Mr Christophe Ronse > ALTIUS > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property.




Christophe Ronse was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 1988.

Christophe is a partner in the IP & litigation department of ALTIUS and leads the firm’s life sciences and patents practice.

In particular, Christophe specialises in intellectual property, with a focus on patent law, and healthcare law. He advises and assists national and international clients in complex litigation at the Belgian level and in national and international arbitration.

Christophe is a regular contributor of legal articles and a speaker at conferences mainly in the field of intellectual property & pharmaceutical law, including delivering the inaugural address to the Brussels Bar Association for the judicial year 2005-2006.

He is a member of INTA, LES, EPLAW and was the president of AIPPI’s Belgian association from 2011 until 2017.

Christophe serves on the AIPPI Standing Committee on Pharma and is also a member of the editorial board of ICIP, a leading Belgian legal journal in the IP field.

He was appointed deputy judge at the Court of Appeal of Brussels in 2016 and is an active member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Christophe also serves on the IBA Technology Law Committee.


Christophe is fluent in Dutch, French and English.


Author of various contributions and articles and a regular speaker at various seminars on Intellectual Property issues and Patent Litigation, Christophe is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the European Patent Lawyers’ Association (EPLAW), the Licensing Executive Society (LES), and the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Proprieté Intellectuelle (AIPPI) where he is currently a board member of the Belgian chapter.


  • LL.M. (University of Illinois)
  • Juris (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Dispute resolution

Sought out by a diverse roster of blue-chip multinationals and domestic companies, ALTIUS regularly represents clients in cartel damages claims, international arbitral proceedings, and disputes concerning supply chain, distribution, and industrial liability matters. The practice is jointly chaired by Alexander Hansebout, who anchors the firm’s arbitration offering, and Christophe Ronse, a veteran commercial litigator who focuses principally on patent and pharmaceutical sector matters. Other key names to note include insolvency and administrative liability specialist Bart Heynickx, and experienced contract and sports lawyer Stijn Van Schel – both of whom were promoted to partner in September 2022. All named lawyers are based in Brussels.

Belgium > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Christophe RonseALTIUS

ALTIUS‘ life sciences and healthcare team has a strong multidisciplinary offering, acting for a diverse portfolio of clients from the public and private sectors. Clients include global pharmaceutical, agriscience, and biotech companies as well as governmental entities. Led by expert patent law litigator Christophe Ronse and agri-food and regulatory specialist Philippe de Jong, the firm is known for its deep expertise across a broad range of industry sectors. IP litigation is a focus area for the firm and ‘outstanding litigatorKirian Claeyé is also active in this space. Bregt Raus is another key individual.

Belgium > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Christophe RonseALTIUS

The sizeable IP practice at ALTIUS acts for clients including high-profile national and multinational companies and sovereign governments, and team members have appeared before courts up to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and in international arbitrations. The practice is led by life sciences key contact Christophe Ronse, plant variety and food specialist Philippe de Jong, and Olivier Vrins, who is described as ‘one of the leading experts in geographical indications‘. Notable associates include trade mark and patent litigator Sophie Lens and pharmaceuticals specialist Kirian Claeyé.