Kristof Roox

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 Partner Brussels
kroox@crowell.com
Phone: +32.2.282.1843
7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels, B - 1000
Belgium

Kristof Roox is co-managing partner of Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office. He is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group and focuses on IP litigation, and in particular on complex patent litigation in the life sciences sector. With 25 years’ experience, Kristof has an impressive reputation before the Belgian civil and administrative courts, and before regulatory authorities. He is also widely respected for his pragmatic and creative approach to solving business disputes and for his to-the-point counselling.

In addition to traditional IP litigation and counselling, Kristof is widely recognized for his thought leadership in relation to the regulatory aspects of life sciences. He advises companies and trade associations on launch and marketing strategies, parallel imports, promotional practices, rebates, pricing and reimbursement, distribution models, OTC products, health care reforms, competition law aspects, etc.

Furthermore, Kristof is an experienced litigator across a broad range of commercial and civil matters, covering all aspects of dispute resolution including arbitration. With his deep knowledge of private international law issues, he often tackles complex multi-jurisdictional questions and he is reputed for his broad knowledge of procedural law issues.

Representative Matters:

  • Regularly represents several major international (generic) pharmaceutical companies in patent infringement and invalidity litigation.
  • Represents several clients in parallel import cases.
  • Represented a client in a dispute regarding a new type of shock absorber for cars.
  • Represents a major Belgian cable network provider in one of the most important copyright cases in Belgium regarding “direct injection,” “simulcasting” and “all rights included” contracts.
  • Represents an association of music festivals in a major dispute concerning copyright royalties and abuse of dominance.
  • Represented the Belgian government in high-profile litigation concerning the alleged non-respect of several court orders.
  • Represents software manufacturers in licensing disputes.
  • Represents a client in a white collar crime / public procurement matter.

Legal Rankings:

  • Personally ranked in Chambers Europe for Intellectual Property and for Life Sciences.
    • “intelligent, creative and passionate about the job” (2019)
    • “highly available and very creative in finding solutions” (2018)
    • “the patent guy for Belgium at the moment”; “streetwise”, he “knows how to approach a judge and how to win a case” (2017)
    • an “experienced attorney who makes very good arguments in court” (2016)
    • “innovative, pragmatic and very easy to work with” (2015)
    • “He really takes a client’s point and fights their corner in litigation” (2014)
    • “An extremely capable practitioner at the helm of a marvellous team” (2012)
    • a "superb lawyer, always practical and efficient” (2011)
    • known for "vigorously defending his clients’ interests,” and his “clear writing style and commercial approach” (2010)
    • a "pragmatic lawyer with a significant presence," who is "excellent: very hands-on and no-nonsense" (2009)

  • Leading Individual in Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property, EU Regulatory: Pharma, Medical Devices and Biotechnology and Industry Focus: Healthcare and Life Sciences.
    • “vastly experience”, “fantastic as an advocate and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in” (2019)
    • “Great professionals Kristof Roox and Jan-Diederik Lindemans ‘form a phenomenal duo’” (2018)
    • “a fierce litigator, who never gives up” (2016)
    • “a strong advocate who knows how to present a case to the court” (2016)
    • “brilliant in court” and able to “think outside the box” (2013)
    • of Kristof Roox and Jan-Diederik Lindemans: “their creative and bold tandem is an extremely efficient engine that drives a very capable practice” (2012)

  • Gold ranking in IAM Patent 1000.
    • he has encyclopaedic knowledge and phenomenal experience” and “he is a fierce fighter with excellent advocacy skills” (2019)
    • he “is a true fighter, making life difficult for opponents and easier for clients. A perceptive litigator, he picks up on important details that others have overlooked. Held in the highest regard by corporate counsel, he doesn’t waste words, quickly forming a clear and insightful opinion in the shortest of timeframes.” (2018)
    • “a superb trial lawyer celebrated for his forceful arguments and tactical insight” (2017)
    • “Heavyweight litigator” he “is a real fighter who can make your life difficult on the other side, especially if you are trying to make a procedural case. His clients believe in him and stick with him through thick and thin, and he has been able to pull out precedential results” (2016)
    • He “takes the bull by the horns and really argues the substance of the case” (2015)
    • a “sharp-shooting litigator” he is “a very tough opponent – efficient, tenacious and incredibly focused on achieving results. He stands out, even within the gold category” (2014)
    • “a real leader in the field of contentious patent suits” (2013)

  • Recognized as a leading trademark professional by World Trademark Review.
    • a “tough opponent”, he “proves his mettle time and time again in complex cross-border disputes (2019)
    • “versatile IP litigator”, “possesses fine-grained knowledge of life sciences” (2018)

  • Recognized since 2014 as a patent “IP Star” in Managing IP Magazine.
    • “praised by his peers for his strong litigation skills” (2018)
    • “picked out for his litigations skills” (2017)
    • “a well-respected practitioner in the Belgian IP community and noted for proficiency in patent litigation” (2016)
    • “singled out for praise by competitors” (2015)

  • Listed as a trailblazer for Intellectual Property in the National Law Journal (2018).
  • Recognized by Leaders League as a Leading Partner in Patent Litigation.
  • Recommended since 2007 in Legal Media Group Expert Guidesand in several editions of the Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts.
  • Recognized by Who’s Who Legal for patents and life sciences.

Previous assistant professor for private international law at the University of Ghent, Kristof now teaches IP law at the University of Liège. He is a frequent public speaker and the author of many articles on IP and private international law. He is on the editorial board of IRDI, a leading Belgian journal on IP matters, and an active member of various national and international IP associations, including the Council for Intellectual Property, an advisory body to the Belgian Government.



Affiliations

Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

Other Affiliations
Member of the Council for Intellectual Property
Maître de conférences, Université de Liège

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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
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Jun.28.2018 IAM Patent 1000 Recommends Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Intellectual Property Group
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Mar.13.2018 Chambers Ranks Six Lawyers and Six Practice Groups Among Best in 2018 Europe Guide
Mar.01.2018 Crowell & Moring Partner Kristof Roox Named a National Law Journal 2018 Intellectual Property Trailblazer
May.11.2017 Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Recommends Crowell & Moring in 12 Practice Areas and Names Three Lawyers to Leading Individuals List
Apr.26.2017 Thomas De Meese Named Co-Managing Partner of Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office, Joining Kristof Roox
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