Belgium’s IP scene has seen some recent legislative changes, with the amendment of the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property and the implementation of the EU Trademarks Directive, the latter of which involved some revisions to the national patent legislation. Further anticipated developments include the potential establishment of a local division of the Unified Patent Court in Belgium; but as the court’s fate hangs in the balance, question marks remain over how this might ultimately play out. On the contentious front, activity remains relatively stable, with life sciences skirmishes dominating the caseload and high-tech issues – particularly in artificial intelligence (AI) – gaining increased traction. Although the legal landscape has not changed dramatically, the prevalence of smaller boutique firms is growing, as evidenced by the addition of several such outfits to this year’s rankings.
Firms: litigation and transactions
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy’s Belgian contingent has enjoyed a red-letter year thanks to a series of headline-grabbing new hires. The group operates adroitly on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, with a robust litigation division sitting alongside an equally powerful standalone transactions practice. Peter Van Dyck, Geert Glas, and Filip Van Elsen are the names to note when it comes to closing deals. When he is not providing holistic IP support to his A-list clientele, practice head Van Dyck shares his wisdom by lecturing at KU Leuven University. Glas has spent more than three decades in the game and is a certified arbitrator, giving him a keen sense of when to litigate and when to push for out-of-court settlements. Van Elsen is in charge of the global TMT department and is intimately familiar with both the telecommunications and life sciences spaces.
Leading independent full-service firm ALTIUS has a well-established patent practice, with a proven track record in pharmaceutical litigation for industry giants such as Eli Lilly and Gilead. Department head Christophe Ronse and his right hand man, Kirian Claeyé, run point on these matters: “Christophe and Kirian are a fantastic team, always forcing their opponents to do their utmost without being unnecessarily aggressive.” The “intelligent and astute” Ronse is a first port of call for pharmaceutical originators faced with must-win suits; while IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Claeyé is “a highly respected lawyer with a commanding, tough approach, but a gentlemanly demeanour”. Philippe de Jong also has a penchant for the life sciences and is highly regarded in the agri-food business. He recently represented Heineken in a cross-border patent dispute involving the alleged infringement of a beer dispensing device. “His in-depth knowledge of patent law and eagerness to fully comprehend the invention help him win cases.”
Arnold & Siedsma has made “developing longstanding and fruitful client relationships” its overarching priority, to the delight of patrons. Based across three Belgian offices, the group recently added Hasselt-based independent patent attorney firm LC Patents to its practice – a move which brings extensive chemistry expertise to the table and should boost its profile in the life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. It already enjoys an elevated reputation in the high-technology field, with Samsung a key client; the needs of the chaebol are tended to by staunch leader and well-known figure Nele D’Halleweyn and colleague Yannick Philippaerts, who together stand out for the “consistency of their guidance and their technical knowledge”. Nele has played a key role in the creation of prosecution strategies and patent portfolios all around the world, and wins plaudits for her “critical mind, courtroom skills and keen eye for detail”. Philippaerts is a seasoned patent attorney and business-minded strategist who can be relied on for all this and more – particularly by SMEs.
Since joining forces with Pronovem a year ago, AWA has been flexing its strengthened muscle across five offices to further cement its position in Europe. Bolstered by the former firm’s four decades of experience and impressive filing capabilities, the newly minted powerhouse continues to assist innovators through smart prosecution and portfolio management, forward-thinking strategy, a keen eye for emerging threats and decisive input on market plans. A broad bench of talent includes life sciences specialist Eric Van Malderen and material scientist Dieter Heck, who have jointly been assisting Galactic and its engineering subsidiary Futerro in strategy work for several of their patent applications, as well as offering freedom-to-operate analyses. Van Malderen has a background in molecular biology, while Heck “manages files with professionalism and consistency”. A meticulous EPO advocate and a newcomer to the IAM Patent 1000 this year, Marc Lerho draws on his PhD in biophysical chemistry in overseeing strategy and handling oppositions for international research centre CRM Group, whose strategy he oversees and oppositions he handles.
Global legal titan Baker McKenzie is a potent IP player across the whole of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a battalion of industry experts serving as trusted guides to the world’s innovators. Its Belgian contingent – which it has been investing in of late – is a vital cog in this slick machine, drawing judiciously on the wider firm’s resources to go above and beyond for clients and find total solutions to their complex issues. It thrives in the consumer goods, retail and healthcare industries, under the command of Koen De Winter. Having spent more than 38 years at the IP coalface, he is a font of knowledge for both domestic and multinational companies; on the latter point, he has recently been busy filing patent applications on behalf of Australian furniture manufacturer Elbee Pty. De Winter regularly teams up with noted trade secrets authority Michaël De Vroey, who makes his debut in the guide this year and is lauded for his invaluable assistance in even the most challenging scenarios. Together the pair collaborated on the Belgian contribution to the Study on Trade Secrets and Confidential Business Information commissioned by the European Commission in the preparation of the Trade Secrets Directive.
