing Pakistan before the European Commission in opposition proceedings against an application by India for registration of ‘Basmati’ as a protected geographical indication in the EU.
  • Representing the owner of the Veuve Clicquot trademark cancellation proceedings before the EU General Court.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird enjoys a stellar market reputation on account of its highly capable and multifaceted IP practice. An expansive roster of high-profile multinationals turn to the team for assistance with brand protection strategy, copyright enforcement, geographical indications, transactional support and multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. Practice head Jean-Christophe Troussel is an experienced adviser to many of the firm's life sciences, food, and luxury goods clients, with niche expertise in parallel imports matters. Benoit Van Asbroeck is noted for his academic and contentious credentials in IP and IT, successfully representing clients before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Domien Op de Beeck's prolific disputes practice sees him appearing before the Belgian courts, the European Patent Office, and the General Court of the European Union. Guillaume de Villegas and Pierre Hechtermans are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe Troussel

Other key lawyers:

Benoit Van Asbroeck; Domien Op de Beeck; Guillaume de Villegas; Pierre Hechtermans

Testimonials

‘Very well organised and very responsive team. The consultations are clear and concise.’

‘Jean-Christophe Troussel understands well the client’s expectations.’

‘Bird & Bird has a very dedicated and competent team. They always have an appropriate answer in a reasonable time. They also understand the philosophy of our group and work with it.’

‘Domien Op de Beeck has proven to be a decisive support for vey specific situations and he also helped the company with more strategic opinions.’

‘Solid experience across the board, reactive, knowledgeable, and very good on the project management side of the equation. Very good IP watch technology and communication tools. Always on budget, complete visibility on billing ahead of any task.’

‘Professional, knowledgeable, supportive and well-rounded. Most important for me is the ability to trust them completely, on the project management side and on the billing.’

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Amgen

Chemicar Europe

Le Pain Quotidien

Mithra

Ontex

Secubit

Stanley Black & Decker

Carmeuse Coordination Center S.A.

Volkswagen

Esselte

Ferrero

Reckitt Benckiser

Terumo

AtriCure, Inc.

FAM, Stumabo and Hifferman

WIPO

ThermoFisher

Crossfit Inc.

Nestlé

Nokia

PPG Coatings

Ralph Lauren

RELX Group

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented Anheuser-Busch InBev in various strategic oppositions before the EUIPO with respect to its global and well-known brands such as Stella Artois, Corona, Franziskaner and Leffe.
  • Successfully assisted Ferrero in blocking and destroying KINDER and KINDER BUENO fake and/or copycat products imported in Belgium.
  • Assisting Terumo Europe in a wide array of IP and IP-related commercial matters, including trademark, patent and advertising laws.

Crowell & Moring

A myriad of global corporations and key Belgian market players turn to Crowell & Moring for its ‘quality, creativity and timeliness‘ in the full gamut of IP matters. Under the leadership of patent and SPC litigation specialist Kristof Roox, the team routinely advises on patent infringements, trademark and design portfolio management issues, trade secrets and copyright disputes – often appearing before the EUIPO and Benelux IP office. Jan-Diederik Lindemans is praised by clients for his ‘exceptional legal and commercial insight and abilities’, most notably in media-sector copyright litigation. Jurgen Figys is noted for his healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical expertise. Soft IP technology expert Sari Depreeuw joins the team from DALDEWOLF. Since publication, Judith Bussé left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Diederik Lindemans; Jurgen Figys

Testimonials

‘Crowell & Moring makes it all look easy and understandable. The combination of quality, creativity and timeliness that is delivered to us is unusual and highly appreciated. As regards Belgian IP, they are able to advise on a broad range of issues and are truly “full service”. Our relationship over the years is based on trust and we have never been given any reason to doubt that we will receive the best legal support for the best possible price.’

‘We are extremely happy that we can continue to count on Jan-Diederik as a sounding board for questions that arise in our day-to-day practice. He is always readily available, has the ability to grasp the legal AND business issues quickly and translate them into a workable solution for our company. Jan-Diederik’s address book is pure gold. In addition, because of his relationship with these foreign correspondent firms, he can often exercise pressure on rates, which obviously is a plus.’

‘Good to the point advice, good personal contacts with lawyers on the team.’

‘In the IP practice in Europe we like to work with Kristof Roox: a straight talking lawyer who sees the strengths and weaknesses of a case.’

‘Jan-Diederik Lindemans displayed exceptional legal and commercial insight and ability. Astute, punctual and humorous, it has been a pleasure working with him.’

‘They are responsive, immediately up to speed and pragmatic.’

‘Jan-Diederik Lindemans is highly competent and great strategists.’

Key clients

Viatris (formerly Mylan)

Sandoz

Stada

Delta Light

Vondst Advocaten

Novartis

Alcon Researcg Ltd.

Telenet

Black & Decker

Tomorrowland, Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop festival

Tereos Starch & Sweeteners Belgium

Itram Higiene

Imperial Brands

Electronic Arts

Dingie

Dutch Filmworks

Fresenius Medical Care

Belgozim

Zentiva

Hexagon Geospatial

Avexis (Novartis Gene Therapies)

Kaspar

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Belgozim in a copyright infringement case, by combining IP elements with civil rules of proceedings relating to the burden of proof.
  • Represent Novartis in various parallel import cases relating to the medicinal products Femara®, Co-Diovane®, Exelon® and Ritalin®, through which PI Pharma is attempting to sell parallel imported generic Sandoz products as originator Novartis products (after rebranding).
  • Advised a leader in the niche market of 3D printing services for the medical, manufacturing and software industries on the ownership of multiple patent portfolios relating to 3D printed face implants and surgical guides.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

Drawing on the firm’s significant pan-European capabilities, the Belgian office of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER works with a multitude of well-known companies, particularly in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, fashion, consumer goods, and automotive sectors. The boutique IP practice fields a strong bench of partner and associate-level talent that regularly handle patent enforcement and litigation, copyright, trademark and border control proceedings. Practice head Liesbeth Weynants consistently handles high-stakes patent litigation and regulatory issues for the firm’s life sciences clients. Fabienne Brison is noted for her broad copyright and media law capabilities. Tim Robrechts is a capable patent litigator with expertise in trade secrets, unfair trade practices and customs seizures.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Weynants

Other key lawyers:

Fabienne Brison; Tim Robrechts; Ine Letten; Steven Cattoor

Testimonials

‘Hoyng Rokh Monegier offers its client the comfort to work with a small but extremely efficient team of lawyers that are available 24/7, have an analytic approach that results in an outstanding technical understanding of the case, combined with first-in-class pleading skills.’

‘Steven Cattoor – Building on his expertise and track record, Steven Cattoor remains the hardworking lawyer who controls and masters any detail of a case. His availability and dedication is exemplary.’

