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 extensive knowledge of the border measures system in the European Union and 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 personality rights of public figures, including sportsmen.
Olivier is a member of: the ‘Legal & International’ Working Group of the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights; the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA) where he currently serves as Chair of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee; and the International Trade Mark Association (INTA). He is a regular speaker at seminars on IPR enforcement and other IPR-related subjects.
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
"Very talented and available lawyer." – Chambers Europe, 2015
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.