Intellectual property webcasts

Intellectual Property cell

The Intellectual Property Team (IP-Team) has created, with experts, short webcast video's on several themes regarding Intellectual Property, Patents, etc. They are compiled on this page for quick reference.


1) SoftIP

This series of videos focuses on a category of rights that are not registered but that are part of what are referred to as intangible rights and regularly associated with other intellectual property rights: know-how, trade secret, confidentiality, etc.


What is the legal value of an i-DEPOT? When is it useful to have an i-DEPOT? Christian Meyers of the Information & Promotion Department of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (OIP) tells us more about it. (language: French)

Confidential data and unfair competition

Marie-Eve Comblen, Deloitte, details the potential problems and offers solutions relating to the confidentiality and non-competition obligations incumbent upon company employees.


Trade secrets

Information that is kept confidential by companies in order to preserve a competitive advantage is called a 'trade secret'. A new directive covers its protection.. P. Partoune, legal advisor at Cogitus, describes what it's about and what it means for companies. (language: French)

How to protect a trade secret?

To enjoy the protection of trade secrets, you have to take reasonable measures to ensure secrecy. What are they?Bert Spreuwers, lawyer at Agoria, highlights the important points of this issue. (in French)


The intellectual property of students and trainees

What are the provisions to be made when a company has students or trainees who participate in innovative projects generating intellectual property with added value? Valentin de le Court, lawyer, Cabinet Daldewolf, stresses the importance of these measures and describes what they may be and how to install them in companies.


2) IP and new technologies

New technologies (additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, big data,…) and new business models (open innovation,…) are bringing with them new challenges with regard to intellectual property. They are covered in this series of videos.

The legal aspects of Big Data

What is Big Data and how can issues relating to property, private life and intellectual property affect major data projects? In this video, the lawyer Ph. Laurent presents his analysis from a legal point of view, which he illustrates via a few examples.

'Open innovation' - Sharing intellectual property and competition law

In the case of collaborative R&D projects, companies sign agreements on how the results of joint research should be shared. However, too often, they neglect legally applicable restrictions relating to competition. A. Cruquenaire and N. Neyrinck, Lawyers at the Cabinet Lexing, clarify these notions and offer indications on the type of agreements that are authorised, risky or forbidden.


3) Trademarks

Trademarks are an essential corporate asset to distinguish a company's products and services from those of its competitors. This series of videos provides information on the various aspects relating to trademarks.

A good trademark for your project

What are the key characteristics of a good trademark ? It must be distinctive and available. It must be registered, but also kept alive. These aspects are developed and illustrated with examples in the following video by the lawyer Ph. Laurent.

Shape marks

Tanguy de Haan, Lawyer, NautaDutilh Brussels, offers an insight into what a shape mark is, the grounds for refusal of this type of brand distinction and the scope of protective measures it can offer. (language: French)

Before using a trademark, check that it hasn't already been registered!

You can save both time and money by conducting an early check to see whether a similar trademark to yours has already been registered. The Sirris IP-team explains how to use the TMview database to locate the necessary information. (language: French)


4) Patents

Patents play an increasingly important role in innovation and its valorisation. This series of videos provides information on patents, not only as a means of protection, but also as a source of information.

OPRI's patent information tools

The Belgian Office for Intellectual Property (OPRI) presents its publishing tools for invention patents: eRegister, Espacenet-BE, Federated register. (language: French)

How much does a patent cost?

In general the cost of a patent is high. Before starting to file a patent application, you should think about the expenses incurred against the expected benefits. Marie-José Luys, Patent Attorney with V.O. explains what costs should be allowed for according to the territories in which protection of your invention is required.

How to read a patent and its claims?

How to read a patent and in particular its claims. How to read then as engineer and not a lawyer or patent specialist. J. Van Malderen, Pronovem, explains in this webcast how to read the documents of the patent in both cases.

Software patentability

More and more, patenting software is being allowed in Europe. In this video, Samuel Denis, European Patent Attorney, explains how it is possible to patent software, he shows how the technical contribution of the invention can be proven and how this implies an inventive activity. (Language = French)

Octrooien : rechten van de octrooihouder versus rechten van derden

Wettelijk gezien is een octrooi het recht om te verbieden. Wat betekent dat? Antwoord aan de hand van een concreet voorbeeld door Eva Eulaers, European Patent Attorney bij V.O. Patents & Trademarks. (Language = Dutch)

Brevets : les droits du titulaire versus les droits des tiers

Aux yeux de la loi, le brevet est un droit d'interdire. Qu'est-ce que cela signifie ? Réponse de Isabelle Surdej, European Patent Attorney chez V.O. Patents & Trademarks, à partir d'un exemple concret. (Language = French).


What should you do when a competitor's patent blocks your activity?

Do you want to exploit a form of technology that is patented by another company? What can you do? You can ask for authorisation and make arrangements or you can bypass the patent or invalidate it.

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How can you bypass a blocking patent?

How can you bypass a blocking patent? How can you go beyond the scope of its claims?

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5) Forgery

Beslag inzake namaak. Hoe ermee omgaan? Hoe zich erop voorbereiden?

Judith Bussé, Intellectual Property Associate bij Crowell & Moring) legt uit hoe bedrijven zich kunnen voorbereiden op een beslag inzake namaak.

La saisie-contrefaçon. Comment réagir? Comment s'y préparer ?

J.D.Lindemans, IP and Litigation Partner chez Crowell & Moring, explique comme les entreprises peuvent se préparer à la saisie-contrefaçon.

6) Support by the government

Drafting, submitting and defending a patent application is expensive; however regional public authorities have implemented systems aimed at supporting businesses looking to protect their innovations. This series of videos provides information on subsidies for patent applications in three Regions.

Flemish government:

In this webcast, Mieke Houben of VLAIO, talks about the grants in the Flanders Region (in Dutch).

Walloon government:

In this webcast Rose Detaille of SPW – DG06 talks about the grants in the Walloon Region (in French).

Brussels government:

In this webcast, Julie Vertraeten of Innoviris, talks about the grants in the Brussels-Capital region (in French).


In this webcast, Evy Ceuleers of Innoviris, talks about the grants in the Brussels-Capital region (in Dutch).