Intellectual property in Belgium

ALTIUS

ALTIUS's wide-ranging practice covers patents, trade marks, copyright, industrial designs and anti-counterfeiting. Its team also has expertise in niche areas of IP; Olivier Vrins specialises in fields of origin and geographical indications, as well as the protection of IP rights of public figures. Phillippe de Jong is particularly knowledgeable about plant variety rights and parallel import issues, and has expertise in the life sciences and agri-food industries. Recent mandates include de Jong and Christophe Ronse advising MSD on potential infringements by parallel importers of MSD’s trademark rights in relation to the re-packaging of medicinal products. Paul Maeyaert and Jeroen Muyldermans have joined Fencer.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Ronse; Olivier Vrins; Philippe de Jong

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Lens; Kirian Claeyé; Alexander De Bleeckere

Testimonials

‘Christophe Ronse, Philippe De Jong are both very hard-working and smart lawyers. Quick in understanding the client’s needs. They can bring arguments convincingly in court.’

‘Philippe De Jong (partner) is outstanding. He is technically very qualified and knowledgeable in seed IP law, but at the same time highly customer-oriented, and has a great skill to work with the customer to exactly define the issues. Finally, he delivers results on-time, in the form and shape needed.’

‘Philippe De Jong can be considered as the only true expert in plant variety rights in Belgium. His knowledge of his topic is unparalleled. He is efficient, realistic and a good communicator.’

‘Christophe Ronse stands out as being excellent.’

‘Olivier Vrins has a deep expertise and knowledge of the European IP law and practice. His speaking and writing ability makes his support outstanding.’

‘Philippe is a star patent litigator in Belgium. Team player and good analytical skills.’

‘Altius is a name in the IP field in Belgium but beyond the law firm, are the individuals. Olivier Vrins’s team is very strong in soft IP; in particular, trade mark and design/copyright issues. Always thinking outside of the box in terms of strategy and giving down to earth advice.’

‘A great range of lawyers who all have significant expertise assisting patentees. They are almost unique in Belgium for their proactive approach to IP protection and defence.’

Key clients

Heineken

MSD (Merck)

Eli Lilly

SES Vanderhave

Better3Fruit

Interprofessional Committee of Champagne Wine

Novartis

F. Hoffmann-La Roche / Genentech

Gilead

Moët Hennessy (MHCS)

Work highlights

  • Representing a well-known champagne wine producer in trade mark infringement proceedings against an artist producing and selling: (i) paintings produced in series prominently using a famous Champagne brand; and (ii) clothes reproducing those paintings.
  • Representing a well-known Champagne wine producer before the EU General Court in relation to the protection of one of its colour marks.
  • Represented Heineken in a cross-border patent litigation before the Brussels Business Court concerning the alleged infringement by AB Inbev of a European and US patent for a specific beer dispensing system.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has a top-notch IP offering, which is reflected by its outstanding track record in complex, multijurisdictional patent litigation. Elsewhere, the firm is sought out by well-known blue-chip companies for brand protection advice; clients such as Instagram, Nestlé and Spadel instruct the firm in this space. Other areas of strength include copyright or digital technology issues, geographical indications and trade secrets. Practice head Jean-Christophe Troussel has over 25 years of experience undertaking domestic and cross-border contentious and transactional IP and tech-related matters. He is part of a team led by recently promoted partner Domien Op de Beeck, which is acting for Chemicar Europe in a patent infringement claim against a direct competitor over spray paint guns. Benoit Van Asbroeck and counsel Guillaume de Villegas de Clercamp are other key individuals in the group.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe Troussel

Other key lawyers:

Benoit Van Asbroeck; Domien Op de Beeck; Guillaume de Villegas de Clercamp

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ablynx

Amgen

Le Pain Quotidien

McCain Alimentaire S.A (Lutosa)

Mithra

Nestlé

Nokia

RELX Group

Sciensano

Promethera

Ontex

Univercells

Secubit

Chemicar Europe

Ralph Lauren

BiiP

Genetec Inc.

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano

WIPO (UDRP matters)

Work highlights

  • Acted for longstanding client Anheuser Busch Inbev in a massive patent infringement case against its primary competitor Heineken, as well as advising on an ongoing large scale marketing campaign #WEAREBELGIUM, and leading strategic oppositions before the EUIPO with respect to its global and well-known brands such as Stella Artois, Corona and Franziskaner.
  • Advised Belgian eatery Le Pain Quotidien on the management of its international trade mark portfolio, as well as for the protection of the Le Pain Quotidien brand.
  • Represented a company in the Nokia group in cease and desist proceedings relating to an alleged infringement of a standard essential patent (SEP), including aspects relating to FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) offers.

Crowell & Moring

Crowell & Moring's team has expertise in many areas of IP, including patent infringement and invalidity, supplementary protection certificate (SPC) litigation, trade secrets and copyright. It recently bolstered its trade marks and designs offering by promoting Judith Bussé to counsel, and further reflective of the growth of the practice, associate Matteo Mariano joined from HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER. Another key figure in the group is Jurgen Figys, who has expertise in patent litigation and acts for clients in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Practice head Kristof Roox is working with Bussé and Figys to advise Novartis on various parallel import cases relating to the medicinal products Femara, Co-Diovane, Exelon and Ritalin. Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Gunther Meyer are other key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Diederik Lindemans; Gunther Meyer; Jurgen Figys; Judith Bussé; Linh Truong; Ellen Desnyder; Matteo Mariano

Testimonials

‘Crowell & Moring has a very competent and specialised team that is very familiar with IP and is up to date with the latest developments. With great knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, they also excel in trademark-related matters with a high level of satisfaction. I would definitely recommend.’

Jan-Diederik Lindemans is very close and easy to deal with; he understands problems quickly and clearly explains the pros and cons of the different options available in each case. Kristof Roox knows the pharmaceutical sector very well and is easy to work with in matters of high complexity. Judith Bussé is always available and attentive to the needs of the client; she is exhaustive and very much in tune with the rest of the team.

‘What I like about working with Gunther Meyer is receiving complete and exhaustive advice on any issue I contact him about. Also, Gunther always provides timely updates and reports on pending matters. I am happy to recommend him to any person who requires assistance with IP enforcement in this jurisdiction.

‘Crowell & Moring has a genuine interest in understanding what matters and consequently making sure to execute with that in mind. Although they are very knowledgeable, not to say brilliant, at what they do, they remain very down to earth with no fuss and straightforward partners that only care about us achieving our goals in the most efficient manner.’

‘Having worked with Jan-Diederik Lindemans (partner at Crowell & Moring Brussels) for over a decade, he is a go-to person at the firm. He listens and knows how to combines strategy, simplicity and originality. It is truly impressive to see him at work in contentious matters, where he always seems at least two steps ahead of his adversary. He has built a solid team around him that is used to delivering quality of the same level as Jan-Diederik.’

‘Gunther Meyer is an experienced intellectual property practitioner with exceptional insight into sports law intertwined with online gaming.’

‘Outstanding IP team, out-of-the-box thinking and very engaged.’

