Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Katharina Bongs

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

Katharina Bongs focuses on EU and German competition law and EU trade law. Katharina advises and represents clients in German and EU cartel and merger control cases. Her experience includes preparing leniency applications as well as assisting in cartel defence and settlement proceedings. She also advises clients on how to structure their agreements to ensure competition law compliance and organises customised EU and German competition law compliance programmes. In the field of trade law, Katharina specialises in EU customs law. Her expertise extends to advising clients on multi-jurisdictional customs matters and representing them before national customs administrations, courts and the European Commission. Katharina is also part of the regulatory team and routinely deals with legal questions involving chemicals and energy. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Katharina qualified as a German lawyer. In the course of her two years of legal training, she worked, notably, at the Cologne office of a large German commercial law firm dealing with distribution and EU law, with the German Federal Ministry of Economics dealing with anti-dumping measures and with the German Embassy in Oslo.

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548 Bulletin

Katharina Bongs The Regional Court of Düsseldorf refers questions regarding the licensing of standard essential patents in multi-layered supply chains to the EU Court of Justice (Nokia / Daimler)


On 26 November 2020, the Regional Court of Düsseldorf (“Düsseldorf Court”) decided to request a preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) in patent infringement proceedings involving Nokia and Daimler. The questions give the ECJ the opportunity to offer guidance on (...)

Katharina Bongs The Mannheim Regional Court grants injunctive relief to a telecommunication provider and clarifies the application of FRAND in the supply chain (Daimler / Nokia)


According to a press release of the Mannheim Regional Court of 18 August 2020 in the matter Nokia v Daimler, the Regional Court of Mannheim (the “Court”) ruled in favour of Nokia that Daimler had infringed Nokia’s patent and could not invoke a FRAND objection. The Court held that Daimler and a (...)

Katharina Bongs, Laura Lehoczky-Deckers The German Federal Court of Justice remits beer cartel case for a new trial due to flawed assessment of causality and limitation period (Carlsberg)


On 13 July 2020, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”) overturned an earlier judgment of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf to terminate proceedings against the brewery Carlsberg and Carlsberg’s managing director for their role in the Beer cartel case. In 2014, the Federal Cartel Office (...)

Katharina Bongs The German Federal Court of Justice preliminarily confirms that an online platform abused its dominant position on the German market of social networks (Facebook)


On 23 June 2020, the German Federal Court of Justice (“FCJ”), in summary proceedings, preliminarily confirmed the finding of the Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) that Facebook had abused its dominant position. It overturned the decision of the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf that had suspended the (...)

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