De Clercq & Partners Annual IP Seminar

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29 November 2019

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 29, 2019 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 Koen Vanhalst (Partner - De Clercq & Partners)

08.30h: Registration and coffee

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

09.00h: Digital revolution in chemical industry and what it means for IP
Gilbert Voortmans, European & Belgian Patent Attorney – De Clercq & Partners, BE

09.40h: Updates in patenting Antibodies, and Software and Artificial Intelligence in healthcare at the EPO
Liesbet Paemen, Partner –  De Clercq & Partners, BE
Jeff Gyi, European Patent Attorney –  De Clercq & Partners, BE
David Lesthaeghe, European & Belgian Patent Attorney –  De Clercq & Partners, BE

10.20h: Coffee break

10.50h: Navigating the US Patent Office: challenges particular to European companies and attorneys
Dan Morath, Partner – Patent Law Works LLP, US

11.30h: SPC decisions from the last year: evolution or revolution? 
Mike Snodin, CPA EPA Director - Park Grove IP, UK

12.00h: Walking lunch - prepared by the chefs of Auberge du Pêcheur


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

13.30h: The interaction between trade marks, trade names and domain names
Paul Maeyaert, Partner – Altius, BE

14.10h: Will the Enlarged Board of Appeal change its mind on products from essentially biological processes?
Philippe de Jong, Partner – Altius, BE

14.50h: Coffee break

15.20h: Protection of Trade Secrets - Reverse engineering
Philippe Campolini, Partner – Stibbe, BE

16.30h: International Harmonization?

  • Leonor Magalhães Galvão, Partner – Magellan IP, BR
    “Recent updates on patent protection in Brazil”
  • Brian Kingwell, Partner – Gowling WLG, CA
    “Recent updates on patent protection in Canada, more particularly regarding changes to the Canadian free trade agreement with Europe"
  • Evgeniya Gizatullina, Russian and Eurasian Patent Attorney – Gowling WLG, RU
    "Overview and update on the Russian and Eurasian patent systems"
  • Dan Morath, Partner – Patent Law Works LLP, US
  • Mike Snodin, CPA EPA Director – Park Grove IP, UK

Panel moderation by Andrej Michalík, Partner – De Clercq & Partners, BE

17.00h: 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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