‘Jan Diederik Lindemans stands out as a top IP litigator.’

Key clients

Mylan

Sandoz

Delta Light

Novartis

UHasselt

Belgozim

Pharma Patent

Riha Wesergold Getränke GmbH & Co KG

Alcon

Telenet

Black&Decker

Aurobindo

Synthon

Flemish Federation of Music Festivals

Eurogenerics/Stada

Exeltis

Mithra Pharmaceuticals

Effik International

Tereos Syral

Chemo Group

Medicines for Europe

Bonzai Records

Work highlights

  • Representing longstanding clients Mylan and Synthon in patent and SPC disputes with originator pharmaceutical companies.
  • Advised Telenet on a long-running matter that relates to the highly contested copyright consequences of so-called “direct injection.” This matter led to legislative changes in Belgium, which in turn formed the basis of the European Directives 2019/789 and 2019/789.
  • Advised a large US clinical-stage gene therapy company on various licence agreements; including on the scope of these agreements (interest rate, assignment, royalty reports and calculations, etc) and representing them in litigation regarding royalty rates.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER's reputation as one of the leading firms in the market is underpinned by its strengths across all areas of IP law, including patents, trade marks, designs and copyrights. In addition, the firm's pan-European reach makes it well-placed to handle EU trade mark filings. Clients range in size from start-ups and mid-sized companies to large multinational corporates. Steven Cattoor is representing Umicore in an action against a former employee suspected of selling the client's know-how to a Turkish competitor. Liesbeth Weynants undertakes patent litigation and regulatory work for clients in the life sciences industry. Other names to note include Benoit Michaux and managing partner Benoît Strowel. In a recent development, Carina GommersCarl De MeyerEva De Pauw and Eleni Foscolos moved to Wiggin LLP.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Weynants

Other key lawyers:

Benoit Michaux; Benoît Strowel; Fabienne Brison; Steven Cattoor; Tim Robrechts

Testimonials

‘They demonstrate very sound legal knowledge, and combine it with commercially-focused advice.’

‘Steven Cattoor is very easy in court, with a likeable presentation of complex legal matters. Eva de Pauw has deep technical knowledge and is able to address very difficult scientific matters in a litigation context.’

‘Tim Robrechts and Ine Letten have a practical approach. Knowledgeable and an eye for the client’s wishes. Hard-working. Innovative solutions.’

‘Highly competent IP litigation team that sprang into action immediately when approached for help in obtaining immediate and impactful urgent relief from the courts in a trade secrets dispute.’

‘Liesbeth Weynants is outstanding. Superb strategic thinking and advocacy yielding valuable wins for her client.’

Key clients

ALMO

ACDC

Amazon

AstraZeneca

Belgian Entertainment Association

Bet365

Boehringer Ingelheim

Canal+ Group

Chloé Matthieu

Daiichi Sankyo

Daniel Wellington

Decopartners

Easy Sanitary Solutions

Eli Lilly

EOS – The Kind Group

Friesland Campina

Gilead

GlaxoSmithKline

Groasis

Heckler & Koch

Hukla

Hunter Douglas

Iglo

Illumina

Instagram

Janssen & Dieperink

Jimi Hendrix

Kiko Spa

Kleiss

Koch Industries

Liesje Reyskens

Lundbeck

Macy’s

Marimekko

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.

Mundipharma

MyToys

Neoz

Otsuka

Pfizer

Philip Morris International

Philips

Playright

Porsche

Procter & Gamble

Promeco

REPROBEL

Rewe

Rituals

SABAM

Samsung

Sanluc

Sanofi

Sarine

Sauber

SBS Belgium

Secrid

SEMU

Sequenom

Signify

Simim

Simplot

Solvay

St. Jude Medical (now part of Abbott)

Strellson AG

SuperGroup

Swisse Wellness

Syngenta

Tenneco

Teva (innovative)

UCB

Umicore

Vlisc

Work highlights

  • Represented the J.R. Simplot Company in a cross-border community design dispute against McCain Foods, relating to the shape of Simplot’s proprietary twisted French fry potato product.
  • Represented Solvay in a trade secrets misappropriation case against a former employee regarding proprietary know-how relating to the design of an extraction column for hydrogen peroxide.
  • Assisting Yeda (patentee) and Teva (exclusive licensee) with patent, trade mark and regulatory matters: including the challenging of generic marketing authorizations on follow-on glatiramer acetate (“FoGA”) before the Council of State; and litigating on various patents of Yeda’s glatiramer acetate (“GA”) patent family before the Brussels Courts against generics.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is noted as one of the leading firms in the market for trade mark disputes. Its work covers copyright, designs, neighbouring rights, and database rights and trade secrets, as well as undertaking advisory work and litigation relating to patents. Tanguy de Haan has a particularly strong reputation handling high-profile trade mark litigation before the European courts, being further noted for his patent litigation experience as well. De Haan co-heads the practice with Florence Verhoestraete, who is representing P2i (the first technology spin-out of the UK Ministry of Defence) in a patent infringement dispute at the Constitutional Court. Philippe Péters and Jean-François van Drooghenbroeck are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tanguy de Haan; Florence Verhoestraete

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Péters; Jean-François van Drooghenbroeck

Testimonials

‘Dedicated, business-oriented, transparent, at the cutting edge of their practice, fully aware of the last case law development.’

‘Tanguy de Haan and Philippe Péters can develop solid and professional relationships. Theirs is a strong partnership based on confidence, trust and transparency.’

‘The team is well-known and highly regarded for the intellectual property area. They are very sharp, straight to the point and pleasant to work with. Their technical skills are outstanding. They are very good in international teams in case of cross-border litigation and very fast in correspondence, primary quality for IP litigators who work on PI proceedings’

‘Among the many high-profile professionals at the firm, Tanguy de Haan is a brilliant IP litigator who combines superb legal knowledge with a commercial perspective.’

Key clients

Allergan

CampoFrio Food Group

Euroclear

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

IGLO

LEGO

L’Oréal

LVMH

Nestlé

Scor SE

Scotch Whisky Association

The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark

Unilever

VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, one of the most important biotech research centres in Europe and worldwide)

Work highlights

  • Assisted L’Oréal with five parallel proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the EU General Court.
  • Representing GlaxoSmithKline in a worldwide dispute with Sandoz regarding the colour purple mark for inhalers used to treat asthma and COPD.
  • Assisting Allergan with multi-layer litigation against Dermavita with respect to its successful JUVEDERM product.

Stibbe

In September 2019, Stibbe made a significant investment in its IP litigation offering by hiring Philippe Campolini from Simont Braun. Litigation is the main area of focus for the firm's IP practice overall, particularly in the pharma, biotech, nanotech and medical devices sectors. Beyond patent litigation, other contentious work covers trade marks, trade secrets and copyright. The firm is also instructed in non-contentious mandates, such as IP structuring and technology transfer. Campolini co-heads the team with Ignace Vernimme, who worked with associate Adélaïde Lonnoy to advise Punch Powertrain NV (an independent full system supplier of fuel-efficient powertrains) on IP issues associated with its first joint venture with Peugeot SA Groupe in France. Of counsel Manuel Campolini is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Campolini; Adélaïde Lonnoy

Testimonials

‘Ignace Vernimme always finds a way out and has a fresh view of matters. His experience in legal and business matters is incredible. ’

‘The team is one of the leading in Belgium, with in-depth knowledge of the life sciences industry. Lawyers are available and nice to work with. They know how to explain complex situations in simple terms.’

