03 October 2023

What’s in a name? Can first and last names be registered as a trademark?

Registering a first and/or last name as a trademark might be a strategic move for individuals, businesses, or creative professionals seeking to protect their personal brand. While registering common names as a trademark can be challenging, it is not completely impossible. The luxury industry provides us with well-known examples such as Louis Vuitton, Porsche, Dior, Céline and so on. In this article, we will explore the intricacies of registering your first name and/or last name as a trademark.

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25 September 2023

AI Tools for innovators: Can ChatGPT Replace Your Patent Attorney?

In recent years, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) tools has been impossible to ignore. From students utilising AI-generated content for school assignments to professionals seeking answers from AI language models, the impact of AI on various aspects of our lives is profound. However, the question that arises is whether AI, exemplified by ChatGPT, could be used by inventors as a replacement for the indispensable role of a patent attorney in the world of intellectual property.

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21 September 2023

Patent protection for new medical uses of known materials before the European Patent Office: it’s all about the technical reality

Nowadays, treatments of patients both by therapy and surgery have evolved into very specialized methods involving innovative therapeutic agents, sophisticated medical devices, and often combinations thereof.

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19 September 2023

Celebrating 50 years of the European Patent Convention: How time flies when you are having fun!

On the 5th of October 1973, 16 countries, Belgium being one of them, signed the European Patent Convention, also known as the EPC. By doing so, this multilateral treaty created the European Patent Organisation and in essence also the European Patent Office (EPO).

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14 September 2023

Introducing Maud Verheyleweghen: Our Newest Team Member!

We are delighted to introduce Maud Verheyleweghen, the latest addition to our team at De Clercq & Partners. Maud's journey in the world of patents began in 1998 when she started as a Paralegal in a prominent patent law firm. Over the years, she has developed a remarkable expertise in managing patent and supplementary protection certificate (SPC) files.

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