A patent is a right granted for a certain territory which forbids a third party from exploiting the invention. In return for this right, the description of the invention is revealed in the patent. This exclusive right, however, is territorial and limited in time.

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A trademark, trade mark or trade-mark is a distinctive sign or indication used by an individual or a legal entity to identify that the products or services with which the trademark appears originate from a unique source. It serves to distinguish its products or services from those of other entities.

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A design right is an intellectual property right that protects the visual appearance of articles (or parts thereof) that are not purely utilitarian.

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An important function of domain names is to provide easily recognizable and humanly memorable names to numerically addressed Internet resources. This abstraction allows any resource to be moved to a different physical location in the address topology of the Internet.

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News

22 May 2018

Ann De Clercq in this year's Top 250 Women in IP

We are proud to announce that our founding partner Ms. Ann De Clercq has once again obtained a spot in this year's Managing IP Top 250 Women in IP.

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11 April 2018

Timing matters: Belgium clarifies relevant marketing authorization date for calculating an SPC term of protection

Supplementary protection certificates aim to provide a uniform solution at the European Union level for obtaining a time extension for protection of medicinal products and plant protection products for which a marketing authorization is required, with a view to compensating applicants for any effective patent term loss due to regulatory approval procedures. The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that the relevant date for the calculation of the SPC term is now the date of the European Commission’s decision to grant the MA.

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a tailored and personalized approach to intellectual property protection

Securing an optimal intellectual property strategy is a challenging task. There are a variety of technologies and commercial ambitions that require different approaches. At De Clercq & Partners, we understand the legal complexities of intellectual property laws and their impact on the protection of different technologies.

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Our team

At De Clercq & Partners, every adviser and attorney on our team has an extensive scientific background in one or more of the areas of science all presenting at Ph.D or Engineer levels. This allows us to understand client inventions in the most intricate detail including anticipating their future developments, enabling us to optimize protection for these inventions. Further to this, De Clercq & Partners aims to deliver the optimal intellectual property environment in which clients are able to pursue and realise their ambitions.