As a member of our Intellectual Property group in Brussels, I have played a key part in Bird & Bird's handling of major IP disputes here in Belgium and internationally since 2007.

While the more technical IP rights, such as patents and know-how, has always been at the heart of my practice, I also promote the use of design and copyright laws and have helped our clients in banning copycats from the market. In addition, I have represented trade mark holders in opposition and infringement proceedings and helped our clients to recapture their legitimate domain names.

Working on behalf of cutting edge companies and inspiring individuals, I invest time to understand the technologies and businesses at hand, which goes hand in hand with Bird & Bird's sector approach.

After dozens of court cases, representing our clients before the courts and intellectual property offices in Belgium and abroad, I am well-versed in the procedural intricacies of IP litigation.

Contract drafting and negotiation is another inherent part of my practice; helping clients add value to their IP, negotiating safe passage to bring products to market, or finding constructive out-of-court solutions.

Over the years, I have written a number of articles on different IP topics and am an active member of the AIPPI where I am a permanent member of its design group and patent group. I am also a member of BMM, EPLAW and LES. I am fluent in Dutch, English and French and have a good understanding of German.

  • Agfa Gevaert v HC Starck, Antwerp Commercial Court, 19 June 2009 (patent infringement)
  • DRU / AFM, Brussels Commercial Court, 28 October 2009 (design infringement)
  • European Central Bank v DSS, Brussels Court of First Instance, 30 October 2009 (patent revocation)
  • Indspec Chemical v Sumitomo Bakelite, Antwerp Commercial Court, 2 July 2010 (patent infringement)
  • Emotrade v Purus Arzberg, Antwerp Commercial Court, 10 June 2011 (patent infringement)
  • Nestec v Sara Lee, Antwerp Commercial court, 27 January 2012 (patent infringement)
  • GHI Formworks v Peri, Brussels Commercial court, 29 December 2014 (copyright infringement)
  • large Belgian telecoms company v ERT, Brussels criminal investigation court, 17 March 2016 (patent infringement)
  • B Braun v Becton Dickinson, Brussels Commercial Court, 14 September 2016 (patent infringement)
  • AB InBev v AFA, Brussels Commercial Court, 24 February 2017 (patent entitlement)
  • Actelion v Icos, Brussels Commercial Court, 7 March 2017 (patent revocation)
  • Freefoam v Dumaplast, Brussels Commercial Court, 17 April 2018 (breach of patent license)
  • Devin AD v OHIM, General Court of the European Union, 25 October 2018 (trademark opposition)
  • Amgen v Fresenius, Brussels Commercial Court, 5 February 2019 (patent infringement)
Education
  • Université de Liège, LLM, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law (cum laude)
  • University of Antwerp, Master's Degree, Law (magna cum laude)
Admissions
  • Balie Brussel Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten (Dutch Speaking Brussels Bar) in 2007