Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Carl De Meyer
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Top-league IP boutique that advises on a wide range of contentious matters, including patent, domain name, trade mark and copyright litigation. Maintains an impressive client following among the pharmaceutical, automotive and media sectors. Additionally strengthened by its merger with German firm ROKH-IP.
Strengths The team elicits praise for its client-oriented approach. One client enthuses: "They know our goals and help us to achieve them. They always pay attention to small details, even when the case could be considered as ‘usual business’. They hold tight deadlines and manage the agenda as good as possible."
Another reports: "Their thorough mastery of all aspects of the case, the insight in the strategic ramifications, the down-to-earth practical advice and the availability at any time have been greatly appreciated."
Work highlights Represented AstraZeneca in a patent revocation litigation against Teva before the Appellate Court of Brussels and successfully secured a preliminary injunction.
Advised the Belgian Entertainment Association on a dispute with EuroDNS at the Luxembourg Court in relation to the infringement of copyright-protected materials.
Significant clients Playright, Coca-Cola, SuperGroup, Pfizer, Porsche.
Carl De Meyer comes highly regarded for his work on a wide array of IP mandates, such as patents, trade marks and unfair competition matters. He is particularly strong on issues pertaining to automotive and pharmaceutical companies. Work highlights include representing Hunter Douglas in a litigation against Zimmer + Rohde pertaining to the use of the trade mark Ado for blinds.
Benoît Michaux is held in high esteem among sources, who define him as a "brilliant litigator" and "a great strategic thinker who keeps his feet firmly on the ground." He is well versed in issues relating to the technology and media and entertainment sectors. In one work highlight, he acted for KIKO on a copyright infringement dispute with Percassi Group in relation to the interior design of retail outlets.
Benoît Strowel continues to impress with his extensive experience in contentious patent mandates, especially in the biopharmaceutical sector. Clients appreciate his ability to "explain to businesspeople what the next steps are and how to proceed on a strategic level." He was a key member of the team acting for Umicore on a trade secrets case against a former employee who allegedly sold know-how to Ege Kimya.
Head of the life sciences practice Liesbeth Weynants offers prowess in patent litigation, unfair competition and regulatory issues. She is well respected by peers, who deem her "a very clever" practitioner with "a very good reputation in life sciences." She represented Porsche in a patent litigation concerning the technology used for WEC racing car engines.
Fabienne Brison is endorsed by interviewees as "a leading individual" in copyright issues, particularly in the media and technology spaces. In one work highlight, she advised DecoPartners on a trade mark and copyright dispute with Marimekko relating to decorative products.
Steven Cattoor focuses his practice on patent litigation in the life sciences industry. Work highlights include acting for Umicore on a trade secrets misappropriation case against a former employee. Sources extol his "hands-on approach and straightforward communications."
"Dedicated, professional and smart" Carina Gommers handles trade mark and design litigation in the electronics and consumer goods industries, among others. Peers endorse her as "a tough litigator."