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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Domain names

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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11 January 2017

Draft Law regarding new fiscal deduction for innovation income approved by Belgian Council of Ministers

The new system replaces the dissolved tax deduction for patent income in accordance with the new OECD guidelines and extends them to include SMEs.

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20 December 2016

Happy holidays!

The DCP Team wishes you all a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Click here for our holiday greetings.

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11 December 2016

See you next year!

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual seminar on Thursday 30 November 2016.

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30 September 2016

An end to translations for validation of a European patent in Belgium as of January 1, 2017

We are pleased to report that the need to file a translation is to be lifted on January 1, 2017 (new Art. XI.83, as amended by Art. 22 of the Belgian law of June 29, 2016).

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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.