Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

The Ghent-based duo of Magali Feys and Hannes Abraham jointly lead the IP practice at AContrario.Law; areas of activity include trade mark infringement proceedings and IP strategies concerning AI.
Founded in 2021, Edson‘s IP expertise covers a wide array of IP mandates in areas including trade secrets, copyright, trade mark and database law. Christoph De Preter and Judith Bussé share leadership duties.

Intellectual property in Belgium


The intellectual property practice at ALTIUS runs the gamut of intellectual property and unfair competition mandates with patents, parallel trade matters and geographical indications among the team’s core areas of expertise. A trio of partners head up the team: Christophe Ronse is well versed in patent law and life sciences; Olivier Vrins frequently wins plaudits for his work on anti-counterfeiting cases; and Philippe de Jong handles a steady stream of litigation related to plant variety rights. Kirian Claeyé, who made partner in September 2023, has a notable focus on patents and is a key contact for pharmaceuticals clients. Trade mark and patent litigation are strong suits of Sophie Lens, while Alexander De Bleeckere is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Ronse; Philippe de Jong; Olivier Vrins

Other key lawyers:

Kirian Claeyé; Sophie Lens; Alexander De Bleeckere; Nicolas Clarembeaux; Bregt Raus


‘The team provides strong support in cases of EU IP infringement. Reactive and able to move quickly on pressing issues.’

‘Ease of communication and speed of response. Usually very good service from Philippe de Jong and Bregt Raus.’

Key clients

Attorney General Office and Government of Pakistan

Bayer Pharma

Bristol Myers Squibb

Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC)

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC)

(Belgian) Federal Public Service of Economy




Moët Hennessy

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)



Tinnus / Zuru inc


VMD – Inovet

Work highlights

  • Represented Novartis in litigation before the Brussels courts regarding patents that relate to its medicinal product Gilenya (active ingredient: fingolimod).
  • Represented Google before the Belgian Constitutional Court in the nullity action it has initiated against the Belgian Act of 16 June 2022 which transposes EU DSM Directive 2019/790.
  • Represented augmented reality karting company Supercube in patent proceedings against BattleKart, also active in augmented reality karting.

Bird & Bird

From trade secrets and patent disputes, to geographical indications and brand protection work, Bird & Bird covers the full spectrum of intellectual property matters. Transactional and tax IP matters are additional areas of strength with the unit winning plaudits for its R&D and innovation tax work, notably in the life sciences sector. Jean-Christophe Troussel heads up the practice and has a wide-ranging IP practice that encompasses cross-border disputes and patent and trade mark expertise. Expert member of the Belgian Council of Intellectual Property Benoit Van Asbroeck frequently operates at the nexus of technology and IP, and Domien Op De Beeck‘s practice straddles contentious mandates and advice on trade secret protection agreements and policies. Auriane Shockaert excels in drafting complex IP agreements, while Guillaume De Villegas De Clercamp is adept at managing complex litigation in trade mark and copyright law.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Christophe Troussel

Other key lawyers:

Benoit Van Asbroeck; . Domien Op De Beeck; Auriane Shockaert; Guillaume De Villegas De Clercamp

Key clients

CureVac AG

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Le Pain Quotidien


Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Anheuser-Busch InBev in a cancellation action launched by rival Heineken against one of ABI’s trade marks and successfully represented ABI in several strategic trade mark collision negotiations.
  • Managing the trade mark portfolio of Le Pain Quotidien, which includes the management of more than 200 registered marks across 40 jurisdictions.

Crowell & Moring

Praised for its ‘vast network of foreign correspondents’, Crowell & Moring has developed a strong market reputation in cross-border litigation and the design and implementation of strategies for national and multi-jurisdictional IP disputes. Accomplished trade mark litigator Kristof Roox chairs the practice and is known for his prowess in cross-border enforcement mandates. Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Jurgen Figys are praised for their strength in navigating Belgian IP litigation which is not always firmly established by case law’. Sari Depreeuw is trusted by national, European and international clients to handle mandates pertaining to issues such as copyright and neighbouring rights. The IP dimension of NFTs is an area of strength for Matteo Mariano. Edward Taelman, previously at A&O Shearman joined the team in March 2024 with particular expertise in trademark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Kristof Roox

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Diederik Lindemans; Jurgen Figys; Sari Depreeuw; Matteo Mariano; Eline Van Bogget; Edward Taelman


‘The team is responsive, knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.’

‘Jan-Diederik Lindemans’ straight forward, solution-driven way of thinking and communicating is something that we continue to appreciate tremendously.’

‘Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Jurgen Figys are doing a great job navigating Belgian IP litigation which is not always firmly established by case law.’

Key clients


Viatris (formerly Mylan)


Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp (RMFAA)


Delta Light


Alcon Researcg Ltd.


Confederation Events


Black & Decker

Tomorrowland, Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop festival

Tereos Starch & Sweeteners Belgium

Itram Higiene


Dutch Filmworks

Fresenius Medical Care


Avexis (Novartis Gene Therapies)

Imperial Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Representing clients from the pharmaceuticals sector, like Sandoz, notably in various patents and SPC disputes affecting the launch of (biosimilar) medicines.
  • Advised the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp on a complex copyright matter concerning the scenography of various showrooms in the Museum, which had been redesigned by external architects.
  • Advised various clients from the entertainment industry, including the music festival Tomorrowland, on legal questions arising from the contracts and arrangements for its event “Around the World, The Digital Festival”.


Pan-European IP boutique HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a popular address for clients from the life sciences, tech and telecoms industries and media companies in need of regulatory advice, assistance with securing and defending IP portfolios, and work connected to trade mark litigation. Managing partner of the Brussels office Liesbeth Weynants is a key contact for patent litigation, particularly in the life sciences sector. Fabienne Brison has a focus on advising on the interests of intellectual property rights holders, while cross-border patent litigation is a particular area of competency for Steven Cattoor. Tim Robrechts and Ine Letten are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Weynants

Other key lawyers:

Benoît Strowel; Fabienne Brison; Steven Cattoor; Tim Robrechts; Ine Letten


‘Responsive and effective.  A pleasure to deal with. Particularly good for life sciences cases.’

‘Steven Cattoor is an excellent advocate. Reliable and knowledgeable on patent law practice and strategies before the Belgian courts.’

Liesbeth Weynants brings experience and knowledge from the regulatory side of her practice to IP litigation strategies.’

