We have a dedicated team specialising in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.
The team litigates cases in all fields of intellectual property law (including patents, trade marks, design rights, copyright, trade names and domain names), before both the Belgian civil and criminal courts. We have also litigated cases in related fields such as unfair competition law, concerning misappropriation of trade secrets and other unfair trade practices.
As far as non-contentious work is concerned our team helps IP-rich companies design strategies to maximise the value of their IP assets through merchandising and other deals, assists research-driven companies drafting and negotiating IP-sensitive agreements such as joint development and license and distribution agreements, and advises life sciences clients on regulatory matters such as advertising and pricing and reimbursement questions.
Our team has conducted several in-depth audits of IP-rights portfolios, including the refocusing of such portfolios, and regularly clears advertising and marketing campaigns for clients from an IP and unfair competition perspective (considering issues like comparative advertising, discount strategies, promotional contests and loyalty programmes).
In close collaboration with other practices we advise clients on issues at the intersection between IP and other fields of law, such as patent income deduction schemes, employee inventions and parallel imports.
Our team is integrated with the IP teams in our London, Paris, Hamburg, Munich and Düsseldorf offices, allowing us to provide our clients with a co-ordinated strategy for IP matters covering the most important European IP jurisdictions.