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Ellen Desnyder

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7, Rue Joseph Stevens
Brussels B-1000

Ellen Desnyder is an associate at Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. She handles both contentious and non-contentious matters covering the whole IP spectrum (patents, trademarks, copyrights, registered designs, etc.).

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Ellen conducted several internships at renowned law firms in Brussels in their IP and Corporate departments.

In 2018, she obtained a general LL.M. from McGill University. In the course thereof, she participated in a moot court concerning the revision of the Canadian Copyright Act. Ellen earned her J.D. from KU Leuven, where she focused on economic and European law. Her master’s thesis evolved around the European Trade Secrets Directive. Ellen also studied for one year in France (Montpellier) through the Erasmus exchange program.

Ellen is a native Dutch speaker and is fluent in English and French.

Ellen became a member of the Brussels bar in September 2018.


  • Catholic University of Leuven, J.D. (2017) cum laude
  • McGill University, LL.M. (2018)


Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

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"Gathering evidence of trade secret infringement in Belgium: towards discovery-like measures?," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (May 27, 2021). Authors: Jan-Diederik Lindemans and Ellen Desnyder.
"Copyright in the Digital Age: The Current State of Affairs," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 13, 2020). Presenters: Judith Bussé and Ellen Desnyder.
"The European Copyright Directive: Ready for the Digital Age?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 12, 2020). Presenters: Judith Bussé and Ellen Desnyder.
"Belgian Supreme Court Rules: Creative Use of the Law is Insufficient Ground for Lawyers to Claim Copyright Protection on Work Product," IP Insights (July 27, 2020). Contacts: Jan-Diederik Lindemans, Ellen Desnyder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"EU’s Top Court Confirms Copyright for Design, but Looking Good Will Not Do the Trick," IP Insights (September 17, 2019). Contacts: Judith Bussé, Ellen Desnyder
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Een nieuw wapen in de strijd tegen Fashion Fashion copycats," FashionUnited (December 18, 2018). Authors: Judith Bussé and Ellen Desnyder.
"De nieuwe Wet Bedrijfsgeheimen onthuld," Actua Leges, n° 2018/77 (2018). Authors: Ellen Desnyder and Jan-Diederik Lindemans.

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