Carina Gommers

Partner

Carina’s practice covers litigation regarding intellectual property rights, including trademarks and designs. Carina also has extensive experience regarding customs counterfeit seizures.

Carina currently is the Second Vice-President of ECTA. Carina is also the Belgian editor of the JIPLP, the BMM Bulletin and IEForum.be. In addition, she is a CEPANI approved arbitrator for domain-name disputes.

Since qualifying she has worked on several high-profile cases, representing clients including Thomas Cook, Amazon, Philips, Supergroup, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble and Wolters Kluwer.

  • REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS
    • Rituals v. Casa. Descriptive seizure and proceedings on the merits regarding infringing products commercialised by Casa.
    • Vlisco v. Belgozim. Descriptive seizure and proceedings on the merits regarding infringing was fabrics.
    • Secrid v. Griffe. Successfully acted for Secrid, in a counterfeit procedure based on patent and design rights.
    • Solvay v. Bloomfield. Acted for Solvay in a procedure concerning trade secrets.
    • Abbott v. OrbusNeich. Represents Abbott (formerly St. Jude Medical) in a trade mark dispute against OrbusNeich.
    • Thomas Cook. Successfully acted for Thomas Cook in a trademark/copyright litigation against a web developer accusing Thomas Cook of copying their “heart shaped” logo.
    • Philips v. Golden Shaver. Represents Philips in litigation regarding copyright and industrial design rights for its well-known Philishave shavers. This case deals with the possibility to act against goods in transit under the Customs Regulation and was referred to the European Court of Justice which rendered its judgment on 1 December 2011 in the joint Philips/Nokia cases.
    • Daiichi Sankyo v. PI Pharma. Parallel import case against PI Pharma who intends to import generic Ranbaxy tablets from the Netherlands into Belgium and repackage these tablets using Daiichi Sankyo’s trademark Prareduct.
    • Supergroup. Regularly advises Supergroup and trademark prosecution work.
    • Nomad Foods. Advice regarding trademark availability.
  • PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
    • Association des Praticiens du droit des Marques et des Modèles (APRAM)
    • Benelux Association of Trademark and Design Law (BMM)
    • BMM Bulletin, Editorial Board
    • European Community Trademark Association (ECTA), Second Vice-President
    • ieforum.be, Editorial board
    • International Trademark Association (INTA)
    • Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Editorial board
    • MARQUES
    • Pharmaceutical Trademark Group (PTMG)
  • PUBLICATIONS
  • SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
    • “Enforcement Round-Up”, webinar, Journal of Intellectual Property & Practice (June 2020)
    • Lecture on recent EU case law BMM Conference Ghent (2019)
    • Moderator of session on recent EU case law ECTA Annual Conference Edinburgh (2019)
    • “Impact Brexit op intellectuele eigendom”, webinar, Lexalert (2019)
    • “De Louboutin uitspraak van het Europese Hof van Justitie”, AIPPI, Brussels (2018)
    • “Combating Illicit Trade and Counterfeiting”, CEPS, Brussels (2017)
    • Regular guest speaker on “Trademarks” and “Industrial Design Rights” at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • WHAT OTHERS SAY
    • “Clear in her questions, she finds creative solutions to complex legal issues. Providing commercial guidance on all manner of IP issues, Gommers is a reliable and trusted professional.” World Trademark Review 2020
    • Clients particularly appreciate Carina Gommers for her advice, which they describe as “well considered, succinct and practical.” Chambers Europe 2020
    • “Gommers is deeply engaged with the companies she assists, navigating them through uncharted waters with her resonant, tailored advice.” IAM Patent 1000 2020
    • “Dedicated and reliable. Very user-friendly, responsive, practical and gets good results.” Chambers Europe 2019
    • “A thorough, practical, reliable professional and outstanding writer. She tailors her approach brilliantly and her diligence is unparalleled.”
      World Trademark Review 2019
    • “A top-notch lawyer who handles matters with efficiency and engages deeply with the practical and theoretical aspects of IP law. Her knowledge of various industry sectors makes her an invaluable counsel”. World Trademark Review 2018
    • Endowed with “good strategic sense”, outstanding all-rounder Carina Gommers is sought after for her “extremely proactive approach” and unrivalled ability to “outline options in a clear and logical way”. She is also highly respected for her expertise in the anti-counterfeiting space; along with De Meyer, she has helped to shape goods-in-transit protection provisions in new European trademark legislation.
      World Trademark Review 2017
    • “Dedicated, professional and smart” Carina Gommers handles trade mark and design litigation in the electronics and consumer goods industries, among others. Peers endorse her as “a tough litigator.” Chambers Europe 2017
    • “She is incredibly knowledgeable about a great range of legal issues. In addition to being friendly and easy to work with, she demonstrates excellent attention to detail. Carina is able to pick up quickly on scientific information, showing a good technical understanding.” IAM Patent 1000 2016
    • “Carina Gommers is “very thorough and excellent in goods-in-transit matters”; anti-counterfeiting is another forte.” World Trademark Review 2016
    • “Devotes herself to your case and is a highly methodical lawyer.”
      IAM Patent 1000 2015
    • “Carina Gommers is another preferred choice for mark holders, especially when it comes to orchestrating customs seizures.”
      World Trademark Review 2015
    • “Worthy litigator, Carina Gommers has proved her mettle in the firm’s highest-profile conflicts and many expect her star to rise considerably in the future.” World Trademark Review 2014

Assistant details

Visit us

Visiting address:

Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
Nerviërslaan, 4th floor
1040 Brussels
Belgium

Postal address:

Avenue des Nerviens 9-31
Nerviërslaan, 4th floor
1040 Brussels
Belgium

The facts

Languages

Dutch, English, French

Education

HUBrussel (LLM Intellectual Property Law, 2006)

KULeuven (Law, 2002)

Admission

2002