‘Ignace Vernimme, head of practice, is a prominent figure in the Belgian market. Philippe Campolini is a great addition to the resources of the team, and brings a better generational balance.’

‘Smart, forward-thinking and commercial. Combines experience with context to deliver great outcomes.’

‘Ignace Vernimme sees the bigger picture and commands a strong team. Has a knack for knowing when to step in. Thinks on his feet.’

‘The strength of this team is to combine all the different aspects of IP with a particular focus on patents notably in the field of pharmaceutical products. They have a down-to-earth and business-oriented approach, and good reactivity.’

‘The reputation of Stibbe in IP is important in the Belgium market, where there are mainly independent law firms. Working with people able to work with a network of litigators across Europe is important. Stibbe is able to do so efficiently. Philippe Campolini joined the firm to strengthen the patent litigation practice. Always available, he is ready to assist and to provide the relevant recommendation and strategic decision to the clients.’

‘Very commercially-minded, open for dialogue, constructive collaboration, responsive.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare

Amphenol Socapex

ANMI (Advanced Nuclear Medicine Ingredients)

ArcelorMittal

Arne Quinze

Belgian Shell

Belgian State

Belmoca

Biostrand/Biokey

Corden Pharma

CSL Behring

Ferrero

Graf Synergy

Hasbro

Iddink

Morris Comics (Lucky Luke)

Mylan

Nementschek SE (MCS)

ORA (Optimized Radiochemical Applications)

Orbix

Out & Out

Perrigo

Phi Group

Providence

Punch Powertrain

R.G.C.C. Holdings

Snow Service

Teoxane

Teva

The Belgian Chocolate Group

The Grimbergen Abbey (Grimbergen beer)

Toxikon

UZ Leuven

Value Plus (Hudson)

Vandemoortele

Work highlights

  • Assisted R.G.C.C. Holdings with obtaining a pan-European injunction in a trade mark case against Belgian biotech company OncoDNA.
  • Assisted ArcelorMittal with obtaining a judgement in a patent entitlement case against Tata Steel.
  • Defended Mundipharma against an attempt by Roche and Genentech to obtain an injunctive order over the launch of the biosimilar Herzuma on the Belgian market.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's Belgian practice, which is a key part of the global IP group, has an excellent reputation among multinational companies. Led by Peter Van Dyck, the group handles a mix of litigation before the Belgian and European courts, regulatory advice and transactional work. The firm's strengths in contentious matters are particularly noted, having featured in a number of landmark IP cases in Belgium. Geert Glas has over 30 years of IP litigation experience and he also acts as an arbitrator before institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The practice is also recognised for its focus on sectors that are particularly impacted by IP issues, such as technology, life sciences, media and consumer goods. Senior associate Edward Taelman is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Peter Van Dyck

Other key lawyers:

Geert Glas; Edward Taelman

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL generates a strong flow of work from clients due to its full-service offering. It has an excellent reputation in IP litigation, which covers patents trade marks, copyright and designs, trade secrets and unfair competition. On the non-contentious side, the workload includes advice on the filing of patents and the formulation of global anti-counterfeiting programmes. In addition, the team is adept at assisting clients with managing trade mark portfolios globally. Practice head Koen De Winter and senior associate Michaël De Vroeyare representing Flemish public figure Lesley-Ann Poppe and her beauty education centre in proceedings before the commercial court in Antwerp against a competitor (Protein Benelux) and its marketing agency for trademark infringement, infringement of image rights and unfair practices. Elisabeth Dehareng is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Winter

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Dehareng; Michaël De Vroey

Key clients

Becton Dickinson group

British American Tobacco

Castart Clothing

General Electric

HP

Kadine (Essentiel Antwerp)

LBrands

Lesley-Ann Poppe

Stardekk

TAWO

Traxxas LP

Van Ratingen NV

Work highlights

  • Represented Traxxas LP, a US based R/C model manufacturer, in trademark and design infringement proceedings before the cease-and-desist judge in Brussels against a local distributor.
  • Defending the Antwerp based jewellery brand TAWO against a copyright and design infringement claim brought by the French designer Philippe Audibert before the cease-and-desist judge in Antwerp, for alleged infringement of the design of a Feather Cuff Bracelet.
  • Defending Van Ratingen in a copyright and design infringement claim (cease-and-desist action) brought by Koninklijke Philips NV before the cease-and-desist judge and the Court of Appeal in Brussels for infringement of its Registered Community Design for an air fryer and alleged copyright.

CMS

At CMS, managing partner Renaud Dupont is a member of the Benelux Trademarks Associations (BMM) and the European Community trademark association (ECTA), as well as chairing the board of directors at the AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle). Dupont co-heads the practice with Tom Heremans, which is noted for its extensive experience of IP disputes. The team also covers a wide ambit of issues relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights. Heremans and senior associate Lisbeth Depypere are assisting Okay Supermarkten with defending IP rights over its shopping cart logo by way of litigation, with other competitors using similar illustrations.

Practice head(s):

Tom Heremans; Renaud Dupont

Other key lawyers:

Lisbeth Depypere

Key clients

Colruyt

Amazon

Troostwijk

EURid

Leonidas

Sisley

Glutton

Birkenstock

DPG Media

M7 Group

Jollymex

PPG

Eko-Okna

Atenor

Huawei

FIFA and UEFA

Work highlights

  • Represented Amazon in the lawsuit initiated by Christian Louboutin against two US entities of Amazon in relation to the alleged infringement of Louboutin’s red sole trademark by third party vendors on Amazon.com.
  • Representing the famous Belgian chocolates producer Leonidas in several proceedings initiated by the French fashion designer Jean Cassegrain/Longchamp for alleged copyright infringement.
  • Represented FIFA in litigation initiated by a Belgian individual who claims to have invented the Video Assisted Referee system (VAR).

Fieldfisher

Reflective of Fieldfisher's standing in the market, the intellectual property team acts as exclusive counsel to the European Commission, for whom it undertakes advisory work and litigation. IP litigation is the main area of focus for the team overall, being particularly highly reputed for patent disputes in the telecoms sector. In addition, the group is also adept at advising clients operating in other industries on trade mark and copyright disputes. Stijn Debaene and Hakim Haouideg are representing Studio 100 during copyright and trademark infringement proceedings against Greenpeace. Elsewhere, transactional IP work is another driver of activity for the team, including in the context of negotiating outsourcing and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Debaene

Other key lawyers:

Hakim Haouideg; Serge Flecijn

Key clients

European Commission

Telenet

Vitra

Studio 100

La Fille D’o

Work highlights

  • Representing Telenet in two design and patent infringement proceedings initiated by Austrian remote control manufacturer Ruwido against Telenet and its supplier Universal Electronics, as well as trade mark litigation over its use of the FLOW TECH trade mark for one of its telecommunication services.
  • Representing Studio 100 in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings against Greenpeace.
  • Advising the European Commission as exclusive intellectual property counsel, on several potential IP infringement matters.

