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Intellectual property

Intellectual property rights allow a party to acquire a legal monopoly on a particular intellectual creation as well as to obtain, as sole beneficiary, the right to commercialise, disseminate and/or protect this creation against ownership claims by third parties. In this sense, intellectual property rights form an exception to the principle of free trade.

Traditionally, intellectual property rights fall into two categories: industrial and artistic property rights.

Industrial property rights basically relate to matters involving a primarily economic interest. These property rights include patent rights, trademark rights, design and model rights, breeders’ rights and rights relating to the protection of geographical indications.

Artistic property rights are designed to protect matters involving a primarily artistic interest. The prime example of such rights is copyright, which can relate, for instance, to architectural plans, the design and construction of buildings, and obviously art in the broadest sense. Artistic property rights can range from literary works to film and photography, jewellery design, acting, software, database program codes, etc.

As the economic value of intellectual property rights gains in importance, the issue of counterfeiting and the importance of national and international enforcement of intellectual property rights are becoming ever-more important.

We offer assistance and advice relating to, among other aspects:

  • distribution contracts;
  • registration or protection of trademarks, logos, etc.;
  • drafting of licensing agreements;
  • cases relating to the unlawful use of logos, brands, trademarks, photos, drawings, designs, etc.

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specialists

Kristiaan Caluwaerts
Kristiaan Caluwaerts
Lawyer - Partner

Specialised in: company law, commercial law, insolvency law, M&A, real estate law

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Kristof Uytterhoeven
Kristof Uytterhoeven
Lawyer - Partner

Specialised in: construction law, public procurement, real estate law, statute and deontology of architects

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Frederik Van Overtveldt
Frederik Van Overtveldt
Lawyer - Partner

Specialised in: company law, commercial law, insolvency law, M&A

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Thaïs Habotte
Thaïs Habotte
Lawyer

Specialised in: company law, commercial law, intellectual property

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