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Crowell & Moring

RUE JOSEPH STEVENS 7, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
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Work +32 2 282 40 82
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Fax +32 2 230 63 99
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Kristof Roox

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Work +32 2 282 1843
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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

Competition: Belgian law

Within: Competition: Belgian law

Crowell & Moring's competition and intellectual property practices work closely together in matters involving an interface between the two disciplines. This is particularly evident in the firm's work for life sciences sector clients, but is also illustrated in matters involving other industries; competition group head Thomas De Meese and intellectual property partner Kristof Roox are co-leading a team which is representing the Federation of Music Festivals in Flanders at the Court of Appeal in Brussels in proceedings concerning the increase by Sabam of copyright royalties for licenses to use the works of its members. The team also undertakes a significant amount of competition work for clients in the gaming industry; names such as EGBA and Unibet turn to the firm for advice. The TMT sector is another core area of strength of the team, as was illustrated recently when De Meese and others assisted Telenet with obtaining unconditional clearance from the Belgium Competition Authority of its acquisition of Nextel. Elsewhere, the firm has been involved in three out of the seven interim measure cases undertaken by the BCA since 2013. In addition to De Meese, the group also includes senior counsel Jules Stuyck and counsel Karl Stas; the latter is a recent hire from Jones Day. Grégoire Ryelandt moved to Deprevernet.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Crowell & Moring handles the full range of patent litigation for a number of prominent pharmaceutical clients, and is active in arbitration, cross-border and TMT cases. Thomas De Meese and Kristof Roox, who specialises in IP litigation, jointly lead the team.  Emmanuel Plasschaert is also highly regarded.

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EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Within: Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Within: EU regulatory: Pharma, medical devices and biotech

Crowell & Moring is perhaps best known for its strength in advising generics clients on parallel imports, marketing authorisations, pricing and off-label use,  with contentious patent-related work also featuring in the group's workload. The client base includes Novartis, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Apotex. Kristof Roox heads the department.

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Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Within: Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

'The premier firm for pharmaceutical patent litigation',  according to one client, the life sciences group at Crowell & Moring attracts praise for its 'significant experience and a great feeling for how the courts will react to a submission'. The group represented Mylan and Sandoz before the Court of Appeal, securing the lifting of an injunction on the clients' sale of Tadalafil. The 'vastly experienced' Kristof Roox, who 'is fantastic as an advocate and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in', heads the practice, which includes Jan-Diederik Lindemans, who is singled out for his 'abundant experience and deep analyses', and was bolstered by the arrival of IP-focused senior counsel Gunther Meyer from Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland). Senior associate Jurgen Figys is another name to note. Other changes to the team include the arrival of Evelina Roegiers from Loyens & Loeff and the departure of Christian Dekoninck to Taylor Wessing.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring

Within: Intellectual property

Patent litigation is a significant area of instruction for Kristof Roox's team at  Crowell & Moring, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector; key clients include Novartis, Mylan and Synthon. Jan-Diederik Lindemans is also highly regarded. In 2018, Gunther Meyer joined from Eversheds Sutherland (Belgium) CVBA (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) and Christian Dekoninck moved to Taylor Wessing.

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