Key clients


Anne Frank Fonds






Lars Olsen








Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


Described as a ‘strong practice in litigation’, NautaDutilh pulls together a strong offering with patent and trade mark related advice and litigation the core pillars of the practice, which is also equipped to handle disputes concerning trade secrets, copyright and domain names. Florence Verhoestraete and Tanguy de Haan co-head the team; Verhoestraete frequently leverages her knowledge of EU regulatory frameworks for contractual work, while de Haan’s strong focus on EU courts makes him a key contact for complex pan-European litigation. Philippe Péters is sought out by clients from the automotive industry, and commercial and IP specialist Sien Vandezande is singled out for her drafting skills.

Practice head(s):

Florence Verhoestraete; Tanguy de Haan

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Péters; Sien Vandezande


‘Very strong practice in litigation and complex Pan European proceedings.’

‘Tanguy de Haan is an excellent practitioner. He understands the stakes at issue and has a natural elegance.’

‘Tanguy de Haan is an exceptional IP advocate, with significant expertise in EU General Court and CJEU matters.’

Key clients


Castel Frères


GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)


ING Belgium


Levi Strauss & Co.



Pernod Ricard (Chivas, Havana Club, Soho, The Absolut Company)


SAJ (Belgian Journalists’ Copyright Society)

Salaisonniers corses

Scotch Whisky Association

Société du Tour de France

Super Brand Licensing

The holders of the PINK LADY trade mark

We Brand (Trend Fin)

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Levi Strauss & Co. before the Brussels Court of Appeal in enforcing Levi Strauss & Co.’s rights on the reputed “Arcuate” trade mark in the EU.
  • Successfully advised Hypertherm Inc. in design proceedings before the General Court of the EU about the protection of consumables and potentially captive markets by designs.
  • Successfully assisted Reckitt with the defence of one of its key trade marks, disparaged in comparative advertising by Lidl.


Stibbe complements its focus on national and multi-jurisdictional IP litigation with advice on matters such as IP structurings and technology transfers. Patent, trade secret, and copyright mandates are notable areas of strength for the team. Team co-head Ignace Vernimme‘s broad IP expertise is prized by clients from a varied spectrum of sectors ranging from the pharmaceuticals space to the fashion industry. Fellow co-head Philippe Campolini frequently handles patent and trade mark litigation for clients in the life sciences and medical devices industries. Drafting IP clauses in contracts is a staple of Louis Bidaine‘s practice.

Practice head(s):

Ignace Vernimme; Philippe Campolini

Other key lawyers:

Louis Bidaine

Work highlights

  • Obtained a judgement entirely in favour of Hoya Surgical Optics, revoking Alcon’s patent in its entirety for the Belgian territory.
  • Represented ArcelorMittal in patent entitlement proceedings initiated by Tata Steel before the Luxemburg District Court.
  • Representing Belmoca in a pan-European patent infringement case brought by Jacobs Douwe Egberts.


Described as ‘the best pan-European IP team in Europe’, independent IP litigation firm VAN INNIS & DELARUE is a particularly popular destination for clients from the designer goods and media and entertainment sectors, and the team has a strong focus on handling contentious soft IP work from the plaintiff’s side. In Antwerp, Dieter Delarue co-chairs the practice and is described as an ‘absolute star in IP jurisprudence’, who possesses a ‘strong future-proof outlook’. Brussels-based practitioner Thierry Van Innis is an authority on trade mark litigation, an area in which ‘rising star’ Anthony Van Der Planken is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Delarue; Thierry van Innis

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Van der Planken; Alexander Heirwegh


‘To my mind this is the best pan-European IP team in Europe. They are a fully invested team of people, small but high powered with an innate sense of what works vs what doesn’t in the realm of EU IP matters. The best there is.’

‘Anthony Van der Planken is in my opinion one of the rising stars in the field of trade mark law.’

‘Dieter Delarue is an exceptional attorney. He exhibits unwavering dedication, pragmatism, and a strong commitment to service. His depth of knowledge and extensive experience in the field of intellectual property is of the highest calibre.’

Key clients


VF International (Kipling / Napapijri / etc.)




DPG Media






Jeune Premier

Universal Electronics



Orbus Neich

Club 70

Studio 100

Thom Browne

Sportpaleis Group

Nathan Baume



High Fashion Music

Deldo Tires / Tyretrans



The Flemish Socialdemocratic Party (Vooruit)

Reynaers Aluminium

Whitewood Capital


Type Tailors

Nathan Baume

Buysse & Partners


Initials L.A.


Dr. Martens

Nill Spring


Odile Jacobs


The Flemish Liberal Democratic Party (VLD)

Anne Frank Stichting / VOOHT



Future Marketing Agency



Solta Medical

Siam Canadian Group


Carrodrain / Steylaers



Cartamundi (Medimundi)

Van Cleef & Arpels


Proximo Spirits


AZ Delta

Shandong Changlu Hong Tire


Delivery Hero



Parador Group

Sago Swimwear

Solto Medical Inc.

Unik Antwerp

Work highlights

  • Representing Christian Louboutin in an ongoing legal battle against 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 in separate copyright litigation proceedings before the Belgian courts with collecting society Reprobel and before the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Assisting the American fashion designer and apparel brand 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.

A&O Shearman

Patent litigation, contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters and the negotiation and drafting of IP agreements and transactions are all key areas for the intellectual property practice at A&O Shearman. Practice head Peter Van Dyck‘s practice straddles strategic IP litigation and transactional work with an IP component, and Geert Glas has a proven track record in cross-border IP litigation and also works as an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization. Tine Carmeliet further extends the contentious and advisory experience at the firm. Edward Taelman left the firm in March 2024.

Practice head(s):

Peter Van Dyck

Other key lawyers:

Geert Glas; Tine Carmeliet


‘They came up with some clever theories regarding trade mark transfers that were dependent on French law in one of my cases. They have a practice that is solid across EU countries on the IP front.’

Key clients

Jack Daniel’s


DC Comics






With specific expertise across the social media, consumer goods, and gambling sectors, CMS assists clients with an array of mandates related to trade marks, unfair competition issues and consumer protection work. The team is also well placed to handle IP disputes and arbitration proceedings. Tom Heremans and Renaud Dupont share leadership duties; Heremans' varied practice extends to domain name disputes, while Dupont’s trade mark and patent expertise is frequently relied upon by multinationals in the media and chemicals sectors. Lisbeth Depypere is praised for her ‘creative and nuanced presentation at trial’.

