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Intellectual Property — Belgium


ALTIUS - Intellectual Property

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Paul Maeyaert and Christophe Ronse
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team with a strong track record advising on trade marks, patents and copyrights. Additionally adept at handling plant variety rights and geographical indications. Particularly well versed in contentious cases and also handles transactional IP mandates. Retains a strong client following among the TMT sector.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its responsiveness, reporting: "They are always kind and reply fast."

One market commentator notes: "They are one of the top firms in Belgium."

Work highlights Acted for Maus Frères International Services on a trade mark dispute relating to the counterfeiting of the marks LACOSTE and GANT.

Advised Assinsel on obtaining a written agreement with Belgian farmers and processors regarding the use of farm-saved seed under the EU plant variety rights regulation.

Significant clients Mars, Capri Sun, Hoffmann-La Roche, KWS Saat, Mitsubishi.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of the department Paul Maeyaert centres his practice on patent, copyright and trade mark litigation, particularly in the media and entertainment space. Clients extol his "high specialisation in IP and regulatory matters" as well as his "expertise in litigation strategies." In one work highlight, he assisted Clohse Group with a trade mark infringement dispute with Caterpillar, relating to the mark CAT.

Christophe Ronse co-heads the department and is highly experienced assisting with contentious patent mandates in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. He is well reputed for his work across an array of issues, from cancer treatment to crop protection.

According to clients, Olivier Vrins is a "very thorough" practitioner whose "level of quality is very high." He has a wealth of experience in trade mark, copyright and design litigation and is also skilled in issues pertaining to personality rights, geographical indications and designations of origin. His roster of work includes representing Samsung Electronics and React in a dispute with a Belgian service provider concerning the detention of counterfeit Samsung mobile phones and accessories by the customs authorities of Liege.

Philippe de Jong receives praise from clients for being a "very pleasant and knowledgeable" lawyer who "always amazes" his clients. He is well regarded for his expertise in patents, parallel import issues and plant variety rights.

Department profile by ALTIUS

Our Intellectual Property team is one of the largest IP teams in Belgium. Our IP expertise covers all the traditional branches of IP law and unfair competition, as well as more recent technology-related disciplines. We also represent major players in the media and entertainment sectors, and we are increasingly involved in regulatory disputes in the innovative drug and seed industries.

We assist clients in the following areas:

  • Patents

  • Trademarks
  • Industrial Designs

  • Domain Names

  • Plant Variety Rights

  • Geographical Indications

  • IT & TMT

  • Trade practice including unfair competition

  • Parallel Trade Matters

  • Anti-Counterfeiting

  • Personality rights

Our strongest “niches” in IP are: Patents, life sciences, anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade matters, geographical indications, plant variety rights, trademarks (and designs) and software piracy.

ALTIUS’s Litigation expertise covers all aspects of dispute resolution, including arbitration. ALTIUS has also been involved in ground-breaking litigation before the European Courts (CJEU and GC) and in numerous high-profile IP cases before the Belgian courts.

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Bird & Bird - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a standout reputation in patent litigation. Also offers expertise in the prosecution and enforcement of trade marks and copyright. Retains a particularly strong roster of clients in the technology, life sciences and food and beverages sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its commercially minded advice. One source states: "They are really business-oriented and it is pleasant to work with them."

Another enthuses: "Bird & Bird is strong in all fields of IP. Their strength lies in having knowledgeable people and dealing diligently with requests."

Work highlights Acted for Anheuser-Busch InBev on a trade mark infringement dispute with Aldi, relating to the packaging design of Aldi's beer Buval.

Assists Facebook with a number of trade mark applications and enforcement mandates.

Significant clients Proximus, Canon, Ferrero, LVMH, Rovi Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Bruno Vandermeulen is a well-established IP practitioner who remains active on cross-border patent and trade mark litigation. His workload includes representing the Belgian government before the Constitutional Court in a patent case concerning potential discriminatory conditions in the Belgian Patent Act.

"Experienced IP lawyer" Jean-Christophe Troussel wins plaudits for his strength in "presenting complicated issues in a logical manner" and "thinking beyond the issue and taking into account the client's needs." He handles contentious copyright, trade mark and patent mandates, as well as non-contentious brand management matters. He represented AGC Glass Europe in a copyright infringement and unfair trade dispute with Saint-Gobain, relating to AGC's glass thickness app.

Benoit van Asbroeck advises on all aspects of IP law, with a particular focus on the media and fintech sectors. He represented Proximus in a dispute with SABAM concerning the application of copyright law to internet access providers.

