06 February 2023

Preview pending: EPO invites comments on 2023 Guidelines

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published a preview version of its annual Guidelines for Examination in the European Patent Office ("EPC Guidelines") and the Guidelines for Search and Examination at the European Patent Office as PCT Authority ("PCT-EPO Guidelines") which will come into force on March 1, 2023.

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27 January 2023

Hot news from the EPO Boards of Appeal

Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal will continue to be provided in-person at the European Patent Office (EPO), or by video conference (VICO), or by mixed-mode upon request; the board decides on the mode and on any request for a change.

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27 January 2023

Watch now our webinar on Software- and AI-based Innovations

At the end of last year, Andrej Michalik, David Lesthaeghe, Jacek Kepa and Joost Muylle spoke at our IP Café on how software- and AI-based inventions can be protected by intellectual property rights. You can now watch the recording!

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16 January 2023

Ann De Clercq & Liesbet Paemen named as IAM Global Leader 2023!

We are thrilled to announce that both Ann De Clercq and Liesbet Paemen are being featured for the fourth consecutive time in the honorable publication of the IAM Global Leaders Guide, the annual list with world’s leading private patent experts.

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12 January 2023

Watch now our webinar 'Getting ready for opt-outs'!

On December 14, 2022, we held a webinar on the Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court and strategy for possibly opting out of the UPC system ‘Getting ready for opt-outs’. You can still watch the recording!

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02 January 2023

De Clercq & Partners welcomes Evi Van Ballaer!

We are starting the new year with some exciting news! As of today, the 2nd of January 2023, we are welcoming Evi Van Ballaer as the newest member of our Patent Department.

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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

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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.

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