Bird & Bird LLP
As members of “a first-rate firm for cross-border patent litigation in Europe”, Bird & Bird’s Belgian practitioners provide stout defence in multi-jurisdictional disputes and see high-rolling deals through to close, working hand in glove with their counterparts across the firm’s global network. Jean-Christophe Troussel is “the glue that keeps the team together” in Brussels; he has “a fantastic track record in patent cases”. He recently linked up with Domien Op de Beeck to represent Proximus NV, Belgium’s largest telecommunications provider and part of the Nokia group, in multifaceted proceedings regarding alleged SEP infringements and FRAND offers – the first case of its kind in Belgium. Op de Beeck is “a superb litigator – one of the best of his generation. He is quiet but effective, with an energetic, methodical approach that is ideal for presenting the case to the judge in court”.
Steadily steering clients through the patenting process since 2011, Brantsandpatents is benefiting from a “growing reputation” thanks to the hard graft of leading partners Johan Brants and Ellen Crabbe. The pair are both “deserving of recognition” and are “valuable assets to have on your side, while also being enjoyable to work with”. Founder and namesake Brants is a patent veteran of more than 25 years’ standing who takes “a very commercial and innovative approach” to his work in the Benelux, strategically transforming patents into useful tools for all businesses. Crabbe’s practice is informed by a PhD in biotechnology; she is hailed as “knowledgeable in her field and a pleasure to be around”.
Bureau MFJ Bockstael NV
For over 85 years, Bureau MFJ Bockstael NV has provided precision prosecution services to a broad and varied clientele. It has the technical chops to tackle innovations in a wide variety of sectors, but especially excels in civil, electromechanical and chemical engineering. Drawing on his experience in these fields, department head Patrick Van Varenberg “not only gives sound legal advice, but also offers helpful tips for completing patent applications, devising strategies to expand portfolios”. Former aerospace engineer Lieven Van Hunsel joins him in the IAM Patent 1000 this year: his commercially focused approach and deft drafting skills yield strategic solutions and ironclad protection.
Young, dynamic firm Calysta is growing rapidly thanks to the “high quality, reliability and availability of its team, company network and services – all of which are provided at a low cost, with no unnecessary administrative steps”. It has a complete mastery of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemistry spaces; while recent hires have also bolstered its mechanical and electronic capabilities. Through the arrival of Johannes Wohlmuth – a qualified attorney in four European countries – the group has gained access to a wealth of international knowledge; the physicist is an indispensable resource for everyone from start-ups to multinationals. Meanwhile, CEO Ludivine Coulon “conducts in-depth analysis and quickly grasps the technical issues at hand”. “She provides advice that is tailored to the client’s level of understanding and the severity of the case, is experienced at contesting patents and takes good care of filings to ensure a stronger defence.”
CAPE IP Law
The patent group at CAPE IP Law has an impressive history in patent litigation and an unstinting dedication to client service, providing fulsome commercial support and nurturing fruitful relationships to the benefit of patrons such as Europlasma NV, which the firm recently represented in nanotechnology litigation against P2. Running point on this matter was practice head Véronique Pede, who earns acclaim for her “tenacity and determination”, as well as her “expertise and experience in dealing with the full breadth of IP issues”. “Véronique is an amiable, sharp and straightforward lawyer who fights for her clients,” reports one peer. “She quickly understands their needs and can explain difficult issues in a simple manner. Working with her is a pleasure.”
Crowell & Moring LLP
Crowell & Moring is a “fantastic firm” whose remit stretches from intellectual property to competition law and regulatory concerns: “It excels at addressing and supporting these issues, particularly when the three are intertwined. Its approach is very client focused and its team are outstanding strategic thinkers – a solid 10 out of 10.” It has recently been handling several disputes on behalf of pharmaceutical giants Sandoz and Mylan – briefs that have kept each ranked professional busy. Kristof Roox has earned the utmost respect of peers: “He and his team quickly understand and support clients with difficult matters. Their advice is always excellent – pragmatic and business orientated. Kristof is passionate about his cases and obtaining the best outcome for clients; he is a formidable foe.” Also receiving positive feedback are Jurgen Figys and Jan-Diederik Lindemans. “We’ve been collaborating with them for quite some time and have never had a reason to stop,” reports one client. “They are first-rate, responsive lawyers who deliver excellent results.” Figys is “very detailed in his guidance”; while Lindemans showcases “impressive skills” in the courtroom. Gunther Meyer rounds out the team as a consummate litigator and a smooth negotiator and drafter of licensing agreements.