‘Ine Letten is an excellent newcomer in IP litigation, with a broad technical interest, endless energy and patience to find the right arguments and evidence, and an unseen fighting spirit to win the case for her client.’

‘One of the go-to firms in Belgium: possess both IP litigation and regulatory capabilities.’

‘Steven Cattoor is very collaborative and collegiate, and manages complex litigation matters with aplomb. Very experienced in pharmaceutical patent litigation, respected, pragmatic, knows the industry very well, clear advice, responsive.’

‘Steven Cattoor has been a stand out staying on top of the cases and being available when needed. Ine Letten has been great associate keeping on top of day-to-day matters. Liesbeth Weynants provides stand out advice for Belgian regulatory and EU regulatory matters in general.’

‘Liesbeth’s and Tim’s responsiveness, legal thinking, creativity, and ability to foresee how the courts would likely react have been outstanding in every respect. They are a pleasure to work with and true team players. We could not have retained a better team.’

‘The team has a great depth of experience in patent litigation. Very responsive. Sound advice. Always a pleasure to collaborate with them in executing the client’s litigation strategy.’

Key clients

Biogen

Boehringer Ingelheim

Ceva Santé Animale

Nintendo

PlayRight

Porsche

Promeco

SABAM

SBS Belgium

Solvay NV

Tecnicas Reunidas

Teva Pharma Belgium

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Vlisco

Yeda R&D Company Ltd.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh enjoys a stellar reputation in the areas of patent litigation – both domestic and cross-border – and the enforcement of patent-related agreements, including licensing, research collaboration, and tech transfer agreements. The team’s widely acclaimed contentious trademark capabilities sees practitioners appearing regularly before various EU courts across the Benelux region. The team is jointly led by two partners: Tanguy de Haan, an experienced litigator before the Belgian courts and the Benelux Court of Justice; and Florence Verhoestraete, a patent, trademark and IP assignment expert with deep expertise in the life sciences sector. Senior counsel Philippe Péters is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy de Haan; Florence Verhoestraete

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Peters

Testimonials

‘The firm has a reputable IP practice and highly skilled teams in each of their locations.’

‘Tanguy de Haan is a great professional. His legal skills are excellent. He has a lot of experience in the court and in the European Court. He has won several important cases with our firm.’

‘Very knowledgeable team, the best in pan-European / complex litigation cases before the Courts in particular European Court of Justice’

‘I have been working with Philippe Peters and Tanguy de Haan for many years. Philippe is one of the best European lawyers and is a key expert. He is also very pragmatic, very close to his clients. Tanguy is one of the best of his generation, with an extensive practice before the Courts in Luxembourg and extremely agile and business oriented.’

‘Philippe Péters and Florence Verhoestraete at Nautadutilh have provided prompt and efficient and appropriate assistance when required and at short notice. This is particular appreciated since we do not have a regular need yet they provide a premium and dedicated service. They are also easy to work with and clear in their advise. It is also great to be able to connect with other Nautadutilh colleagues in other countries (Netherlands and Luxembourg) to provide additional country expertise as needed.’

Key clients

Allergan

CampoFrio Food Group

Castel Frères

Euroclear

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Guerlain

Iglo

LEGO

Levi Strauss & Co.

L’Oréal

LVMH

Nestlé

Scotch Whisky Association

Super Brand Licensing

Unilever

The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark

VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Guerlain in appeal proceedings before the General Court of the EU against a refusal by the EUIPO to register Guerlain’s iconic 3D shape mark for lipstick.
  • Acting for Allergan in a multi-layer litigation against Dermavita with respect to its successful JUVEDERM product (for reducing wrinkles).
  • Successfully assisted GSK in setting aside the Benelux IP Office’s decision to refuse to register the shape of the “Ellipta” inhaler.

Stibbe

A myriad of renowned Belgian entities and multinational corporations seek out the team at Stibbe for representation in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and ADR proceedings. Led by arbitrator Ignace Vernimme and patent and trademark specialist Philippe Campolini, the employment group routinely works with various public authorities on high-stakes IP disputes, infringement cases and technology transfer issues. Erik Valgaeren is a highly experienced data protection specialist who regularly advises a mix of blue-chip companies and financial institutions. Adélaïde Lonnoy, Joanna De Smedt and Gwennaëlle Kusters are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Other key lawyers:

Erik Valgaeren; Adélaïde Lonnoy; Joanna De Smedt; Gwennaëlle Kusters; Louis Bidaine

Testimonials

‘A good team with solid practitioners, experienced in all areas of IP.’

‘Ignace Vernimme – a safe pair of hands. Smart, focussed and charming with clients.’

‘What was most important to me and my clients, as we had to revert to a jurisdiction outside our own, was to ensure communication with the local legal partners, in this case STIBBE. They were available, responsive and managed to offer us concise, to-the-point updates as well as realistic assessments during each part of the process.’

‘I valued the availability and willingness to explain, as well as the honest evaluation of the pros and cons of each proposal. I wish to mention Mr. Louis Bidaine, who was our direct contact, as well as Mr. Philippe Campolini, with whom I had collaborated in his previous firm and followed him when he moved to Stibbe.’

‘The team is very strong for patent litigation, in particular in the field of life sciences.’

‘The Intellectual Property Right team of Stibbe is highly specialised in all necessary aspects of IP. Most particularly, the team maintains a great overview of all the intellectual property my company owns and the different collaboration agreements and research and development projects my company is involved in.’

‘It is remarkable how easy to reach the entire team is, and the requested feedback is always prompt, efficient solution-oriented and to the point. They are always going the extra mile to find an adequate and workable solution for the issues at hand.’

‘Philippe Campolini is talented, tenacious and very well organised. He understands and always prioritises the the clients’ needs.’

Key clients

ABM Tecna

Accord Healthcare

Aldi

Amazon

Amphenol Socapex

ANMI (Advanced Nuclear Medicine Ingredients)

ArcelorMittal

Belgian Chocolate Group

Belgian Medical Devices Center (BMDC)

Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (BBIE)

Belgian Shell

Belgian State

Belmoca

Biostrand / Biokey

Brussels Medical Device Center

Creafund

Conteyor

CSL Behring

Europharmaceuticals

Ferrero

Floating PV

FN Herstal

Fonds culturele infrastructuur (FoCI)

Foundation for the protection of the traditional cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi – Group of processors and producers of sheepmilk and goatmilk (association).

Free University of Brussels (ULB)

Geberit

Graf Synergy

Grimbergen Abbey

GuiSquare Pax Familia

Hasbro

Hoya Surgical Optics

Lineas SA

Makro

Manufacture belge de Chocolats (MBC)

MEP Capital

Morris Comics (Lucky Luke)

Mundipharma

Mylan

Nementschek SE (MCS)

ORA (Optimized Radiochemical Applications)

Orbix

Phi Group

Punch Powertrain

Regeneron / Teva

Relu Dental Imaging

R.G.C.C. Holdings

SAM Promedical

S.E.R.P.

