Mr Olivier Vrins > ALTIUS > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

ALTIUS
HAVENLAAN, 86C B414
AVENUE DU PORT
1000 BRUSSELS
Belgium
Olivier Vrins photo

Work Department

Intellectual Property.

Position

Partner

Career

Olivier Vrins was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2000.

Olivier Vrins heads the anti-counterfeiting and IPR enforcement practice. He mainly deals with trademark, patent, design and copyright litigation. Described as a “highly skilled IP specialist” (Chambers and Partners) and as “one of the best in Europe in the Customs field” (Managing Intellectual Property), Olivier has gained expertise in a broad range of other IPR-related topics.

He also specialises in the field of designations of origin and geographical indications, as well as in the protection of the personality rights of public figures, including sportsmen.

He is a regular speaker at seminars on IPR enforcement and other IPR-related subjects and has been retained by WIPO as an international expert in workshops on IP enforcement.

Olivier is the author of the book Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of 12 June 2013 concerning Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights and Repealing Regulation 1383/2003 (Kluwer: International Encyclopedia of Laws, 2017) and the co-editor of the book Enforcement of IPRs through Border Measures – Law and Practice in the EU (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.2012).

Languages

He is fluent in French, Dutch and English.

Memberships

Olivier has been elected as the Chair of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA).

He is also a member of the Council and Geographical Committee of ECTA; the International Trade Mark Association (INTA); the International Wine Law Association (AIDV); the Benelux Trade Mark and Design Association (BMM); the editorial board of the BMM Bulletin; the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property.

Education

  • LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition (Queen Mary & Westfield College)
  • LL.M. in European Law (Universiteit Gent)
  • Erasmus Exchange Programme (Université de Paris II)
  • Juris (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Industry focus: Food

A number of major producers, industry associations, agri-biotech companies, and foreign governments seek out the team at ALTIUS for its wide-ranging experience in the agri-food sector. Underpinned by the firm’s strength in IP and life sciences, the cross-practice team regularly handles both contentious and advisory instructions, including cross-border patent litigation, geographical indications, and regulatory annulment proceedings. Intellectual property specialist Phillippe De Jong has extensive regulatory knowledge in the life sciences and agri-food industries and Olivier Vrins works with various luxury champagne and cognac producers on geographical indications and designations of origin, appearing before the Benelux Courts and the EUIPO.

Belgium > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

Olivier VrinsALTIUS

Fielding one of the largest IP practices in Belgium, ALTIUS is highly regarded by blue-chip corporations, professional associations, and sovereign governments, both in Belgium and beyond. The versatile team’s far-reaching expertise is especially concentrated in patent enforcement, anti-counterfeiting measures, trademarks, geographical indications, plant variety rights and software piracy. Litigation – representing clients before various Belgian, Benelux, and European courts – is also a core competency. The team is jointly led by three partners: Christophe Ronse, who focuses on patent law and life sciences; Olivier Vrins, an expert in trademarks and anti-counterfeiting; and Phillippe De Jong, who specialises in parallel import issues and IP regulatory work in the life sciences and agri-food sectors. Sophie Lens is noted for her broad capabilities that encompass trade secrets and software piracy. Kirian Claeyé concentrates on patent litigation for pharmaceutical companies.

Belgium > Not-for-profit

ALTIUS‘ cross-disciplinary practice works with a strong mix of not-for-profits and their corporate affiliates – both Belgian and international – on the full gamut of issues, including legislative advisory, IP, EU and Belgian regulatory frameworks, employment and litigation. Tax and VAT advisory is a further core strength, underpinned by the team’s strategic partnership with Tiberghien. Jérôme Vermeylen advises various organisations and corporate clients on strategic questions, as well as the set-up, status, and running of various entities. Carmen Verdonck stands out for her expertise in competition law compliance, advising both non-profit associations and health institutions on their activities. Olivier Vrins and Jan Clinck are also noted.

Belgium > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

A key name for clients seeking representation in sports law, the arts, media, and leisure, the team at ALTIUS also works with a diverse array of leading clients from the worlds of music, gaming, publishing and film. Patent infringement litigation, personality rights, data protection and high-profile sports talent transactions are all key workflows for the reputed team. Co-practice head Sven Demeulemeester is praised by clients for his ‘commercial and hands-on approach’ in sports litigation and arbitration, handling instructions both within Europe and throughout the Middle East, the Far East, and Africa. Grégory Ernes consistently works with athletes, sponsors, clubs, and governing bodies on a host of EU sports law matters. Olivier Vrins stands out for his wide-ranging IP rights expertise in the music and video-gaming sectors. Libel and defamation specialist Alexander De Bleeckere is also noted.