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Funding and Patent Protection for your R&D

April 27, 2015 - April 28, 2015

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De Clercq & Partners (DCP) invites you to a small and friendly after-work session on patent filing strategies and subsidies available to would-be patent applicants. It combines the benefits of short and focused presentations, informal discussion, and networking with colleagues active in your sector.

The patent filing system can seem quite complicated with a multitude of different ways available protect your invention. Each filing route has its advantages and disadvantages and has to be tailored to your company’s needs. Your business model, R&D strategy and financial means are just some of the factors that can help decide the optimum strategy. The Belgian Government is a strong supporter of R&D and innovation at both the federal and regional levels, using R&D tax incentives and direct R&D grants to support these activities. In particular, Belgium offers investors a very attractive regime for R&D activities and the management of Intellectual Property (IP).

During this session DCP will explain the best approaches for seeking IP protection, followed by a comprehensive overview of the funding opportunities available to support your R&D activities presented by MINT Europe.

The session is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

  • On April 27, 2015, in Leuven / Heverlee
  • On April 28, 2015, in Ghent / Latem

Refreshments are served from 16.30h. The sessions start at 17.00h, and conclude at 18.30h, after which you can engage in discussions, and network with colleagues in different fields.

About the speakers:

Sonja Vancrayenest is a Business Leader at MINT Europe. MINT Europe is a service provider specialised in Funding Services and Management Consulting. As funding expert MINT Europe brings together their complementary expertise  for integrated guidance and support in obtaining and managing regional, national and European subsidies, tax incentives and savings. Sonja has many years of experience in assisting clients to optimise their business strategy and in obtaining government support. Sonja builds on her 15 years of working experience in grants and incentives.

Koen Vanhalst is a qualified European and Belgian Patent Attorney at DCP. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology and worked for 4 years as an Examiner in the European Patent Office in the field of Biotechnology prior to joining De Clercq & Partners. His main areas of practice include the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications world-wide, up to the level of opposition and appeal proceedings, the provision of legal IP advice and acting as an expert for the Belgian courts in intellectual property matters. Koen is also active in providing opinions regarding patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity of intellectual property rights, IP due diligence, portfolio management, advice and strategy. He is a qualified European and Belgian Patent Attorney and often lectures at conferences and is a member of LES and AIPPI.

Kris Pappaert is a qualified European Patent Attorney at DCP. He holds a Master of Science in Bio-engineering Sciences and a PhD in Applied Sciences. Kris is a qualified European Patent Attorney and is since 2014 a guest lecturer on Intellectual Property at the Vrije Universteit Brussel (VUB) where he introduces Intellectual Property matters to students in Master of Science in Bio-Engineering Sciences. His main areas of practice include the drafting, filing and prosecution of applications world-wide, up to the level of opposition and appeal proceedings. Kris is very skilled in Patent literature searching and analysis’ such as client-tailored ‘Patent Landscape’ studies for detailed reviews of R&D trends, technology scouting or strategic portfolio alignment.


April 27, 2015
April 28, 2015
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