Janson

Janson's team demonstrates a high level of expertise in IP litigation, as well as negotiating complex licenses (and other IP-related agreements) or planning protection strategies. Its client roster includes well-known brands and other large organisations active in sectors such as engineering, luxury goods, chemicals and automotive. Mireille Buydens is knowledgeable about all facets of patents, trade marks, copyrights and designs. She has a standout reputation in IP litigation, and is an expert on unfair trade practices in the food sector. Buydens jointly leads the practice with Hans Dhondt, whose IP experience dates back more than 20 years. He is leading advice to a group of producers on proceedings arising from the illegal distribution of TV and film productions online.

Practice head(s):

Mireille Buydens; Hans Dhondt

Other key lawyers:

Charles Bernard

Testimonials

‘Great team.’

‘Mireille Buydens is an exceptional litigator, Charles Bernard is great and Hans Dhondt too.’

‘They are very responsive, write very clear and sound advice and have a high level of expertise. Their strategic thinking in difficult matters is also striking.’

‘The managing partner (Hans Dhondt) for IP is personally involved in the cases they handle, available and has a hands-on mentality, which improves speed of handling, personal connection and quality overall. I have never experienced this level of service with any other IP department in law firms.’

‘Hans Dhondt is a very good hands-on attorney who has a good feel of what clients want. The team is fast and pragmatic and they deliver everything on time.’

‘Very high quality of work against a good price. Value for money.’

‘Hans Dhondt and Mireille Buydens are superb. Hans is very good with his clients and Mireille is super smart.’

Key clients

Pernod Ricard

WAMO (trading under the tradename ZEB)

Belgian National Orchestra

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Renault

Nuscience Group

Maisons du Monde

Alco Group

Fatboy The Original

Mondelez

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Linea 2000 (acting under the trade name DOMO)

Wonderbox

Van Gogh Museum

Fred Perry

Work highlights

  • Representing Maisons du Monde in litigation relating to copyright/design infringement.
  • Advised a large pharmaceutical company on a cross-border patent infringement.
  • Advised a consortium of universities that was part of a 2020 research project funded by the EU on litigation related to the model consortium agreement for EU funded 2020 Projects.

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick generates mandates from clients on a standalone basis, and it also attracts referral work from US and UK law firms. Led by Etienne Kairis, the team undertakes a mix of litigation, transactional and advisory work. Its practice focuses on soft IP matters, such as trade marks, copyright, design rights, domain names, advertising and trade secrets. Kairis and of counsel Bernard Vanbrabant recently represented Kia Motors Belgium at the Enterprise Court of Liège in copyright and trade mark infringement proceedings against Autocity-Carcare, a former authorised dealer. The other name to note in the group is counsel Sarah van den Brande, whose practice covers industries such as consumer goods, audio-visual media and technology.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Kairis

Other key lawyers:

Bernard Vanbrabant; Sarah van den Brande

Testimonials

‘Can recommend Liedekerke for its professionalism, responsiveness, effectiveness and for being multilingual in its communications, reporting and court pleadings.’

‘Great team with a wide diversity of expertise. All very positive people and always looking to find new ways of collaborating with other international firms.’

‘Very responsive and they provide their advice in an easy to understand format’

‘The team is hands-on and all-round at the same time.’

‘As far as I am concerned, Sarah van den Brande is partner material!’

‘The IP team is very friendly and approachable, and therefore fun to work with!’

‘Excellent expertise and very pragmatic approach. Looks for solutions. Other law firms often keep defending a position without looking at the total picture.’

‘Sarah van den Brande is a great negotiator who can convince through her expertise.’

Key clients

Communauté Francaise

KIA Motors

AGICOA

Belgian state

NORMALU

RYDE GmbH (KodakOne)

Mr. Hans Van Eijck / Mr. Ronald Schilperoort

VELDEMAN

AEGIDE

WAFADAR

Work highlights

  • Assisting AGICOA, the International Collective Management SOCIETY for Film Producers in litigation proceedings against BAVP (Belgian collecting society of producers of audiovisual works) with both summary proceedings and proceedings on the merits regarding the early termination of the cooperation agreement between parties.
  • Representing the Communauté Française before the Constitutional Court, where Sabam and Playrights (the main collective management societies for respectively authors and performers) are challenging a statutory provision which created a new exception to copyright in favour of children-sitting organisations.
  • Defending the Belgian State before the Court of Appeal of Brussels against the copyright collecting society Reprobel and the copier manufacturer Lexmark.

Lydian

Lydian covers the gamut of contentious and non-contentious IP work for clients in relation to trade marks, copyright, designs and patents. It is particularly noted for a strong track record in IP litigation, and is also seen as a major player on anti-counterfeiting in the Benelux region. Clients of the practice include entities operating in areas such as luxury goods, insurance and life sciences, among others. In a significant development, Olivia Santantonio was promoted to counsel in January 2020. She is experienced when representing IP rights holders in opposition or cancellation proceedings, as well as matters concerning the invalidity of trade marks. Annick Mottet Haugaard and Bastiaan Bruyndonckx co-head the team, whose recent work included representing Prada during opposition proceedings against Dutch company Interplant Roses over a trade mark application made by the latter.

Practice head(s):

Annick Mottet Haugaard; Bastiaan Bruyndonckx

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Santantonio

Testimonials

‘Long-standing team at Lydian has represented us for years. Good mix of juniors to keep costs minimised, but outstanding partner contact.’

‘Annick Haugaard is a key contact and an expert. Always responsive and commercial with advice.’

Key clients

Omega

Nardi

Coyote Systems

Prada

République Studio

Burberry

Toyota

Pizza Hut

Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique

Breitling

Audermars Piguet

Work highlights

  • Assisting Omega Pharma Innovation & Development NV with the acquisition of a patent relating to nicotine addiction, including its regulatory file and all the related know-how from a Danish company by drafting an asset purchase agreement and assisting the client with the contract negotiation.
  • Representing Nardi S.P.A (a well-known Italian producer of design outdoor furniture) in litigation against a Belgian seller of hospitality furniture over an alleged infringement of the client’s design right and copyright.
  • Assisted the Federation of Belgian Entreprises (the only Belgian non-profit organisation representing companies in all three regions of Belgium) with launching and registering a new logo as Benelux trademark.

Simont Braun

At Simont Braun, patent litigation is one of the IP practice's cornerstones, with the firm handling a mix of domestic and cross-border cases. It also has an excellent record in trade mark infringement proceedings, and is highly active in cases before the EU Court of Justice and General Court. Elsewhere, the team's other areas of expertise include geographical indications and design protection. In the copyright arena, the firm has longstanding client relationships with a number of cable television operators. Philippe Campolini joined Stibbe in late 2019, but an experienced team includes Fernand de Visscher, who represented Pierre Fabre Médicaments in an SPC infringement matter against Omnichem. The practice is jointly led by Eric De Gryse and Emmanuel Cornu, who both worked to defend Hema b.v. and Hema Belgium sprl in high-profile trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Levi Strauss.