Sipcam Oxon

So Easy

Spacewell

Spadel

Taizhou Chemicals

Télé-Secours

Teonia

Teoxane

Teva

TGE Gas Engineering GmbH

Toxikon

The Belgian Chocolate Group

The Bodyshop

The Grimbergen Abbey (Grimbergen beer)

Thico (Fuse Club Brussels)

Thread & Lift

Total marketing services

Value Plus (Hudson)

Vandemoortele / Vamix

Victrix

West Australian Agriculture Authority

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Mundipharma in summary proceedings before the Brussels courts against Roche, Genentech and Biowin who failed in their attempt to obtain an injunctive order against the launch of the biosimilar Truxima on the Belgian market by Mundipharma.
  • Representing FN Herstal in a major patent infringement case against Secubit and obtained a judgment entirely in favour of the client.
  • Handling a major litigation for Shell group against Delfipar concerning the use of its figurative trademark “Deli Traiteur”.

Allen & Overy LLP

A sterling roster of domestic and foreign entities seek out Allen & Overy LLP for assistance and representation in a full gamut of IP matters. Fielding a sizeable practice working between Antwerp and Brussels, the team is noted for its capabilities in high-profile, cross-border patent litigation, appearing before various Belgian and European courts. Practice head Peter Van Dyck is a regular port of call for many of the firm's blue-chip multinational clients, handling strategic advisory and litigious matters involving patent, trademark, copyright and design infringement issues. The highly experienced Geert Glas routinely acts before the various courts and as an arbitrator in WIPO, ICC, and CEPANI-governed proceedings. Edward Taelman is noted for his experience of European anti-counterfeiting strategy in the consumer goods sector.

Practice head(s):

Peter Van Dyck

Other key lawyers:

Geert Glas; Edward Taelman

Testimonials

‘The team can handle the most difficult questions, they do it very efficiently and with a very good understanding of the commercial interests of a company.’

‘They can see our trademark issues immediately in its entirety, and their advice and advocacy is always to the point.’

Peter Van Dyck has a hands on mentality.

We appreciate that the professionals at this practice know our business well. They combine advice from the past with issues in the present, therefore we can easily explain our developed business needs.

Key clients

Brouwerij Haacht

Duvel Moortgat

Intel

Jack Daniel’s

Nikon

Ricoh

Syngenta

The North Face

Granger Frères

Zimmer Biomet

Work highlights

  • Advised Syngenta on its digitalisation initiatives, and with regard to the company’s European trademark strategy.
  • Regularly advising Fund+ on the intellectual property commercial, licensing and data appreciation issues arising out of its targets in Belgium.
  • Representing breweries and other alcoholic beverage companies in a range of trademark and other intellectual property issues.

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie’s broad IP practice sees the team working with various Belgian and international corporate clients on pan-European infringement proceedings, trademark appeals before the EU General Court, and commercial court proceedings on behalf of various retailers and fashion houses. Trademark portfolio management and third party arbitrations are further key workflows for the Antwerp-based practice. Koen De Winter focuses on IP and trade secrets litigation and Michaël De Vroey is noted for his expertise in the healthcare, consumer goods, and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Winter; Michaël De Vroey

Testimonials

‘Good IP/Commercial knowledge and straight-to-the-point recommendations.’

Key clients

Âme Antwerp

Becton Dickinson group

British American Tobacco

Cadence Design Systems, Inc.

Castart Clothing

General Electric

Kadine (Essentiel Antwerp)

LA Poppe BV

LBrands

Sporta De Waele

TAWO

Traxxas LP

Van Ratingen NV

Work highlights

  • Represented Âme Antwerp before the EU General Court in a case  concerning the likelihood of confusion between an EUTM application for ÂME in relation to clothing and the Italian trademark A.MEN.
  • Represented Traxxas LP, a US based R/C model manufacturer, in trademark and design infringement proceedings before the cease-and-desist judge and the Court of Appeal in Brussels against a local distributor.
  • Represented Kadine BV in various pan-European trademark infringement and nullity proceedings before the courts in Brussels, Paris and London against the US company Fear of God LLC and one of its worldwide distributors Pacific Sunwear California LLC, for trademark infringement and parasitic competition.

CMS

Leveraging its formidable global footprint and cross-departmental practice, CMS handles IP mandates for blue-chip clients from the tech, media, consumer goods, chemicals and manufacturing sectors. Recent highlights for the team include counterfeit disputes, trademark oppositions and high-profile trademark infringement proceedings before both the Brussels Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The practice is jointly led by Tom Heremans, whose key clients include e-commerce companies and international football organisations, and Renaud Dupont, whose broad practice encompasses licence agreements and franchising. Lisbeth Depypere is recommended for her knowledge of trade secrets and advertising practices.

Practice head(s):

Tom Heremans; Renaud Dupont

Other key lawyers:

Lisbeth Depypere

Testimonials

‘The team has good IP subject matter expertise in Belgium. Their written work product is strong.’

‘Tom Heremans and Renaud Dupont are trusted IP partners who bring expertise and common sense to bear.’

‘Very straightforward advice and communications.’

‘CMS Belgium is engaged and very professional. CMS Belgium excellently handle the cross-border aspects of the matter.’

‘They listen to the client and understand what is important for us. When giving the advice, they take into account the specificities of the client and the urgency of the topic.’

‘I have worked with Tom Heremans at CMS on several matters. I look to Tom for matters in the Benelux countries related to litigation and possible litigation and for complicated opinions. Tom is extremely smart and creative yet has a practical and strategic view of matters.’

‘Tom Heremans and Lisbeth Depypere are highly knowledgeable lawyers. They provide honest assessment on the chances of success. They have a good understanding of the commercial interests and the focus of their clients.’

Key clients

Amazon

FIFA

Delvaux

Delhaize

EURid

PPG

Birkenstock

TIPIK Communication agency

Bruker

Base Solutions

BE Micron

Wolf Oil

Eko-Okna

H Young (Operations) Lt

Aveve Group

Colruyt

Glutton

Go Sport

Work highlights

  • Representing two US entities of Amazon in trademark infringement proceedings against Christian Louboutin before the Brussels Court and the Court of Justice of the EU.
  • Representing FIFA in litigation initiated by a Belgian individual who claims to have invented the Video Assisted Referee system (VAR).
  • Representing Bruker in a dispute concerning the copying and use of Bruker’s IP and trade secrets by a former employee.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's stellar reputation for patent litigation in the telecoms sector is complemented by broader expertise in contentious copyright proceedings - including appearances before the European Court of Justice - for various high-profile clients. On the transactional side, licensing negotiations, research agreements and outsourcing issues are further key workflows for the team. Practice head Stijn Debaene is renowned for his litigious capabilities in the media and telecoms space, working on landmark cases at various European courts. Hakim Haouideg takes on both disputes-based and transactional mandates, especially for clients in the tech sector. Serge Flecijn is noted for patent and trademark matters.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Debaene

Other key lawyers:

Hakim Haouideg; Serge Flecijn

Key clients

TELENET

VITRA

ALPARGATAS

CHATKA SEAFOOD, S.L.

