Tom Heremans

Partner at CMS Belgium

Tom Heremans specialises in copyright, trademark and patent law, advertising and marketing law, Internet and electronic commerce, media and technology, privacy, distribution law and commercial litigation. His clients include major food stuff manufacturers, domain name registries, retailers, e-commerce companies and international football organisations.


  • Conducting domain name disputes as an accredited ‘.com’ or ‘.be’ panellist and acting for national and international domain name holders as plaintiffs or defendants
  • Conducting proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union with regard to copyright and related rights in a case regarding satellite broadcasting (Airfield)
  • Representing a printing company before the Belgian Supreme Court regarding the alleged counterfeiting of software
  • Providing advice to national and international companies on sales promotions and comparative advertising
  • Advising sports associations on unauthorised broadcasting of football games and on piracy and customs matters
  • Representing multinationals in trademark disputes (eg, injunctive relief proceedings, counterfeit seizures, custom seizures, claims for damages)
  • Assisting an international food stuff manufacturer in a dispute regarding design protection for a food product
  • Conducting patent litigation for an international transport company in relation to an invention of a particular tram system


  • 1991 – Vrije University Brussels (law degree)
  • 1991 – Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1993 – Brussels Free University (postgraduate diploma in business law)
  • 1998 – University of California, Los Angeles (LLM)

Recent publications

  • Book on marketing law (101 marketingvragen juridisch beantwoord), Intersentia, 2018, p232
  • Book on commercial practices and consumer protection law (De nieuwe wet marktprakijken en consumentenbescherming – Volledig overzicht van oud en nieuw), editor, Larcier, 2010, p306
  • Book on domain name law (Domeinnamen: een juridische analyse van een nieuw onderscheidingsteken), Larcier, 2003, p215
  • “De Antigoonleer en het beslag inzake namaak”, IRDI, 2018, pp139-142
  • “Mitsubishi : rots in de-branding van alternatief merkgebruik”, BMM Bulletin, 2019, pp69-80


Dutch, English, French, German

Professional associations

  • BMM
  • BVA
  • INTA

Firm details

CMS Belgium
Chaussee De La Hulpe
178 Terhulpsesteenweg
Brussels 1170

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