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Crowell & Moring LLP - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with a standout reputation in domain name, patent, trade mark and design litigation. Also handles transactional IP mandates, including licensing and R&D agreements. Offers advice to high-profile clients from the life sciences, media and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths The team is held in high esteem by clients for its impressive communication skills. One interviewee notes: "They are very dedicated and are good communicators in complex legal settings."

Another adds: "They are serious and work within the timeframe."

Work highlights Acted for Geldof on cross-border trade mark invalidation proceedings brought by Engicon, Omicon and Xamecon before EUIPO and the Commercial Court of Ghent.

Advised Dafra Pharma on a patent revocation dispute with Celgene concerning a cancer treatment product. Secured a successful result for the client at the Antwerp Court of Appeal.

Significant clients Tereos Syral, Alpro, Ajinomoto, Telenet, NetNames.

Notable practitioners

Kristof Roox co-heads the department and is skilled in handling complex patent litigation for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Sources endorse him as "the patent guy for Belgium at the moment." He defended Apotex in patent infringement proceedings brought by Novartis relating to generic patches containing rivastigmine.

Since publication, Flip Petillion has joined Petillion

Department profile by Crowell & Moring LLP

Crowell & Moring provides a full array of intellectual property legal services to help companies obtain, manage, and enforce their IP rights whatever their commercial field. Our Brussels based IP lawyers offer a combination of skill and experience across the IP disciplines including patents, supplementary protection certificates, trademarks, designs, domain names and domains, trade secrets and copyrights. With the backing of more than 60 IP lawyers in our U.S. offices, our IP practice is truly international in nature.

We have particular experience in cross-border issues, and in designing and implementing strategies for both national and complex multi-jurisdictional IP disputes, particularly in Europe and the U.S. In Europe we represent clients at all levels of the civil and criminal court system, up to and including the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and we act before all relevant administrative bodies. We are also well known for our wide experience in arbitration.

Our lawyers provide counseling on all aspects of IP, including validity, enforcement, freedom-to-operate and infringement issues. We structure, negotiate, and implement IP transactions, including licensing and R&D agreements; we advise on IP portfolio management procedures and design proprietary information protection programs; and we offer training on IP protection, assist clients in establishing internal policing and enforcement policies, and conduct IP due diligence studies.





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With around 60 IP lawyers in our offices worldwide, our IP practice is truly international in nature.

Our litigation experience covers the full spectrum of IP disputes. We have particular experience in cross-border issues, and in designing and implementing strategies for both national and complex multi-jurisdictional IP disputes, particularly in Europe and the U.S. In Europe we represent clients at all levels of the civil and criminal court system, up to and including the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and we act before all relevant administrative bodies. We are also well known for our wide experience in arbitration.


HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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.

Notable practitioners

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."

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NautaDutilh - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Philippe Péters
- 3 partners

What the team is known for Well-established team with experience on the full gamut of IP matters, spanning trade mark, copyright and patent disputes. Also highly regarded for its soft IP work. Offers comprehensive advice to notable clients from the pharmaceutical, automotive and technology industries.

Strengths Peers observe: "They have a prominent patent practice."

Work highlights Advised Catimini on IP protection relating to its range of children's dresses.

Represented Rocoluc in an unfair trade practices dispute with several Belgian casinos at the Brussels Commercial Court.

Significant clients Catimini, Rocoluc, Imation Europe, Piaget.

Notable practitioners

Philippe Péters heads the department and has a strong track record on transactional and contentious IP in the life sciences industry. His work covers trade mark, copyright and patent issues. Clients report that he is a "business-oriented" lawyer "with a deep IP knowledge." His roster of work includes representing Dr Malak in a patent infringement case against Nouvag concerning a medical device.

The "reactive, creative and reliable" Tanguy de Haan is head of the firm's cross-practice litigation team. He has extensive experience representing clients in contentious trade mark, design and patent matters.

Florence Verhoestraete is recognised for her skill in unfair competition, patent and trade mark mandates. She is particularly well reputed for her experience assisting clients in the consumer goods and life sciences industries.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Intellectual Property

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers specialist IP expertise in the TMT and life sciences industries. Acts on both contentious and transactional trade mark and copyright matters for blue-chip international companies.

Strengths Interviewees praise the firm for its impressive market reputation. One client enthuses: "They have a very strong IP practice in Belgium. We work with them mainly for the big, complex IP litigation work."

Another client highlights the firm's responsiveness, saying: "They are always very quick in getting back to us."

Work highlights Assisted Duvel Moortgat with trade mark infringement disputes with other breweries using labels or brands resembling the client's DUVEL brand.

