Washington, DC, Jan. 30, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – How…

Washington, DC, Jan. 30, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP has announced that Carl De Meyer, a leader in Intellectual Property law, will join the firm’s Brussels office, adding an IP practice group to Howrey’s Brussels competition practice.

Mr. De Meyer headed the IP Department at Linklaters De Bandt in Brussels. His practice includes national and international patent litigation and all aspects of trademarks and copyrights.

Howrey currently has two European IP offices: in Amsterdam, headed by Professor Willem Hoyng and in London, headed by Isabel Davies. Both Professor Hoyng and Ms. Davies are consistently ranked among Europe’s top IP practitioners.

In announcing Mr. De Meyer’s appointment, Howrey Managing Partner and CEO, Robert F. Ruyak said: “Our strategic plan has called all along for us to expand our Brussels office to include intellectual property. The appointment of Carl De Meyer to head it, combines his expertise with Howrey’s depth in IP.”

John DeQ. Briggs, Chair of Howrey’s Antitrust Practice Group, emphasized that: “ We do a very large amount of work at the interface of IP and Antitrust; this addition to our Brussels office will strengthen our global capabilities in this critical area to the benefit of our clients.” Howrey was recently named top IP practice in the United States, by IP Law & Business, and the top Antitrust and Competition practice by The Global Competition Review

Professor Hoyng, Managing Partner of Howrey’s Amsterdam office, noted that, “Mr. De Meyer’s reputation within the IP bar makes him the perfect choice to head our expanded IP practice in Brussels. He is a first class IP litigator and we are pleased that he has joined us.”

Trevor Soames, Managing Partner of the Brussels office added: “Mr. De Meyer is an acknowledged IP expert and we very much welcome the addition of a substantive and highly regarded IP practice to our existing and growing competition practice. IP is a crucial part of the firm’s practice in its own right but also it has a strong relationship with competition and we believe that there are significant synergies that can be developed to the benefit of the firm and the office.”

Mr. De Meyer expressed enthusiasm for his new position. “I look forward to working with Willem and the other excellent Howrey lawyers to continue to build a strong European IP practice.”

According to Mr. Soames, after Mr. De Meyer joins the firm the Brussels office (which opened in 2002) will have 19 attorneys, 2 affiliated economists and several paralegals. ‘Howrey continues to grow and invest in our Brussels office. The addition of Mr. De Meyer, is an excellent example of the first class attorneys Howrey continues to attract. We welcome him to Howrey.”

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CARL DE MEYER is head of Intellectual Property at the Brussels office of Howrey Simon Arnold & White. He is one of Europe’s foremost IP lawyers, specialising in patent and trade mark litigation.

His experience covers national and international patent litigation, all aspects of trade marks and copyrights, and also unfair competition and competition law. He represents clients in all major industry sectors, in particular pharmaceutical and biotech companies, food manufacturers, toy manufacturers, publishers, producers of electronic equipment and other consumer product manufacturers. Amongst others, he obtained a landmark decision relating to a 3D Community Trade Mark and he also conducted a high profile cross border contributory patent infringement case.

Recent publications include an article on cross border injunctions, an analysis of the ECJ case law on the free movement principle and intellectual property rights, a study on the trade mark related provisions of TRIPS, an article on the likelihood of confusion criterion to assess trade mark infringement, a study of jurisdictional aspects in patent litigation, and an analysis of contributory patent infringement.

Mr. De Meyer earned an LL.M. from Georgetown University and a Dr. Jur. from Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) He was also Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven from 1981 till 1984. Prior to joining Howrey, Mr. De Meyer was head of Linklaters De Bandt’s Intellectual Property Department.

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