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Intellectual Property


In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in 33 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process.

Winner of the 2019 Trends Legal Award for “Best law firm in IP, IT & TMT”


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Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"For the areas in which we work with them, they are very strong technically and legally. They are solution-driven and cost-efficient. They are very reactive and can turn around things very quickly, and they know every trick in the book."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2017

“Established IP practice with an impressive roster of domestic and international clients. Involved in complex trade mark, patent and copyright matters, including cancellation and infringement litigation. Core sectors of expertise include sports, media, technology and consumer goods. Clients appreciate the team's high level of client service.”

Chambers Europe, 2017

“The IP attorneys at CMS are ‘on the ball’ and ‘among Belgium’s foremost specialists in the field’.”

Legal 500, 2017
20 March 2019
EU trade marks pre­pared for no-deal Brexit
To pre­pare for a no-deal Brexit, the UK par­lia­ment passed two stat­utory in­stru­ments re­gard­ing trade marks. These in­clude: the Trade Marks (Amend­ments etc.) (EU Exit) Reg­u­la­tions, which deal with EU trade marks (EUTM). This amend­ment was ap­proved last month;...
September 2018
101 mar­ket­ingv­ragen jur­idisch beant­woord (derde edit­ie)
me­di­umMag ik mezelf in re­clame een Rolls Royce noe­men? Wat met flu­ister­solden? Welke tek­ens kunnen als merk gedepon­eerd worden? Zijn lookalikever­pakkin­gen toe­gel­aten? Mo­gen werkne­mers zelf bericht­en plaat­sen via so­ciale netwerken over hun bedrijf (“Vind ik leuk”)?Het aan­bieden van pro­duc­ten en di­en­sten roept vele jur­idische vragen op. De ver­pakking, de merknaam, de re­clame en de pro­motieacties: alles moet wettelijk in or­de zijn.De derde herziene edit­ie van het boek 101 mar­ket­ingv­ragen jur­idisch beant­woord telt niet al­leen één vraag meer, het boek bevat ook een volledig nieuw hoof­d­stuk over de Alge­mene Ver­or­den­ing Gegevens­bes­cherm­ing of GDPR. Deze edit­ie is boven­di­en aangevuld met vragen over ac­tuele on­der­wer­pen zoals in­flu­en­cer mar­ket­ing en met nieuwe il­lus­traties. Vele prak­tijk­voor­beelden en cases wer­den ge­ac­tu­al­iseerd.Zo gidst ad­vocaat Tom Here­mans u doorheen de vele as­pec­ten van het mar­ket­in­grecht. De vragen zijn ge­baseerd op cas­ussen uit de da­gelijkse prak­tijk van de auteur en leiden telkens tot een con­crete oplossing.De vragen zijn geordend vol­gens de on­der­staande thema’s:cor­recte in­form­atie en misleidende re­clame;vergelijkende re­clame;prijs­ver­mind­erin­gen en solden;lo­ter­ijen, kansspelen en wed­strijden;geza­men­lijk aan­bod of kop­pel­verkoop;verkoop­meth­oden buiten de on­dernem­ing;verkoop met ver­lies;auteursrecht;merken;pri­vacy (AVG of GDPR)so­ciale me­dia;sanc­ties.Boek be­stel­len
June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
In today’s know­ledge eco­nomy, a large part of the value of your busi­ness de­pends on in­tan­gible as­sets and good­will. Your in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty (IP) plays a key role in gain­ing and keep­ing your com­pet­it­ive edge.


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CMS wins Trends Leg­al Award for "Best Bel­gian Law Firm in IP, IT & TMT"
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
08 July 2020
“WIPO PROOF”: WIPO’s new on­line ser­vice which helps in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors...
The World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Or­gan­isa­tion (WIPO) re­cently launched its new on­line busi­ness ser­vice, “WIPO PROOF”. The plat­form aims to help in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors safe­guard their in­tel­lec­tu­al...
June 2019
CMS In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Glob­al Bro­chure
26 June 2020
CJEU an­nuls EUIPO’s trade mark in­val­id­a­tion of Louis Vuit­ton’s Dam­i­er Azur...
On 10 June 2020, the Gen­er­al Court of the CJEU (“GC”) pub­lished its de­cision on the Louise Vuit­ton Mal­leti­er (“Louis Vuit­ton”) case,[1] which relates to the valid­ity of Louis Vuit­ton’s fig­ur­at­ive...
European Uni­on Trade Mark Reg­u­la­tion and Com­munity Design Reg­u­la­tion
A Com­ment­ary
01 June 2020
En­larged Board to cla­ri­fy European Pat­ent Of­fice ap­proach to double pat­ent­ing
The European Pat­ent Of­fice Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has re­ferred three leg­al ques­tions to the En­larged Board of Ap­peal. These ques­tions con­cern the al­low­ab­il­ity of double pat­ent­ing at the EPO, and will...
Novem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
29 May 2020
3D trade marks news: over­view of re­cent judg­ments in the Göm­böc and Ru­bik...
The in­ter­pret­a­tion of pro­vi­sions reg­u­lat­ing shape marks of­ten raises vari­ous doubts on both the EU and na­tion­al level, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing the con­di­tions un­der which re­gis­tra­tion of shape marks can be...
June 2018 News­let­ter
26 May 2020
European Pat­ent Of­fice COV­ID-19 pro­vi­sions - as at 25 May 2020
The EPO has re­cently is­sued fur­ther in­form­a­tion re­gard­ing or­al pro­ceed­ings be­fore ex­am­in­a­tion and op­pos­i­tion di­vi­sions and be­fore the Boards of Ap­peal. This art­icle sum­mar­ises all of the EPO’s COV­ID-19...
March 2018 News­let­ter