IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Belgium

Belgium’s IP scene has seen some recent legislative changes, with the amendment of the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property and the implementation of the EU Trademarks Directive, the latter of which involved some revisions to the national patent legislation. Further anticipated developments include the potential establishment of a local division...

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Belgium’s IP scene has seen some recent legislative changes, with the amendment of the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property and the implementation of the EU Trademarks Directive, the latter of which involved some revisions to the national patent legislation. Further anticipated developments include the potential establishment of a local division of the Unified Patent Court in Belgium; but as the court’s fate hangs in the balance, question marks remain over how this might ultimately play out. On the contentious front, activity remains relatively stable, with life sciences skirmishes dominating the caseload and high-tech issues – particularly in artificial intelligence (AI) – gaining increased traction. Although the legal landscape has not changed dramatically, the prevalence of smaller boutique firms is growing, as evidenced by the addition of several such outfits to this year’s rankings.

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