Practice head(s):

Eric De Gryse; Emmanuel Cornu

Other key lawyers:

Fernand de Visscher

Testimonials

‘Its strength is the extensive knowledge it has of the courts and the system.’

‘Excellent knowledge of IP, reactivity, clarity, efficiency.’

‘Emmanuel Cornu and Fernand de Visscher are highly-skilled in IP and are very reactive. Excellent and innovative strategy proposed with positive results.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

HEMA

Caterpillar

EG (Eurogenerics)

Lehning Entreprise

Pierre Fabre Medicaments

VOO (Brutélé and Voo)

FN Herstal

ASSIA

S.A. Louis Delhaize Financière et de Participation (“Deli Traiteur”)

Magellan (“BONOBO”)

OGI Systems

Group Verzele (“Golden Palce”)

Livia Canestraro

L’Oréal (France and Belgium)

Knauf Insulation

Work highlights

  • Represented Caterpillar at the Belgian Supreme Court in the enforcement of its “CAT” trade mark against Clohse Group LUX GmbH, who had attempted to use the sign ‘TIGERCAT’.
  • Assisting US telecom technology company ASSIA with the enforcement of patents, of which some are standard essential patents.
  • Representing Brutélé and Nethys (two major Internet Service Providers in Belgium) in copyright infringement proceedings against SABAM (the major Belgian collecting society).

VAN INNIS & DELARUE

VAN INNIS & DELARUE focuses on handling IP litigation for creators and rights holders, mainly in relation to trade marks and copyright. It is particularly active in the luxury, fashion and designer goods, and media and entertainment sectors. Under the joint leadership of Dieter Delarue and Thierry Van Innis, the firm's excellent reputation in high-profile and landmark cases has seen the practice gain momentum, having won work from a number of new clients, including Deldo Tires and High Fashion Music. In one headline mandate, Van Innis and Anthony Van der Planken represented Christian Louboutin against Amazon over the enforcement of its red sole trade mark. Also notable is that Van Innis, Delarue, Van der Planken and senior associate Tom Reingraber recently advised Levi Strauss on enforcing the “Arcuate” trade mark against various infringers in Belgium and Europe, including clothing brand AO 76 (Action Wear). Alexander Heirwegh joined from Petillion in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Delarue; Thierry van Innis

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Van der Planken; Tom Reingraber; Alexander Heirwegh

Testimonials

‘They are very experienced in proceedings before the EUIPO and very diligent.’

‘Thierry van Innis is very experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Anthony Van der Planken is smart and good to work with.’

‘Highly specialised team consisting of brilliant minds working closely together.’

‘Creative thinking, team play (particularly between Dieter Delarue and Anthony Van der Planken.’

Key clients

Cartier (Richemont)

Christian Louboutin

Tomorrowland

Studio 100

Thom Browne

VF International (Kipling, Napapijri, Vans, Wrangler)

Reynaers Aluminium

Alcobrands

Revlon

Deldo Tires

High Fashion Music

Jean Cassegrain

Nathan Baume

Ricoh

DPG Media

BASF

Pret-a-Manger

Sportpaleis Group (now part of Live Nation)

Work highlights

  • Representing VF International at the General Court of the EU in a high-stakes trade marks dispute against Artextyl, the French distributor of the “Geographical Norway” collection, over the client’s “Napapijri” marks.
  • Represented Alcobrands, the largest distributor of spirits and liquors in the Benelux, in a cross-border trade marks dispute against the English spirits distributor Montoscar Enterprises over the use of the sign “Moose” for spirits.
  • Represented the world’s largest manufacturer of remote controls, Universal Electronics Inc., in a high-stakes design and patents rights dispute against Ruwido.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's IP offering is led by Alexis Fierens, whose promotion to partner in 2019 is reflective of the firm's commitment to growing the practice. In other developments, counsel Heidi Waem and associate Elisabeth Daem joined from Crowell & Moring and Racine respectively. Equally strong in matters with a domestic and international flavour, the team covers all aspects of IP advisory and transactional work, as well as litigation. Areas of strength include trade marks, trade secrets, patents, copyrights, design rights and software rights. Counsel Nicolas Becker is leading the advice to Belgian affiliates of Laboratoires Filorga on a cross-border dispute with Swiss company Laboratoires Teoxane, over alleged patent infringement and unfair competition in relation to the manufacturing of injectable cross-linked hyaluronic acid dermal fillers.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Daem; Heidi Waem; Nicolas Becker

Testimonials

Alexis is doing a fantastic job providing his legal management skills for our company as we engage in various simultaneous IP litigation in over 5 different countries. His ability to act as the “control tower” for the various DLA Piper offices is a testament to his commitment to provide the best service for my company as well as his organizational and managerial skills.’

‘Alexis Fierens is a brilliant lawyer combined with a pragmatic approach and always swift in providing feedback.’

‘They always strive for top quality. They won’t rest until they have given their best. ’

‘Team is knowledgeable and fast responding in a language that non-legal persons can understand. Pragmatic approach.’

‘The DLA intellectual property team has a unique approach to matters. They provide a detailed bespoke service and tailor their service to match  commercial interests in the first instance to resolve matters in lieu of simply litigating. This has led to a number of settlements in cases which were otherwise destined for a long drawn-out legal process. The team understands the end goal when instructing them and it then implements a legal strategy, which maximises the chances of settling matters. After using a number of law firms over the last 15 years, the team seems unique in this sense.’

‘The team is young and dynamic and very knowledgeable on both the law and the business issues facing our industry.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

Fresenius Kabi

Filorga

Bacardi

Bancontact Payconiq

Flemish government

JUUL

Aloys

Kinepolis

React

Takeda (Shire – Viropharma)

Aerts (Salt & Pepper)

Engie Fabricom

Nilfisk

Legio Group (Overstock, X²O)

Duracell

Obumex

VITO

Reynaers Aluminium

Levi Strauss

Work highlights

  • Advised The Walt Disney Company (“TWDC”) on IP and commercial queries regarding the launch of its new subscription video-on-demand streaming platform ”Disney+”.
  • Successfully represented Fresenius Kabi in Belgium in dispute with Eli Lilly over alleged patent infringement, with the latter claiming injunctive remedies to prevent Fresenius from launching and marketing its generic pemetrexed pharmaceutical product on the Belgian market.
  • Advised the Flemish government on its communication strategy and the protection of its new “lion logo” and other trademarks.

Inteo

IP boutique Inteo primarily focuses on litigation, although a broad expertise sees it handle transactional matters as well. The firm has established itself as a major player in the market since its inception in 2017, having won work from clients on a wide range of matters, including patents, trade marks, designs, database rights, software copyright, plant variety rights and geographical indications. Kristof Neefs and others are representing Urban Maschinenbau (a German manufacturer of PVC welding machines) in patent litigation against Italian competitor Graf Synergy. Neefs co-heads the practice with Sofie Cubitt.

