Patents & technology

Patent and technology disputes are a focus of the firm. Our lawyers have been involved in hard-fought and complex litigation involving products and services as diverse as pharmaceuticals, diagnostic methods, coffee capsules, software, laser sorting machines, window frame profiles and plant breeding techniques. Our lawyers have gained specific experience in patent disputes between originator and generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. We work well with technical counsel to grasp the details that impact a case. We easily integrate in international project teams for disputes requiring cross-border coordination. 

On the transactional side, we review and draft contracts to leverage and protect research and technology assets, such as patent and knowhow license agreements, material transfer agreements, non-disclosure agreements and agreements for joint or contract research. Our lawyers are experienced in negotiating and drafting consortium agreements for research programs that are funded by European and local government programs such as Horizon2020, ERA, Eureka and VLAIO.  

Brands, advertising & designs

We understand the importance of brands and designs as drivers of growth for our clients. We advise and litigate on the validity and infringement of trade marks, registered and unregistered design rights, geographical indications, designations of origin and trade names. We also deal with unfair competition matters and advertising law. We act before the EUIPO, the Benelux Intellectual Property Office and EU and national courts, as well as before ADR panels constituted by WIPO, CAC, the ICC and CEPANI for domain name matters. Our lawyers have experience in parallel import matters in several sectors, including the pharmaceutical and automotive industries.

We help set up brand licensing and anti-counterfeiting programs. We review trade mark and design portfolios in the framework of due diligence projects. We also provide effective remedies for online trade mark infringements by means of notice-and-takedown requests, letters to intermediaries, UDRP and UDRP-type alternative dispute resolution procedures to recover or suspend domain names.  

Copyright, media & entertainment

We assist clients across a range of creative and entertainment industries such as architecture, music, media, sports and fashion. We help with contract negotiations to leverage copyrights and image rights, including exclusivity agreements, broadcasting and publishing agreements, sponsorship deals and licensing . 

Inteo also assists clients in copyright and media court disputes involving inter alia freedom of speech, right to reply, collective rights management, defamation and copyright infringement. We represent clients in matters before media regulating bodies such as the Vlaamse Regulator Media (VRM) and the Jury voor Ethische Praktijken inzake Reclame (JEP).