Patents, trademarks, industrial design

Technical and commercial innovations and inventions often constitute major human and financial investments. The lawyers working in the PHILIPPE & PARTNERS Patents, Trademarks and Industrial Designs Department will make use of all their legal resources to prevent a loss of such investments.

They have recognised expertise in the specific national and international regulations covering the field of industrial property and competition.

Their specialist expertise is acknowledged in the field of Belgian and European law on patents, trademarks and industrial design and model rights in the European Union and the Benelux countries. Their daily work extends to Belgian and European law on economic competition and market practices.

Our department is able to reply to all the specific needs of industries, engineers, technicians, marketing specialists or industrial designers .

Its counselling and dispute management services are available throughout the European Union and Benelux judiciary system, as well as in Belgian and Luxembourg courts. In other national jurisdictions competent in such matters, it benefits from the help of networks of international professionals .

Many of the department’s lawyers have authored academic publications  on industrial and commercial property, and they regularly speak at seminars  in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Our “Patents, trademarks and industrial design” department has specialist expertise in drawing up a variety of contractual documents governing relations between financing institutions, industrialists, researchers and inventors.

The experience of our lawyers in the field of competition disputes, counterfeiting and the collection of royalties puts them in a privileged position to offer counselling and assistance in the drafting of contracts for exploiting various monopoly rights in industrial and commercial matters.

A few examples illustrating our scope:

  • Negotiating and drafting patent licensing agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting R&D agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting technology and knowledge transfer agreements
  • Dispute management in the Benelux countries and the European Union over trademark registration
  • Legal disputes over the validity of Benelux or EU trademarks
  • Legal disputes over the validity of European patents
  • Administrative and legal disputes regarding competition law
  • Civil and criminal proceedings regarding infringements of patents, industrial design rights or trademarks
  • Counterfeit proceedings
  • Injunctions putting a stop to conduct contrary to market practice
  • Follow-up of expert reports
  • Tax aspects of royalties and other industrial property benefits