One of Belgium’s most prestigious patent prosecution shops, De Clercq & Partners is home to a “solid team of highly qualified experts” that keeps it at the forefront, especially in the biotechnology sphere. Setting the tone from the top is namesake and molecular biology PhD Ann De Clercq, who was previously an examiner at the EPO. She regularly teams up with fellow former EPO examiner Koen Vanhalst, former Bayer Cropscience patent counsel Liesbet Paemen and molecular genetics PhD Andrej Michalík on biotechnology instructions, providing technically astute, commercially minded guidance. Specialised in the field of chemistry are native English-speaker Jeffrey Gyi; IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Caroline Hennin; and Sakina Bounaga, who has spent time as a senior scientist at leading Belgian biotechnology company Cropdesign NV. The trio handle matters with exactitude and have been assisting TOTAL Research & Technology in an ongoing matter since its granted patent was opposed.
Belgium’s largest independent law firm enters the IAM Patent 1000 this year thanks to the overwhelmingly positive reviews garnered by IP head Pieter Callens, a “hardworking, enthusiastic lawyer who follows developments in patent law very closely”. The outfit has curated an extensive network of associates throughout other jurisdictions, which it calls on in tending to the needs of a diverse clientele encompassing everything from fledgling businesses to multinationals. It recently represented the Belgian Office for Intellectual Property in two separate suits involving the loss of patent rights in Belgium as a result of the late deposit of the European patents translation, which were handled by Callens. “Pieter has a solid understanding of the business interests at stake and knows how to best serve his clients.” “He isn’t afraid to challenge people’s ideas and always comes up with creative strategies that are in line with the company’s goals.”
With “a wealth of IP experience and a clear understanding of patent procedure worldwide”, the Belgian outpost of major European player Fieldfisher is a persuasive contender on the national and regional patent scene – not least due to the insight and reputability of practice pillars Hakim Haouideg and Stijn Debaene. The high-technology aces have recently been busy defending Telenet in patent infringement proceedings regarding remote controls. Haouideg is regularly involved in must-win cases, working closely with both start-ups and multinationals, and also has a flair for the fine print of licensing agreements; while department head Debaene provides shrewd counsel to telecommunications giants in contentious scenarios and has carved out a further niche in sports law.
Fox IP Law
While only established in October 2020, Zottegem-based IP boutique FOX IP Law is already making waves on the market, with former CAPE IP lawyer Patricia Cappuyns at the helm. She has spent over 20 years litigating patents at the highest level and knows the pharmaceutical industry like the back of her hand, as she recently demonstrated in a complex validity and infringement dispute on behalf of Teva. “Patricia is one of Belgium’s top patent litigators. She is very approachable, responsive, knowledgeable and creative – not only in patents, but in the pharmaceutical sector in general.” Her strategies result in “positive outcomes and stronger market positions for clients”.
The storied GEVERS has provided premier IP services for over 120 years and today has 300 highly trained professionals on hand to continue this tradition. Its clients benefit from a wide European reach, with its attorneys able to file patents in countries across the EU, and two French offices supporting its six in Belgium. Its “experienced and organised” strategic advisers provide straightforward guidance that consistently exceeds clients’ expectations. Chemist Ingrid Luyten draws on a PhD in organic chemistry and many years of practising in-house to assist big names in the pharmaceutical and agricultural science industries. Also highly capable in this space are IAM Patent 1000 debutants Stijn Lagaert and Raf Caers. Lagaert dazzles with his know-how on patentability and freedom-to-operate issues, as well as medical and agricultural SPCs; while Caers is “passionate about his work”: “He has a professional demeanour and his openness and ingenuity are highly alued.” Samuel Denis and Frank Van Coppenolle hold things down on the high-technology side. Dennis is “extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the patent application process, from an administrative, strategic and technical standpoint. He has proven himself on many occasions and his partnerships have been excellent from day one”. The EPO is like a second home to Van Coppenolle, who shines in oppositions and appeals. Physicist Jurgen Duyver is a fan favourite in both the C-suite and the lab: “He understand the client’s needs, as well as the technology.”
