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Kristof Roox


Pharmaceutical and life sciences companies often have to deal with complex patent litigation. They require help from someone with a pragmatic, creative approach, and this is Kristof Roox’s particular strength. Clients reach out to Kristof for his tenacity in the courtroom as well as his to-the-point counseling on every aspect of intellectual property law.

In addition to his deep knowledge of IP matters, Kristof offers valuable thought leadership in relation to the regulatory aspects of life sciences. He advises manufacturers of both generic and originator products on launch and marketing strategies, parallel imports, promotional practices, rebates, pricing and reimbursement, distribution models, OTC products, health care reforms, and competition law aspects.

Kristof is an experienced litigator across a broad range of commercial and civil matters, covering all aspects of dispute resolution, including arbitration. He is often asked to answer complex multijurisdictional questions, and he is well known for his deep understanding of private international law and procedural issues. Kristof practices before the Belgian civil and administrative courts, the Belgian regulatory authorities, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Kristof is a former assistant professor of private international law at the University of Ghent and IP law at the University of Liège. He is a frequent public speaker and guest lecturer and the author of many articles on IP and private international law. Kristof is on the editorial board of IRDI, a leading Belgian journal on IP matters, and is an active member of various national and international IP associations, including the Council for Intellectual Property, an advisory body to the Belgian government.

Kristof is co-manager of Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office.


  • Heilig-Hartcollege, Maasmechelen (1989)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Licentiate degree Law (1994)
  • Queen Mary University of London, LL.M Intellectual Property Law (1996)


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Intellectual Property Council, section Industrial Propert, Belgian Government, FPS Economy
  • Editorial Board, IRDI
  • Board of Governors, University of Brussels Law Alumni

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Dispute Resolution (Brussels)

Intellectual Property (Brussels)

Health Care

Trademarks and Designs (Brussels)

Copyright (Brussels)

Pharmaceutical and Biologics Litigation

Patents (Brussels)

Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (Brussels)

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Life Sciences

  • Regularly represents several major international pharmaceutical companies in patent infringement and invalidity litigation.
  • Represents several clients in parallel import cases.
  • Represented a client in a dispute regarding a new type of shock absorber for cars.
  • Represents a major Belgian cable network provider in one of the most important copyright cases in Belgium regarding “direct injection,” “simulcasting” and “all rights included” contracts.
  • Represents an association of music festivals in a major dispute concerning copyright royalties and abuse of dominance.
  • Represented the Belgian government in high-profile litigation concerning the alleged non-respect of several court orders.
  • Represents software manufacturers in licensing disputes.
  • Represents a client in a white collar crime / public procurement matter.
Chambers Ranks Six Crowell Lawyers and Four Practice Groups in 2023 Europe Guide (March 20, 2023)
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World Trademark Review Ranks Crowell & Moring in WTR 1000 2023 Guide (February 9, 2023)
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“How Value Added Medicines (VAMs) can deliver more accessible off-patent innovation in Europe” 4th Value Added Medicines Conference Medicines for Europe, Brussels (November 30, 2022). Co-presenter: Kristof Roox
"European Court of Justice Issues Landmark Judgments Regarding Trademark Enforcement in Parallel Imports of Generic Pharmaceuticals: No Repackaging/Rebranding as the Originator Reference Product," Intellectual Property Bullet Analyses (November 29, 2022). Contacts: Kristof Roox, Jurgen Figys, Matteo Mariano
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"Unveiling the Complexity of the Belgian MedTech Legal Landscape," Life Sciences Alert (November 17, 2022). Contacts: Kristof Roox, Jurgen Figys, Wietse Vanpoucke
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IAM Ranks Crowell & Moring in Patent 1000 2022 (June 30, 2022)
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“Pharmaceutical and IP Legislation Reviews: the Focus on Timely Access” and “Bolar and Patent linkage in the EU Member States”, 16th Legal Affairs Conference Medicines for Europe, Sitges (June 29, 2022). Co-presenter: Kristof Roox
U.S. Law Firm Crowell & Moring Confirms Its Europe Expansion Through Its Brussel Office Leaders League (June 23, 2022)
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Crowell & Moring Adds Veteran Disputes Partner In Brussels From Allen & Overy The Global Legal Post (June 22, 2022)
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Experienced International Disputes Lawyer Werner Eyskens Joins Crowell & Moring’s Brussels Office (June 21, 2022)
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