While Belgium is home to a number of pharmaceutical companies, it is not a major jurisdiction for patent litigation. And although Brussels is the site of an abundance of European regulatory activity, as in many smaller European litigation forums, patent litigation proceedings in Belgium tend to be run as follow-ups to rulings issued in primary jurisdictions such as Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The majority of the lawyers ranked for this section combine their life sciences patent litigation work with regulatory pharmaceutical matters.
The “detailed and thorough” Christophe Ronse of ALTIUS is “a standout performer” and “a technical thinker who constructs smartly planned arguments”; his determination has earned him a reputation for “never abandoning a fight until the bitter end”. Bird & Bird partner Bruno Vandermeulen focuses on patent litigation alongside drafting and negotiation of licence agreements, and is described as "a true gentleman who really knows his stuff”.
The “tenacious” Kristof Roox leads the charge for Crowell & Moring's patents work. While he tends to be occupied with pharmaceutical disputes of a cross-border nature, Roox has also extended his work in the biotechnology field recently. "A renowned specialist in the pharmaceutical area”, Howrey LLP’s Benoît Strowel joined Howrey in 2006 and heads the firm's European IP practice. Handling litigation as well as regulatory issues, he is “a pragmatic practitioner who likes to get right to the core issues and is always up to date with developments in the pharmaceutical field”. Liesbeth Weynants is coordinator of NautaDutilh’s multidisciplinary life sciences group. “Tough and charming in equal measure” and “an extremely effective advocate”, she covers a broad spectrum of work including biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and is well known for her lifecycle management expertise.
At Stibbe, Brigitte Dauwe is a “very strong patents and trademark lawyer with notable life sciences experience”. Simont Braun's Eric De Gryse has experience in a number of life sciences related fields. “A big name on the patents scene”, Carl De Meyer heads up Howrey’s Brussels IP and European trademark practices. He has a varied IP workload, taking in life sciences patent litigation work. During the last decade Peter L'Ecluse's expertise in regulatory life sciences matters has led him into related patent litigation cases for several innovator pharmaceutical companies in the Belgian courts. He is a partner at Van Bael & Bellis. Stibbe’s Ignace Vernimme covers a wide range of areas in his patents, trademark and copyright practice and is described as “a fine lawyer with valuable expertise in life sciences patent litigation”.