Despite some recent personnel losses, the Belgian contingent of global behemoth HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER continues to flourish and has maintained its prominence, especially when it comes to life sciences litigation. Cross-border instructions are a breeze, thanks to seamless cooperation between its office network. Under the stewardship of Liesbeth Weynants, it has been assisting Teva in an EU-wide infringement dispute over its most lucrative innovation. “Liesbeth gives excellent advice that is both clear and practical, showing her thorough knowledge of local procedure and pharmaceutical regulatory issues. Anyone seeking advice or assistance in Belgium should contact her.” Together with Benoît Strowel, she also recently defended one of Boehringer Ingelheim’s blockbuster drugs. Strowel puts in polished performances at the French and Belgian courts, and combines insight on patent and regulatory law for the benefit of leading biopharmaceutical companies. Sharing this specialisation is Steven Cattoor, whose “excellent writing skills” are put to good use in both patent and trade secret litigation.
Robust contentious capabilities, deep knowledge of substantive patent law and outside-the-box solutions are the USPs of Inteo. “Despite its small scale, the outfit competes with larger firms at a lower rate.” The boutique recently went out to bat for pioneering DNA sequencing company Illumina Cambridge Limited in a major dispute which is currently pending in multiple jurisdictions; the Belgian infringement proceedings are running concurrently with the UK proceedings, handled by Powell Gilbert. Taking care of this brief locally is Kristof Neefs, an “intelligent, fast thinker” who has “really made a name for himself”: “Kristof is always determined to achieve the best results. He has a deep understanding of IP and a very open-minded attitude, making him the ideal lawyer for clients to have on their side.” Co-founder Sofie Cubitt is trusted counsel to biotechnology company Galapagos, advising it on licensing initiatives with academic institutions and business partners; she is a “tough but realistic negotiator” who “knows clients’ needs and speaks their language”.
IPLodge makes it its mission to go above and beyond for patrons, dispensing vital strategic support throughout the patenting process. Its highly qualified attorneys leave no stone unturned to secure the strongest, most comprehensive protection for clients’ inventions. Key among them is Michaël Beck, a former research engineer at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Lab whose insider’s perspective on the industry proves invaluable. He integrates his professional and legal backgrounds to superb effect.
Janson Baugniet marries a complete command of Belgian and French IP law with a knack for getting licensing agreements inked and fraught disputes resolved. Clients – ranging from pharmaceutical companies to energy players – also enjoy access to a new in-house platform which allows them to manage their portfolios digitally. Mireille Buydens never wavers in the toughest of contentious circumstances and is “unafraid of complex inventions”: “Her briefs are as convincing as her courtroom appearances, which is reflected in her success rate. Mireille’s understanding of IP, as well as business and technology, makes her a very effective lawyer.” IP department co-head Hans Dhondt is a smooth operator both in the courtroom and at the deal table; he is a natural fit for fashion, engineering and food concerns.
Venerable boutique Kirkpatrick – which has been dedicated to IP excellence for some 165 years – is bursting at the seams with multilingual lawyers who have deep reserves when it comes to the protection of patents, trademarks and designs. Its guidance is tailored to the individual needs of customers, whether they be private inventors or multinationals; and it drafts and negotiates IP contracts, and conducts due diligence, with a hawkish eye for detail. Head of patents Emilie Blanche is a name for the address book.
Well-oiled machine Linklaters provides a business-minded patent service with a global touch. While the Belgian contingent is best known for its transactional skills, a dedicated cross-practice team of highly trained lawyers handles both contentious and non-contentious matters with verve. It has lately been advising Kaneka Europe Holding Company on IP co-ownership concerns, under the stewardship of seasoned IP head Pieter Van Den Broecke and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Tom De Coster. A commercially savvy lawyer with a measured approach, Van Den Broecke co-leads the firm’s global consumer sector group. De Coster is fascinated by technology and the processes that underpin it, and is an active member of the IP Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union.
Premium patent support that considers all angles is the calling card of NautaDutilh. The firm – which is a heavyweight of the patent scene both in Benelux and beyond – “acquaints itself with the technology and is there for clients every step of the way”. Practice co-head Tanguy de Haan regularly acts as lead partner in pan-European litigation, adopting a meticulous approach which leaves no stone unturned. Leading alongside him, Florence Verhoestraete is another crack litigator who earns plaudits for her “candid input and effective defence strategies”. “She is direct and to the point, quickly getting to the heart of the matter, and a cool, impartial adviser. She is always well prepared in court, where she appears to be equally calm and confident.” Philippe Péters draws on his encyclopaedic understanding of IP law to lend insight on both patent disputes and licensing matters.
