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Ignace Vernimme

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Intellectual Property.




Ignace Vernimme has special expertise in IP law and related areas within the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, metallurgic, comic strip and fashion industry. His activities encompass in particular patents, trademarks and copyright, designs, know-how protection, technology transfer and the specific rules applicable to pharmaceutical products.


Dutch, French, English.


Professor at the Thomas More college (Introduction to the law) and teacher at the professional training of the Beneluxvereniging voor Merken- en Modellenrecht/Assocation Benelux pour le droit des marques et modèles. Ignace is arbitrator and member of CEPANI (Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation - Intellectual Property Litigation), arbitrator and mediator of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation). He is also panellist of CEPANI (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and panellist at the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC).

Ignace is member and president of the Dutch section of the commission for admission of Belgian patent attorneys (Ministry of Economic Affairs).


Ignace holds a master’s degree in law from the Universiteit Gent (1987) and a master’s degree in economic law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (1989).


Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Leading individuals

Ignace Vernimme - Stibbe

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Stibbe's broad expertise spans the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, life sciences, healthcare and medical device sectors. It has considerable IP and regulatory experience, as well as the ability to leverage the firm's wider full service capabilities in other areas. A team led by practice head Ignace Vernimme is representing Celltrion in patent infringement claims brought by Roche, Genentech, and Biogen relating to the client's biosimilar product, Truxima. In another work highlight, the department is acting for Perrigo in an arbitration concerning fraud and breach of warranties brought against the former owner of the company, Omega Pharma Invest. Of counsel Manuel Campolini is also highlighted for his litigation and regulatory capabilities.

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Industry focus: Manufacturing

Within: Industry focus: Manufacturing

Stibbe fields a multidisciplinary team with the capacity to handle a range of matters for its manufacturing sector clients. Ignace Vernimme is leading advice to a group of companies including Recmix, Orbix, Recoval and Carbstone Innovation, on several issues including IP strategy and contractual issues. The group is also instructed in a range of corporate transactions in the sector including assisting Punch Powertrain with its joint venture with PSA Groupe, as well as acting for Dossche Mills on the acquisition of Meneba Holding Ignace. Stefan Odeurs and Vernimme jointly head the practice, which also includes corporate partner Dries Hommez.

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Industry focus: media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: media and entertainment

Stibbe's TMT and IP department counts Time Warner, Morris Comics, Belgian National Lottery and Skype among its media and entertainment sector clients. Practice head Erik Valgaeren led a team advising reality television producer Zodiak on several issues, including those relating to the development of a new television program, as well as GDPR compliance, tax and employment advice. In another work highlight, the department acted for a client on IP and regulatory considerations relating to the launch of a digital video streaming platform in Europe. The practice also assists the Flemish government and recently advised on a draft decree relating to social-cultural work for adults. Ignace Vernimme is a key name to note for IP issues. Laurens Dauwe is now with Osborne Clarke.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Ignace Vernimme - Stibbe

Within: Intellectual property

Stibbe garners praise for its 'dedicated focus' on IP matters and is known for handling niche areas, including biotech, nanotechnology and technology transfer issues. The practice supplements its strength by drawing upon the expertise of other practice groups from across its Benelux offices, notably in the areas of corporate, tax and competition matters. The 'commercially astute' practice head Ignace Vernimme successfully assisted radiopharmaceutical company Anmi with litigation against a Belgian medical devices company concerning the ownership of two patents. In May 2018, Simone Vandewynckel, formerly a senior associate with the firm, moved to an in-house position with Velcro Companies.

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