Intellectual Property and Data Protection

In an economy increasingly focused on creation and digitalisation, intangible assets are particularly prized.

We assist our clients with the launch of new projects to protect their intellectual property, through registration (patents, trademarks, domain names, designs and models, etc.) and contracts (cooperation, confidentiality, distribution, etc.).

We have in-depth knowledge of the procedures available to ensure the effective protection of intellectual property. We have extensive experience representing our clients’ interests before administrative bodies (BOIP and EUIPO) and the courts (including so-called descriptive seizure proceedings as well as injunction proceedings before the Benelux and European courts, etc.) as well as in arbitration (CEPANI and WIPO).

The protection of personal data has become even more important for companies since the entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We help our clients implement processes and contracts in order to ensure compliance with the new statutory requirements.

Selected recent work

  • Representation of Benelux and EU trade mark owners before the Benelux Court of Justice and the General Court of the European Union, in opposition proceedings.
  • Representation of the Belgian Ministry of Public Health before the Council of State, in the context of the suspension appeal lodged against the Royal Decree imposing plain packaging for tobacco products.
  • Representation of a Belgian retail group before the WIPO and the Belgian courts in order to recover domain names abusively registered by third parties.
  • Representation of a photographer in order to obtain the payment of unpaid royalties on photographs taken for various luxury brands.
  • Management of the trademark and design portfolios of several Belgian companies in the design and fashion sectors.
  • Assisting companies in the protection and valorization of their intangible assets (search for trademark availability, registration of trademarks and designs, contracts relating to the exploitation of intellectual rights)
  • Descriptive seizure (Anton Piller order) proceedings for various fashion companies.
  • Implementation of GDPR requirements for various public and private companies.