STUDIO 100

FUJIREBIO

LA FILLE D’O

ANSYS

AGC GLASS EUROPE

Work highlights

  • Representing Telenet in a trademark litigation regarding its use of the FLOW TECH trademark for one of its telecoms services and in a copyright dispute with Mircom related to peer-to-peer network usage.
  • Representing Chatka Seafood in a trademark infringement case which opposes Chatka (which has the brand in Spain and sells under another brand – Romanov – in Belgium) to Walfood (which has the brand in all other countries).
  • Representing Vitra in several copyright infringement proceedings in Belgium and the Netherlands regarding the iconic DSW chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Praised by various blue-chip clients for its 'analytical and practical' approach, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick's IP practice handles the full gamut of advisory, contentious, and transactional matters. Led by automotive sector specialist Etienne Kairis, the team's capabilities range from soft IP to copyright litigation and trade secrets challenges before the Constitutional Court. Bernard Vanbrabant variously handles opposition proceedings, counterfeit cases, and seizures in matter of counterfeits. Sarah Van Den Brande is noted for her wide-reaching capabilities in the software, media, fashion, and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Kairis

Other key lawyers:

Bernard Vanbrabant; Sarah Van Den Brande

Testimonials

‘Collaborative team, responsive, and diverse. They have been proactive in seeking to work with other international law firms to provide clients with a multi-jurisdictional response.’

‘They are very engaged in the issues; analytical and practical.’

‘Great team, very professional.’

‘Flexible and available. Compliant with deadlines. Very nice people to work with. They always try to build a personal relationship which makes working together more efficient.’

‘Sarah van den Brande is a master in negotiations based on her knowledge. She is an example of what a partner should be like (intelligence, social skills, relationship with client and adverse party).’

Key clients

COMMUNAUTE FRANCAISE

SONACA

L’OREAL

IMPS

AGICOA

BELGIAN STATE

RYDE GmbH (KodakOne)

KERRY

AEGIDE

KIA MOTORS

Work highlights

  • Representing the Communauté Française before the Constitutional Court where Sabam and Playrights are challenging a statutory provision which created a new exception to copyright in favour of children sitting organisations.
  • Representing AGICOA group in litigation proceedings against BAVP in both summary proceedings and proceedings to the merits regarding the early termination of the cooperation agreement between the parties; and, against Telenet in a landmark copyright case regarding the transmission, by Telenet, of dozens of channels (about 55% of its TV offers) without an appropriate license from, and payment to, AGICOA.
  • Assisting Kerry Group in respect of a theft of trade secrets by a (former) employee.

Lydian

Lydian’s IP practice is highly capable in both a litigating and transactional capacity, with significant experience in cross-border M&A, distribution network restructurings, and IP prosecution mandates throughout the Benelux region. Practice co-head Annick Mottet Haugaard has extensive capabilities in anti-counterfeiting and patent litigation. Fellow co-head Bastiaan Bruyndonckx is noted for his expertise in IT and data protection matters. Olivia Santantonio is recommended for brand protection issues and trade practices.

Practice head(s):

Annick Mottet Haugaard; Bastiaan Bruyndonckx

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Santantonio

Testimonials

‘Strong analytical capabilities on all levels of the team. Fair and honest feedback regarding case matters and opponents arguments.’

‘Very quick to analyse and understand complex issues. Proactive in foreseeing opponents arguments and how the case might play out. Highly experienced and knowledgeable about legislation and procedure.’

Key clients

Assos of Switzerland GmbH

LFPI Group

Worthen Industries

HG International

AutoBinck Group NV

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Richemont International

Work highlights

  • Advising Richemont International SA on the acquisition of the Belgian company, Delvaux Createur.
  • Assisting the French private equity fund, LFPI Group, during the acquisition of the majority stake in Wilink Insurance and Elitis Insurance.
  • Assisiting Mitsubishi in the restructuring of its distribution network in Belgium and Luxembourg by negotiating the financial and organisational aspects (including the use of Mitsubishi trademarks) with the general distributor and the dealers active in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Simont Braun

Simont Braun is highly regarded by a diverse roster of Belgian and international clients for the depth and breadth of its IP offering. Noted for its interdepartmental approach - particularly with the firm's Supreme Court team - the group routinely prosecutes and defends in patent, copyright, and trademark litigations before the EU General Court and the Court of Justice. The practice is jointly led by two partners: Eric De Gryse, who handles cross-border disputes for clients in the pharmaceuticals, chemicals, engineering, and retail sectors; and Emmanuel Cornu, a renowned trademark specialist. Patent litigator Fernand de Visscher continues to lead high-level cases on behalf of various world-leading corporates.

Practice head(s):

Eric De Gryse; Emmanuel Cornu

Other key lawyers:

Fernand de Visscher

Testimonials

Simont Braun is unique in that it has a rich experience of patent litigation and capability of understanding highly technical matters.

Simont Braun’s creative approaches on legal issues help clients to find solutions in difficult situations.

‘High skilled team, very efficient and proactive.’

‘Emmanuel Cornu is an IP expert who provides clear and efficient strategies.’

‘The relationship with Simont Braun is a very long-lasting one. Working with them, I especially appreciate their high professionalism, the deep knowledge of IP matters, especially in the field of trademarks and patents, as well as concerning geographical indications. We appreciate the contact with clients, and the clarity of their opinions.’

‘I’m very satisfied with the comprehensive services they are offering me, I really believe that Simon Braun is the most accurate law-firm in the Benelux and it is difficult to find an equivalent firm, having the same level of professionals.’

‘They have a calm, no-nonsense approach and give the client confidence that they are well versed in the details of Belgian procedural laws. They have also been prepared to dig into the details of the technical case and working well with the broader team, provided excellent legal submissions on validity issues.’

Mr. Visscher is senior partner having a long experience in IP litigations and provides a well-balanced view supported by a good sense of how and what judges would think. Mr. De Gryse is a partner who is energetic and makes a good combination with Fernand.

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for the main ISPs in Belgium: VOO, Nethys and Brutélé, in landmark procedures against the SABAM.
  • Representing ASSIA in complex patent litigations.
  • Assisting Bruges Central Hostel in trademark litigation proceedings.

