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13 October 2015
De Clercq & Partners is happy to announce that Jacek Kepa, Sarah Thysen and Tom Liessens have joined the team.
Jacek Kepa, PhD
Jacek obtained a Masters degree in Biomedical Science: Bioelectronics and Nanotechnology from the University of Hasselt, Belgium as well as a Ph.D. in Physics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Prior to joining De Clercq & Partners, Jacek worked as an experimental researcher at the Laboratory for Semiconductor Physics in collaboration with IMEC.
Jacek has joined the patent team as Patent Adviser.
Sarah Thysen, PhD
Sarah Thysen holds a Masters degree and PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She performed the research for her Masters thesis during a 6-month stay at Tsinghua University, China (under supervision of Prof. J. Creemers and Prof. W. Wu) and for her PhD thesis at the Skeletal Biology and Engineering research center, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (under supervision of Prof. Dr. R. Lories and Prof. Dr. F. Luyten).
Prior to joining De Clercq & Partners, Sarah worked for one year as a scientific collaborator at the same research center and is currently finalizing a Masters in Intellectual Property Rights and ICT law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Sarah has joined the patent team as Patent Adviser.
Tom Liessens holds a Master degree in law from the University of Ghent and a subsequent LL.M. in Intellectual Property Rights from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
He started his career as a lawyer-trainee in 2014 in private practice and gained experience in various aspects of Commercial law, Intellectual Property law and Information Technology law.
Tom provides clients with strategic and hands-on advice on the protection, maintenance and management of small and large trademark and design portfolios and he also assists in negotiations and drafting agreements relating to Intellectual Property.
Tom has joined our trademark team as Legal Counsel and Trainee Trademark and Design Attorney.
De Clercq & Partners is delighted to welcome Jacek, Sarah and Tom. They will undoubtedly strengthen the patent and trademark team. This further expansion of our practice will allow us to maintain the quality and timing of the service that we aim to provide to our clients.
We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration!