Background and education
In 2002, Joris Deene completed his Degree in Law magna cum laude at the University of Ghent.
In addition, he gained in 2014 a Postgraduate Certificate in International Copyright at the University of Amsterdam (IVIR).
Joris is a guest lecturer on copyright and new technologies at the University of Ghent (Belgium). He has been a researcher at the Centre Jurist & Informatics of the Law Faculty of the University of Ghent (2004-2010).
He is the author of dozens of contributions and articles in the area of intellectual property, IT and data protection law, and a much sought-after speaker at seminars and conferences on these topics.
Joris sits in the Counsel of Intellectual Property that advise the Belgian Minister for Economy on intellectual property rights. He has been acknowledged as a third-party decider for .be domain name disputes by the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI).
Joris has been a member of the Bar Association at the Ghent Bar since 2002. He is partner at Everest.
Prior to joining Everest in 2012, he worked 8 years as an IT, IP and privacy lawyer at the law firm Storme, Leroy, Van Parys in Ghent.
He is also a member of the following professional organizations:
- Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM)
- Belgian Association of Copyright Law (BVA-ABA)
Joris Deene is specialized in intellectual property law (IP), trade secrets and unfair competition. He advises on copyright, trademarks, patents, design rights, database rights, domain names and trade secrets. In this respect, he has extensive expertise in court litigation against or by (alleged) infringers.
He is also specialized in the legal aspects of IT, software and e-commerce. He drafts various types of IT contracts, such as regarding the development, implementation and licensing of software, apps and technology, web and cloud services, etc. He also advises on compliance with e-commerce legal requirements. He further has a lot of expertise in litigation about failed complex IT and software projects.
Joris is also an expert in privacy and data protection law. He assists companies, organizations and governmental bodies in becoming compliant with EU and Belgian data protection law (GDPR) and information security law. He also provides services as Data Protection Officer (DPO).
Joris also drafts and negotiates various commercial contracts, such as distribution, commercial agency, franchising, general conditions, confidentiality agreements, etc.