VAN INNIS & DELARUE

VAN INNIS & DELARUE's 'leading' independent IP litigation practice is renowned for its claimant-side representation. The team handles the full spectrum of copyright, trademark, and design right disputes, working with numerous leading names from the luxury fashion and designer goods, media, and entertainment sectors. Patent enforcement and anti-counterfeiting actions are further key workflows for the group. Working between two Belgian sites, the team is led by Antwerp-based Dieter Delarue and Brussels-based Thierry Van Innis. Anthony Van Der Planken handles opposition proceedings and trademark infringement issues, while Alexander Heirwegh is noted for his capabilities in internet and TMT-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Delarue; Thierry van Innis

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Van Der Planken; Alexander Heirwegh

Testimonials

‘This firm is without a doubt one of the leading IP firms in Belgium.’

‘The level of understanding of European trademark law of Mr. Van Innis is virtually unrivalled.’

‘Van Innis & Delarue: know-how, sharp team, and simply stellar track record.’

‘Dieter Delarue was yet again smooth but undeniably the master of strategy. He knows how to successfully and smoothly deliver *any* hard message across, to the counter-party, and has all the qualifications required for the hardest of jobs.’

‘Alexander Heirweigh is a rising star: to the point, impressive in keeping the timing and accuracy of the correspondence under control, and worked tirelessly in negotiating the details.’

‘Overall, the sharpness and efficiency of the team as a whole is impressive, but also each individual we worked with separately, is simply impressive.’

‘Simply the best!’

They are simply very well adept in their fields, particularly complex trademark matters.

Key clients

Christian Louboutin

Dr. Martens

Cartier (Richemont)

Chanel

VF International (Kipling / Napapijri)

The Flemish Socialdemocratic Party (Vooruit)

Deldo Tires / Tyretrans

eBay

Serax

V-Steel Construct

Jansport Apparel Corp. (Eastpak)

SPGPrints

OKI / Copaco / Ingram Micro / Fnac / Ricoh / Hewlett-Packard

Tomorrowland

Mobile Vikings

DPG Media

Van Bogaert

Longchamp

Nathan Baume

UPR Agency

BASF

Alcobrands

Buysse & Partners

High Fashion Music

De Beukelaer Distilleries (Elixir d’Anvers)

Jeune Premier

Type Tailors

Work highlights

  • Representing Christian Louboutin in an ongoing legal battle against e-commerce giant Amazon, covering trade mark infringement proceedings in several jurisdictions and two preliminary reference proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Representing various multinational electronics and printing companies, such as Ricoh, OKI, Hewlett Packard, Copaco and Ingram Micro, in separate copyright litigation proceedings before the Belgian courts with collecting society Reprobel.
  • Assisting Thom Browne in a cross-border trade mark dispute with sportswear manufacturer Adidas, concerning the use of Thom Browne’s four-bar design on its clothing, as well as the validity of several of Adidas’ three-stripe trade marks.

DLA Piper

Situated within the wider IP, IT, and TMT practice, DLA Piper is a regular port of call for some of the leading names from the tech, media, entertainment, fashion, and consumer goods sectors. Noted for its distributorship acumen, the team is also well versed in cross-border patent litigation and trademark and licensing infringement proceedings before various Belgian courts. ‘Always going the extra mile‘, practice head Alexis Fierens focuses on a wealth of soft IP matters, including designs, unfair practices, and portfolio management. Elisabeth Daem and Kaat Scheerlinck are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Daem; Kaat Scheerlinck

Testimonials

‘Alexis is a competent and diligent IP litigator, with excellent pleading skills.’

‘I have been working with DLA Piper for over 10 years now and have not been disappointed. They are always very available, and never let me down when our company is in need of advice.’

‘They are really good experts in their fields and always ready to help their clients even when this requires extremely short timelines and late night work to help.’

‘DLA PIPER (Belgian team) is strong in litigation in IT projects and copyright cases.’

‘Alexis Fierens is a sharp litigator and always goes the extra mile. He is an effective expert in litigation in complex IT projects and copyright cases. He understands the bridge between legal, IT and business.’

‘They believe in their cause and defend it with fervour even though the chances of success are slim.’

‘The DLA Media and Entertainment teams in Belgium and Luxembourg are great to work with and very knowledgeable on the various topic relating to the entertainment industry.’

‘Alexis Fierens stands out from the crowd because of his sharp business acumen and great communication skills.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Fresenius Kabi

Filorga

Bacardi

Bancontact Payconiq Company

Flemish Government

DPG Media

Kinepolis

React

Atos

Aerts (Salt & Pepper)

Engie Fabricom

Vervaeke-Belavi (Belgabroed)

Legio Group (Overstock, X²O)

Duracell

Buro3VD (Zangra)

VITO

Workero

Levi Strauss

Work highlights

  • Advising Fresenius Kabi on an alleged patent infringement.
  • Representing Atos, a French multinational IT service and consulting company, in several software licensing disputes.
  • Assisting The Walt Disney Company on a continual basis regarding the roll-out of its new subscription video on-demand streaming platform Disney+ service in Belgium and Luxembourg, in terms of both IP related and commercial queries.

Monard Law

Monard Law's IP practice is regularly engaged by blue-chip clients from the areas of luxury fashion, music, automobiles and pharmaceuticals as well as video-gaming, which is an avowed, burgeoning focus for the team. The practice is jointly led by two partners working between two offices: Daan De Jaeger, a Brussel-based lawyer who specialises in Benelux-wide anti-counterfeiting practices, and Stephane Criel, a Ghent-based IP practitioner and CEPANI arbitrator in domain disputes. Sebastien Verva is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Daan De Jaeger; Stephane Criel

Other key lawyers:

Sebastien Verva

Testimonials

‘One of the few law firms specialised in intellectual property in Belgium.’

‘Clear communication, dossier knowledge and actively involve the ideas and thoughts of the client.’

‘Very capable with an eye for detail: all evidence was collected and a strong file was made. Nice collaboration. Would not hesitate to work with them in the future.’

‘Due to the fact that we were a start-up, we didn’t have a stable cash-flow yet. Monard proposed a billing solution allowing to spread the invoices with an amount which was bearable for us (very much appreciated)’

‘The team is really hands on and to the point. Giving the correct advice without elaborating too much. Each team member does his part of the job without too much overlap, which results in a correct billing system.’

‘Daan De Jaeger is very accessible and clear in his explanations.’

‘The cases are followed up well and I can always expect a quick response. The contact is personal but does not detract from the formal and serious nature of the underlying questions and problems.’

‘Daan De Jaeger is the leading partner of the IP team in Brussels. He has more than 30 years of experience as an IP lawyer and that is very noticeable. He has a no-nonsense approach and can easily take difficult decisions in cases for his clients. His expertise, both purely legal and in terms of the industries he is active in, makes him one of the most reliable names in the IP sector.’

Key clients

Rolex S.A.

Rolex Benelux nv

Napoleon Games nv

Eurautomat nv

Korean Motor Company nv (Hyundai Belux)

Suzuki Belgium nv

D’Ieteren nv (Volkswagen / Audi / Porsche /…)

Christian Dior Couture S.A.