Building on its impressive presence in the Netherlands, NLO continues to consolidate its foothold in the Belgian market. Committed to staying ahead of the curve, it recently established an AI taskforce to assist clients in this burgeoning sector. Other highlights include the management of Samsung’s patent portfolio, the Belgian component of which is entrusted to the capable hands of Stephanie Sarlet. Making her debut in the guide this year, Sarlet has a keen nose for guiding patent strategy and takes a solutions-oriented approach to European and global disputes; computer-implemented inventions are a forte.
Many landmark cases bear the fingerprints of Simont Braun, which relishes the intricacies of complicated cross-border patent matters. No industry is off limits, thanks to the versatility of its adaptable, highly trained practitioners. Eric De Gryse, Fernand de Visscher and IAM Patent 1000 debutant Emmanuel Cornu all have an intuitive grasp of FRAND and SEP issues, which they have recently been demonstrating for the benefit of high-technology company Assia. The trio work well together, pooling their expertise to develop strong, thorough defences. Spearheading the practice, De Gryse custom-builds IP strategy to clients’ individual needs and is a familiar face at the EPO. A renowned name on the Belgian litigation scene, de Visscher has been appointed co-president of the Council for Intellectual Property by the Belgian Federal Public Service for Economy. Cornu’s multi-jurisdictional know-how is brought into play in both patent disputes and arbitration briefs.
The full-service Stibbe is tipped as “one of the best firms on the Belgian market”: its “technical and very smart” lawyers “always do an outstanding job”. Practitioners are encouraged to be creative through internal training and enhanced office digitalisation – all of which helps to fuel client success. They have every industry on lock, although the life sciences has become a particularly happy hunting ground since the 2019 arrival of Philippe Campolini, a “rising star” who is “extremely dependable, attentive and a very professional litigator”. “Philippe is not only a wonderful person, but also a trustworthy, down-to-earth lawyer who prioritises the needs of his clients.” Colleague Ignace Vernimme has been assisting Mylan in a protracted merits case against Novartis since 2007; depending on the outcome, the decision could break new ground by significantly shifting the balance of power between generics and originators.
Hailed as “one of Europe’s top IP litigation firms”, global outfit Taylor Wessing is a relatively fresh face on the Belgian market, but has been making a splash thanks to the tireless efforts of Christian Dekoninck. An intelligent and astute partner, he receives spirited praise from those who work with him: “I found Christian to be a truly exceptional lawyer. He can assess the situation from various perspectives, provides practical guidance and always has the ear of the court. His diplomatic, respectful approach allows him to understand and balance opposing parties’ interests and deliver very clear and concise explanations. He astounds me.”
Dutch firm VO is an elite player on the regional IP scene and the Belgian contingent has done much to help it achieve this status. With a history dating back over a century, the outfit has amassed a vast trove of institutional knowledge that it puts to good use in assisting clients all over the world through its deep technical expertise and flawless filings. Captaining the Belgian ship is trained aerospace engineer Annemie Jaeken, an “astute attorney” who combines legal and technical ability with sparkling commination skills to distil complex technical principles into layman’s terms. Fellow engineer Marco Box is kept busy in all technical fields, including software, fine mechanical design and optics; EPO oppositions are a further string to his bow. Marco Molling loves building strategies from the ground up, in particular for SMEs, and thrives at the intersection of chemistry and other technologies.
The name of UK-headquartered Wiggin has fast become synonymous with outstanding IP services. It Belgium, it recently reinforced its local offering with the shrewd hire of former HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER professionals Carl De Meyer and Carina Gommers. Renaissance man De Meyer is a go-to for all IP-related issues: “He excels for his communication, reliability and emotional intelligence, and always manages to steer a straight line in the midst of chaos. Working with Carl is an exclusively positive encounter.” “Carina excels at leading teams of IP lawyers working on complex technical and scientific issues. Her courtroom pleading is also simply brilliant: she is very straightforward, to the point and persuasive.”
