Our team is big enough to handle any case, and small enough to guarantee excellence at every level. Thierry van Innis & Dieter Delarue, the firm’s founding partners, are complemented by senior associate Anthony Van der Planken, a solid group of junior associates, and adequate and motivated support staff.
Thierry van Innis has litigated more high profile trade mark cases before the CJEU and the Benelux Court of Justice than any other IP lawyer. His work has led to dozens of precedents and landmark decisions. For ages, Thierry has been the go-to lawyer for some of the biggest names in today’s world of fashion. Chambers & Partners, the WTR 1000, Legal 500 and the clients they quote have described Thierry as "the pope of trade mark law in Belgium", or “a mastermind in European trade mark law”, who “wins praise for his brilliant mind and incredible intellect”. In 2006, still the only Belgian lawyer ever, Thierry won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Leaders European IP Awards.
Dieter Delarue specializes in IP litigation, ranging from complex patent disputes, trademark infringement proceedings and litigation over copyrighted work of all kinds. He has also become clients’ first port of call for high stake litigation on other subjects such as contractual disputes (distribution, agency, etc.), defamation and unfair competition claims. His transactional expertise includes assisting companies with licensing agreements and investors or other law firms with the IP aspects of corporate transactions (IP due diligence). Chambers & Partners, the WTR 1000, Legal 500 and the clients they quote have described Dieter as “one of the best lawyers I’ve met”, a “technically strong advocate”, who is “pragmatic and service-oriented”, and who provides “practical, workable, concise and to-the-point advice, while being very pleasant to work with.”