Benoit has an excellent reputation as a strategical and tactical lawyer capable of integrating the relevant legal, business and human elements both in litigation and transactional work
Benoit is a partner in our Intellectual Property practice, based in Brussels. He leads our Dispute Resolution and Tech & Comms practices in Belgium.
He has exceptional expertise in counseling clients on issues that require the coordination and integration of a variety of legal solutions, such as intellectual property (IP), information technology, media, sport, competition and telecommunications issues. He advises on non contentious and contentious matters in front of arbitral tribunals and both national and EU courts.
Benoit has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating complex IP and information and communications technology (ICT) contracts and licensing, as well as dealing with related litigation, including public procurement and distribution. His practice also encompasses copyright, trademarks, design law, unfair trade practice, data protection, sport and media law.
Benoit has also successfully conducted matters with the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and lobbied public authorities in the context of CJEU procedures and legislative processes.
Benoit writes and speaks widely on IP/ICT related subjects. He is a guest lecturer at the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel on contracts and IP/IT, and at the University of Lyon II (France) on various IP and media subjects. He acts as a substitute commercial judge and mediator/arbitrator at the World Intellectual Property Office and gives master classes on outsourcing contracts.
Benoit is one of the twelve expert members of the Belgian Council of Intellectual Property which is a body that advises the Government on new IP legislation.
Benoit studied law at the University of Brussels. He also holds a DAAD diploma from the University of Tübingen and a LL.M. from the University of Cambridge. He has been a member of the Brussels bar since 1984.
He speaks French, English, Dutch and German.