De Clercq & Partners (DCP) is an established firm of experienced Patent and Trademark and Design attorneys providing a full range of Intellectual Property and legal services with offices in Sint-Martens-Latem, Leuven and Kortrijk in Belgium. Our location allows convenient access to the main European Patent Offices (EPO) in Munich and The Hague.
Our firm offers a range of expert services covering all aspects of intellectual property. For patents, these services encompass amongst others drafting, filing and prosecution of PCT, European and national patent applications, and representation of parties in examination, oppositions, and appeals. We can directly file and validate EP patents in Belgium and the Netherlands, and provide IP services in all other countries via our extensive network of trusted foreign associates.
Our team of legal counsels and trademark and design attorneys renders proficient services on both administrative (prosecution) and substantive level in often challenging cases, including ex-officio examinations, oppositions, invalidations and appeals. We represent our clients directly before the Benelux Office, the European Intellectual Property Office, the World Intellectual Property Office, the French Institute for the Intellectual Property (INPI) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office, and through a network of trusted foreign associates in all other countries worldwide.
We also assist clients in evaluating IP rights, conducting searches, revocations, prosecuting supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), advising on IP protection optimization strategies, portfolio management and strategic IP advice, legal IP opinions such as freedom-to-operate, infringement or validity opinions, due diligence, and advising on licensing matters.
We also provide renewal and translation services, and through our financial experts can advise on the Belgian tax deduction for innovation income. Our firm also offers the full range of services in the field of trademarks, designs, domain names and copyrights.
We provide expert advice in patent, trademark and design invalidation and infringement procedures before the Belgian, Dutch and European Community courts and we also act as court or party-appointed experts in proceedings before the Courts in IP matters in Belgium and the Netherlands, such as descriptive seizure proceedings and proceedings to the merits in infringement or invalidity disputes. Joost Muylle is also consular judge in the Belgian courts of commerce.
Our professionals are supported by a dedicated and experienced paralegal department, finance department, and legal counsel, and also by our computerized systems for communications, docketing and billing that allows our clients up-to-date web-based access to their IP portfolios.
DCP has a strong expertise in life sciences including all domains of green, red and white biotechnology, in chemistry, pharmaceuticals, food industry, mechanics and engineering. The firm thrives on a highly specialized and experienced group of over forty enthusiastic experts that have a common aim to serve clients to the highest standards for very competitive prices in a European setting.
Our multinational team of professionals and their experience enables the firm to provide a high quality service in all aspects of IP practice. Thanks to the international diversity of our professionals, we can offer our services in at least 5 different languages.