The Belgian market remains compact, with commentators reporting a greater drive for efficiency among firms in this competitive area. Decisions from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) continue to shape trademark law in the region and multi-lingual Brussels is well placed to react. Although few significant changes have been noted within the Belgian market itself, some interviewees feel that the introduction of IP-specific courts has resulted in “better decisions” in the field.
“Big name” Thierry Van Innis of Field Fisher Waterhouse is consistently recommended by commentators, who agree that he “remains at the top of the profession, in terms of both his share of the market and his capacity as a litigator”. Interviewees rate Tom Heremans of CMS DeBacker’s practice as “efficient and notably well run”. Clients have included food manufacturers and international football organisations. Crowell & Moring LLP’s Flip Petillion is praised for providing “responsive, thoughtful counsel” and is regarded as a “valuable figure”. At Eeman & Partners, Marius Schneider ’s strongest suit is anti-counterfeiting litigation. A “leading expert”, he attracts work from companies in the pharmaceutical and motor industries, among others.