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Crowell & Moring

RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 282 40 82
Fax:
Fax +32 2 230 63 99
Web:
www.crowell.com

Kristof Roox

Tel:
Work +32 2 282 1843
Email:
Crowell & Moring LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property law (with a focus on Patent Litigation), life sciences, commercial litigation and private international law.

Position

Kristof Roox focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation in a variety of technological and commercial fields, with a particular focus on complex patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. He is a very experienced litigator in general commercial and civil matters, covering all aspects of dispute resolution including arbitration. As a specialist in private international law issues, he often deals with complex multi-jurisdictional questions. He is reputed for his knowledge of judicial and procedural law issues. He further advises on many aspects of intellectual property portfolio management, including licensing, protection of trade and domain names, trade secrets, combating counterfeiting and piracy, broadcasting and cable retransmission, technology transfer and strategic IP planning. He has also extensive experience in a wide variety of media law issues. In addition to traditional IP litigation and counseling, Kristof is widely recognized for his thought leadership in the regulatory aspects of life sciences. He advises clients on regulatory, IP and commercial issues, including launch and marketing strategies, food supplements, pharmaceutical marketing practices, pricing and reimbursement, distribution models, OTC-products, competition law aspects, etc. Kristof is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences and published several articles on intellectual property and private international law matters. He is on the editorial board of IRDI, a leading Belgian journal on intellectual property matters. He is also an active member of various national and international intellectual property associations.

Career

Associate, Price Blanpain Quagebeur & Maeyaert 1994-96; associate, De Bauw & Maeyaert 1996-2001; counsel/associate, Crowell & Moring 2001-03; partner, Crowell & Moring 2004 to date; assistant professor private international law, University of Gent 1998-2002; maître de conférences (patent law), University of Liège.

Languages

Dutch, English, French, German.

Member

Lawyer, member of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Bar since 1994. Registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales. Member of the editorial board of IRDI; INTA; BVBA; LES; BMM; AIPPI; RIE; Council for Intellectual Property.

Education

University of Brussels (LL.M., cum laude, 1994); University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (LL.M. Intellectual Property Law, 1996).


Belgium

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Crowell & Moring’s diverse practice has particular expertise in life sciences, TMT, arbitration and cross-border matters. Group co-head Thomas De Meese and Emmanuel Plasschaert defended Telenet in a claim concerning its acquisition of four cable networks from four municipal companies without prior tender. IP specialist Kristof Roox co-leads the team.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Within: Intellectual property

Kristof Roox heads the very capable IP department at Crowell & Moring. 2017 was another busy year for the team in patent litigation, particularly in the biosimilars arena, in which it is strengthening its capacity. Jan-Diederik Lindemans has an active IP practice, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Counsel Christian Dekoninck is another key contact. Flip Petillion, who is a key name for TLD work, left to establish Petillion in 2017.

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Belgium: EU regulatory

Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Within: Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Within: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Crowell & Moring’s practice, which is led by ‘industry specialistKristof Roox, has a strong focus on representing generics with Teva, Mylan and Apotex among its clients. Contentious work, and particularly patent-related litigation, provides the bulk of instructions, but it also advises on marketing authorisations, off-label use, pricing and parallel imports.

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Belgium: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

The ‘outstanding’ team at Crowell & Moring is particularly renowned for its IP capabilities, especially in the field of parallel imports. It has a strong track record in pharmaceutical litigation, which it further cemented in 2017 with several notable wins. Its clients include leading players in the generics industry, though it also represents originators. In a recent highlight, the team successfully defended Eurogenerics in litigation concerning medicinal products for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. ‘Great professionalsKristof Roox and Jan-Diederik Lindemansform a phenomenal duo’. Associate and biomedical scientist Jurgen Figys is another key member of the team.

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