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Rankings Intellectual Property

  • Legal 500

    Within Intellectual Property, Lydian is ranked in Tier 2. Annick Mottet Haugaard is "Leading Individual". Olivia Santantonio is a “Rising Star”. Bastiaan Bruyndonckx is mentioned.

    Lydian covers the gamut of contentious and non-contentious IP work for clients in relation to trade marks, copyright, designs and patents. It is particularly noted for a strong track record in IP litigation, and is also seen as a major player on anti-counterfeiting in the Benelux region. Clients of the practice include entities operating in areas such as luxury goods, insurance and life sciences, among others. In a significant development, Olivia Santantonio was promoted to counsel in January 2020. She is experienced when representing IP rights holders in opposition or cancellation proceedings, as well as matters concerning the invalidity of trade marks. Annick Mottet Haugaard and Bastiaan Bruyndonckx co-head the team, whose recent work included representing Prada during opposition proceedings against Dutch company Interplant Roses over a trade mark application made by the latter.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘Long-standing team at Lydian has represented us for years. Good mix of juniors to keep costs minimised, but outstanding partner contact.’

    ‘Annick Haugaard is a key contact and an expert. Always responsive and commercial with advice.’

  • Chambers and partners – Chambers Europe

    Within Intellectual Property, Lydian is ranked in Band 4 and Annick Mottet Haugaard is ranked in Band 3.

    What the team is known for Notable practice assisting with trade mark protection and opposition mandates, as well as registration clearances and licensing agreements. Also advises clients on copyright, design right and advertising matters. Acts for clients from the fashion, automotive and luxury goods sectors, as well as representing artists in the protection of their work.

    Strengths One client praises the team for being "very client-minded" and highlights the "timely advice and proactive attitude."

    Work highlights Assisted Breitling with an opposition proceeding to protect its BANDIT trade mark.

    Chambers Europe states: Annick Mottet Haugaard assists clients with trade mark opposition proceedings and copyright disputes, as well as non-contentious trade mark registration and IP licensing matters. She has a number of clients from the fashion and automotive sectors. An interviewee describes her as "very proactive and easy to deal with."

  • WTR 1000

    Lydian is ranked bronze in WTR 1000 in 2021. Annick Mottet Haugaard and Olivia Santantonio are both ranked as leading individuals in WTR 1000 in 2021; silver for Annick, Bronze for Olivia as a new comer. Annick also has a individual ranking for anti-counterfeiting.

    One of the main players in the Benelux anti-counterfeiting sphere, Lydian carves a niche for itself in the watch and luxury sector. In this light, at the heart of the firm practice is Annick Mottet Haugaard, a “sharp, practical and hands-on lawyer”, who “is a trusted ally for both domestic and international brand owners seeking to establish or entrench their presence in the region.” Joining her in the ranking this year is Olivia Santantonio, who has “a percipient take on opposition proceedings” as well as “a flair for the fine print of distribution agreements and dispenses honest, business-savvyadvice”.

  • Leaders League

    Lydian, along with Annick Mottet Haugaard, is ranked as "Highly recommended" in the category Intellectual property: Trademark litigation and in the category Intellectual property: Copyright law in the Leaders League ranking 2021.

  • Who's Who Legal

    Annick Mottet Haugaard is "recommended" in the Global Leader – Franchise and Trademarks guide of 2020.

  • Expert Guide

    Annick Mottet Haugaard is mentioned as Belgian expert in the Expert Guide Trademarks. She is also mentioned in the Expert Guide Women in Business Law.

  • IP Stars

    Lydian is ranked as Notable Firms in the IP Stars Trade mark contentious ranking of 2021. Annick Mottet Haugaard is  ranked as Trade mark star 2020/21.