Practice head(s):

Sofie Cubitt; Kristof Neefs

Key clients

Ceres Pharma

Suspicious Antwerp

Solgar Holdings

Brother Industries

HAVN Group

Rain Bird Corporation

Darts-IP

Urban Maschinenbau

Materialise NV

Top-Off NV

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Galapagos

Siemens Industry Software

Pelckmans Uitgevers

AB Inbev

Illumina

Work highlights

  • Represented CERES Pharma in trade mark litigations against Omega Pharma, securing the dismissal of all claims against CERES and the revocation of two of Omega Pharma’s trade marks.
  • Representing Illumina, a global leader in DNA sequencing technologies, in complex patent litigation about DNA sequencing-by-synthesis.
  • Advises biotechnology trailblazer Galapagos on the negotiation and drafting of research-focused agreements

Petillion

Petillion is an independent IP and dispute resolution boutique, which excels in assisting clients with obtaining, managing and enforcing their IP rights. Its work covers trade marks, designs, trade secrets, domain names and copyrights, among other areas. Name partner Flip Petillion has 30 years of experience representing clients in IP-related court litigation and arbitration proceedings. He has previously featured in a number of landmark patent litigation cases. In addition, on the non-contentious side, he handles IP transactional work, as well as assisting clients with licensing and negotiating advertising clearances. Jan Janssen and Diégo Noesen are other key practitioners in the group. Petillion and Noesen are representing Swarovski at the Antwerp Court of Appeal in proceedings against a counterfeiting company and its director.

Practice head(s):

Flip Petillion

Other key lawyers:

Jan Janssen; Diégo Noesen

Testimonials

‘Petillon’s team of lawyers is very knowledgeable, very responsive, and can cover a broad range of aspects in an excellent manner. ’

‘Flip Petillon is an extraordinary professional, resourceful, always responding very quick to any request, irrespective of its complexity.’

Decades of experience in soft IP and dispute resolution, and deep knowledge of the industry.’

‘Flip Petillion is an outstanding IP lawyer, with broad international experience.’

‘Since Petillion is a relatively small, boutique law firm; this allows them to provide tailored, high-quality legal services in a time- and cost-effective manner. The firm has extensive experience in intellectual property covering advice, prosecution and litigation in various fields of IP law.’

‘What makes the firm different is that it consists of a close team of people who have been working together for many years and who are able to handle the most complex matters. The team is leaded by an exceptional professional, Flip Petillion, who has an outstanding reputation in intellectual property, communication, technology and media and has been continuously re-elected as a Councilor on the Council of the GNSO of ICANN.’

Key clients

Coöperatieve Zuivelonderneming CONO B.A. (CONO)

Solvay SA

IKEA (Inter Ikea Systems B.V.)

Swarovski

LMI Group International Inc.

Brussels Video Crew

BRUT Food

NOMINET

One.com

Work highlights

  • Representing Coöperatieve Zuivelonderneming CONO B.A. (the producer of the internationally-known Beemster cheese) in a trade mark dispute with a Belgian competitor before the Brussels Enterprise Court.
  • Advising multinational chemicals company Solvay on domain name hijacking, CEO fraud and other phishing issues, and handling the recovery of domain names infringing the client’s trade mark portfolio.
  • Ongoing advice to IKEA on the (online) protection and enforcement of the IKEA brand.

time.lex

time.lex's team has a wealth of experience acting for clients in IP litigation and on transactional matters. Frederic DebusseréGeert Somers and Edwin Jacobs are the co-heads of the practice. Debusseré was appointed by CEPANI to act as the sole arbitrator in a domain name dispute about the domain name cuyt.be. Elsewhere, the team advises on IP policy and legislation issues.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Debusseré; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs

Testimonials

‘Timelex has a broad intellectual property practice with a responsive team of lawyers that provide thorough, practical and cost-efficient assistance to clients.’

‘Their legal experts are thorough and well-educated. Their research is on topic and requires in-depth knowledge of their field of expertise. Besides legal knowledge, they respect opinions and wishes.’

‘Very good knowledge.’

‘The strength of Timelex is certainly its focus on IT, IP, and data protection.’

Key clients

Shasta

Anagram International

Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation

Koronapay

Work highlights

  • Representing Koronapay in a trademark infringement dispute against Corona.
  • Representing Shasta in a patent infringement dispute against a Belgian company.
  • Representing Anagram International in a copyright infringement dispute against a Belgian company.

Van Bael & Bellis

Van Bael & Bellis combines IP expertise with knowledge about related competition, regulatory and sector-specific issues. Equally strong in Belgian and cross-border matters, the firm acts for companies operating in industries such as pharmaceuticals and biotech, consumer electronics, IT, sports and entertainment. Peter L’Ecluse has built up a notable patent litigation practice, which focuses on the life sciences sector. Counsel Thibaut D’hulst advises clients on a wide range of matters, including the protection of IP and business secrets from infringement and/or unfair competition, patent validity/enforcement litigation and IP-related compliance in the context of new technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Peter L’Ecluse; Thibaut D’hulst

Key clients

Canon Europe

ECMWF

FCR Media

Gedeon Richter

Genentech (Roche Inc.)

Nike

Super League Triathlon

Work highlights

  • Assisting Super League Triathlon (an international sports event organiser) with determining and implementing its IP strategy for a novel endurance sports format and events to be broadcast globally.
  • Representing Canon before customs authorities and courts in relation to its long-running fight against counterfeit imports.
  • Advises clients ranging from well-known multinational brands to national and international associations on issues such as standard essential patents (SEPs), trade mark infringement and unfair competition, licensing and misleading market practices, among others.

Ambos

Bart Vandereeckt and counsel Kathleen Paisley are key contacts at Ambos. The firm's copyright work covers licensing and other forms of commercial exploitation, as well as infringement proceedings. On the trade mark side, the team assists clients with managing their portfolios, as well as undertaking contentious work. Elsewhere, the group has expertise in patents, design rights and unfair trade practices. Vandereeckt has practised IP and IT law in Brussels for more than two decades.

DALDEWOLF

Sari Depreeuw and Valentin de le Court jointly lead DALDEWOLF's team, which demonstrates a high level of expertise in copyright litigation, patent disputes, trade mark and licensing, and R&D contracting. It is particularly well-known for an in-depth knowledge of the interface between IP and digital technology, with various matters concerning software, databases and access to/use of data. Trade secrets work (involving litigation, audit and management, contracting) is another key pillar of the practice; the group undertakes a particularly significant amount of work for start-up companies and scale-ups in this space, as well as on China-related matters – including the development of Chinese IP portfolios and strategic support in patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sari Depreeuw; Valentin de le Court

Testimonials

We have always received adequate technical expertise from Daldewolf lawyers who demonstrated a great level of collaboration with other lawyers throughout their firm in order to solve multifaceted problems. It is obvious that lawyers at Daldewolf collaborate across their boundaries in order to address clients’ most complex issues.

