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My IP litigation client's team range from small designers like La Fille d'O, over major entertainment production companies like Studio 100 to BEL 20 companies like Telenet or multinationals like Vitra.
For these and other clients my team and I have been involved in several landmark cases like the Telenet / United Video Properties patent litigation case which went up to the Court of Justice of the European Union "ECJ"). (C-57/15).
Besides the IP litigation practice, we have also built a nice sports law practice, which has led us to represent professional football players and cyclists before a wide variety of national and international arbitration panels. We are also active on the transactional front and have, for example, negotiated Marouane Fellaini's transfer to his current Chinese club or TV rights deals with the Premier League.
My team is consistently well ranked in the Chambers Europe and Legal 500 legal directories as well as in more IP focused directories like the 'IAM Patent 1000' and the 'Word Trademark Review 1000' rankings.
I have attended four universities in four different languages. I accomplished my Bachelor at the Université de Namur, my Master at the Catholic University of Leuven (including one Erasmus year at the Università degl Studi di Siena in Italy) and my LL.M at Columbia University School of Law.

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What others say…

One client describes him as "extremely clever, smart, responsive and really a super lawyer."

Chambers Europe, 2020 – Intellectual Property

Debaene heads up the IP department and seamlessly traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide. An out-of-the-box thinker and multilinguist, Debaene is someone to have in your corner.

World Trademark Review 1000 2020

Commentators highlight that Stijn Debaene is "efficient and someone who gets straight to the point and has a good relationship with clients".

Chambers Europe 2019

The 'super efficient' Stijn Debaene and 'very responsive' Hakim Haouideg are the key individuals.

The Legal 500 2019

Blending IP, unfair competition and regulatory expertise, head of practice Debaene is the person to call for holistic counsel.

IAM Patent 1000 2019

Debaene and Haouideg are hailed as “excellent team players and highly professional and superb litigators”.  

World Trademark Review 1000 2019

They are energetic, efficient and can think on their feet. Most importantly, they are brilliantly creative and tenacious.

World Trademark Review 1000 2018

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