Represented Kharis Capital in negotiations with Burger King to obtain exclusive rights to open and run Burger King restaurants in Belgium and Luxembourg, including advice on trade mark licensing and domain name assignment.

Significant clients Nikon, Toyota Motor Europe, Procter & Gamble, De Persgroup Publishing.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's global IP practice Geert Glas wins plaudits for his expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP work in the ICT and life sciences spheres. He is particularly noted for his skill in trade mark matters. Among his work mandates, he represented Intel in trade mark litigation.

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CMS - Intellectual Property

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Tom Heremans and Renaud Dupont
- 3 partners
- 1 associate partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established IP practice with an impressive roster of domestic and international clients. Involved in complex trade mark, patent and copyright matters, including cancellation and infringement litigation. Core sectors of expertise include sports, media, technology and consumer goods.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's high level of client service. One source says: "For the areas in which we work with them, they are very strong technically and legally. They are solution-driven and cost-efficient." The source adds: "They are very reactive and can turn around things very quickly, and they know every trick in the book."

Work highlights Advised Colruyt on trade mark opposition proceedings against the Italian stylist Chiara Boni at the Brussels Court of Appeal, in connection with the mark Boni Selection.

Represented Leuke Dinges in an anti-counterfeiting case against an Australian company, relating to the copyright and design of its 'Book Seat' product.

Significant clients M7 Group, FIFA, Delhaize, Lagardere Belgium, Polmos.

Notable practitioners

Tom Heremans is a well-regarded lawyer whom sources consider "a real specialist." He acts on IP matters related to distribution and franchising as well as on contentious trade mark, copyright and patent mandates. Work highlights include assisting UEFA with the full gamut of trade mark issues related to the EURO 2016 football tournament.

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Simont Braun - Intellectual Property

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Fernand de Visscher
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deep bench of lawyers with renowned expertise in transactional, litigious and advisory IP work. Particularly strong on patents, copyright, trade marks and designs. Maintains an impressive client following among the luxury goods, life sciences and media industries.

Strengths The team is noted for its depth of expertise. One client explains: "One of the strengths of the firm is the high level of legal expertise of its lawyers in their respective practice areas." The same source goes on to add: "The team's abilities and skills, and the flexibility of its internal organisation and approach, enable them to provide efficient, high-level quality and timely legal services in various languages."

Work highlights Acted for Knauf on a patent infringement dispute with Saint-Gobain relating to insulating glass foam products.

Advised Spa Monopole on a trade mark dispute with The Body Shop regarding the mark SPA WISDOM.

Significant clients Spadel, Valeo, Heineken, Fermod.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Fernand de Visscher is praised for his "deep knowledge and strong reputation in IP." One client says: "He can provide unique and innovative solutions to the hardest problems." He regularly advises companies in the technology and media spaces. He assisted Arcelor Mittal with an entitlement dispute with Tata over co-ownership issues relating to a patent application with the EPO.

Emmanuel Cornu is described by peers as a "well-known trade mark practitioner" with expertise in contentious IP matters. His clientele includes companies from the communications, food and luxury goods sectors. His roster of work includes representing Fermod in a design infringement case against Castel Engineering.

Eric De Gryse has considerable acumen in IP litigation, in particular on matters involving the food, life sciences and retail industries. He also handles plant varieties and geographical indications. Sources consider him a "very diligent and precise" lawyer who is "well versed in IP law." He assisted Laser Performance (Europe) and Velum with a trade mark infringement case against Optiteam and Tecinvest concerning the parallel import of sailing boats under the marks ‘LASER’ and ‘Sunburst Device’.

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Stibbe - Intellectual Property

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ignace Vernimme
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acclaimed IP expertise as part of the firm's full-service offering. Draws strength from the firm's other well-regarded practice areas including TMT, M&A and criminal law. Assists with all aspects of IP law, including transactional and contentious issues concerning trade marks, patents and copyright. Frequently advises multinational and domestic corporations and government agencies from the technology, life sciences and luxury goods sectors.

Strengths Clients applaud the team for its business-oriented approach. One says: "The team is continuously involved in IP advice of strategic importance for the development of the company. We value their business insight, technical knowledge and their commercial vision."

Another confirms: "They are efficient and provide valuable input."

Work highlights Represented NMBS and Infrabel in a patent infringement dispute with FRANKI concerning the method used for the construction of a railway tunnel.

Assisted the Belgian Ministry of Economy with a copyright case against SABAM, pertaining to the latter's claim of royalties against internet service providers.

Significant clients The Lucky Luke Group, Makro-Metro Group, Ferrero, Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.

