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Jurgen Figys

Senior Counsel


Recognized by Legal 500 EMEA as a "next generation lawyer" in Healthcare & Life Sciences.


Jurgen Figys is a senior counsel in Crowell & Moring's Brussels office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Jurgen is one of the few lawyers in Belgium also to be trained as a biomedical scientist. He is therefore able to combine his scientific reasoning with his legal knowledge, a considerable asset in the technology-driven IP field.

Jurgen predominantly works with clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, with a particular focus on complex patent litigation and regulatory advice. He has particular experience in patent litigation with regard to invalidity, third-party opposition proceedings against counterfeit seizure, and preliminary injunction proceedings. His pre-contentious experience includes freedom-to-operate patent analysis and drafting protective letters. Jurgen is also involved in a number of trademark cases, such as parallel import litigation.

Within life sciences, Jurgen provides strategic regulatory advice to pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as national and European industry associations. His experience covers a broad range of regulatory issues like data exclusivity, EU marketing authorizations, pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products, advertising, medical devices, clinical trials, and data. Digital transformation in the health sector is also one of his main focus areas.

Thanks to his scientific background, Jurgen is also able to advise clients on other EU regulatory issues with a technical angle. For example, Jurgen has an impressive, substantive knowledge of REACH through his work for a wide range of U.S. and EU-based clients. He also regularly advises on CLP issues. In addition to providing legal and strategic advice on REACH/CLP compliance, Jurgen is able in particular to assist clients with their more science-driven submissions to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) (preliminary risk assessments of potential chemicals of concern, etc.).

Legal Rankings

Jurgen is ranked as a Rising Star for Healthcare & Life Sciences in Legal 500 EMEA (2020), and has over the last few years been described as a “name to note,” a “key member of the team” and as “standing out.” He is also an IP Rising Star according to Managing IP Magazine (2019) and a Life Sciences’ Rising Star in the LMG Expert Guides (2019).

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring in 2013, Jurgen worked for ten years at the Free University of Brussels as a Ph.D. student and as a director of successive scientific studies for the Belgian Ministry of Defense, performing research on cell metabolism, apoptosis and cancer physiology. The design of a non-natural linear constrained peptide library was one of the main achievements of his project.
Jurgen is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, both on IP and regulatory topics, and teaches a course on patent enforcement to biomedical students at the University of Antwerp. He is also an active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). 

Education

  • Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), M.B.M.S. (2001) magna cum laude
  • Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), LL.M. (2010) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: in Belgium and before the European Court

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"Proposed European Health Data Space Regulation," Health Care Alert (June 13, 2022). Contacts: Sari Depreeuw, Jurgen Figys, Jodi G. Daniel, Nicholas J. Diamond, Patricia L. Wu
Client Alert / Newsletter
Legal 500 EMEA Ranks Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Seven Lawyers (April 13, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
Crowell & Moring Elects 13 New Partners, Promotes Seven to Senior Counsel, and 19 to Counsel (January 3, 2022)
Firm News / Announcement
"Product Safety – Managing the Risks," Crowell & Moring, Webinar. (November 25, 2021). Speakers: Eric Montens and Jurgen Figys.
Speech/Presentation
IAM Ranks Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group in Patent 1000 Gold Band (July 8, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement
Legal 500 EMEA Ranks Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes Seven Lawyers (April 16, 2021)
Firm News / Announcement
IAM Ranks Crowell & Moring's Brussels Intellectual Property Group in Patent 1000 Gold Band (June 15, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
Legal 500 EMEA Recommends Crowell & Moring in 11 Practice Areas and Recognizes 13 Lawyers (April 27, 2020)
Firm News / Announcement
"Avoiding Pesticide Data Compensation Disputes in the EU," Agrow (July 23, 2019). Authors: Peter Gray and Jurgen Figys.
Publication
"Digital Health Roundtable," Brussels, Belgium (April 24, 2019). Moderator: Maarten Stassen. Speakers: Jodi Daniel, Frederik Van Remoortel, Jurgen Figys, Evelina Roegiers, Evi Mattioli, and Judith Bussé.
Speech/Presentation

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