Mr Stijn Debaene > Fieldfisher > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Intellectual Property


Partner, Joint Managing Partner of the Brussels office


Stijn has litigated in cases in all fields of intellectual property law with a particular focus on patents and trade marks as well as in several related fields such as unfair competition law and sports law. His clients include multinationals in the retail (particularly fashion and toys), pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors.

As far as non-contentious work is concerned, he advises frequently on pharmaceutical law (also on non-IP related issues such as clinical trials, advertising and pricing and reimbursement issues) and assists pharma companies and other research-driven undertakings in drafting and negotiating research and development, Joint Development and other IP-sensitive agreements.


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Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Working collaboratively across the technology, outsourcing and privacy, and IP departments, Fieldfisher‘s ‘expert, business-oriented’ team is noted for its far-reaching capabilities in outsourcing, procurement, cloud computing, e-commerce and IT-sector disputes. Contractual reviews and e-privacy issues are further core competencies. Practice co-head Tim Van Canneyt is a specialist in data protection and e-commerce, with considerable experience advising clients from the TMT, pharmaceutical, and financial services sectors. Fellow practice head Stijn Debaene is an intellectual property lawyer who focuses his practice on the media and telecoms industries. Olivier Proust‘s expertise encompasses cybersecurity law, global privacy compliance and associated regulatory investigations.

Belgium > Intellectual property

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