Notable practitioners

Ignace Vernimme wins praise from clients for his "open-minded and pragmatic approach, which ensures that he clearly identifies the most viable and effective IP strategy." He is especially well known for his transactional and contentious IP work in relation to trade mark and patent issues. He represented The Body Shop International in a trade mark infringement dispute with Spa Monopole in relation to the use of the mark SPA.

Department profile by Stibbe

Our IP practice group puts proven expertise at our clients’ disposal for the enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property. For years, our team has provided effective representation in IP protection and in potential or actual disputes, contracting, transactions and litigation.

We provide leading companies, multinationals, government agencies and non-government organisations, with a large number of IP specialisms. The sectors are just as diverse comprising finance, life sciences, biotech, chemistry, technology, consumer goods, food, retail, luxury products, publishers and the entertainment industry.

Our IP specialists have decades of domestic and cross-border experience in IP law and have a deep understanding of the business implications of related issues in particular, the transfer of knowledge, trade secrets and protection of know-how. They also work closely in transactions with other practice groups such as TMT, tax, EU competition, employment, criminal law, capital markets, and our M&A practice.

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Fieldfisher - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stijn Debaene
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-reputed team active on contentious trade mark, copyright and patent work. Also well versed in unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets cases. Offers expertise to international clients from the sports, media, life sciences and technology sectors.

Strengths The team is highly regarded for its courtroom prowess. One client reports: "I found that the team was succinct, clear with its presentation and paused appropriately, allowing for information to penetrate when needed."

Another client notes: "They are very responsive and have very good analytical skills."

Work highlights Represented Vitra in a number of copyright infringement matters in Belgium and the Netherlands concerning art created by Charles and Ray Eames.

Assisted August Storck with trade mark infringement proceedings against chocolate manufacturer Leonidas before the Brussels Commercial Court, relating to the client's slogan 'Merci for being you'.

Significant clients Collibra, Crocs, Groupon, Rosalina Investments, Vitality Corporate Services.

Notable practitioners

Stijn Debaene is endorsed by sources as an "excellent IP lawyer" who works on a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to the media and life sciences spaces. In one work highlight, he represented Telenet in two patent infringement disputes with United Video Properties.

Hakim Haouideg advises on the full gamut of IP issues, and is particularly well versed in technology matters, including software licensing, technology transfer and outsourcing. One client enthuses: "He stood up to protect our interest without wasting time on other stuff." His caseload includes representing Puratos in a patent infringement dispute with Dum Dum Doughnuts regarding a method of manufacturing low-fat doughnuts.

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Janson Baugniet - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mireille Buydens and Hans Dhondt
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises notable clients from the food, chemicals and luxury goods sectors on litigation concerning patent, trade mark and copyright infringements. Also handles domain name disputes and unfair trade practice issues. Attracts attention for its academic profile.

Strengths Interviewees single out the team for its pragmatic approach, with one client explaining: "They are always attentive to our partners and try to find a good solution for every issue."

Another source adds: "They are specialists for IP."

Work highlights Represented Maison du Monde in a number of litigations against resellers of infringing copies of its products.

Significant clients Renault, Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, Nuscience Group, Belgian Confederation of Dairy Industry, Lhoist.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of the department Mireille Buydens continues to play a leading role in complex litigations, especially relating to unfair trade practices. One client describes her as "an impressive IP lawyer with an extraordinary knowledge of IP law in Belgium and also at the EU level." She retains a particularly strong client following among companies in the food and beverage industry. In one highlight, she acted as lead partner advising Maison du Monde on a number of IP infringement issues.

Hans Dhondt possesses nearly two decades of experience advising on trade mark, copyright and design litigation. Core sectors of expertise include medical devices, automotive and cosmetics.

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Intellectual Property

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clients in drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements, including
licence agreements, research and development agreements (R&D),
merchandising and sponsoring agreements, non-disclosure agreements
(NDAs), assignment of technology and intellectual property securities.

In the field of litigation,we assist companies in collecting evidence of infringements of their


rights (unilateral proceedings), defend their interest in legal
proceedings and help them to obtain corrective measures (recall and
destruction of products, compensation for damages). The team is also
highly experienced in arbitration. The partners of the department are
regularly appointed as ICC arbitrators in CEPANI proceedings.

Lastly, the team is also consulted for audits and due diligence in


intellectual property.

Information Technology

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drafting and negotiating various IT-related agreements (consultancy
agreements, software development agreements and licence agreements), and
in litigation relating to such agreements.

We are also often consulted in matters relating to privacy and data


protection and in media-related conflicts (right to reply, civil
liability of journalists).

