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Nieuw niche kantoor Van Innis en Delarue

Former Allen & Overy colleagues Thierry van Innis en Dieter Delarue launch new Belgian IP boutique law firm, with offices in Antwerp and Brussels: Van Innis & Delarue

Thierry van Innis and Dieter Delarue announce the formation of VAN INNIS & DELARUE, a boutique law firm for creative and innovative clients, focusing on intellectual property law and related subject matters. Many existing clients are trend setting in media & entertainment, designer goods, life sciences and e-commerce & technology.

VAN INNIS & DELARUE brings together more than forty years of experience at leading international law firms. The work of the firm’s lawyers in intellectual property matters before the national courts, the Benelux Court of Justice and the Court of Justice of the European Union has led to dozens of precedents and landmark decisions. Thierry van Innis, referred to by Chambers and Partners as “the pope of trade mark law in Belgium” and qualified as a “Senior Statesman” for IP law in Belgium, has litigated more high profile trade mark cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Benelux Court of Justice than any other IP lawyer. He is also still the only Belgian ever who has won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Leaders European IP Awards.Referring to the rationale behind the plans, Thierry van Innis commented:

“Many of our creative and innovative clients have worked with IP boutique law firms abroad, and praise the specialized IP boutique as a law firm model where lawyers can be as passionate and innovative as they are about their brands, creations and inventions. Also, they deliver the right mix of experience and specialization on one hand, and availability and a personal touch on the other hand”.

“While the specialized boutique is a law firm model which is commonly used in Belgium for other specialist areas such as tax and employment law, it is relatively new for IP matters”, Dieter Delarue added. “We are committed to position our boutique law firm among the handful of ‘go-to’ IP litigation firms in the Belgian market. Our mission is to provide clients with the highest possible quality of service. In this respect, we are pleased to begin working with a small group of people who know each other, who have worked together before, and who are all dedicated to excellence in advocacy”.

Thierry van Innis and Dieter Delarue re-unite in this new boutique, having previously worked together at Allen & Overy, until Thierry’s move to Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2009. The team will be strengthened by the arrival of Heidi Waem, an associate who also joins from Allen & Overy. The firm’s plan calls for measured growth over the next two to three years, with the objective to build a focused and specialized team of four to eight attorneys.

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