Michaël De Vroey is a senior associate in the IP Practice Group in the Antwerp office. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2011, Michaël worked for a local Belgian top tier firm and was seconded during a year to a multinational pharmaceutical company.
Michaël advises multinationals and SMEs on various aspects of Belgian and EU law, and defends their interests before the courts.
Representative Legal Matters
- Defended 15 companies of a major medical technology group in an infringement action and a subsequent damage action brought by a competitor for infringement of a patent covering a "needle guard assembly for hypodermic needles."
- Represented a British Consumer Goods & Retail company in two trade mark infringement and unfair competition proceedings against a local competitor for putting a look-alike product on the market.
- Defended a manufacturer of household appliances in a design infringement claim brought by a Dutch technology company for infringement of its design rights in a new type of fryer.
- Replaced the Legal Counsel of Unilever Benelux during an eight-month secondment and advising the Business and Management on all legal issues, including marketing, IP, compliance, regulatory, product liability, contracts, etc.
- Advised an American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation on the protection of biotechnological inventions as trade secrets under EU law.
- Advised an American multinational technology company on digital broadcasting rights and music licensing requirements under Belgian media law.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- IE-forum.be - Member of the Editorial Board
- The Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs (BMM) - Member
- The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) - Member
- The Belgian National Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (BNVBIE) - Member
- Antwerp~Belgium (2008)
- King's College London (LLM Intellectual Property Law) (2008)
- University of Antwerp (Law Degree, cum laude) (2007)
Co-author, "Mode & Recht," Intersentia, 2018
Co-author, "Arbitration Yearbook," Baker McKenzie 2012-2018
Co-author, "IP Eye on anti-counterfeiting," Baker McKenzie 2012-2018
Co-author, "Global Patent Litigation Handbook," Baker McKenzie 2015/2017
Co-author, "Global Trade Secrets Handbook," Baker McKenzie 2017