Market Practices

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- Advertising regulations and protection of consumers
- Unfair market practices, unfair competition and passing off
- Regulations regarding marketing and promotional campaigns (e.g. lotteries and games of chance)




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DLA Piper UK LLP - Intellectual Property

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable expertise in IP aspects of transactions and litigation involving trade mark, design and patent rights. Particularly skilled in cross-border enforcement and protection strategies. Offers international coverage to clients from the technology, sports and media sectors.

Strengths Clients praise the team for its dedication and bespoke advice. One interviewee enthuses: "They worked day and night and there was a high level of personal involvement in the matter, which was great to see."

Another client states: "They made a very good impression. They have a very good reputation and they give very good advice. They give to their client proactive information, and I have great trust in them. We have a very good relationship."

Work highlights Assisted Hyundai with the drafting of its global copyright and design rights compliance manual.

Significant clients OVS Garden.

Notable practitioners

Kristof de Vulder and Patrick Van Eecke are key contacts at the firm.

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Eubelius - Intellectual Property

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Band 4

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pieter Callens
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Thriving domestic IP practice which is part of the firm's full-service offering. Advises on the full range of standalone IP mandates and related matters such as M&A and tax. Particularly skilled in copyright disputes. Assists companies from the retail, real estate, software and animal feed sectors.

Strengths The department attracts praise for its proactivity. One client says: "They are capable of finalising complex issues independently."

Another explains: "What I personally appreciate is that they have a sound theoretical understanding of the matters they treat, without losing sight of the timing and business constraints."

Work highlights Represented Agfa Healthcare before the Commercial Court of Ghent in a copyright infringement dispute with Amaron in relation to Agfa's software and databases.

Acted for Impextraco on a patent infringement dispute with Saluc concerning butyrate coatings.

Significant clients Bpost, CREG, Reprobel, Adifo, Ocular.

Notable practitioners

Pieter Callens heads the IP department at the firm and is considered by clients to be a "very knowledgeable, proactive" practitioner who is "eager to go the extra mile." He is particularly active on mandates concerning the intersection of IT and IP across a variety of sectors including healthcare. He represented Anticimex in various legal proceedings in relation to the bad faith registration of a trade mark by a former employee.

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IP PORTA - Intellectual Property

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Band 4

第四等

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Karen Ongena and Laurence Hubert
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for IP boutique which maintains a diversified client base among the life sciences, technology and pharmaceutical industries. Advises on disputes relating to copyrights, trade marks, patents and design right infringements. Particularly strong in ADR.

Strengths The team wins plaudits from clients for being "focused, specialised and transparent."

One source says: "Considering the complexity of what we are doing with them and the files we are handling, they are very detailed."

Work highlights Represented Renson Ventilation in two patent infringement cases against competitors, including an annulment action.

Advised Glenn Sestig Architects on a copyright infringement dispute with Roëll regarding the design of the interior of a jewellery shop.

Significant clients Weba, AvioVision, Flen Pharma, Ontoforce, WPG Uitgevers België.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Karen Ongena leads the firm's IP, IT and media practices. She is praised by interviewees as "a lawyer who understands the problems that a company can meet" and "brings a real added value to the customers." She is well versed in domain name, trade mark and copyright infringement issues. Her roster of work includes representing the Patient Education Group in infringement disputes with hospitals, medical centres and doctors in connection with copyrighted medical drawings.

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Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Etienne Kairis
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Benelux firm, well reputed for its focus on soft IP, covering trade mark, copyright and domain name mandates. Also noted for its expertise in complex IP litigation. Assists companies from the automotive, telecommunications and IT industries, among others.

Strengths Clients highly appreciate the firm's commitment, with one source reporting: "They do not stop at a simple legal answer but go the extra mile." The same source goes on to extol the team's "ability to think along with the client to find the solution most adapted to the context."

Work highlights Defended Sport Direct in a trade name infringement case brought by sportsdirect.com.

Represented BVM14 SPRL in a copyright infringement dispute with KIKO regarding the layout of the client's shop.

Significant clients Sonaca, Good Earthkeeping Organization, Theraplay Institute, Car-Pass.

Notable practitioners

Etienne Kairis is the key point of contact at the firm.

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Loyens & Loeff - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Yves Van Couter
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers extensive IP experience representing multinational corporations and start-ups in the Belgian market. Well reputed for its skill in both transactional and contentious trade mark, copyright, trade secret and domain name issues. Advises on IP mandates involving tax, corporate and finance issues.

