Partner at Wiggin LLP
Carina Gommers is a partner at the Brussels office of Wiggin LLP. Over her years of practice in the field of IP rights, she has accumulated a wealth of experience in different types of IP matters. She has always worked in private practice with a focus on IP rights and has gained cross-border experience while working for several well-known international law firms.
Her practice covers litigation of IP rights, including in the patent field. Ms Gommers also has extensive experience in customs counterfeit seizures and was co-counsel for Philips in the well-known Philips v Nokia referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Ms Gommers has worked for clients from across a range of sectors, from technology to manufacturing, pharma and medical devices, to name a few. Most recently, she represented Solvay in a groundbreaking trade secret litigation, applying for the first time the new provisions of the Belgian law implementing the EU Trade Secrets’ Directive. Other recent representative matters include successfully representing the Dutch innovative wallet maker Secrid in relation to its patent and design rights for its pocket-size wallets and co-representing Boehringer Ingelheim in a patent dispute relating to one of its blockbuster products.
Clients praise her for being “extremely proactive” and dedicated to their case, while peers consider her “a tough litigator”.
Ms Gommers is a thought leader in the field of IP rights and is currently the second vice president of the European Communities Trademark Association. She is often invited as a speaker to conferences and webinars. She also regularly teaches at the University of Brussels and in the advanced master of IP and information and communication technology law at the Catholic University of Leuven.
Ms Gommers is the Belgian editor of Oxford University Press’s Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, the BMM Bulletin and IEForum.be. She has also published numerous case notes and articles in leading IP journals on key IP rights issues.
She is an approved arbitrator of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation for domain name disputes.