24 May 2022

Ann De Clercq and Joost Muylle appear again in IP Stars individual rankings of MIP

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) recently published this year’s IP Stars individual rankings, and we’re delighted to announce that for the sixth consecutive time, both Ann De Clercq (Founding Partner, Patent Attorney) and Joost Muylle (Trademark & Design Attorney) are included in this highly respected list.

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13 May 2022

Opposition Procedure Firm of the Year 2022

Last night, we received the trophy for ‘Opposition Procedure Firm of the Year’ in style at the LMG Life Sciences Awards in London.

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28 April 2022

Formal Entitlement to Priority: Board of Appeal 3.3.04 refers questions to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G1/22 and G2/22)

In two related cases (T1513/17 and T2719/19) Technical Board of Appeal 3.3.04 referred questions concerning formal priority entitlement to the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G1/22 and G2/22).

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21 April 2022

Essencia presents Workshop Octrooicel Module 2: Digitale processen en IE-uitdagingen

On May 3rd and May 10th our very own David Lesthaeghe will be giving workshops organized by Essenscia on how to patent CII inventions.

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20 April 2022

Shortlisted for this year’s LMG Life Science EMEA awards!

We are proud to announce that De Clercq & Partners has been shortlisted in two categories in the upcoming LMG Life Sciences Awards EMEA 2022.

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13 April 2022


To answer the question whether post-filed data and evidence can be relied on to satisfy the requirement of inventive step, the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the EPO wants to look into the plausibility of a technical effect (the so-called “post-published evidence”).

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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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