Strengths Interviewees praise the department for its strong reputation in the market. One client says: "They are our first point of call for disputes in Benelux. Their strengths are their people and their experience."

Another client confirms: "They are responsive and clearly know the law."

Work highlights Represented Ik.be in a domain name dispute with DNS Belgium, covering issues including the right to property and the freedom to conduct business.

Assisted a sports car manufacturer with a number of strategic trade mark proceedings, including protection and enforcement mandates.

Significant clients Cybel Carbon, Dekker Group, Seaters, International Duty Free, Ajinomoto.

Notable practitioners

Yves Van Couter heads the IP department and is noted for his expertise in domain name disputes. He also handles technology transfer and data protection matters. Clients appreciate that "he is always available to discuss the matter, provides regular updates and is more than willing to listen and incorporate the client's comments." In one highlight, he assisted Dentons Paris with the Belgian law review of a contract assigning a number of IP rights to its client.

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Compared to other players in the market, the unique selling points of Loyens & Loeff’s IP team are without doubt:

  • The depth and breadth of the expertise it has built in this practice area over many years, which has made our IP practice into one of the most established practices on the Belgian market
  • The quality of its client portfolio, including both promising start-ups and established multinational corporations, and a network of renowned referral firms
  • The broad spectrum and complexity of the matters it handles, which can be categorised either according to the type of IP rights involved, or according to the type of IP-related work
  • Our one-stop shop approach, combining IP expertise with high-level advice from a tax, corporate, finance and employment perspective
  • Our strong Benelux focus and the ability to offer integrated Benelux-wide assistance (recently also integrating legal expertise from our fourth home market, Switzerland)
  • The firm has a unique ‘sector approach’: Loyens & Loeff has removed the boundaries between traditional ‘practice groups’ and created multidisciplinary cross-border teams. As part of these different sector teams (focussing on acquiring in-depth knowledge of our clients’ business), the members of the IP team are able to tailor their legal expertise to the needs of clients in these chosen sectors, and thereby increase client satisfaction

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Van Innis & Delarue - Intellectual Property

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Dieter Delarue
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique firm noted for its expertise in IP litigation. Particularly well reputed for its advice on trade mark, patent and copyright infringement. Retains an impressive client following among the fashion, luxury goods and design industries.

Strengths The team is singled out for its reputation in IP disputes. One peer says: "They are very small, but they are excellent and they are really working on high-stakes cases," while another source confirms: "On the Belgian market, they are the go-to address for IP work for creative companies and design brands."

Work highlights Assisted Christian Louboutin with the registration and enforcement of its 'red sole' trade mark.

Advised Levi Strauss on the enforcement of its trade mark against Cortefiel, New Look and Hema.

Significant clients Studio 100, HP, Lightspeed, Serax, Alken-Maes Breweries.

Notable practitioners

Sources admire Thierry van Innis as "an absolute star" who is held in high regard for "always pushing boundaries and telling clients to go further with the protection of their trade mark rights." His main area of skill is contentious trade marks. His core roster of clients includes Christian Louboutin and Levi Strauss.

Department head Dieter Delarue is recognised for his prowess in contentious IP mandates, including trade mark, copyright and patent infringements. Clients extol "his proactive way of handling possible problems and turning them into solutions. He is always two steps ahead of the other side." He represented Universal Electronics in a design and patent dispute with Ruwido, pertaining to a remote control supplied to Telenet.

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Senior Statesmen

Thierry van Innis

Van Innis & Delarue

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources admire Thierry van Innis as "an absolute star" who is held in high regard for "always pushing boundaries and telling clients to go further with the protection of their trade mark rights." His main area of skill is contentious trade marks. His core roster of clients includes Christian Louboutin and Levi Strauss.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the firm's global IP practice Geert Glas wins plaudits for his expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP work in the ICT and life sciences spheres. He is particularly noted for his skill in trade mark matters. Among his work mandates, he represented Intel in trade mark litigation.

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ALTIUS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of the department Paul Maeyaert centres his practice on patent, copyright and trade mark litigation, particularly in the media and entertainment space. Clients extol his "high specialisation in IP and regulatory matters" as well as his "expertise in litigation strategies." In one work highlight, he assisted Clohse Group with a trade mark infringement dispute with Caterpillar, relating to the mark CAT.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Péters heads the department and has a strong track record on transactional and contentious IP in the life sciences industry. His work covers trade mark, copyright and patent issues. Clients report that he is a "business-oriented" lawyer "with a deep IP knowledge." His roster of work includes representing Dr Malak in a patent infringement case against Nouvag concerning a medical device.

