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Client Choice – International 2013
Stijn Debaene is head of the IP department of Field Fisher
Waterhouse LLP’s Brussels office, specialising in both
contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with an emphasis
on the media and life sciences sectors.
Mr Debaene litigates cases in all fields of IP law and
in several related fields, such as unfair competition law and
media and entertainment law. He is particularly active at the
crossroads between IP law and other fields of law, including
advice on patent income deduction schemes and media and
pharmaceutical regulatory matters. He is frequently interviewed
by Belgian (eg,
De Tijd
) and non-Belgian (eg, Bloomberg)
journalists regarding hot IP topics.
Mr Debaene graduated from the Catholic University of
Leuven and completed an LLM at the Columbia University
School of Law.
In 2012 the
IAM Patent 1000
described the IP Belgian
practice and Mr Debaene as follows: “While the Brussels IP
practice was only created in 2009, it has rapidly proven itself a
force to be reckoned with. Peers attest to its meteoric rise and
clients are ebullient in their praise: ‘We rate its creative and
assertive approach which leads to great results – the team is
proactive, pleasant to work with and provides value for money.’
Mr Debaene spearheads the team, focusing on litigation and
licensing in sectors including electronics, medical devices and
biotechnology. Clients highlight his ‘ability to explain the law in
an accessible manner to engineers, while absorbing complex
technical information from our side and disseminating it
effectively during court proceedings’.”
Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
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+32 2 742 71 00
What clients said
“Stijn Debaene attracts widespread praise for his
sector-specific expertise and hardworking approach.
He stands out for his licensing industry knowledge
and is an efficient and diligent expert.”
“Stijn offers out-of-the-box thinking. He is one of
the best lawyers around.”
“With Stijn’s help, our company was able to have
internationally feared patent trolls ‘bite the dust’.”
“He is the most knowledgeable lawyer I know in
the IP field.”
Debaene, Stijn
Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP – Partner
stijn.debaene@ffw.com | www.ffw.com
Winner – Intellectual Property: Patents, Belgium