Education

  • Catholic University of Leuven (2001)
  • Ghent University, post academic course in biotechnology (2013)

Admissions

  • Belgium and before the European Court

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Jan-Diederik Lindemans

Partner
jlindemans@crowell.com
+32.2.282.1832
Ranked as one of Belgium's top patent litigators by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) 1000 - The World's Leading Patent Practitioners guide.

When their sensitive information, innovations, or creative efforts are at risk, clients find in Jan-Diederik Lindemans an experienced strategic adviser who can help mitigate risks and ultimately solve the challenges they are facing. While domestic and cross-border litigation is undoubtedly his forte, Jan-Diederik also regularly handles transactional matters, typically related to the science, technology, and media and entertainment industries. With a background in intellectual property and a knack for “impossible” contentious patent and trademark matters, Jan-Diederik today co-leads the largest, most-diverse, and truly full-service tech and IP team in the country.

For more than two decades, Jan-Diederik has helped his clients achieve business-oriented solutions to often strategically crucial issues within and outside the court room. Through secondments and external general counsel positions at clients, Jan-Diederik has honed a talent for striking the right balance between a legally correct and business-sound solution and the often very complex or delicate issues that clients face. His international professional network has been described by clients as “pure gold” and has enabled Jan-Diederik to deliver his clients tailor-made solutions around the globe.   

Jan-Diederik is a partner in Crowell’s Brussels office. As a litigator, he most often defends his clients’ interests in ex partepreliminary, and permanent injunction proceedings and in accelerated and standard proceedings on the merits. He has dealt with issues relating to IP, trade secrets, unfair competition, and other contentious matters. Jan-Diederik is also often consulted by clients in pretrial  matters, such as pretrial discovery (saisie-contrefaçon), trade secrets compliance, and anticounterfeiting strategy. He further advises on noncontentious matters relating to licensing or transferring IP, (re)structuring IP portfolios, joint ventures, and other types of creative/technological collaborations.

Jan-Diederik’s focus is on legal advice that has an immediate impact on his clients’ businesses (e.g., product recall avoidance or opposition proceedings in relation to access to confidential information).

For his clients in the chemical, life sciences, and biotechnology sectors, Jan-Diederik has, among other actions, filed protective letters and represented clients in complex patent validity proceedings (often involving cross-border issues). His clients in entertainment and the media call on him to advise on negotiations as well as rely on him to defend their various IP rights (relating to on- and off-screen talent, content production and licensing, collecting societies, and more). For clients in the fashion industry, Jan-Diederik has assisted with their IP portfolios and represented them in commercial disputes, distribution, counterfeiting matters, search and seizure, and EU-wide or national border measures.



Affiliations

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Brussels Bar Association
  • Belgian Association for Copyright
  • International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)
  • ICC Commission on Intellectual Property
  • ICC Task Force on Trade Secrets
  • Amcham EU Intellectual Property Committee


Representative Matters

  • Defended leading pharmaceutical companies in preliminary injunction proceedings regarding generic versions of blockbuster medicinal products.
  • Defended a multinational active in the sweetener industry in ‘bet the company’ all-or-nothing third-party opposition proceedings against a direct competitor involving six appearances before the Belgian Supreme Court.
  • Executed the largest counterfeit seizure within the Benelux area on behalf of a producer of animal feed additives and upheld the client’s patent and trade secret rights in proceedings on the merits.
  • Initiated cease and desist proceedings against a multinational electronics manufacturer for breach of the terms of use of advertising material produced by the client.
  • Brought proceedings against the tabloid press on behalf of a well-known performer and his family in connection with the unauthorized use of images.
  • Defended shoe manufacturers against copyright and trademark claims by competitors relating to both orthopedic and high-end luxury shoes.


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June 30, 2022 IAM Ranks Crowell & Moring in Patent 1000 2022
April 13, 2022 Legal 500 EMEA Ranks Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Seven Lawyers
March 18, 2022 Chambers Ranks Five Crowell Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2022 Europe Guide
March 7, 2022 World Trademark Review Ranks Crowell & Moring in WTR 1000
July 8, 2021 IAM Ranks Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group in Patent 1000 Gold Band
April 16, 2021 Legal 500 EMEA Ranks Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Seven Lawyers
March 24, 2021 Chambers Ranks Seven Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2021 Europe Guide
February 22, 2021 World Trademark Review Ranks Crowell & Moring in WTR 1000
June 15, 2020 IAM Ranks Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group in Patent 1000 Gold Band
April 27, 2020 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes 13 Lawyers
April 9, 2020 Chambers Ranks Seven Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2020 Europe Guide
March 6, 2020 Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review Recognize Crowell & Moring Brussels Intellectual Property Group
June 12, 2019 IAM Patent 1000 Recommends Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group
April 16, 2019 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes 14 Lawyers
March 21, 2019 Chambers Ranks 7 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 6 Practice Groups in 2019 Europe Edition
June 28, 2018 IAM Patent 1000 Recommends Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Intellectual Property Group
April 25, 2018 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Three Individuals
March 13, 2018 Chambers Ranks Six Lawyers and Six Practice Groups Among Best in 2018 Europe Guide
May 11, 2017 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 12 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Leading Individuals List
May 5, 2016 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Elite List
June 24, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group Named to IAM's Patent 1000
February 9, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Brussels Office Elects New Partner and Welcomes the Appointment of a New Senior Counsel
January 2, 2015 Crowell & Moring Elects Six New Partners and Promotes Eight Associates to Counsel
April 10, 2014 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Six Practice Areas and Names Three Attorneys to Elite List
April 1, 2013 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Seven Practice Areas and Names Three Attorneys to Elite List
April 6, 2012 Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in Six Practice Areas and Names Two Attorneys to Elite Leading Lawyers List
January 11, 2010 Crowell & Moring Elects Four New Partners and Promotes Eight Attorneys to Counsel Positions