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ALTIUS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christophe Ronse co-heads the department and is highly experienced assisting with contentious patent mandates in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. He is well reputed for his work across an array of issues, from cancer treatment to crop protection.

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kristof Roox co-heads the department and is skilled in handling complex patent litigation for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Sources endorse him as "the patent guy for Belgium at the moment." He defended Apotex in patent infringement proceedings brought by Novartis relating to generic patches containing rivastigmine.

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Berenboom - Sukennik - Gilles - Joachimowicz - Isgour - Fonteyn

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alain Berenboom of Berenboom - Sukennik - Gilles - Joachimowicz - Isgour - Fonteyn remains active on all aspects of contentious IP work. He is noted by market commentators for his skill in copyright issues in particular.

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Janson Baugniet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-head of the department Mireille Buydens continues to play a leading role in complex litigations, especially relating to unfair trade practices. One client describes her as "an impressive IP lawyer with an extraordinary knowledge of IP law in Belgium and also at the EU level." She retains a particularly strong client following among companies in the food and beverage industry. In one highlight, she acted as lead partner advising Maison du Monde on a number of IP infringement issues.

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Simont Braun

From the Chambers Europe guide

Emmanuel Cornu is described by peers as a "well-known trade mark practitioner" with expertise in contentious IP matters. His clientele includes companies from the communications, food and luxury goods sectors. His roster of work includes representing Fermod in a design infringement case against Castel Engineering.

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "reactive, creative and reliable" Tanguy de Haan is head of the firm's cross-practice litigation team. He has extensive experience representing clients in contentious trade mark, design and patent matters.

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Fernand de Visscher

Simont Braun

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Fernand de Visscher is praised for his "deep knowledge and strong reputation in IP." One client says: "He can provide unique and innovative solutions to the hardest problems." He regularly advises companies in the technology and media spaces. He assisted Arcelor Mittal with an entitlement dispute with Tata over co-ownership issues relating to a patent application with the EPO.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tom Heremans is a well-regarded lawyer whom sources consider "a real specialist." He acts on IP matters related to distribution and franchising as well as on contentious trade mark, copyright and patent mandates. Work highlights include assisting UEFA with the full gamut of trade mark issues related to the EURO 2016 football tournament.

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Annick Mottet Haugaard

Lydian

From the Chambers Europe guide

Annick Mottet Haugaard of Lydian focuses her practice on anti-counterfeiting, as well as trade mark and design infringement issues. She acted for Cipriani on a trade mark infringement litigation against an Antwerp-based restaurant chain in relation to the mark 'Capriani'.

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IP PORTA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Karen Ongena leads the firm's IP, IT and media practices. She is praised by interviewees as "a lawyer who understands the problems that a company can meet" and "brings a real added value to the customers." She is well versed in domain name, trade mark and copyright infringement issues. Her roster of work includes representing the Patient Education Group in infringement disputes with hospitals, medical centres and doctors in connection with copyrighted medical drawings.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Jean-Christophe Troussel

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Experienced IP lawyer" Jean-Christophe Troussel wins plaudits for his strength in "presenting complicated issues in a logical manner" and "thinking beyond the issue and taking into account the client's needs." He handles contentious copyright, trade mark and patent mandates, as well as non-contentious brand management matters. He represented AGC Glass Europe in a copyright infringement and unfair trade dispute with Saint-Gobain, relating to AGC's glass thickness app.

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Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yves Van Couter heads the IP department and is noted for his expertise in domain name disputes. He also handles technology transfer and data protection matters. Clients appreciate that "he is always available to discuss the matter, provides regular updates and is more than willing to listen and incorporate the client's comments." In one highlight, he assisted Dentons Paris with the Belgian law review of a contract assigning a number of IP rights to its client.

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Bruno Vandermeulen

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bruno Vandermeulen is a well-established IP practitioner who remains active on cross-border patent and trade mark litigation. His workload includes representing the Belgian government before the Constitutional Court in a patent case concerning potential discriminatory conditions in the Belgian Patent Act.

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Florence Verhoestraete

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Florence Verhoestraete is recognised for her skill in unfair competition, patent and trade mark mandates. She is particularly well reputed for her experience assisting clients in the consumer goods and life sciences industries.

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignace Vernimme wins praise from clients for his "open-minded and pragmatic approach, which ensures that he clearly identifies the most viable and effective IP strategy." He is especially well known for his transactional and contentious IP work in relation to trade mark and patent issues. He represented The Body Shop International in a trade mark infringement dispute with Spa Monopole in relation to the use of the mark SPA.

