Meet Olivier Vrins

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Olivier Vrins mainly deals with trademark, patent, design and copyright litigation. Described as a “highly skilled IP specialist” (Chambers and Partners) and as “one of the best in Europe in the Customs field” (Managing Intellectual Property), Olivier has gained expertise in a broad range of other IPR-related topics. He also specialises in the field of designations of origin and geographical indications, as well as in the protection of the personality rights of public figures, including sportsmen.

Olivier is Legal Advisor and a member of the Geographical Committee of ECTA.

He is also a member of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA); the International Wine Law Association (AIDV); the Benelux Trade Mark and Design Association (BMM); the editorial board of the BMM Bulletin; and the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property, consisting of experts in intellectual property law appointed by the Federal Government.

Olivier is a regular speaker at seminars on IPR enforcement and other IPR-related subjects and has been retained by WIPO as an international expert in workshops on IP enforcement.

  • LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition (Queen Mary & Westfield College)
  • LL.M. in European Law (University of Ghent)
  • Erasmus Exchange Programme (University of Paris II)
  • Lic. Juris (Université catholique de Louvain – UCL)
  • Olivier is fluent in Dutch, English and French
Selection of publications
  • Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of 12 June 2013 Concerning Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights and Repealing Regulation 1383/2003, International Encyclopedia of Law, 2017
  • Enforcement of intellectual property rights through border measures: law and practice in the EU, Oxford University Press, 2006 (with M. Schneider), second edition, 2012
  • “The EU Policies and Actions in the Fight Against Piracy”, in Prof. P. Torremans and I. Stamatoudi, EU Copyright Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014 & 2020
  • “Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property: The European Union”, in Prof. P. Torremans, Research Handbook on Cross-Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014
What our clients say about us

‘Extensive knowledge. Available, willing and able.‘– Legal 500 EMEA, 2024

He is an excellent lawyer, especially if it’s a very difficult matter and a cross-border matter.’ – Chambers Europe, 2024

He is very humble, approachable and down to earth.’ – Chambers Europe, 2024

Olivier Vrins is my go-to lawyer in Belgium because he is smart and effective.’ – Chambers Europe, 2024

Olivier Vrins is experienced and knowledgeable. He is always up to date, which allows him to provide excellent advice and strategies.’ – Chambers Europe, 2023

Olivier Vrins is among the best in the field of IP practitioners. He is a master of the legal field and is able to explain very complex matters in an easy way.’ – Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

‘Olivier Vrins is a good listener and an extremely effective lawyer. He knows everything there is to know – he is amazing! The go-to-lawyer for many international clients. Very honest too about the chances of an action.’ – Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

‘Olivier Vrins is one of the leading experts in geographical indications law’. – Legal 500 EMEA, 2023

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