Practice head(s):

Tom Heremans; Renaud Dupont

Other key lawyers:

Lisbeth Depypere


‘Highly competent team with a strong knowledge in IP. Solution-oriented and great at navigating and guiding clients through complex pan-European litigation.’

‘Tom Heremans, Renaud Dupont and Lisbeth Depypere are all very good.’

‘Tom Heremans and Lisbeth Depypere are outstanding IP lawyers who provide great guidance and solutions in complex situations. They are very responsive and create an excellent collaborative environment.’

Key clients


Delvaux – Richemont



Crowe Global

Warner Bros.-Discovery

August Storck kg

WorldPay (fidelity information services llc)


Maredsous Abbey


Work highlights

  • Representing two US entities of Amazon in trade mark infringement proceedings against Christian Louboutin before the Brussels Court.
  • Provided advice to Delvaux, luxury leather goods, on the ownership of the copyrights of its historical bags that were created 50 years ago.
  • Assisting Crowe Global with trade mark infringement proceedings against Crow Accounting before the Brussels Enterprise Court.


With longstanding experience of representing clients before both the Belgian courts and the European Court of Justice, Fieldfisher‘s team is well positioned to handle issues ranging from design rights, to patents to database rights. Stijn Debaene heads up the practice and is geared to assist clients from the media and telecoms industries with a wide range of IP mandates. Experienced IP litigator Hakim Haouideg‘s practice incorporates technology disputes including unfair trade practices and domain name disputes. Serge Flecijn further extends the patent and trade mark expertise at the firm’s Brussels base.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Debaene

Other key lawyers:

Hakim Haouidegs; Serge Flecijn


‘Extremely competent teams in IP litigation and privacy-related matters. Practical experience and clear concise advice.’

‘Stijn Debaene is a very strong litigator, with clear and clever litigation strategy. A no-nonsense lawyer.’

‘Hakim Haouideg and his team are very experienced and knowledgeable in the field of all trade mark proceedings, in Belgium and in the EU.’

‘Hakim Haouideg provided very useful advice. ’

‘Very timely provision of advice. Proactive in their approach.’

Key clients

1661 Inc.


Ads & Data NV



Atos Worldline


BV Koninklijke Van Kempen & Begeer

Crocs Inc. & Jibbitz LLC

Epic Games Inc.

Forbes LLC

Fresh Foods



La Fille d’O

Magic Access Ltd

Play Media NV



Sazerac Brands

State of Madhya Pradesh


Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.


The Government Of Canada


Work highlights

  • Representing Proximus in several ongoing patent infringement proceedings.
  • Representing Ads & Data in an image rights dispute with cyclist Remco Evenepoel.
  • Representing Puratos in trade mark infringement proceedings against Barry Callebaut.


Boutique firm Inteo is equipped to handle IP litigation across the intellectual property spectrum, with the firm assisting a varied client base with mandates relating to patents, trade marks, plant variety rights and other forms of IP. Mechelen-based Kristof Neefs and Sofie Cubitt head up the practice; Neefs' far-reaching practice is notably active in patent litigation, while Cubitt’s copyright expertise is relied upon by multinationals and publishers. Thomas Baetens is well versed in the the copyright implications of downloading and streaming content.

Practice head(s):

Sofie Cubitt; Kristof Neefs

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Baetens


‘Hands-on team, with highly relevant expertise.’

‘Kristof Neefs is a top expert: hands-on and business-minded.’

‘A lean and mean versatile IP team in the Belgian market.’

Key clients

Illumina Cambridge Limited

Urban GmbH & Co Maschinenbau KG

Skechers USA Inc. II

Niko NV

Galapagos NV

Smappee NV

Eleven Sports Network NV

Materialise NV

Siemens Industry Software NV

The Women Peloton BV

Lockerroom Marketing Ltd

Work highlights

  • Secured an injunction for DNA technology leader Illumina in a patent case against a key competitor and defended the appeal against the first instance judgment.
  • Advised sports media giant DAZN (Eleven Sports) on the roll-out of a license program for public screening of live content in bars, restaurants and hotels.
  • Uncovered a network of vendors of counterfeit and potentially harmful power outlets with an ex parte saisie-contrefaçon for Niko, followed by a main action where Niko obtained an injunction and damages.


The ‘young, highly educated and extremely friendly’ team at Liedekerke handles advisory, transactional and contentious IP work. The team is notably experienced in soft IP matters, with additional strength in patent litigation. Etienne Kairis heads up the practice and is well positioned to plan and enforce domestic and cross-border strategies for IP protection. Sarah Van Den Brande frequently leverages her IP litigation experience to draft and negotiate IP and IT agreements. Bernard Vanbrabant is praised for his outstanding academic merit’, while Myrtle Gevers is a key contact for advisory work in the IP space.

Practice head(s):

Etienne Kairis

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Van Den Brande; Bernard Vanbrabant; Myrtle Gevers; Dorien Taeymans


‘Liedekerke are experts in their field, and are responsive and pragmatic.’

‘We have worked with Liedekerke for various counselling matters and have always been pleased with the clear and concise advice we got. They know the law and the practice and more importantly, they have a very good way with communication.’

‘We have worked with Sarah Van Den Brande. She is a brilliant lawyer with exceptional communication skills. She responds very quickly and is very result-oriented. ’

‘The team is very knowledgeable when it comes to IP, also when a deep dive is required.’

‘Etienne Kairis is very pleasant to work with; Dorien Taeymans has excellent legal skills; Sarah Van Den Brande is approachable and hands-on.’

‘The Liederkerke team is young, highly educated and extremely friendly. It’s fantastic how they manage to combine tradition and modernity.’

‘I have been working with Sara Van Den Brande and with Bernard Vanbrabant for years. Two absolute top professionals with outstanding academic merits. They are not only my preferred contact for IP matters in Belgium. I also call on them from time to time to structure Pan-European projects. I couldn’t imagine more pleasant contacts for the Benelux.’

Key clients

Communauté Française de Belgique





Belgian State

VAAAM AG (RYDE GmbH -KodakOne)



KIA Motors

Vlaamse Nieuwsmedia


Synergia Medical

Holland Cooper

Revolt Zycling

Work highlights

  • Representing the three main Belgian press publishers’ alliances in litigation before the Constitutional Court in relation to the action for annulment brought by two major information society service providers.
  • Assisting the AGICOA group with several litigation proceedings against BAVP; against Telenet, Proximus, Orange, Voo and Brutélé, the main Belgian cable operators; and against Orange.
  • Assisting IMPS, worldwide licensors of the Smurfs, in the context of an infringement lawsuit related to the exploitation of an adaptation of a movie of Benoît Brisefer’s adventure ‘The Red Taxis’.