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ALTIUS

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to clients, Olivier Vrins is a "very thorough" practitioner whose "level of quality is very high." He has a wealth of experience in trade mark, copyright and design litigation and is also skilled in issues pertaining to personality rights, geographical indications and designations of origin. His roster of work includes representing Samsung Electronics and React in a dispute with a Belgian service provider concerning the detention of counterfeit Samsung mobile phones and accessories by the customs authorities of Liege.

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Liesbeth Weynants

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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.

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Simont Braun

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eric De Gryse has considerable acumen in IP litigation, in particular on matters involving the food, life sciences and retail industries. He also handles plant varieties and geographical indications. Sources consider him a "very diligent and precise" lawyer who is "well versed in IP law." He assisted Laser Performance (Europe) and Velum with a trade mark infringement case against Optiteam and Tecinvest concerning the parallel import of sailing boats under the marks ‘LASER’ and ‘Sunburst Device’.

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ALTIUS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe de Jong receives praise from clients for being a "very pleasant and knowledgeable" lawyer who "always amazes" his clients. He is well regarded for his expertise in patents, parallel import issues and plant variety rights.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stijn Debaene is endorsed by sources as an "excellent IP lawyer" who works on a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to the media and life sciences spaces. In one work highlight, he represented Telenet in two patent infringement disputes with United Video Properties.

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Janson Baugniet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hans Dhondt possesses nearly two decades of experience advising on trade mark, copyright and design litigation. Core sectors of expertise include medical devices, automotive and cosmetics.

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Cape Intellectual Property Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Veronique Pede of Cape Intellectual Property Law assists clients with the full spectrum of IP mandates, including patent and trade mark infringement cases. Peers identify her as a "knowledgeable and good practitioner."

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Petillion

From the Chambers Europe guide

Flip Petillion, who recently established his own boutique law firm, Petillion is praised for his expertise in trade mark, domain name, copyright and unfair competition matters. He is particularly skilled in enforcement mandates. Clients consider him to be "an incredible resource" and "very authoritative in the life sciences space."

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LMBD Prioux

From the Chambers Europe guide

Louis Puts of LMBD Prioux heads the firm's IP department. He focuses on trade mark, patent and copyright infringement litigation and also handles advisory work.

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Benoit van Asbroeck

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Benoit van Asbroeck advises on all aspects of IP law, with a particular focus on the media and fintech sectors. He represented Proximus in a dispute with SABAM concerning the application of copyright law to internet access providers.

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Pieter Van Den Broecke

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of Linklaters' IP team Pieter Van Den Broecke possesses extensive experience in IP and technology mandates. He is especially well versed in copyright, trade mark and trade secret litigation. His caseload includes acting for Amazon on copyright disputes with collective rights management companies seeking to claim copyright levies. Peers also recognise him as "a very good negotiator for transactional IP work."

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Koen De Winter of Baker McKenzie is noted for his experience in handling contentious IP matters, and is considered by interviewees to be "a very experienced litigator who is very responsive and engaged." He assisted BAT with trade mark and unfair competition disputes with Torrekens Tobacco and Heintz Van Landewyck concerning the design of a cigarette pack.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hakim Haouideg advises on the full gamut of IP issues, and is particularly well versed in technology matters, including software licensing, technology transfer and outsourcing. One client enthuses: "He stood up to protect our interest without wasting time on other stuff." His caseload includes representing Puratos in a patent infringement dispute with Dum Dum Doughnuts regarding a method of manufacturing low-fat doughnuts.

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Van Bael & Bellis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Peter L'Ecluse of Van Bael & Bellis handles patent litigation in the life sciences space. Work highlights include assisting Canon with anti-counterfeiting proceedings concerning imports.

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Eubelius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pieter Callens heads the IP department at the firm and is considered by clients to be a "very knowledgeable, proactive" practitioner who is "eager to go the extra mile." He is particularly active on mandates concerning the intersection of IT and IP across a variety of sectors including healthcare. He represented Anticimex in various legal proceedings in relation to the bad faith registration of a trade mark by a former employee.

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Patricia Cappuyns

Cape Intellectual Property Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patricia Cappuyns of Cape Intellectual Property Law offers expertise on unfair competition and patent matters to clients from industries such as life sciences, technology and design. Peers confirm: "She is really good."

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Van Innis & Delarue

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Dieter Delarue is recognised for his prowess in contentious IP mandates, including trade mark, copyright and patent infringements. Clients extol "his proactive way of handling possible problems and turning them into solutions. He is always two steps ahead of the other side." He represented Universal Electronics in a design and patent dispute with Ruwido, pertaining to a remote control supplied to Telenet.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

"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."

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