Louis Puts

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Louis Puts heads LMBD’s Intellectual Property team. Described as a “talented litigator” (LMG Life Sciences) and a leading individual (Legal 500), Louis has gained an in-depth knowledge in the litigation and enforcement of intellectual property rights, border measures, protection of trade secrets, unfair competition, licensing and software disputes.

Louis' fields of specialization

represents clients with respect to border measures under the EU counterfeit and piracy regulations that are active in sectors such as clothing, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, entertainment

represents clients in various types of litigation (infringement, validity), in particular with respect to patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, trade secrets and computer programs

advises with respect to licensing, intellectual property co-ownership, research and development

advises and represents clients with respect to distribution issues and franchising

assists clients with respect to IT contract

He is a member of the Belgian Association of AIPPI.

 

He has successfully represented a US manufacturer of in vitro devices before the Constitutional Court regarding the discriminatory treatment of trademark owners being excluded by the Belgian legislation from the “saisie-contrefaçon” proceedings.

 

He has successfully represented clients before the European Court of Justice with respect to the free movement of goods and the Benelux Court of Justice with respect to the presumption of ownership of copyright and design rights.

Louis has given several seminars on intellectual property issues and authored and co-authored several publications in this field.

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Experience

1983

Louis Puts hold a bachelor in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven
1983

1984

He received his J.D. (« Licence en droit »), cum laude, from the Catholic University of Leuven
1984

1985

He holds a master in Teaching at High Schools from the Catholic University of Leuven
1985

1986

He holds a master (cum laude) in economic law (“License spéciale en droit économique” from the University of Brussels
1986

1987

Associate at Coppens Horsmans Malherbe, Brussels
1987 – 1994

1994

Partner at Coppens van Ommeslaghe & Faurès, Brussels
1994 – 2005

2005

Partner at DLA Piper LLP, Brussels Office, head of Belgian IPT department
2005-2014

2014

Partner at LMBD, Brussels
Since September 1, 2014