Gunther Meyer

Senior Counsel
Phone: +
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000

Gunther Meyer is a senior counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office. A member of the Intellectual Property Group, he litigates and advises on all types of IP rights, transfers of technology, and trade secrets (including knowhow protection). He is a recognized practitioner and thought leader in the IP bar. With nearly 20 years of experience, he counsels companies, both Belgian and multinational clients, in a variety of sectors, including pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His practice also supports clients regarding trademarks and licensing.

Gunther regularly handles Belgian and cross-border disputes and litigation, including complex patent cases. He advises clients on non-contentious work, including negotiating and drafting licensing, R&D, consortium, and other IP collaboration agreements. Gunther also has significant experience in Belgian, EU, and international regulatory matters in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices sectors. For many years, he has advised companies from these sectors on contentious and non-contentious IP matters (such as patents, SPCs, and trademarks). He has been involved in many landmark patent/SPC litigation cases and cases relating to parallel import of medicines in Belgium.

Representative Matters:

  • Advised several clients in (invalidity and/or infringement) proceedings in patent court cases in Belgium.
  • Advised clients in several design/copyright cases.
  • Advised several clients in several trademark contentious and non-contentious matters.
  • Advised clients in negotiating and drafting IP agreements.
  • Advised a biotech company on the extension of the bolar and research exemption in Belgium.
  • Advised different pharmaceutical companies before the disciplinary organs of in proceedings on the publicity for medicines.
  • Advised different pharmaceutical and medical devices companies on issues of advertisements, benefits, and/or advantages promised.
  • Advised pharmaceutical companies concerning Belgian market entry procedures and conditions and pricing/reimbursement.

Legal Rankings:

  • Chambers Europe (2018) for Intellectual Property:

    Gunther “is commended by sources for his ‘many years of experience and expertise in the field of intellectual property and his hands-on advice.’ He is particularly knowledgeable about domain names, licensing agreements and copyrights, with further skill in trade mark registrations.”

  • Chambers Europe (2018) for Life Sciences:

    Gunther “has a strong focus on intellectual property and patent law in the life sciences sector.” He “advises clients from the agricultural, food and cosmetics industries on licensing agreements, data protection, and pricing reimbursement matters. Commentators say that Meyer ‘has the ability to explain difficult concepts in a comprehensive way.’”

  • Chambers Europe (2017) for Life Sciences:

    Gunther “assists clients with both complex regulatory issues and IP matters involving the life sciences sector. Clients note: ‘He is client-oriented, responsive and a creative thinker. He has the rare asset of being able to deal with and explain complex situations.’”

Gunther is a regular speaker and author of several publications in his field of practice. He is also a member of the most important associations and organizations in the field of IP rights (such as AIPPI, ALAI, BMM, ECTA, EPLAW, INTA, and LES Benelux) and he is on the editorial board of the most prestigious Belgian law review on Intellectual Property (Revue de droit intellectuel - L'ingénieur conseil/Tijdschrift intellectuele eigendom - Intellectual Property (Ing.-Cons.)). He is also a panelist in “.eu” and “.be” ADR proceedings and was previously an assistant professor of business law at Vesalius College in Brussels.


Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Trade Secrets and Whistle Blowers," IJE/IBJ Deep Dive, Brussels, Belgium (December 5, 2019). Speakers: Jan-Diederik Lindemans, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Gunther Meyer, Judith Bussé, and Evelien Jamaels.

Firm News & Announcements

Jun.12.2019 IAM Patent 1000 Recommends Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group
Apr.16.2019 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes 14 Lawyers
Mar.21.2019 Chambers Ranks 7 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 6 Practice Groups in 2019 Europe Edition
Sep.26.2018 Experienced IP Lawyer Gunther Meyer Joins Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office