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Intellectual Property

Fieldfisher's Brussels office has a dedicated IP team, specialising in both contentious and non-contentious matters. This means that IP-rich clients can receive unparalleled advice on all aspects of their portfolios.

The team is very active in matters on the crossroads between IP law and other fields of law such as:

  • Technology law
  • Tax law 
  • Trade secrets law
  • E-commerce law
  • Media law
  • Sports law

Our practice has developed throughout the years a demonstrated expertise in all IP-rich and/or highly regulated sectors such as:

  • Media and telecoms
  • Life sciences
  • Consumer products
  • Tech
  • Sports
  • Energy and natural resources

The team addresses the needs of its differing clients ranging from individual designers, start-ups and academic institutions over governmental organisations) to well-established Bel-20 companies and multinationals.

Recent deals and highlights:

  • The decision of the president of the Antwerp Commercial Court of 19 December 2018 in favour of our client Vitra, whereby the Court confirmed the copyright infringements and ordered the opposing party to cease all sales of the infringing goods under a penalty of 1000 EUR per sold infringing item.
  • The decision of the Antwerp Court of Appeal of 28 January 2019 in a case regarding penalties following a conviction for trademark infringement. This case sets an important precedent as to the scope of injunctions in trade mark infringement proceedings and as to the penalties which are due when the adverse party abused its rights.
  • The decision of the president of the Brussels Commercial Court of April 2019 whereby, in a copyright infringement case opposing our client Studio 100, Greenpeace was ordered to cease the use and distribution of the Maya the Bee commercials under a penalty of 2500 EUR per day per infringement. It is probably the first important parody case after the European Court of Justice provided some guidance on the concept in the famous Deckmyn case.