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Etienne KAIRIS

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Etienne Kairis has over 15 years of experience in commercial law with a focus on distribution law, fair trade practices, intellectual property law, and IT law. He has developed a particular expertise and reputation in the automotive sector, notably as regards the organisation, management and restructuring of distribution networks in Belgium. Etienne also has gained broad experience in devising and enforcing national and international strategies for intellectual property protection (trade mark, patent and copyright protection).

Etienne has authored various publications on commercial law and is regularly a speaker at seminars concerning these fields.

Etienne holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven 1998) and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property law (Intellectuele Rechten/Droits intellectuels), organised jointly by the University of Leuven and the University of Brussels (KUL – HUB-KAHO 2001).

Etienne is a member of the Brussels bar. He joined Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick as a Partner in January 2014.

Recent matters

  • Representing a major insurance company in a software-related dispute.
  • Assisting, on a recurrent basis, a major consumer goods retailer with respect to IP-related matters in Belgium. This included in particular the representation of the client in cease-and-desist proceedings, claims for damages and discovery proceedings, as well as the negotiation and drafting of amicable settlements with IP holders and the drafting and enforcement of “hold harmless” clauses in sourcing contracts.
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing software licensing and software development agreements for major non-profit organisations.
  • Advising leading car manufacturers and importers on compliance of advertising materials.Representing companies in injunction proceedings relating to comparative advertising.
  • Assisting, on recurrent basis, leading car manufacturers and importers with the restructuring and organisation of their dealer networks.

Market recognition

  • Etienne Kairis is recommended in the area of retail - Legal 500, 2020
  • Etienne Kairis is recommended and described as 'a tough but amenable litigator'  - Legal 500, 2019

Professional memberships

  • Member of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
  • Vice-President of the Commission de déontologie et d'éthique pharmaceutique (DEP Commission) at Pharma.be

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