Simont Braun

Simont Braun‘s established IP practice encompasses trade mark infringement cases, life sciences and telecoms patent litigation, copyright cases for cable television operators, and geographical indication protection work. Team co-head Eric De Gryse frequently handles domestic and international litigation and is sought out by clients from the pharmaceuticals and engineering industries. Fellow co-lead Emmanuel Cornu has recently received instructions from international clients in the luxury sector relating to trade mark strategies. ‘Seasoned practitioner’ Fernand de Visscher has expertise in patent litigation, while registered UPC representative Michaël De Vroey, who joined from Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL in January 2023, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Eric De Gryse; Emmanuel Cornu

Other key lawyers:

Fernand de Visscher; Michaël De Vroey


‘Simont Braun has always been responsive and understanding of client needs. They put their clients first.’

‘We have worked extensively with Fernand de Visscher – a very seasoned practitioner and expert on Belgian Patent Law.’

‘Highly skilled. proactive team.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting major cable operators in Belgium (Voo, Brutélé) in proceedings against PLAYRIGHT, the major Belgian neighbouring rights collective management society.
  • Representing Ogi Systems in patent litigation against its competitor Sarine Technologies.
  • Assisting Parfums Christian Dior (France) and its Belgian subsidiary with the protection of its selective distribution network in the Benelux countries on the basis of trade mark law and unfair competition law.

Taylor Wessing

The fully trilingual Brussels IP group at Taylor Wessing handles advisory and contentious work regarding copyrights, trade marks and patents for a broad range of knowledge-based and high-tech businesses. The team, in conjunction with other European offices of the firm, is also involved in some of the first cases of UPC litigation. Practice co-head Christian Dekoninck centres his practice on patent litigation and is sought out by clients from the life sciences and telecoms sectors. Patricia Cappuyns, described as very capable and a good choice in the Belgian legal market’, rounds off the leadership team; her practice extends to the representation of clients in European Commission investigations. Marie Keup heads up the Brussels soft IP practice.

Practice head(s):

Christian Dekoninck; Patricia Cappuyns

Other key lawyers:

Marie Keup


‘Patricia Cappuyns is very capable, and a good choice in the Belgian legal market. She handled a very technically complicated matter with us.’

‘Christian Dekoninck is an outstanding lawyer, one of the best you can get for IP in Belgium.’

‘Christian Dekoninck and his team are strong experts in litigation. Christian is a great business partner who is actively listening to clients and he ensures the client requests are fully satisfied. Christian is a hard worker and strong litigator.’

Key clients



Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Hotel Hungaria




Johnson & Johnson

Cube Sports



TMP Management


Work highlights

  • Represented Pfizer in its patent litigation against Moderna involving Covid-19 vaccines.
  • Successfully defended NIPRO against a patent infringement claim brought by Fresenius relating to filters used in dialysis treatments.
  • Represented Ericsson in its patent litigation against Apple involving SEPs.

Wiggin LLP

Described as a ‘incredibly innovative’, Wiggin LLP pulls together a strong offering with expertise in areas including brand protection matters, such as trade mark litigation and portfolio management issues; advisory, transactional and commercial copyright work; and patent litigation. The practice has a focus on mandates at the nexus of IP and the digital space. Ted Shapiro and Carina Gommers co-head the practice and are described as a ‘great duo’; Shapiro is well versed in international and European copyright law, while Gommers receives plaudits for her knowledge of IP rights litigation. Carl De Meyer‘s extensive experience extends to patent and contractual disputes involving human olfaction issues. Peter Dawson manages a variety of global IP portfolios for major brands. Eva De Pauw and Sunniva Hansson are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ted Shapiro; Carina Gommers

Other key lawyers:

Peter Dawson; Eva De Pauw; Sunniva Hansson; Carl De Meyer


‘Carina Gommers is a highly knowledgeable and respected trade mark expert.’

‘The Wiggin team are pragmatic, have an encyclopaedic knowledge and know very well what they are doing.’

‘Ted Shapiro and Carina Gommers are a great duo.’

‘Professional and responsive.’

‘The team at Wiggin are incredibly innovative, they always come up with out-of-the-box solutions to IP problems. Further, they are always proactive and practical in their advice.’

‘Peter Dawson is dynamic and energetic and always has creative ways of solving problems.’

Key clients

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Motion Picture Association (Brussels)









Banijay Group


Palace Skateboards

University of Oxford & Oxford University Press

Microsoft Corporation

Sage Group plc



Athena Cosmetics

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisting leading tele healthcare provider Tunstall to assert its exclusive patent rights in a proprietary digital communication protocol.
  • Managing Banijay Group’s 2000 strong worldwide trade mark portfolio – handling all EU, Benelux, UK and WIPO matters directly and managing registry disputes and litigation in various jurisdictions around the world.
  • Handling ongoing work for the Motion Picture Association which involves the provision of regular legal advice in connection with EU legislative proposals, EU regulatory matters, and copyright cases before the Court of Justice.

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Baker McKenzie CVBA/SCRL‘s IP practice incorporates expertise in global trade mark portfolio management, copyright advice and strategic patent planning and enforcement work. The unit is also known for its established IP litigation strength and ability to coordinate the IP aspects of transactional work. Antwerp-based Koen De Winter co-heads the team and has a broad advisory and contentious practice that extends to trade mark infringement actions and deign infringement proceedings. Elisabeth Dehareng has a focus on assisting clients with the underlying IP issues relating to new technologies including AI and the metaverse.  Romanie De Pelsemaeker is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Koen De Winter; Elisabeth Dehareng

Other key lawyers:

Romanie De Pelsemaeker;  Stéphanie de Potter

Key clients

Becton Dickinson group

British American Tobacco

Brussels International Trade Mart

Elbee PTY

General Electric

Hitachi Rail STS



Sunclass Sonnevijver

Traxxas LP

Van Ratingen NV

Work highlights

  • Represented Moncler in a trade mark infringement action before the Brussels courts against a local clothing company involving the use of a four pointed star logo on clothing.
  • Representing Hitachi Rail in a cease-and-desist action brought by a licensor for alleged patent, software and trade secrets infringement in relation to a hotbox detection system for trains.
  • Represented Traxxas LP in trade mark and design infringement proceedings in Brussels against a local distributor.