Sari Depreeuw has been providing quality services, is fast in responding to our questions, and very creative when proposing and delivering unique solutions to our situations. She is able to create a very cooperative environment, and can be compassionate when focusing on how the client feels, and is accepting of perspectives, whether or not she ultimately agrees.

Highly specialised attorneys; top expertise.

Sari Depreeuw combines top academic skills with a no-nonsense approach to clients’ needs. Valentin de le Court’s experience on the ground in China is a clear added-value for clients.

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading Brussels-based internationally reputed specialist in contemporary art with setting up a system for clearing the resale right (copyright), involving complex international legal issues.
  • Assisted a football league in the negotiation of a contract with an international group for the producing and commercialising of a football competition (broadcasting and other digital media rights).
  • Assisted an IoT company with negotiating a co-development, licence and distribution contract with an international electronics group.

Eubelius

In a notable development at Eubelius, practice head Pieter Callens made partner in January 2020. The firm is known for its strengths in contentious IP matters, particularly relating to trade marks, patents and copyright cases. Callens is representing Valvan Baling Systems during litigation against Knauf, with the client alleging that Knauf has illegally filed for patent protection for an invention made by Valvan. In another matter, Callens is acting for the manager of the WorldTour Deceuninck-Quick-Step cycling team against Unibet, over the latter's unauthorised use of a picture of a rider for the purpose of promoting and advertising services.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens

Testimonials

‘The team at Eubelius has an excellent understanding of latest developments in IP rulings and legal frameworks. In the complex world of health data, the IP advice of Eubelius was outstanding.’

‘They are not only clever but also very practical and hands-on, which is nice to work with.’

Key clients

Belgian Office for Intellectual Property

Roger Hodgson – Harmonic Management

bpost

Valvan Baling Systems

Decolef Lux

Red Cross Flanders

Van den Dorpe

Clarebout Potatoes

Polet Quality Products

Blue-Mobility

Work highlights

  • Representing the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (“the Belgian IP Office”, responsible for the filings of Belgian patents and validation of European patents) in various distinct court proceedings regarding patent rights.
  • Represented Belgian postal operator bpost in a dispute with Vlaams Belang (one of the largest political parties in Flanders) over the use of one of bpost’s trade marks and bpost’s uniform in a promotional campaign on social media.
  • Representing the British-American artist Roger Hodgson, the co-founder of the band Supertramp, and Harmonic Management, its management, in a dispute with a former sound engineer over the illegitimate retention, reproduction and sale on a large scale of (unpublished) recordings of concerts and live albums of Roger Hodgson.

IP Porta

IP Porta demonstrates a wealth of expertise in all the main areas of IP, including copyrights, trademarks, design rights, software and database rights, domain names and patents. As well as representing its clients in court litigation, the team assists with IP and data protection audits, contractual matters, and other advisory work. It has a particularly strong presence in the technology and media industries, but also advises clients in other sectors as well. As part of an ongoing matter, Karen OngenaLaurence Hubert and Michael Kinyentama are representing Renson Sunprotection Screens against a former partner of Renson, who allegedly violated a non-compete clause to benefit Renson's competitors.

Practice head(s):

Karen Ongena; Laurence Hubert

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kinyentama; Tijs Deltour; Sofie De Pourcq

Testimonials

‘The firm takes files and clients personally, and puts their entire heart and soul into each case.’

‘IP Porta is a top-notch IP law firm in Belgium with highly experienced attorneys. Their professionals can be depended upon to punctually deliver excellent work and outside-the-box solutions.’

‘Ms. Karen Ongena is very responsive, cost-conscious and efficient.’

‘Karen Ongena and her team have good knowledge and experience of IP litigation cases in Belgium. They are well-organised and deliver drafts and submissions always well in time.’

‘Karen Ongena knows her files very well and is able to cooperate well with patent attorneys of specialised IP firms. Trusting, for example, your patent attorney can make the difference and that’s what Karen Ongena does well. Karen often works in team with Michael Kinyentama who is also very dedicated and has good communication skills.’

‘Karen Ongena is a very skilled professional. She combines great legal strengths with a pragmatic approach, and always searches for the best solution to help her clients forward in the most cost-efficient way.’

‘Personal approach, clear answers, and to-the-point.’

‘They can translate difficult legal terms to understandable language.’

Key clients

Pro Duo / Sinelco

Carr-Cup

Hotel Hungaria

AvioVision

Copro

Alliance

Renson Sunprotection Screens

Pozyx

DX Solutions

Veen Bosch & Keuning

Dzjintonik

Geronimo

Jouret Solutions

Connections

Standaard Uitgeverij

Work highlights

  • Represents Carr-Cup in patent infringement proceedings before the Brussels’ Court against multiple infringers.
  • Advised Pozyx on the drafting and negotiation of licence agreements and distribution agreements.
  • Advised production house Hotel Hungaria on all contracts for popular television series.

KOAN Law Firm

Fielding lawyers in Belgium and France, KOAN Law Firm's specialist TMT and IP group assists clients with handling all issues regarding their rights management. Christine De Keersmaeker and Agnès Maqua jointly lead the team in Brussels, whose expertise includes copyright and related rights, brand names, trade marks, geographical indications, patents, designs and models, and trade secrets, among other areas. The group is notably experienced in assisting clients with managing their IP portfolios worldwide. As well as drawing upon its own in-house capabilities, the firm works with other independent law firms as part of its place in the Multilaw global network. It also acts for clients active in sectors such as film, fashion, advertising, publishing and retail, among others. The Brussels team works with Paris-based Jean-Michel OrionWillem-Jan Cosemans joined Deloitte Legal.

Practice head(s):

Christine De Keersmaeker; Agnès Maqua

Other key lawyers:

Katrien Maris

Linklaters

Linklaters' IP team works closely with the TMT practice to provide support to clients on their most commercially challenging projects. Equally strong in advisory work and dispute resolution, the group's expertise spans a wide range of IP rights, including patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright. Contentious work includes disputes over unfair competition, licensing, trade secrets and breaches of confidentiality. One of the clients turning to the firm for IP and commercial advice is French car manufacturer Groupe PSA; in one highlight, practice head Pieter Van Den Broecke and managing associate Tom De Coster were among the advisers to the client on a joint venture with Punch Powertrain to develop future generation mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Other examples of IP-rich clients include Agfa HealthCare, Linde and Staples Solutions. As well as undertaking contentious and non-contentious work for clients on a standalone basis, the IP team plays a key role working with the corporate, finance and competition departments on transactions.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Van Den Broecke

Other key lawyers:

Tom De Coster

Testimonials

‘The IP team at Linklaters Belgium (specifically, Pieter Van Den Broecke and Tom De Coster) has always been very supportive for both the Belgian and the Dutch laws, in the negotiation and completion of extraordinary transactions, but also in the following implementation proceedings.’

‘Pieter Van Den Broecke and Tom De Coster are professionals, very competent, responsive, proactive and willing to support.’

