Partner - Crowell & Moring
Kristof Roox serves as co-managing partner of the firm's Brussels office. He specializes in intellectual property (IP) litigation in a variety of technological and commercial fields, with a particular focus on complex patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. He has been involved in a number of cases concerning parallel litigation in several jurisdictions and European cross-border issues. He further advises on many aspects of intellectual property portfolio management, including licensing, protection of trade and domain names, trade secrets, combating counterfeiting and piracy, broadcasting and cable retransmission, technology transfer and strategic IP planning. He has also extensive experience in a wide variety of media law issues.
In addition to traditional IP litigation and counseling, Kristof is widely recognized for his thought leadership in the regulatory aspects of life sciences. He advises clients on regulatory, IP and commercial issues, including launch and marketing strategies, food supplements, pharmaceutical marketing practices, pricing and reimbursement, distribution models, OTC-products, competition law aspects, etc. Kristof also litigated several high profile cases before the Belgian's highest Administrative Court (Raad van State) challenging/defending Government reforms of the healthcare system, parallel import authorizations, marketing authorizations, etc. He also assists clients in procedures before the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA), the Ethical Healthplatform Mdeon and the Deontological and Pharmaceutical Ethics Committee. Kristof has also experience with (referrals to) Co-ordination Group for Mutual Recognition and Decentralized Procedures, autogeneric immunological veterinary medicinal product, etc. Furthermore, he advises and represents leading trade associations in the life sciences sector.
Kristof is a very experienced litigator in general commercial and civil matters, covering all aspects of dispute resolution including arbitration. As a specialist in private international law issues, he often deals with complex multi-jurisdictional questions. He is reputed for his knowledge of judicial and procedural law issues.
Kristof is a qualified lawyer in Belgium and received a law degree cum laude at the Free University of Brussels in 1994. He also obtained a master of laws (LL.M) in intellectual property law at the University of London (Queen Mary and Westfield College) in 1996. Kristof is admitted at the Brussels bar since 1994. In 1998 he became an assistant professor private international law at the University of Gent. He also lectures on various IP topics in several educational institutions, such as patent law at the University of Liège (LL.M in European competition and IP law).
He is a frequent speaker at professional and academic conferences and published several articles on intellectual property and private international law matters. He is on the editorial board of IRDI, a leading Belgian journal on intellectual property matters. He is also an active member of various national and international intellectual property associations.