The ‘small but highly efficient team’ at CAPE IP Law is praised for being able to handle a broad spectrum of contentious and advisory work. The practice is best known for handling IP litigation involving patents, trade marks, designs and copyrights. Domestic and international clients hail from sectors including the electronics, pharmaceuticals and construction industries. Ghent-based Véronique Pede is an authority on patent law, while Camille Vansteenkiste is well placed to advise domestic and international companies on various IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Véronique Pede

Other key lawyers:

Camille Vansteenkiste


‘Small but highly efficient team, being able to handle both litigation and advisory tasks, as well as academic topics.’

‘Véronique Pede, very respected IP lawyer and litigator, leading the practice and the law firm in a style combining the work ethics and professionalism of a big law firm with the advantages of a smaller, highly specialised boutique firm.’

‘A niche practice but with the capability to support and co-ordinate the IP interests of large multinational clients across the EU through its well-established network of other European law firms.’

Key clients


Brewery Huyghe


Ecolab (CID Lines)

Louis De Poortere

Royakkers Explore




Sioen Industries

Van Marcke

Isiflo (Aalberts)


Gemological Institute of America

DL Chemicals


Brewery De Halve Maan (Brugse Zot beer, Straffe Hendrik etc.)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Renson Ventilation NV in unfair competition proceedings against Deceuninck NV.
  • Negotiated a license agreement relating to semi-conductor technology for Sofics NV with an international Japanese-based tech company.
  • Successfully represented Europlasma NV before the Belgian Constitutional Court relating to a patent law issue.

DLA Piper

From advisory transactional work to enforcing and litigating IP rights, DLA Piper’s IP practice is mandated by Belgian and Flemish public bodies and private sector clients from a variety of sectors including the consumer goods and life sciences industries. Alexis Fierens, praised for his ‘clear, hands-on advice‘, is the key contact; his practice centres on soft IP rights. IP infringement disputes specialist Kaat Scheerlinck frequently provides support to Fierens.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Fierens

Other key lawyers:

Kaat Scheerlinck


‘Alexis Fierens is hands-on, pragmatic and very pleasant to work with. He is very approachable and tries to fully understand his clients needs before further developing the legal strategy. Highly recommended!’

‘Alexis Fierens’ performance is exceptional. His profound knowledge in IP and IT, combined with adept communication skills, enhances legal proceedings.’

‘This team is highly specialised in all areas of IP and has extensive knowledge both of the theoretical legal framework and the realities on the field.’

‘They are remarkably responsive, hands-on, with deep knowledge of the matters at hand. Alexis Fierens deserves a special mention.’

‘Extremely hard working team. Very international approach. Clear communicators.’

‘Alexis Fierens is a true joy to work with. He is one the most pleasant lawyers in the field. He works hard and communicates in a crystal clear way.’

‘It is a pleasure to work with DLA Piper’s IP practice. They are able to adapt quickly to new facts; and they understand business practices from the first instance.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company

LA Turbine

City of Brussels

Exterioo (previously OVS Garden)

Juntoo (previously OVS Home)


Vervaeke-Belavi NV


Fresenius Kabi


Bancontact Payconiq Company

Jump For Me

DPG Media




Aerts (Salt & Pepper)


Legio Group (Overstock, X²O)


Buro3VD (Zangra)

Work highlights

  • Advised a world leader in the fields of dredging, land reclamation, marine infrastructure, offshore energy and environmental remediation on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and trade secrets.


Eubelius has established a robust reputation for its expertise in handling cases concerning trade marks and trade names. Design rights, patent discussions and IP issues associated with professional sports teams are additional areas of activity. The ‘very hands-onPieter Callens is frequently relied upon by the likes of the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property, and Fay Reynaert, Hans Verstrepen and Judith Hollevoet provide key support.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Callens

Other key lawyers:

Fay Reynaert; Hans Verstrepen; Judith Hollevoet


‘The Eubelius team consists of specialists who not only have a thorough knowledge of the relevant legislation but they are also easily accessible for consultation.’

‘The individual lawyers do everything they can to defend the interests of their clients.’

‘Pieter Callens is very hands-on.’

Key clients


KU Leuven Research & Development



Belgian State


Roman Brewery

Rode Kruis Vlaanderen


Work highlights

  • Assisting and representing the Office for Intellectual Property of the Belgian State in litigation before the Dutch-speaking enterprise court of Brussels against Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
  • Assisting and representing Savic in litigation before the Dutch-speaking enterprise court of Brussels against Plana S d.o.o. and Petsolutions in a design right and copyright infringement case for cat litter boxes.
  • Assisting and representing Nanowatt in patent infringement litigation before the Dutch-speaking enterprise court of Brussels against a competitor.


Linklaters' varied IP practice spans patent and copyright litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings, royalty disputes and agreements relating to the commercial exploitation of IP rights. Pieter Van Den Broecke heads up the practice and frequently assists blue-chip clients with the IP aspects of corporate transactions. The ‘hardworking’ Tom De Coster wins plaudits for his competence in contentious and non-contentious commercial law matters involving IP rights, and Julie De Meyer is noted for being an ‘up-and-coming’ practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Van Den Broecke

Other key lawyers:

Tom De Coster; Valerie Heremans; Garance De Keyser; Julie De Meyer


‘The IP practice at Linklaters should be singled out as of very high quality, commercially savvy, very reliable and always available. I can trust them to come up with commercial solutions and answers that the business can use.’

‘Pieter Van Den Broecke, a longstanding IP partner, is overall top. He knows the law and our business, engages with the legal and business teams alike and can translate a lot of his knowledge into practical and useable solutions for the company.’

‘Tom De Coster is a very hardworking lawyer with very good knowledge of IP law. Julie De Meyer, one of the more junior lawyers in the team, clearly is up-and-coming and should be credited too.’

Key clients








Work highlights

  • Advised AXA in relation to the commercial and IP aspects of its sale of AXA Bank Belgium to Crelan and the acquisition of Crelan Insurance by AXA Belgium.
  • Assisted RTL Group with the successful negotiation of a long-form trade mark license agreement as part of the sale of RTL Croatia to Central European Media Enterprises (CME).
  • Advised Unilever PLC on the sale of its global tea business (known as ekaterra) to CVC Capital Partners by advising on the IP, IT and agency/distribution aspects of the transaction.


