Sakina Bounaga

Partner at De Clercq & Partners

Sakina Bounaga is a partner at De Clercq & Partners, an established firm of experienced IP professionals in Belgium.

Ms Bounaga holds a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry from the University of Huddersfield (United Kingdom). She has a Master of Advanced Studies in Chemistry of Biomolecules from the University of Montpellier (France) and also holds a Master in Plant Chemistry and Biology from the University of Perpignan (France).

Prior to joining De Clercq & Partners, Ms Bounaga worked as a senior scientist and project leader at Cropdesign NV, a leading Belgian biotech company.

Ms Bounaga is a qualified European patent attorney with extensive patent practice experience in various fields of technology including chemistry, life sciences and material sciences, and in particular in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, biology, biochemistry and biotechnology.

Her areas of practice include:

  • Drafting, filing and prosecution of European and PCT patent applications
  • Drafting and prosecution of national patent applications
  • Oppositions and appeal proceedings before the EPO
  • Oral proceedings before the EPO in examination and opposition
  • Opinions regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity of IP rights
  • IP due diligence and advice on licences and IP acquisitions
  • Portfolio management, advice and strategy
  • General strategic and legal advice in IP matters

Ms Bounaga often lectures at conferences and is a member of LES and AIPPI.

Professional associations

  • AIPPI
  • LES

Firm details

De Clercq & Partners
Edgard Gevaertdreef 10A
Sint-Martens-Latem 9830
Belgium

Contact details

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