Luxembourg is an important jurisdiction for many of
our clients. It is the seat of the EU Court of Justice, before which our
lawyers regularly represent clients in competition and IP law (CJEU) cases, as
well as in cases based on EU law in general.
is also the site of the new Unified Patent Court (UPC), Court of Appeal and
Registry. The creation of the Unitary Patent and the UPC represent the most wide ranging and significant change to patent law across Europe in 40 years.
The Luxembourg office opening uniquely gives Bird & Bird the broadest coverage of any law firm in terms of patent litigation experts in the countries where the UPC will initially be functioning, consisting of specialist patent litigators in the location of the Court of Appeal and 12 of the 16 initial local, regional and central divisions of the Court together with the ability of our UPC team to handle proceedings in the other 4 divisions. As Europe's leading experts in patent law - we have been named Managing IP's IP Law Firm of the Decade - Europe and as the global leader for intellectual property in the latest PLC Which Lawyer: Super League – we are ideally placed to help you understand how the changes will impact on your existing patent portfolios, patent licenses and licensing strategies and to review your procedures to ensure you maximise their commercial value under the new regime.
Luxembourg also plays a significant role in the banking and finance world and in effective corporate structures and private tax planning. Our lawyers regularly work with Luxembourg-based clients who invest across Europe and have developed a selected network of corresponding firms to help us deal with specific aspects of Luxembourg law.
For more information, please contact Paul Hermant. More specifically for UPC questions, please contact Morag Macdonald or Wouter Pors, for Banking & Finance questions Stefano Febbi and for tax questions Willem Bongaerts or Brent Springael.