De Clercq & Partners IP Seminar 2023

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26 May 2023
09h00 - 19h00
Auberge du PĂȘcheur, Pontstraat 41, 9831 Sint-Martens-Latem

We are excited to announce the date of the 2023 De Clercq & Partners Intellectual Property seminar.

On Friday May 26, 2023, we will be taking over Auberge du Pêcheur once again for an engaging day full of thought-provoking talks and invaluable networking opportunities! By good custom, we aim to provide you with the latest updates in patent and trademark prosecution.


Morning session
Chaired by Caroline Hennin (European & Belgian Patent Attorney – De Clercq & Partners)

08.30h Registration and Coffee
09.10h Welcome and introduction
Ann De Clercq, Founding Partner – De Clercq & Partners

Subject Matter Eligibility in the US and Practical Examples
Dan Morath, Partner - Patent Law Works, US


G2/21 : White Smoke, let the Exegesis begin !
Filip De Corte, Head IP Crop Protection - Syngenta, CH

10.55h Coffee break

The Limits of Design Protection
Kristof Neefs, Partner - Inteo, BE

12.00h Walking lunch, served in Auberge du Pêcheur

Afternoon session
Chaired by Sakina Bounaga (Partner– De Clercq & Partners)


Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent: finally becoming a New Reality
Christophe Ronse, Partner – Altius, BE
Andrej Michalik, partner, European Patent Attorney - De Clercq & Partners, BE

All very well to have a Unitary Patent: but what about the Conundrum of Unitary SPCs?
Sven Bostyn, Associate Professor of Innovation Law - University of Copenhagen, DK and Filip De Corte, Head IP Crop Protection - Syngenta, CH

15.00h Coffee break

Plant related Exceptions under the UPC
Philippe de Jong, Partner – Altius, BE

Brief Update on Patentability of Plants at the EPO
Ann De Clercq, Founding Partner, European & Belgian Patent Attorney – De Clercq & Partners, BE

Panel Discussion on UP, UPC and USPC
Panel: Christophe Ronse, Dan Morath, Filip De Corte, Andrej Michalik, Phillipe de Jong, Sven Bostyn, Ann De Clercq

Moderator: Liesbet Paemen, Partner, European Patent Attorney, De Clercq & Partners, BE

16.45h Brief update on Chinese IP
Wei Zhao - China Science Patent & Trademark Agent Ltd
17.00h Closing remarks
17.05h Closing reception at the Conference Venue, Auberge du Pêcheur


•    Practitioners involved in drafting, prosecuting and litigating patents
     and trademarks
•    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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