Grandeco nv

The Belgian Entertainment Association

Tomorrowland (WEAREONE.world)

P-Laser

Nutrisan

May Courier International

Work highlights

  • Handling the anti-counterfeiting practices of Rolex in the Benelux: from small customs procedures to landmark litigation cases.
  • Handling cases for May Courier, Plastiservice Projects and P-Laser following the implementation of the EU Trade Secret Directive into Belgian law.
  • Assisting D’Ieteren, importer of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, as well as Hyundai Benelux and Suzuki Belgium, with large distribution and IP-related cases, mostly concerning exclusivity rights.

Petillion

The boutique IP and disputes firm Petillion is sought out by some of the largest corporate and public sector players in the market, both domestically and internationally and is praised for its 'expertise, availability, and formidable defence in the event of litigation'. The team is noted for the breadth of its capabilities, ranging from assisting with commissioned studies and advisory mandates to anti-counterfeiting actions and domain name hijacking issues. Flip Petillion has experience appearing in a range of domestic and international court settings. Jan Janssen  is noted for his civil litigation and international arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Flip Petillion

Other key lawyers:

Jan Janssen

Testimonials

‘When Intellectual Property Rights are essential to your business, your counsel for the matter needs to be everything you dream about: that’s what the team at Petillion brings to us. Expertise, availability, a formidable defence in the event of litigation, and a true passion for the more complex challenges with regard to IPR.’

‘Flip Petillion has several decades of experience in IP and ICT law, representing clients in numerous cases before the US and the EU Courts, as well as in international arbitration.

‘Jan Janssen is definitely someone to watch in the field of IP litigation.’

Key clients

Coöperatieve Zuivelonderneming CONO B.A. (CONO)

SEW-Eurodrive

Belgian Government (Federal Public Service Economy)

Solvay SA

IKEA (Inter Ikea Systems B.V.)

Beevers Kaas

Swarovski

Belgian Lawyers Society (IT entity: DPA – Diplad CV)

WIPO, Forum, CAC UDRP’s or similar proceedings (CEPANI, NOMINET)

One.org

BRUT Food

Namecheap, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising and producing a study for the Belgian government regarding alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for IP disputes, and assessing whether changes are needed to the existing legal framework in Belgium.
  • Representing IKEA with respect to the (online) protection and enforcement of the IKEA brand.
  • Representing SEW-Eurodrive with respect to domain name hijacking, e.g. in the recovery of domain names infringing the client’s trade mark portfolio.

timelex

time.lex has a robust transactional and contentious offering in the IP space, working with a diverse array of Belgian companies on copyright and patent infringement disputes. The team is also experienced in legislative and policy-based work, with recent engagements including legal reviews of Europe-wide design law protection systems. Frederic Debusseré , Geert Somers , and Edwin Jacobs are are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Debusseré; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs

Testimonials

‘They have unique expertise (both practical and academic) in the area.’

‘Their approach is always professional, supported with strong expertise.’

‘The practice is very well-developed and covers a really broad range of IP issues, some of which require niche expertise. In my opinion, they are especially good in tech-related IP matters and also in IP litigation. The organisation is very good and everyone plays to their strengths.’

‘Frederic Debussere is an excellent strategist and litigator.’

‘Timelex is a strong team in the domains of IT, Privacy, IP and Fintech. They are experts who know what they are talking about and have very broad experience in handling disputes and litigations in these types of cases. They are extremely professional and dedicated lawyers to work with.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is a very effective lawyer in complex IT projects and copyright cases. He understands very well the bridge between legal, IT and business. He is always reachable and brilliant in terms of creatively looking for efficient solutions. Edwin Jacobs is very experienced in the domain of Fintech and is capable of providing sharp legal advice. He has strong skills in mediation cases.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is our “go to partner”, a person you can always count on for an excellent and thorough analysis of even the most complex issues.’

‘Frederic Debusseré is outstanding and creative.’

Key clients

Shasta

Anagram International

Port of Antwerp

AbbVie

Glowbus

Arvesta

Contassur

CEPS

ERTMS Solutions

J. Cortès Cigars

Work highlights

  • Representing Anagram International in a copyright infringement dispute against a Belgian company.
  • Representing Shasta in a patent infringement dispute against a Belgian company.
  • Assisting the Port of Antwerp as preferred law firm for all intellectual property-related matters.

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis' IP department handles litigation, trademark applications, licensing agreements, and patent issues, most notably for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences arena. Peter L’Ecluse is an experienced patent litigator whose IP practice intersects with life sciences and antitrust, issues. Thibaut D’hulst focuses on new technologies, data protection, and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter L’Ecluse; Thibaut D’hulst

Testimonials

‘The team is smart, the work products are well-drafted, and the firm has proved to be flexible in terms of agreeing invoices.’

Thibaut D’Hulst: capable, smart and responsive, and very keen to ensure we are fully covered and protected.

Key clients

Canon Europe

ECMWF

FCR Media

Gedeon Richter

Genentech (Roche Inc.)

Hang in Out

Nike

Super League Triathlon

Work highlights

  • Assisting Super League Triathlon in determining and implementing its IP strategy for a novel endurance sports format involving events that are broadcast globally.
  • Representing Canon before customs authorities and courts in its long-running, and well-documented, battle against counterfeit imports.

ASTREA BV CVBA

ASTREA BV CVBA‘s IP practice advises various high-profile clients operating in the media, tech, fashion, and food and beverage sectors. Regarded by clients as ‘real experts in its field‘, the team is well versed in patent litigation, licence disputes, trademark infringement oppositions, and global IP portfolio management mandates. Joint practice heads Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven and Christine De Keersmaeker are noted for their respective expertise in the automotive sector, and fashion and design industries.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven; Christine De Keersmaeker

Testimonials

‘Astrea works with a dedicated single point of contact, who supervises any project and who composes the team in function of the projects to be handled.’

‘Each partner in the office is a specialist in one of these areas and heads his team. The combination of these specialities, mastered by enthusiastic and committed men and women, means that we have been working with this firm for more than 25 years and have grown with them with great success.’

‘The team is very coherent and cover a very wide range of topics.’

‘Astrea’s IP lawyers are real experts in their field.’

‘Our collaboration with the IP team has been nothing but a pleasant experience and we are very satisfied with their work. Since the start of our collaboration, we have appreciated their course of actions and the efficient solutions they brought each time. Each lawyer within the team is fully aware of the case which made it very easy for us to reach to the answers to our questions.’

‘The team is very professional, and very friendly.’

