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 has been elected as the Chair of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA). He is also a member of the Geographical Committee of ECTA; 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; the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property. He 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.
Olivier is the author of the book Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of 12 June 2013 Concerning Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights and Repealing Regulation 1383/2003 (Kluwer: International Encyclopedia of Laws, 2017) and the co-editor of the book Enforcement of IPRs through Border measures. Law and Practice in the EU (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2012).
Olivier Vrins is recognised as "an outstanding individual" within the Belgian market. - Chambers Europe, 2020
"Olivier Vrins is an outstanding thinker and partner in business." - Legal 500, 2020
Clients report that he is "a very complete and well-structured lawyer." - Chambers Europe, 2019
"His knowledge of IP, regulatory and litigation is outstanding. He is a true gem among EU lawyers." – IP Stars, 2017
One impressed client describes him as "one of the smartest lawyers I've ever worked with - outstanding. He is a good listener and provides high-quality input." – Chambers Europe, 2016
Listed in the Hall of Fame - Legal 500, 2018.
Winner of the Intellectual Property, Trademarks category for Belgium - ILO Client Choice Awards 2017
- LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition (Queen Mary & Westfield College)
- LL.M. in European Law (Universiteit Gent)
- Erasmus Exchange Programme (Université de Paris II)
- Lic. Juris (Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve)
Selection of publications
"The EU Policies and Actions in the Fight Against Piracy", in Prof. P. Torremans and I. Stamatoudi, EU Copyright Law, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014, 799-945.
"Enforcement of intellectual property rights through border measures: law and practice in the EU", Oxford University Press, 2006 (with M. Schneider), second edition, 2012, 1286 p.