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De Clercq & Partners Annual IP Seminar

02 december 2020

De Clercq & Partners is delighted to invite you to our annual seminar. Due to the current situation, we will be hosting a virtual and abridged version this year. Join us online for a quick update on patenting in Europe.

11 december 2020 09:00
11 december 2020 09:00

This year’s seminar will be hosted online on Friday December 11, 2020.


We will be offering a session in the morning and in the afternoon to cater to as many of you as possible. The presentations will be exactly the same during both sessions but the Q&A will of course depend on the input of the participants.

9.00 am // 2.30 pm:   Welcome and introduction
Sakina Bounaga, Partner & Patent Attorney

9.05 am // 2.35 pm:   Updates in Healthcare and Life Sciences Patent Practice in Europe
– Antibodies
– Plants
– Impact of Covid-19 pandemic

Ann De Clercq, Founding Partner & Patent Attorney
Liesbet Paemen, Partner & Patent Attorney
Andrej Michalík, Partner & Patent Attorney
Koen Vanhalst, Partner & Patent Attorney

10.00 am // 3.30 pm:   Q&A – part one

10.15 am // 3.45 pm:   Short break

10.25 am // 3.55 pm:   Patenting in a digital world
Jeff Gyi, Patent Attorney (moderator)

10.35 am // 4.05 pm:   Artificial inventors: who owns the sheep when androids dream?
David Lesthaeghe, Patent Attorney

10.55 am // 4.25 pm:   The global rise of digital technologies in European patent filings. Key insights from the European Patent Index.
Robrecht Dumarey, Patent Attorney

11.15 am // 4.45 pm:   Q&A – part two

For whom

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


Friday December 11, 2020


Registration is free of charge but mandatory.

Please click here to register.

You will receive an access link to the webinar a few days in advance of the event. A recording will be made available afterwards.

We hope to be back next year with our full-day programme, in-person networking opportunities and a lovely lunch. In the meantime though, we look forward to seeing you all online next week!