Intellectual Property

Taking a strategic decision to protect and exploit your intellectual property (IP) rights is not an easy step.

Our TMT & IP team is here to assist you in bringing additional value to your business. Protecting or using a creation, benefiting from an invention, a specific process, or a portfolio of trademarks, or domain names, are all of paramount importance for our national and international clients.

Virtual environments and information technologies make these matters, when tied to non-physical entities, even more complex. Thanks to its composition, integrated working methods, acquaintance with the sector, diversity of its clients and devotion, our TMT & IP team is one of the rare lawyers teams in Belgium to respond very promptly and efficiently to issues submitted by a wide range of actors and stakeholders in the IP business. Over the years, our TMT & IP team has developed an in-depth understanding of all the related sectors: copyright and related rights, brand names, trademarks, geographical indications, patents, industrial designs and models, unfair market practices, trade secrets and know-how, domain names, processes, and personality rights (image, name, private life).

We also provide strong counselling, transactional, and regulatory matters on overall IP advice and defend our clients’ rights against unauthorized use before national and European Courts. Our services include, among others, copyright litigation; drafting business agreements; patent enforcement; national and multinational trademark litigation, including oppositions at national (Benelux Office for Intellectual Property-BOIP and Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle – INPI), European (European Union Intellectual Property Office – EUIPO), and international level (World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO); (in)validity and (non-) infringements actions; etc. We can also rely on our leading global network of independent law firms (Multilaw) to complement our own capabilities.

Our TMT & IP lawyers are regular contributors to law, marketing, advertising, and media & communication journals and reviews. We also teach on various Technology, Media, and Telecommunications & IP topics, and are regular speakers at industry conferences, law society meetings, and seminars. We also offer in-house and internal training on TMT & IP protection; for instance through our emerging companies and venture capitalists FLY program.

The TMT & IP practice group also closely cooperates with some of the most important professional associations on the market such as UBA (Union of Belgian Advertisers), ACC (Association of Communication Companies), IAB Belgium (Interactive Advertising Bureau Belgium), and UMA (United Media Agencies) which underlines our TMT & IP practice group’s recognition in the sector.

Our TMT & IP team is known for its deep industry knowledge, accuracy, and pragmatic approach in Belgium. Some of our recent awards include: Chambers Europe 2016 (TMT, Band 1), Legal 500 EMEA 2016 (IP, Tier 3), Legal 500 EMEA 2016 (Media & Entertainment, Tier 1). What leading guides said about us: Koan Lorenz has a “very deep knowledge of the media market in Belgium. (…) The lawyers here have strong knowledge of the legal issues in the digital field” (Chambers Europe 2016, TMT & Media); Koan Lorenz has a “high-level service at reasonable prices” (Legal 500 EMEA 2016, Media & Entertainment). Koan Lorenz is known for its “proactive and practical approach” (Legal 500 EMEA 2016, IP).