Key clients

Agfa HealthCare

Global online retailer

AXA

Galapagos

Groupe PSA

Kaneka Europe Holding Company

Linde Aktiengesellschaft

McDonald’s Belgium

Staples Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised McDonald’s Belgium on various promotional actions and campaigns (sales-at-a-loss, unfair competition issues and other commercial law and IP issues) and reviewed agreements with external providers (eg various online food delivery marketplace companies).
  • Advised Galapagos on the set-up of its partnership with Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Assisted Kaneka on drafting a joint patent application agreement with German company T. Michel Formenbau GmbH & Co. KG in relation to a novel and inventive foamed plastic body concept.

Monard Law

Monard Law's team provides day-to-day advice to clients on the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios, and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in litigation. Illustrative of the firm's excellent reputation, it acts for international brand names in sectors such as automobile, fashion, pharmaceuticals, gaming and design, and is increasingly seen as a go-to by clients in the video games industry. The team particularly distinguishes itself in anti-counterfeiting work, and counts luxury brand Rolex as a key client in this space; it also includes Brussels-based partner Daan De Jaeger, who has 30 years of IP litigation experience and is a key name for trade mark and copyright infringement cases. Stephane Criel is the name to note in Ghent.

Practice head(s):

Daan De Jaeger; Stephane Criel

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Verva; Willem De Vos

Testimonials

The firm’s main goal is to create an added value for its clients in which it succeeds in very well. Its lawyers are close to their clients’ businesses, know their needs and are highly responsive. They achieve excellent results and quality. Advice in IP law that is straight to the point, and the team is highly skilled in IP litigation before both Dutch and French-speaking Belgian courts.’

‘A vast experience in handling complex and high profile IP cases for clients in the fashion industry. They have also top clients in the automotive and gambling industry. We work with Monard Law solely on complex and important proceedings knowing that if Monard Law cannot fix it, no one can. When the going gets tough, Monard Law gets going.

IP practice head Daan De Jaeger is a sharp and creative mind. He is always looking for the details that can turn a case into an absolute winner. He is a dedicated lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients. We especially appreciate his proactive and practical approach, as well as his strategic thinking. He is always one step ahead of the opponent. Although he strongly believes in a negotiated solution, he is also a fierce and reputed litigator. All in all, he is a very strong lawyer and a trusted adviser. Other names to note are Sébastien Verva (French cases) and Willem De Vos who are clever and hands-on lawyers.’

Key clients

Rolex SA & Rolex Benelux

Napoleon Games

Eurautomat

Hyundai Belux

Suzuki Belgium

D’Ieteren & D’Ieteren Sport (Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche/Yamaha)

Christian Dior Couture SA

Grandeco NV

The Belgian Entertainment Association

Tomorrowland

Work highlights

  • Acts as the certified brand representative of Rolex, responsible for the anti-counterfeiting practises of Rolex in the Benelux region: from small customs procedures to landmark litigation cases.
  • Assists many large clients in the automobile industry, such as D’Ieteren, importer of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, a.o., as well as Hyundai Belux and Suzuki Belgium.
  • Negotiated various major deals on the use of intellectual property rights for new service and software providers, as well as ensuring that infringing domain names were taken offline as soon as possible.

MVVP

MVVP's team includes Herman Croux, who is the former chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment law Committee of the International Bar Association and a board member of the Belgian Copyright Association. Peter Marx and Olivier Sasserath are the other key practitioners in the group, which is knowledgeable about a wide range of IP rights, including trade marks, patents, designs, copyrights and plant variety rights. It assists clients with formulating IP strategies and rights management, as well as handling contractual matters, with litigation another cornerstone of the practice. Croux advised world-famous choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company Rosas on copyright protection and copyright licensing. The team also acts for clients in other sectors, such as fashion, design, advertising and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Herman Croux; Peter Marx; Olivier Sasserath

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of soft IP, especially copyright and (digital) media. Easily accessible and excellent price-quality.’

‘Herman Croux is an authority on copyright and media law with deep knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

Cassina

Poltrona Frau

IMPS SA (“SMURFS”)

Rosas

A Private View

SABAM

Globall Concept

Walking the Dog

Wiels

Work highlights

  • Advising Walking the Dog on the €12m international co-production of a motion picture.
  • Assisted contemporary art institution Wiels with various copyright matters.
  • Represented the Poltrona Frau group in the defense of various copyright matters, including iconic furniture designed by Gerrit Rietveld and Le Corbusier.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's practice is led by Benjamin Docquir, whose IP knowledge is complemented by his expertise on commercial and technology-related issues. Under his leadership, the firm has become known for its strengths in the advanced technology, life sciences and financial services sectors. It is also increasingly seen in cutting-edge matters involving areas such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality. Docquir is a noted expert for digital transformation projects and is also sought out to advise on software licensing, databases and software patents, IT outsourcing and cloud computing agreements. In the fintech arena, Docquir and associate Chloé Ponsart are assisting Belgian Mobile ID on IP and licensing negotiations with developers over a mobile ID project.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Docquir

Other key lawyers:

Laurens Dauwe; Chloé Ponsart

Key clients

Clarivate

OncoDNA

Belgian Mobile ID

Skemmi

Work highlights

  • Advised Clarivate on its acquisition of darts-ip, an award-winning Belgian tech company.
  • Advised biotech company OncoDNA on the protection of IP rights for their software and data platform, provide strategic IP advice in the context of financial rounds and are defending them in a trade mark infringement dispute.
  • Advised Skemmi on strategic aspects of IP protection, including the commercialisation and use of virtual reality with a focus on allocation of IP rights and obligations.

Taylor Wessing

Since its launch in 2018, Taylor Wessing's IP/IT practice in Brussels has become particularly well-known for its focus on advisory work and litigation in the life sciences and healthcare sector, although it also acts for clients from other industries. Christian Dekoninck heads up the trilingual (English, Dutch and French) team, which has notable expertise in counterfeiting seizures, and handles proceedings throughout Belgium. Dekoninck mainly focuses on patent litigation, but he is also knowledgeable about infringements of trade marks, copyrights and design rights. Recent work included counsel Marie Keup and Dekoninck defending Multipharma in proceedings brought by French company Mobil on the basis of alleged copyright and design infringements relating to the redesign of certain pharmacies. With the Belgium-based group working closely with colleagues in the Netherlands, the firm has a sizeable IP offering in the Benelux region.

Practice head(s):

Christian Dekoninck

Other key lawyers:

Marie Keup

Testimonials

The IP team has a solid knowledge of all IP aspects, whether it concerns patents, trademarks, know-how, etc.

Christian Dekoninck is great; he is very pragmatic but very thorough at the same time; he knows the business and client’s needs (including budget) and is very nice to work with on top.

Key clients

Pfizer

Sandoz

Kwantum

Teva

SkyFresh

Shenzhen

Multipharma

Eglo

RCS Rabotage

Work highlights

  • Represented the multinational company Pfizer in various biosimilar patent proceedings against several patent owners.
  • Represented the Chinese company Shenzhen in opposition proceedings in order to overturn an ex parte counterfeit seizure order which allowed the actual seizure of a shipment of e-scooters.
  • Representing the Dutch company Kwantum in copyright infringement proceedings relating to a concrete lamp of Serax.