Overview

Peter L’Ecluse focuses on life sciences, competition law and intellectual property (IP) rights.

Life Sciences

Peter’s expertise encompasses a wide range of areas, including registration, pricing and reimbursement matters, advertising issues and all aspects of competition law. He has successfully represented clients before civil courts, as well as Belgium’s administrative court, the Council of State, in challenging reimbursement decisions and rules imposing prescription requirements on physicians.    

Competition Law

Peter has been involved in most of the significant cases arising before the Belgian competition authorities and the courts. His expertise in this area extends to merger control, cartels, dominant market positions and procedural issues. Peter has broad experience in the telecommunications, life sciences, energy and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

Peter has handled such significant cases as Eco Swiss – Benetton (on arbitration and competition law) and ITT Promedia (involving the interplay between anticompetitive regulation and abusive conduct) before the European Commission and the European Courts. 

IP Rights

Peter’s patent litigation practice focuses on the life sciences industry. For several years, he has acted as co-counsel for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, handling multi-jurisdictional patent litigation while defending valuable patents covering various active substances against generic competitors. Peter also acted as co-counsel in proceedings before the European Patent Office and the Belgian courts for a major medical devices company in patent litigation which covered three jurisdictions. He often advises on supplementary protection certificate patent extension issues and assists clients in dealing with counterfeit trade in pharmaceuticals.

Languages

Dutch, English, French

Recommendations

  • Chambers Europe – Competition: Domestic
  • Chambers Europe for Intellectual Property
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Competition: Domestic)
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Intellectual Property) 
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners
  • Managing Intellectual Property – IP Star
  • LMG Life Sciences (Europe) – Life Sciences Star 
  • PLC for Belgium Life Sciences – Regulatory
  • PLC for Belgium Life Sciences – Intellectual Property
  • PLC for Europe Life Sciences – Competition/Anti-trust
  • PLC for Belgian Competition Law/Anti-trust
  • PLC for Belgium Dispute Resolution
  • International Who’s Who Legal for Life Sciences
  • Legal 500 for Intellectual Property
  • Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution 
  • Legal 500 for EU Regulatory – Pharma and Biotech
  • European Legal Experts for Intellectual Property
  • World IP Review – WIPR Leader

Education

  • The George Washington University, Washington DC, Master of Comparative Law, 1987
  • University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 1986
  • University of Leuven, Baccalaureus of Philosophy, 1985

Publications

Widely published on issues involving life sciences and competition law.

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis' Business Law Guide to Belgium (Kluwer Law International/Bruylant, 2003).

Contributor to “Private Antitrust Litigation” (European Lawyer Reference/Thomson Reuters, 2013).

Contributor to Van Bael & Bellis, Competition Law of the European Community (fifth edition, Kluwer, 2010), the standard work of reference in the field of EU competition law.

Events

Frequent speaker on life science issues

Professional Activities

Former member of the bar council of the Dutch-language bar of Brussels

Bar Admission

Brussels
Former member of the Bar Council of Dutch language lawyers (Brussels)

Publications and insights

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    • 12/02/2020
    • Articles

    UK Competition and Markets Authority Consolidates Hydrocortisone Probe On Account of Excessive Pricing and Other Competition Violations

    The UK Competition and Markets Authority announced this morning that it has issued a supplementary statement of objections (“SSO”) in its inquiry into alleged excessive and unfair pricing, anti-competitive agreements and abusive conduct in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone tablets in the UK (see, attachment). The CMA has been conducting three separate investigations in this matter and has issued previous statements of objections on four occasions between December 2016 and February 2019 (see, Van Bael & Bellis Life Sciences Newsflash of 6 March 2017). The new SSO has brought all these cases together and has allowed the CMA to reconsider specific aspects of its provisional findings in the previous statements of objections. The CMA accuses a range of companies, including Auden Mckenzie and its successor Accord-UK (previously: Actavis UK), Waymade and Advanz Pharma (previously: Concordia and AMCo), of having charged excessive and unfair prices for hydrocortisone tablets and having entered into agreements that cemented a prevailing dominant position on the market. The CMA also seeks to attribute liability to other parties which at various points in time had ownership of some of the accused firms. Hydrocortisone tablets are the primary treatment for people suffering from the life-threatening Addison's disease which causes adrenal glands to produce insufficient amounts of natural steroid hormones. According to the CMA, there are limited alternative treatments for hydrocortisone tablets.

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    • 07/02/2020
    • Articles

    Belgian Council of State Clarifies Role of Concerned Member States in Decentralised Marketing Authorisation Procedure

    On 16 January 2020 the Belgian Council of State reaffirmed the limited discretionary powers of a concerned Member State to call into question the assessments carried out by the Reference Member State in a decentralised procedure. It relied heavily on the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the field. Please find attached a note on the judgment as well as its text.

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    • 03/02/2020
    • Articles

    Belgium - Medicine Shortages

    The Belgian Official Journal publishes today a Law of 20 December 2019 modifying various laws to tackle medicine shortages (Wet van 20 december 2019 tot wijziging van diverse wetgevingen wat de tekorten aan geneesmiddelen betreft/Loi du 20 décembre 2020 modifiant diverses législations, en ce qui concerne les pénuries de medicaments – the Law). For a summary of the Law’s key features, we refer to the Van Bael & Bellis Life Sciences Newsflash of 20 December 2019. The Royal Decrees that will complement the Law have not yet been published. We understand this still may take some time. The Law will enter into force on 13 February 2020 (i.e., 10 days following its publication in the Belgian Official Journal), with the exception of Articles 2 and 4 that started to apply on 31 January 2020.

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