Bruno Vandermeulen



Bruno is a Belgian IP litigation lawyer, practicing intellectual property law in Brussels since 1990. Bruno is head of the intellectual property department of the Brussels office. Bruno graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain in 1988 and holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M) from the University of Georgia.

Bruno practices in Dutch, French and English. He has experience in all types of intellectual property litigation and has obtained various published case law decisions in patents, trade marks, design right and copyright. Bruno has acquired unique experience in the Belgian cross-border patent litigation disputes and has published extensively about this subject in Patent World, the World Intellectual Property Report, Managing Intellectual Property, Les Nouvelles and Belgian and French legal journals.

Bruno focuses his practice on drafting and negotiation licence agreements, conducting intellectual property due diligences, litigating patents and trade marks, and advising clients on cross-border litigation strategies in Belgium and Europe.

Bruno is past President of the Benelux Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and counsel to the Board of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI). Bruno is also a member of the Belgian AIPPI and the Belgian Group of the International League of Competition Law (LIDC). Bruno is an arbitrator with the Belgian domain name dispute resolution center Cepani. He is also a member of the editorial board with the Belgian legal journal "Intellectuele rechten/Droits Intellectuels" (IRDI).

Bruno's practice is recognised by the EURO LEGAL 500 directory; it has been ranked in the top tier in 2001 and 2002 with the following comments:

"Bird & Bird has established itself firmly in the top rank of IP law firms in Belgium." (2001)

"Department head, Bruno Vandermeulen at Bird & Bird is recommended for IP litigation. The team has built on the reputation of the UK brand, but is gaining a reputation in its own right acting for international clients". (2002)

"Worldleader 2004 Award for best contribution to patent litigation"


Law degree, Katholieke Universiteit  Leuven, Brussels 1988

Master’s degree in law (L.L.M), University of Georgia, USA, 1989

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