Key clients

Allocate Software Company

Greenpan Ltd

American Clothing Associates

Aga Rangemaster

BV 32 (Ann Demeuelemeester & Atelier Haider Ackermann)

The Searchers

New Sobelwood

Wesp Europe

Jaguar Land Rover

Van Laere International

Sander & Partners

Filip Arickx & Ann Vandevost

Move to Cure

Mazda

Bihr

DPG Media

NATAN

Work highlights

  • Assisting Move to Cure with strategy advice regarding protection, exploitation of its IP aiming at growing the IP and business value of the company.
  • Assisting the fashion designer Edouard Vermeulen, who has been dressing members of royal families for years, with protection of its IP portfolio worldwide.

DALDEWOLF

DALDEWOLF works with a diverse roster of high-profile corporate clients who operate across the worlds of IT and telecoms, both domestically and internationally. Recent engagements for the team include a host of litigious proceedings and pre-litigation advisory mandates for major European mobile operators and multinational consultancies, as well as licensing, GDPR, and personal data advisory issues. Olivier Bertin and Dominique BOGAERT are two of the key names to note within the practice, with Bogaert focusing chiefly on commercial contract matters and cross-border work with a strong Italian aspect. Bertin, meanwhile, is noted for his broad knowledge of tax law. Pierre Goffinet and Sari Depreeuw have since left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Bertin; Dominique Bogaert

Eubelius

Eubelius fields 'a sharp, responsive, and commercial' team and is noted for its capabilities in trademark litigation, injunction proceedings and strategic advisory issues. Patents, copyrights, and licensing are all further core competencies, with recent instructions for the team involving appearances before the Enterprise Court and the EUIPO. Practice head Pieter Callens, who divides his time Brussels and Kortrijk, is an experienced litigator and competition lawyer with niche capabilities in tech and IT contract work.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens

Testimonials

‘Flexible, solution-oriented, in line with our values and long term strategy, quick responses, high quality deliverables and active participation in the negotiations.’

‘Pieter Callens delivers high quality work, is respected by the counter-party, and employs creative, out of the box thinking that allowed us to close this agreement. They was also a very clear risk assessment for every change we accepted and our red lines were determined and explained carefully.’

‘The Eubelius team combines a thorough expert knowledge with a hands-on approach that allows its client to reach its targets in the most efficient manner.’

‘Pieter Callens combines a thorough expert knowledge with a hands-on approach that allows his client to reach its targets in the most efficient manner.’

‘Swift feedback , great language skills , good hands on experience’

‘The team is very hands on and pragmatic. We get exactly the output we have discussed with them (no surprises).’

‘Pieter Callens and team have helped out in a sensitive IP/advertising case and they were excellent. Sharp, responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

bpost

Roger Hodgson

Tony’s Chocolonely

Confortluxe

Galico

Decolef (cycling team Deceuninck-Quickstep)

POM West-Flanders

EPI Interim Company

Belgian State

Retail Estates

Work highlights

  • Representing bpost in a dispute with Vlaams Belang (one of the largest political parties in Flanders) regarding the infringement of bpost’s trademark rights and copyright.
  • Representing the Belgian State in a dispute with the collecting society Auvibel regarding the alleged liability for the incorrect transposition of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
  • Representing Roger Hodgson and Harmonic Management in a dispute with a former sound engineer regarding the illegitimate retention, reproduction and sale on a large scale of (unpublished) recordings of concerts and live albums.

IP Porta

Based in Sint-Martens-Latem, IP Porta's broad IP capabilities see the team handling both litigations and advisory-style mandates for various clients in tech, media and entertainment, ranging from publishers to production houses. Praised by clients for her 'professional, straightforward and spontaneous' style, practice co-head Karen Ongena is noted for her extensive IP rights experience, including media and portrait rights, trade practices and new technologies. Fellow co-head Laurence Hubert is noted for her capabilities in civil and commercial mediation.

Practice head(s):

Karen Ongena; Laurence Hubert

Other key lawyers:

Marie Verheye

Testimonials

‘The IP Porta team combines an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of IP law, with a very hands-on approach. They are agile and effective partners looking for a solution in complex cases. They are very available, hard-working and cost effective.’

‘The whole team works in sync and communicates well about the progress in each case and the budget implications. All lawyers combine legal skills with an applied and business focused approach.’

‘The founder and managing partner Karen Ongena has a very wide and incredibly in depth knowledge of all IP matters, which she combines with a very good understanding of technical issues. She also always applies a holistic approach to legal problems, looking at the legal issues, but also the technical issues in depth, as well as the overall business logic and psychology of all players involved. This unique approach makes her standout vis-à-vis competitors. She acts as a business partner, not as a mere distant legal advisor.’

‘Marie Verheye  is also very hands on with a keen interest in new technologies.’

‘Highly specialized knowledge regarding international IP legislation. Ability to build up well structured and convincing argumentation in litigation. Small and flexible team of high-performing specialists.’

‘Laurence Hubert shows quick and thorough understanding of the client’s complex problematic and has the ability to find the specific legal argumentation that can support a very strong case building. Clear and convincing presentation of facts and argumentation in court.’

‘Advice is tailored to the needs and nature of the company.’

‘Pragmatic and constructive mindset.’

Key clients

Dzjintonik

Sinelco and Pro-Duo

Allinox

Etap Lighting

Carr-Cup

Renson Sunprotection Screens

Biostrand

Standaard Uitgeverij

Veen Bosch Keuning

Lecter Media

Work highlights

  • Representing Sinelco and Pro-Duo in third-party opposition proceedings.
  • Advised Veen Bosch Keuning on several IP related contracts and other IP matters.
  • Representing Allinox in a very important judicial dispute on the use of a trademark licence.

Linklaters

Linklaters' Belgium IP practice stands out for its 'great expertise and technical knowledge' and is routinely engaged on the full gamut of work for a host of blue-chip companies in the consumer goods, healthcare, tech, and financial services sectors. Pieter Van Den Broecke, a consumer sector expert with broad experience of patent infringements, trademarks and copyrights, heads the team. The 'highly capable and involved'  Tom De Coster is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Van Den Broecke

Other key lawyers:

Tom De Coster

Testimonials

‘Linklaters’ Belgium IP team has always showed a great expertise and technical knowledge on any IP-related issues, proposing to us very smart solutions.’

‘Pieter Van Den Broecke and Tom De Coster are two outstanding professionals who, besides the evident technical skills in IP matters, have constantly demonstrated great responsiveness and noteworthy availability towards the client. Sometimes contacted also for general information about Belgian civil law, they have confirmed to be actually a reference point for their clients.’

‘Good communication and coordination between the team members.’

‘Strong, client-focussed approach with succinct and to the point legal advice.’

‘Tom De Coster is a highly capable and involved managing associate with exceptional client communication skills.’

