We advise on and defend the interests of our clients in all Belgian and international issues of intellectual property, as well as those related to new technologies, the Internet, e-commerce and the media.
Most of our lawyers are active members of major professional IP associations, such as the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), the ANBPPI (Belgian National Association for the Protection of Industrial Property), the ABDA (Belgian Copyright Association), the INTA (International Trademark Association), the ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association), the BMM (Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Attorneys), the ALAI (International Literary and Artistic Association) and the LIDC (International Competition Law League). Membership in these associations gives our team privileged contact with key players in the sector. Many of them frequently speak at conferences and have written or co-authored numerous articles and books on intellectual property issues.
A. ADVICE AND CONTRACTS
Patents and technology-transfer agreements: definition and implementation of a policy to safeguard our clients’ intellectual property interests, as well as assistance in the choice and preparation of suitable strategies for cooperation (licence agreements, R&D agreements, development consortia, joint-ventures, etc.).
Know-how and confidential information: guidance to clients to ensure confidential data is safeguarded during negotiations.
Trademarks: advice on registration strategy and representation in registration or opposition procedures before the Benelux Intellectual Property Office and the Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market.
Copyright and media law: development of the protection and exploitation of copyright and neighbouring rights, both in their traditional environment and in the digital era.
Software, new technologies and data protection: seeking effective and appropriate solutions for developing technological tools, with particular attention to privacy.
B. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The intellectual property team members are renowned for their effective advocacy skills and have accumulated a long list of successes.
Our team also has extensive experience in seizure procedures in relation to counterfeiting and the implementation of border measures involving customs authorities.
The intellectual property team regularly carries out audits for its clients: verification of the adequate identification and protection of IP assets, the validity of existing contracts and their registration, the adequacy of standard terms and conditions, and employment contracts, as well as statutory compliance of intranets and websites with data protection rules and electronic commerce regulations.
D. BUSINESS SECTORS
The business sectors in which our team has particularly in-depth knowledge include heavy industry, the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, as well as the world of IT and the media.