From representing clients in Belgian courts and administrative IP offices to advising on IP strategies, contracts and due diligence, Lydian‘s ‘lean and effective’ practice covers a wide range of IP work with trade mark, copyright and design issues core areas for the firm. The ‘competent and hands-on’ Bastiaan Bruyndonckx heads up the team and has experience encompassing technology transfer arrangements, R&D collaborations and domain names. ‘Experienced trade mark lawyer’ Olivia Santantonio is equipped to assist clients with the management of their trade mark portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Bastiaan Bruyndonckx

Other key lawyers:

Olivia Santantonio


‘A very trustworthy and competent unit with which we are happy to cooperate with on cross-border matters.’

‘Bastiaan Bruyndonckx is very competent and hands-on.’

‘We believe Lydian’s IP practice has a lean and effective setup compared to some of the bigger firms. The team is particularly competent in the technology sector.’

‘We have worked particularly with Claudia Santantonio. She is very service minded and efficient, with a good understanding of general IP law.’

‘Olivia Santantonio is an experienced trade mark lawyer, very reliable and highly recommended. It is a pleasure working with Lydian.’

‘Olivia Santantonio is skilled in handling complex trade mark matters and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients





Visit Limburg

VBO – FEB (Belgian Federation of Undertakings)



De Lijn

Bear & Wolf


Work highlights

  • Assisted AT&T regarding the intellectual property implications of implementing Ask AT&T – a generative AI service.
  • Assisting McDonald’s on a regular basis with the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of commercial/sponsorship agreements with key IP provisions and about the assignment and license of IP rights including trade marks.
  • Assisted Prada SA with the recordal of a sublicense on the “PRADA Beauty” trade mark by L’Oréal S.A.

Monard Law

Praised for its ‘professional and personal knowledge of the sectors in which it operates, such as the fashion, design and entertainment industries’, Monard law, joined by Buyle is well placed to handle copyright, trade mark and IP-related distribution issues; the unit also handles investigations into potential IP infringements. Ghent-based co-head Stephane Criel‘s varied practice extends to expertise in arbitration and mediation cases concerning domain names. In Brussels, fellow co-head Daan De Jaeger‘s contentious prowess is sought after by the likes of Rolex and Napoleon Games. Willem De Vos is praised for his ‘tons of experience and tremendous qualities as a litigator’.

Practice head(s):

Daan De Jaeger; Stephane Criel

Other key lawyers:

Sébastien Verva; Willem De Vos; Jan-Laurens Dierickx; Eva Van Severen


‘The greatest strength of this team is undoubtedly its extensive experience-driven, professional and personal knowledge of the sectors in which it operates, such as the fashion, design and entertainment industries.’

‘Daan De Jaeger works at an exceptionally high level and always strives for the best solution in every case. His vast experience, sector and people knowledge, and tactical proficiency are his best assets.’

‘Willem De Vos is a senior associate in Daan De Jaeger’s team with tons of experience and tremendous qualities as a litigator. He knows the tricks of the trade and can bring procedures to a successful conclusion like no other.’

Key clients

Rolex S.A. & Rolex Benelux


Bottega Veneta


Christian Dior Couture

Tomorrowland (

Napoleon Games


Astara (Hyundai, Suzuki, Isuzu, SsangYong)

D’Ieteren (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Skoda)

Grandeco Wallfashion Group

The Nicklaus Companies

Vanwall Racing Team (Vanwall GmbH & ByKolles)


IPL Loomans



The Belgian Entertainment Association

Work highlights

  • Responsible for the anti-counterfeiting practices of Rolex & Tudor in the Benelux region: from small customs procedures to landmark litigation cases.
  • Assisting with a wide variety of intellectual property, privacy, commercial and contractual matters, including the distribution of intellectual rights to new concepts.
  • Representing Vanwall Gmbh (formerly PMC GmbH) and ByKolles GmbH against Sanderson International Marketing and Vanwall 1958 regarding the use of the  “Vanwall” racing team name.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke is noted for its ‘combination of data and IP knowledge’, which ‘makes it exceptionally well positioned to advise medtech clients’. The practice centres on both advisory and contentious patent and trade secrets matters and has seen an increase in instructions relating to technology transfer deals to China. Benjamin Docquir co-heads the practice and frequently assists clients from the life sciences sector with IP transactional work. Fellow co-head Valentin De Le Court‘s practice has three core pillars: patent litigation, trade secrets issues and IP work involving China.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Docquir; Valentin de le Court

Other key lawyers:

Camille de Munter


‘The IP team of Osborne Clarck is very knowledgeable, and very concerned by the clients needs. They are thus very available for their clients and provide top-quality services.’

Benjamin Docquir understands complex matters and has a very good analytical mind.’

‘Osborne Clarke has abilities to manage complex IP cases in various technologies.’

‘Valentin de le Court is highly qualified in IP litigation. He provides very clear advice, and interacts smoothly with clients and external collaborators, gathering people through idea sharing.’

‘They are competent across a broad array of fields.’

‘The team has a unique combination of data and IP knowledge making it exceptionally well positioned to advise medtech clients.’

‘Valentin de le Court and Camille de Munter are both very pleasant to work with, very responsive and knowledgeable. What we particularly appreciate is their pragmatic approach.’

‘Very proactive and flexible.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Representing Généthon in litigation concerning the performance of a patent license agreement signed with Novartis Gene Therapies, a Novartis Company.


Petillion pulls together a strong offering with contentious work (including ADR) concerning trade marks and domain names key areas of particular strength. Flip Petillion heads up the team, and has a varied practice, which straddles disputes and enforcement issues, licensing work and advertising clearances. Jan Janssen has longstanding experience of handling domestic and cross-border IP disputes, notably for clients from the life sciences, media and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Flip Petillion

Other key lawyers:

Jan Janssen

Key clients


Solvay SA

Beevers Kaas

Raya App, Inc.

Kubota Corporation

Thomas Henry

Fifty2 Technology


ONE Foundation (

Namecheap, Inc

Work highlights

  • Assisting IKEA with a trade mark infringement case against the Belgian political party Vlaams Belang.
  • Assisting Beevers Kaas, the exclusive distributor of Beemster cheese in Belgium, with a distribution matter against the Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn.
  • Advising on the (online) protection and enforcement of the SOLVAY brand.