Key clients

Hillhouse Capital Management Ltd

PSA Automobiles SA

Global online retailer

AXA

Galapagos NV

VHsquared Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hillhouse Capital Management Limited on the framework of its acquisition of Philips’ domestic appliances business.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest global online retailers in a number of copyright disputes against European collective rights management companies, who are looking to claim copyright levies from the client.
  • Acting as the trusted IP adviser to Galapagos on various strategic partnerships and arrangements.

MVVP

Handling disputes, advisory mandates, and various contract reviews, MVVP's IP practice is especially noted for its presence in the fashion, design, advertising, internet and entertainment sectors. The team is jointly led by three partners: fashion and design-focused Herman Croux; sports specialist Peter Marx; and music industry-focused Olivier Sasserath, who also has experience litigating before the Belgian Courts and assisting clients before the European Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Herman Croux; Peter Marx; Olivier Sasserath

Key clients

Cassina

Poltrona Frau

IMPS SA (“SMURFS”)

Rosas

A Private View

SABAM

Globall Concept

Walking the Dog

Wiels

Osborne Clarke

Leveraging its firm-wide reputation in the tech, life sciences, and digital business sectors, Osborne Clarke acts for a diverse cross-section of clients on cross-licensing negotiations, trademarks, domain names, advertising campaigns, and unfair trade practices. Licensing disputes and copyright infringements are also key workflows. Heading up the Belgian IP and IT teams, Benjamin Docquir is noted for his niche expertise in data, cybersecurity, and software issues. Laurens Dauwe is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Docquir

Other key lawyers:

Laurens Dauwe

Key clients

Skemmi

OncoDNA

Moliere

Bisnode

Work highlights

  • Acting for an engineering consultancy in a trade secrets litigation case against a former employee and a competing company with respect to the unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure of the client’s trade secrets.
  • Representing a life sciences company in an ongoing proceeding launched against Novartis Gene Therapies (NGT) in relation to the violation by NGT of the terms of the license agreement concluded with Généthon.
  • Assisted Eclipse Foundation with establishing an additional home base in Europe through the incorporation of a new legal entity in Belgium under the legal form of an international not-for profit association (AISBL/IVZW), on the basis of an existing US entity of the group

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's team has 'in-depth knowledge of the field and a very pragmatic approach' and frequently collaborates with colleagues from the firm's Dutch office on a host of pan-Benelux IP mandates. Led by the 'outstanding' Christian Dekoninck, a number of high-profile multinationals turn to the group for representation in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, and advice regarding market entry and anti-counterfeit actions. Marie Keup is noted for copyright and design right issues.

Practice head(s):

Christian Dekoninck

Other key lawyers:

Marie Keup

Testimonials

‘The team is very creative and thorough. They have an in-depth knowledge of the field and a very pragmatic approach towards the client.’

‘We had the opportunity to work with Christian Dekoninck. Christian is an outstanding lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of pharmaceuticals and life sciences. He has a fantastic ability of fast comprehension, foreseeing potential issues on the spot, and offering pragmatic, client-oriented solutions. He is highly efficient, very responsive and clear, explains the matter at hand with great ease and knowledge. It was an absolute pleasure to work with him.’

‘They are responsive, immediately up to speed and pragmatic.’

‘Christian Dekoninck is highly competent, strategic and great to work with.’

‘Christian Dekoninck greatly supports us on trademark litigation cases involving unfair competition aspects and provided valuable parallel import advice. He has a lot of knowledge about the trademark and unfair competition scene in Belgium and we always received fast and easy to understand advice. Without any doubt I can recommend him as a great lawyer with huge interest in his cases and his clients. Very uncomplicated to work with and he has a super sense for business topics which makes my life as a client much easier.’

‘Marie Keup is a very good lawyer, with high technical skills and quick to understand the key issues to be solved.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Ericsson

Accomodeo

Teva

Nipro

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Multipharma

Eglo Leuchten

Kwantum

Holbox

CubeSports GmbH

Pfizer

Ericsson

Accomodeo

Teva

Nipro

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Multipharma

Eglo Leuchten

Kwantum

Holbox

CubeSports GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented Ericsson in patent litigation (PI proceedings and proceedings on the merits) against Samsung relating to three standard essential patents and two implementation patents.
  • Representing Nipro in a patent litigation against its German competitor Fresenius. The case involves opposition proceedings against a counterfeit seizure, infringement proceedings on the merits and invalidity proceedings.
  • Representing  Kwantum in copyright infringement proceedings relating to a concrete lamp of Serax. Following successful proceedings in first instance and appeal the case is now pending before the Belgian Supreme Court.

Wiggin LLP

The EU and Belgian IP office at Wiggin LLP works with multiple blue-chip multinationals on patent and trademark litigation, portfolio management, and trade secrets cases and is praised by clients for its abilities to find ‘ingenious solutions‘ to a host of problems. Online protection and enforcement is a further key workflow for the practice. Ted Shapiro is noted for his wide knowledge of international and European copyright law. Carina Gommers focuses on trademark portfolio mandates and customs counterfeit seizures. Trademark and design specialist Eva De Pauw is also recommended for her capabilities in cross-border patent litigation and unfair competition cases.

Practice head(s):

Ted Shapiro; Carina Gommers

Other key lawyers:

Eva De Pauw

Testimonials

‘A great firm to work with. Deepest knowledge of applicable law and ability to find ingenious solutions to clients’ needs. Outstanding understanding of challenges facing the clients and aptitude to resolve problems in the most time and cost-efficient manner.’

‘Carina Gommers and Carl de Meyer are the two leaders with the firm possessing legal acumen and wealth of knowledge in all facets of practice. A target-oriented team, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The IP team at Wiggin LLP is highly capable and responsive. It is always a pleasure to collaborate with them.’

‘We have been collaborating for a long time with Carina Gommers. Smart and proactive, it is always a pleasure to work with her. She is an effective communicator, providing reliable and quick advice.’

‘Carina Gommers is very skilled and knowledgeable with Belgium’s IP. She has the ability to think outside-the-box and I am extremely impressed by her professionalism.’

‘Carl Demeyer stands out for his intelligence, knowledge, experience, communication, availability’

‘I have had a very good experience working with Wiggin in Belgium and in the UK. I particularly appreciate high quality of their advice, their experience and focus on finding effective, client-friendly solutions. I have engaged Wiggin in several trademark matters all of which have been resolved to the full satisfaction of my clients. We’ll be working with them in the future.’

‘I specifically appreciate the work done by Carina Gommers in my clients’ matters. Her advice is always to the point and business-oriented. There is nothing I need to add or explain to my client when I forward her advice – she perfectly understands the needs of foreign companies and explains the proposed strategy in a clear and comprehensive manner.’

‘Carina Gommers stands out for her sector knowledge, and practical, innovative approach.’

Key clients

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Motion Picture Association (Brussels)

Vlisco

Superdry

Samsung

Tunstall

bet365

Sanluc

Netflix

Rituals

Endemol – Banijay

Warner

Wargaming