Copyright & related rights
Fashion & luxury goods
Film & music
Food & beverage
Christine De Keersmaeker is a highly experienced lawyer in Intellectual Property. She has over 30 years of experience in IP strategy, helping clients to design a strategy on growing their immaterial assets, covering all fields of IP law including copyrights, trademarks, designs & models, patents, trade secrets or domain names and all business issues such as IP clearings, IP portfolio management worldwide, IP exploitation and monetization including licensing, co-branding, national and international co-productions, company & website IP audits. She has longstanding experience serving national and international clients in the film, TV, music, publishing, advertising sectors, and many other sectors whose clients are willing to grow their IP value (fashion, design, food & beverages, automotive, household utensil…).
She provides brand owners or owners ‘to be’ with strategic advice with regards to launching their products and services, new business projects and ideas in order to protect and maximize their intellectual property.
Christine has served in the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property for almost 16 years and is a third-party decider on Domain name disputes with the Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation. Alongside her legal work, Christine is a visiting professor at the Antwerp management School (AMS) in the Master for International Fashion Management as well as its summer school and has been a regular speaker and author on topics related to IP and Fashion, TV & film, Sports and image rights, advertising, IP & social media, 3D printing and virtual reality.
She has been repeatedly recognized as an IP expert by legal guides : by Legal 500 as “a name to note“, by Women in Business Law as a “leading TMT practitioner”, by Media Law International as “having exceptional experience for working with clients from the press, cinema, audiovisual production sector and film” and by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star”.
Year Joined Firm: 2021
Education/Alumni: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Network Memberships: INTA
Founded in 2006 as an independent Belgian law firm, Astrea assembles today a team of devoted experts ready to assist businesses, corporate sector players, professional associations and local and international public agencies in all legal matters. At Astrea, our clients’ legal needs are catered by 45 seasoned lawyers having gained relevant in-depth experience in all areas of business law that are relevant to specific industry domains. Our expertise covers a large expanse of the law, and our multidisciplinary teams are always happy to offer support for legal issues in many sectors in which we have accumulated specific specialist knowledge, making us very much at home in the wide-ranging legal issues that are inherent to those sectors. Over the years our lawyers have gained top-notch sector specific knowledge in the automotive, life sciences, healthcare and petrochemical industries as well as real estate, fashion & retail, media, entertainment & sport, technology, transport & logistics. We have a high capability of handling legally complex transactions and litigations thanks to our team of dynamic and creative lawyers who will work proactively in order to find solutions that are always focused on the specific needs of our clients.