Van Bael & Bellis

The ‘excellently balanced team’ at Van Bael & Bellis covers contentious and non-contentious work concerning patents, trade marks and copyrights, and is a key destination for clients from the life sciences and music industries. Mandates connected to digital market platforms and software protection are additional areas of strength. Peter L’Ecluse leads the practice alongside Thibaut D’hulst; the former is regularly tasked with patent litigation in the life sciences sector, while the latter handles the IP compliance dimension of  projects involving new technologies. Gert-Jan Fraeyman is highlighted for his expertise in IP transfer agreements.

Practice head(s):

Peter L’Ecluse; Thibaut D’hulst

Other key lawyers:

Gert-Jan Fraeyman


‘Excellent balanced team. Good sharing of tasks between the team according to seniority, availability and knowledge.’

‘Team was excellent.’

Key clients


Canon Europe


FCR Media

Gedeon Richter

Hang in Out



Sopra Steria

Super League Triathlon

Canon Europe

Work highlights

  • Representing record labels in their bid to have the Constitutional Court annul specific provisions of the Belgian Law of 19 June 2022.
  • Advised Beiersdorf on various IP work, in particular patent and trade mark-related issues and queries, and assisted in the drafting and negotiation of adequate representations and warranties.
  • Advised Sopra Steria on various IP-related issues in the context of the acquisition of Belgian holding company Assua NV and its subsidiaries, including drafting and negotiating an IP transfer agreement.

AdaStone Law

A key destination for clients from the fashion, broadcasting and advertising sectors, AdaStone Law is equipped to manage IP portfolios of all sizes, assist clients with global IP strategies and handle transactional work. Contentious work, such as IP litigation, oppositions and cancellation actions, is another strong suit. Agnès Macqua and Hannah Tacheny jointly lead the team; Macqua frequents works at the nexus between the audiovisual sector and IP, while Tacheny’s practice extends to negotiating with collective right management organisations and drafting trade licence agreements. Katrien Maris and Charlotte Beeckmans are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Agnès Maqua; Hannah Tacheny

Other key lawyers:

Katrien Maris; Charlotte Beeckmans

Key clients

Circuit de Spa Francorchamps

NGROUP (Nostalgie and NRJ)


Politico Europe


LDV United





Coco Donuts


Dare & Drink


Comité Olympique Interfédéral Belge

Work highlights

  • Assisting Circuit de Spa Francorchamps with the development of a comprehensive IP strategy, focusing on intangible assets, including the strategic filing of trade marks and trade mark oppositions and cancellation proceedings.
  • Supporting ACC in drafting standard template agreements between agencies, advertisers and influencers, focusing on a license or transfer of copyrights to the advertiser, and the associated remuneration and providing general legal assistance.
  • Supporting Politico Europe with its day-to-day trade mark portfolio management, IP related issues regarding copyrights, advertising and media challenges, rights clearings, regulatory issues and the conception, revision and negotiation of contractual instruments.


The ‘ultra-efficient’ Antwerp-based team at Artes acts as trusted counsel for government agencies, domestic and international enterprises, entrepreneurs and notable personalities such as actors and athletes. The unit is well positioned to handle disputes before Belgian and European courts, copyright transfer agreements and international trade mark registrations. Nele Somers heads up the practice and is noted for her ‘broad knowledge of intellectual property, dispute resolution as well as general company law’.  Experienced IP litigator Ben Hermans frequently leverages his software and technology expertise to assist clients with cross-border disputes and contract negotiations. Myrthe Maes has in-depth knowledge of copyright and neighbouring rights, while Ellen Desnyder has a focus on IP contracts in the media and entertainment sector.

Practice head(s):

Nele Somers

Other key lawyers:

Ben Hermans; Myrthe Maes;  Ellen Desnyder; Charlotte Potemans; Laura Coeckelberghs


‘Very dynamic team with a fluent internal communication stream.’

‘Highly competent team.’

My collaboration with Artes Law has been a breath of fresh air. A crucial aspect of this positive experience has been the consistent point of contact provided by Artes Law. Being assigned one or two fixed individuals who understand my case in depth and whom I can reach out to with any concerns has been incredibly reassuring.’

‘Ultra-efficient, deep knowledge, very thorough advice.’

‘Nele Somers, together with Charlotte Potemans, deliver high standard of intake, managing expectancy and high quality of both written and verbal stances and strategies.’

‘The ARTES team is very young and dynamic, yet it can rely on the extensive experience of its senior members.’

‘They handle disputes in a very hands-on and pragmatic manner and proactively and thoroughly assist your company on strategic matters.’

‘Nele Somers has a very broad knowledge of intellectual property, dispute resolution as well as general company law. She is a very approachable and flexible lawyer and gives room to the more junior lawyers to develop their skills and expertise.’

Key clients


Showcomm BV

Dolce Donna BV

Fruithandel-Sebrechts BVBA

Jasnarok Lab CommV

Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men

Twice Radio BV


Zidis BV

University of Antwerp

Sophis BV

Hawaiian Poke Bowl

De Huisleverancier BVBA

Maurice Verbaet

Adikta BVBA

Blue Corner NV

LawCloud BV

Connectum NV


House & Garden NV



HB Antwerp

Neckermann Belgium NV

R&S Records Ltd.



Dieter Vander Velpen Architect BV

Work highlights

  • Advised Connectum on how to properly protect its new products and concepts, and how to handle and manage its trade marks and trade secrets.
  • Provided advice to Dieter Vander Architects on intellectual property issues and problems it encounters in its business.
  • Acted for Maurice Verbaet, the owner of an art gallery and personal art collection, in a dispute with the Belgian collecting society Sabam.


Trade mark portfolio management, IP advice regarding film productions and third-party transfer and licence agreements stand out as areas of activity for the team of ‘leading specialists’ at ASTREA. In Antwerp, practice co-head Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven is a key contact for clients from the automotive sector. Brussels-based co-head Christine De Keersmaeker‘s varied practice includes assisting clients with the safeguarding of worldwide trade mark rights and handling litigation connected to copyright ownership. Thaïsssa Nuyens frequently provides key support to De Keersmaeker with the two described as an ‘excellent team‘ and ‘satisfying and reassuring to work with’.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Van Fraeyenhoven; Christine De Keersmaeker

Other key lawyers:

Thaïsssa Nuyens


‘The team is made up of leading specialists with in-depth expertise in these highly specialised fields. Their opinions are always very thorough and well-constructed.’

‘Thaïsssa Nuyens Nuyens and Christine De Keersmaeker form an excellent team we are delighted to work with. Their concern to ensure that their clients understand the advice they give and the energy they put into understanding our needs and objectives make working with them all the more satisfying and reassuring.’

