De Clercq & Partners Annual IP Seminar

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30 November 2018

De Clercq & Partners is happy to announce the programme of our yearly one-day patent seminar, an event that brings together cutting-edge topics and prominent figures from the industry to provide you with the latest developments in Intellectual Property.

Join us on Friday November 30, 2018 at the Auberge du Pêcheur in Sint-Martens-Latem (Belgium) for an engaging day full of thought-provoking talks and invaluable networking opportunities!



Morning session
Chaired by Liesbet Paemen (Partner - De Clercq & Partners)

08.30h: Registration and coffee

08.55h: Welcome and introduction
Ann De Clercq, Founding Partner - De Clercq & Partners

09.00h: Computer Implemented Inventions in Healthcare, the EPO approach
Gino Herreman, Director Medical Technology - European Patent Office, NL

09.50h: Antibody patenting from a USPTO perspective
James Velema, Partner - Lathrop & Gage, US

10.40h: Coffee break

11.10h: Antibodies and beyond from an EPO perspective
Sönke Holtorf, Director HBC - European Patent Office, NL

12.00h: Walking lunch

Afternoon session
Chaired by Koen Vanhalst (Partner - De Clercq & Partners)

13.30h: SPC decisions from the last year: evolution or revolution?
Mike Snodin, CPA EPA Director - Park Grove IP, UK

14.20h: The duty of full and frank disclosure in ex parte actions
Kristof Neefs, Partner - Inteo, BE

15.10h: Coffee break

15.40h: Top 10 – 2018 Annual Review Trade Mark and Design Law
Beer, horses, bulls, chocolate, champagne, shoes, forklifts and other tasty stuff in a mix of remarkable, ground-breaking and confusing decisions from the EU and Belgian courts
Thierry van Innis, Partner - Van Innis & Delarue, BE

16.30h: Doctrine of equivalence – the Belgian voice in the Pemetrexed case
Pieter Callens, Senior Counsel - Eubelius, BE

17.20h: Closing remarks

17.30h: Networking reception


•    Practitioners involved in drafting, prosecuting and litigating patents
•    Representatives from technology transfer offices
•    Legal representatives
•    Policymakers
•    Inventors
•    Investors
•    CEOs


Auberge du Pêcheur
Pontstraat 41
9831 Sint-Martens-Latem


Registration fee (excl. VAT):
- € 200.00 for companies and private practitioners
- € 100.00 for universities and non-profit organizations
Please note that all invoices will be issued after payment of the registration fee.


To register for our one-day seminar in Sint-Martens-Latem, please click here or send us an email at

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