Louis Puts

Belgium

LMBD Prioux
Terhulpensesteenweg 177 / 7
1170 Brussels
Belgium

Tel: +322 663 28 70

Email: louis.puts@lmbd.be
Web: www.lmbdprioux.be

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.

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 regularly:

  • 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.
Intellectual property rights are among a company’s most important immaterial assets and as such show a significant intrinsic value. Putting these assets to a correct and efficient use and enforcing them where necessary is key not only to ensuring the proper functioning of a company’s commercial activities, but also to safeguarding both its own repute and position on the market as well as that of the products and services it offers.

LMBD Prioux’ intellectual property department offers full-range legal assistance in the field of trademarks, copyright, designs, utility models, patents, geographical indications and designations of origin, both in contentious as well as non-contentious matters. In addition to managing IP rights, our attorneys have a strong expertise in IP enforcement matters including anti-piracy and counterfeiting, customs border measures, parallel import and cross-border injunctions. We have excellent working relationships with customs and law enforcement officers, whom we deal with on a regular basis.

Our lawyers have significant in-depth knowledge and a sound commercial understanding of a business’ needs and the specificities of the industry they work in. Clients represented range from leading global corporations to mid-sized companies and start-ups in any business or technological sector.

At LMBD Prioux, we aim to provide our clients with legal services of the highest quality, to assist them to achieve their business objectives in an efficient, effective and economically justified manner, and to observe the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and fair business dealing.

We pursue these objectives through a relentless focus on quality and excellence.

We achieve same not only by continuous knowledge management, training and research, but also by being active as legal authors, by holding teaching positions at university and by official appointments, such as deputy judge in the Brussels commercial court, and by attaching particular attention to hiring and training of our associates.

In order to maintain our quality levels, we focus on a limited amount of legal specializations, combined with profound insight in the industries we serve and with our reputed language capabilities (English, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and German). Subject to our clients’ consent and depending on a matter’s requirements, we may call upon an international network of trusted foreign correspondents.

Our flexible structure and in-depth knowledge of business law allows us to react expeditiously to our clients’ needs. Our personal service ensures that we can be reached at all times by our clients and to have them assisted by professional attorneys who speak their language.

By combining our legal expertise with being innovative, progressive and adaptable to changing circumstances and with understanding our clients’ industries, economic environments and particular needs, we optimize our services in order to achieve best results.

“Louis Puts of LMBD Prioux heads the firm’s IP department and offers expertise in various IP matters, including trade secrets, unfair competition and licensing. He also has a proven track record in trade marks, patents and copyright infringement litigation.”
Chambers & Partners, 2018