Other recommended expertsDirector of the commercial team at Deloitte Legal, Christel Brion is an “enthusiastic, conscientious thinker”. She frequently represents life sciences start-ups and SMEs in European disputes, and also handles licensing and regulatory issues as part of her varied practice. Abyoo is a “very good firm with highly reliable professionals”, including IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Christophe De Groote, a European patent attorney who provides hands-on, commercially focused assistance with IP and patent strategies. Daldewolf’s Valentin De Le Court is an IP all-rounder with a particular facility for patent litigation: “He approaches cases smartly, always looking for favourable outcomes, and is a trustworthy individual who considers the best interests of all parties. His understanding of IP in China is also a huge plus.” KOB NV’s managing director, Frans Ostyn, makes his debut in the guide this year. “A technically very strong attorney, with interesting clients”, he provides game-changing assistance to electrical and mechanical inventors in EPO oppositions. “Hardworking and dedicated” litigation and licensing doyenne Karin Ottelohe spends time delving into the technology of cases, to great effect; she operates out of ADVOCANT. At IP Hills, Ghent-based co-founder Axel Plas provides first-rate prosecution and “excellent insights” that peers can rely on.
Individuals: litigation and transactions
- Mireille Buydens - Janson Baugniet
- Carl De Meyer - Wiggin LLP
- Christophe Ronse - ALTIUS
- Kristof Roox - Crowell & Moring LLP
- Benoît Strowel - HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
- Florence Verhoestraete - NautaDutilh
- Liesbeth Weynants - HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
- Philippe Campolini - Stibbe
- Patricia Cappuyns - Fox IP Law
- Steven Cattoor - HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
- Emmanuel Cornu - Simont Braun
- Eric De Gryse - Simont Braun
- Tanguy de Haan - NautaDutilh
- Philippe de Jong - ALTIUS
- Valentin De Le Court - Daldewolf
- Fernand de Visscher - Simont Braun
- Stijn Debaene - Fieldfisher LLP
- Christian Dekoninck - Taylor Wessing
- Geert V Glas - Allen & Overy LLP
- Carina Gommers - Wiggin LLP
- Jan-Diederik Lindemans - Crowell & Moring LLP
- Kristof Neefs - Inteo
- Domien Op de Beeck - Bird & Bird LLP
- Véronique Pede - CAPE IP Law
- Philippe Péters - NautaDutilh
- Jean-Christophe Troussel - Bird & Bird LLP
- Peter Van Dyck - Allen & Overy LLP
- Ignace Vernimme - Stibbe
- Christel Brion - Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd
- Pieter Callens - Eubelius
- Kirian Claeyé - ALTIUS
- Sofie Cubitt - Inteo
- Tom De Coster - Linklaters LLP
- Carl De Meyer - Wiggin LLP
- Michael De Vroey - Baker McKenzie
- Koen De Winter - Baker McKenzie
- Hans Dhondt - Janson Baugniet
- Jurgen Figys - Crowell & Moring LLP
- Carina Gommers - Wiggin LLP
- Hakim Haouideg - Fieldfisher LLP
- Gunther Meyer - Crowell & Moring LLP
- Karin Ottelohe - ADVOCANT
- Pieter Van Den Broecke - Linklaters LLP
- Filip Van Elsen - Allen & Overy LLP
- Patrick Van Varenberg - Bureau MFJ Bockstael NV
- Johan Brants - Brantsandpatents
- Nele D’Halleweyn - Arnold & Siedsma
- Ann De Clercq - De Clercq & Partners
- Liesbet Paemen - De Clercq & Partners
- Michaël Beck - IPLodge
- Sakina Bounaga - De Clercq & Partners
- Marco Box - VO Patents & Trademarks
- Raf Caers - GEVERS
- Ludivine Coulon - Calysta
- Ellen Crabbe - Brantsandpatents
- Christophe De Groote - Abyoo
- Samuel Denis - GEVERS
- Jurgen Duyver - GEVERS
- Jeffrey Gyi - De Clercq & Partners
- Dieter Heck - AWA
- Caroline Hennin - De Clercq & Partners
- Annemie Jaeken - VO Patents & Trademarks
- Stijn Lagaert - GEVERS
- Marc Lehro - AWA
- Ingrid Luyten - GEVERS
- Andrej Michalík - De Clercq & Partners
- Marco Molling - VO Patents & Trademarks
- Frans Ostyn - KOB nv
- Yannick Philippaerts - Arnold & Siedsma
- Axel Plas - IP Hills
- Stephanie Sarlet - NLO
- Frank Van Coppenolle - GEVERS
- Lieven Van hunsel - Bureau MFJ Bockstael NV
- Eric Van Malderen - AWA
- Koen Vanhalst - De Clercq & Partners
- Johannes Wohlmuth - Calysta