Key clients

Greenpan LtD – The Cookware Company LTd

American Clothing Associates

IP Management & Consulting

Krëfel NV

The Searches

New Sobelwood

Wesp Europe N.V.

Studio Straf BV

Sander & Partners

Move to Cure


DPG Media


Christian Wijnants


Work highlights

  • Assisting American Clothing Associates of the River Woods clothing brand, providing strategy advice regarding protection of IP, management of IP and exploitation of its IP aimed at growing the IP and business value of the company.
  • Assisting Studio Straf with protection of it’s IP worldwide.


Deloitte is equipped to assist clients with transactional and advisory IP work including drafting and negotiating IP agreements and handling IP-related due diligence connected to M&A transactions. IP portfolio management, including enforcement work, is another strength of the team. Antwerp-based Jurgen Egger and Matthias Vierstraete, who divides his time between Ghent and Brussels, jointly lead the team. Willem-Jan Cosemans‘ IP experience includes representing clients before domestic and European Courts in copyright, trade mark and design litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jürgen Egger; Matthias Vierstraete

Other key lawyers:

Willem-Jan Cosemans


‘Good business sense, pragmatic, to the point.’

Key clients

Club Brugge

Pro League

Waterland Private Equity

The Akkermansia Company




Beaulieu International Group (BIG)


Limburgse Woonmaatschappij

Work highlights

  • Advised the Pro League in relation with the IP element of the exploitation of NFTs.
  • Advising S-Biomedic in relation to the ownership, dissemination and optimisation of the results following the research and development and exploitation of IP rights on the basis of a joint development agreement with Beiersdorf.
  • Assisting Nipro on a continuous basis with advisory and transactional IP matters.

IP Porta

As an ‘IP boutique with a strong and close-knit team‘, IP Porta‘s contentious and non-contentious practice in Sint Martens-Latem has expertise in copyrights and trade marks, patent litigation and IP audits. Co-chair Karen Ongena is described as an ‘excellent legal expert and litigator’ and is a key contact for technology and media clients. Laurence Hubert completes the leadership team and is praised for combining ‘creative solutions’ with excellent and detailed technical IP knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Karen Ongena; Laurence Hubert

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kinyentama; Sofie de Pourcq; Melissa Van Doorselaer; Dorien Cuyt


‘IP Porta offer excellent expertise in IP-related topics, both in advisory as in litigation. They are boutique-scale which guarantees a personal approach and a high degree of flexibility.’

‘Our interests have been handled by firm partner Laurence Hubert. Next to her excellent and detailed technical IP knowledge, we especially value her quick understanding of our specific business context, as well as her drive to help us with creative solutions.’

‘IP Porta is an IP boutique with a strong and close-knit team that works remarkably well, quickly and efficiently. I really appreciate their precision and rigor, and reactivity.’

Key clients

Vincent Sheppard


Steve Madden








Dx Solutions

Flen Pharma




Work highlights

  • Representing Renson Sunprotection Screens against a former partner who violated a non-compete clause by putting valuable knowhow of Renson at the disposal of its competitors.
  • Representing Vincent Sheppard in various cross-border IP disputes including patent infringements, copyrights, design rights and unfair competition issues.
  • Representing the company Steve Madden, which has been sued by Louboutin for alleged infringement on Louboutin’s alleged copyrights in several shoe designs.


A key address for clients from the design and entertainment industries, MVVP frequently handles disputes relating to issues such as injunctions, seizures and damages. The practice is also equipped to assist with IP strategy and contract negotiations. Co-chair Herman Croux is well acquainted with the intricacies of trade mark and plant variety rights. Peter Marx and Olivier Sasserath, who has a notable focus on the music and audiovisual sectors, complete the leadership group.

Practice head(s):

Herman Croux; Peter Marx; Olivier Sasserath

Key clients


A Private View


Globall Concept

Walking the Dog


Nelissen Grade

Nelissen Grade is well placed to assist with a host of copyright, trade mark, patent, and unfair competition matters and has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to trade secrets. Alexis Hallemans, who is praised for his 'keen understanding of business', heads up the practice and advises on issues such as copyright in the context of cable retransmissions. Melis Bulut further extends the copyright expertise at the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alexis Hallemans

Other key lawyers:

Melis Bulut


‘The IP Law team at NG under Alexis Hallemans is a team with a high level of expertise. They provide hands-on advice on the spot and diligently follow up on the matter.’

‘Alexis Hallemans can provide on-the-spot advice in complicated matters that help you drive the case forward and align with internal stakeholders at a moments notice. He has a keen understanding of business.’

‘All required legal skills are available within the company. If not, the company always has an expert within its network.’

Key clients

RTL Belgium SA


IP Belgium SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for RTL Belgium in copyrights proceedings against and negotiations with several collecting societies in Belgium.
  • Advised and assisted IP Belgium in proceedings against and negotiations with a media software provider.


The contentious and transactional IP practice at Timelex, praised for ‘handling disputes and procedures with finesse’, is active across areas including copyrights, trade marks, patents and trade secrets. Practice co-heads Frederic Debusseré and Edwin Jacobs are praised for their ‘deep understanding of IP and IT‘. Geert Somers and Hans Graux complete the leadership team, with the latter described as a ‘smart and very capable lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Frederic Debusseré; Geert Somers; Edwin Jacobs; Hans Graux

Other key lawyers:

Ruben Roex


‘The whole team is very knowledgeable.’

‘Hans Graux is a smart and very capable lawyer, always chasing the best results for his clients.’

‘The team’s expertise in IT, IP, privacy and data protection is impressive, offering robust legal support. They handle procedures and disputes with finesse.’

‘Frederic Debusseré, Edwin Jacobs and Ruben Roex delivers exceptional performance with a deep understanding of IP and IT, seamless communication, and adept knowledge of legal procedures and IT contracts.’

‘The team of time.lex gives practical and to-the-point advice based on profound knowledge of the applicable law and regulations.’

‘One of the very best teams for IP, IT and Privacy.’

Key clients

Toerisme Vlaanderen

Flanders Hydrolics


Katoen Natie






Work highlights

  • Advising the Flanders’ Government Tourism Agency on obtaining and managing various trade marks.
  • Assisting Flanders Hydraulics with drafting IP contractual templates.
  • Representing Shasta in a patent infringement lawsuit.