Mr Ignace Vernimme > Stibbe > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Intellectual Property, Life Sciences




Ignace Vernimme’s expertise lies in IP law and covers the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, metallurgic, comic strip, and fashion industries.
Ignace specialises in patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, know-how protection, technology transfer, and specific regulations that apply to pharmaceutical products.


Dutch, French, English.


  • Arbitrator and mediator of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  • Panellist at the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC)
  • Founding member and board member of Intellectuele Rechten – Droits Intellectuels (1996–present)
  • Board member of the professional education program for trademark and design attorneys (BBMM)
  • Member and president of the Dutch speaking section of the Patent Agent Accreditation Commission
  • Member and arbitrator of Cepani (Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation – Intellectual Property Litigation)
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of the subcommittee Parallel Import of the International Trademark Association (2006–2007)
  • Member of the Belgian Copyright Association (ABA/BVA)
  • Member of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI)
  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM)
  • Member of the International Association for Consumer Law
  • Member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)


  • Graduated in Law from Ghent University (1987)
  • Admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1987
  • Graduated in Economic Law from the Université libre de Bruxelles (1989)
  • With the Brussels office of Stibbe since 2007 (Partner since 2007)
  • Professor of the Introduction to Law course at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences
  • Coordinator for the professional education programme for Benelux trademark and design attorneys

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Food

Drawing in practitioners from its IP, life sciences, competition, and disputes departments, Stibbe‘s multidisciplinary team acts for the full range of food industry players on a host of regulatory and contentious instructions. In recent work, the team has handled high-value IP infringement cases, image rights disputes, and proceedings following the breakdown of collaborative research agreements, while also advising on new EU-wide distribution contracts and logistics ventures. Jan Bouckaert is noted for his expertise in regulatory food law, including health and safety, labelling, and agricultural matters. Patent and trademark expert Ignace Vernimme is a key contact for multiple blue-chip food and beverage companies.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Ignace VernimmeStibbe

Highly reputed for its IP capabilities, Stibbe‘s cross-practice team also works with a host of renowned public and private sector clients on numerous compliance issues and contentious proceedings, as well as an array of registration and regulatory issues. Ignace Vernimme has significant experience of health products and healthcare services, handling high-stakes litigation and proceedings before various Belgian regulatory authorities. Philippe Campolini works with numerous clients in the life sciences and medical device industries, while Manuel Campolini is noted for his deep knowledge of domestic and EU-wide pharmaceutical regulatory frameworks.

Belgium > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

Ignace VernimmeStibbe

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

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Stibbe‘s cross-disciplinary media practice is regularly sought out by some of the largest companies in the media, entertainment, gaming, and sports industries, both domestically and internationally. Led by experienced TMT partner Erik Valgaeren, the team handles a broad range of technology, regulatory, and IP matters, and has recent contentious experience before the Court of Appeal and the EU Court of Justice. Elizabeth Matthys anchors the firm’s sports law offering, advising various federations and handling litigation regarding transfer rules, discrimination, match fixing, and anti-doping. Ignace Vernimme is noted for his expertise in patents, designs, and trademarks.