Intellectual property, ICT and privacy

Over the years, we have built up an extensive track record in the areas of:

 

Intellectual property

  • Advice on IP, including due diligences with M&As: copyright, trademark law, draft and design law, patent law, trade names, domain names, trade secrets & know-how etc.
  • Drawing up IP contracts: licence agreements, clauses for the transfer of IP (such as in employment or collaboration contracts), distribution agreements, franchising agreements, confidentiality agreements (NDAs), fair competition clauses, etc.
  • Assistance with IP disputes: procedures to stop breaches of IP rights and obtain compensation; seizure with regard to imitation; opposition and cancellation proceedings related to brands; domain name disputes, etc.

 

Information technology

  • Drawing up IT contracts: hardware sale or purchase, software development, software licences, cloud computing, IT projects, etc.
  • Drawing up general terms and conditions and user terms and conditions for e-commerce projects
  • Assistance for victims of cyber criminality
  • Assistance with IT disputes, such as unsuccessful ERP implementations, software development projects or other IT projects.

 

Privacy & data protection

  • Conducting a privacy audit and testing it against the GDPR
  • Drawing up a register of processing activities, processing agreements, agreements between joint processing managers, privacy & cookie policies, etc.
  • Service as a Data Protection Officer (DPO)
  • Assistance with GDPR disputes: procedures for parties concerned, procedures for processing managers or processors; assistance with procedures for the Data Protection Authority.

Our team

Partner

Johan Van Driessche

Partner

Joris Deene

Partner

Johan Van Driessche

Johan Van Driessche graduated with honours with a master’s degree in law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven and has been a lawyer since 1997.

 

Johan has been a partner at Everest Advocaten in Ghent since 2015 and is head of a department which specialises in commercial and company law and contracts and liability law. He also has a special interest and expertise in IT law.

Johan assists companies and their directors by giving advice, editing contracts, and helping with disputes and conflicts, which may or may not be part of judicial proceedings. He has an extensive track record and a sound knowledge in company and commercial law. He looks for solutions and attaches great importance to providing judicial service which optimises the commercial interests of the company.

Johan was a recognised mediator in civil affairs and commercial affairs and has an accreditation for collective negotiations. Moreover, he is also appointed regularly as a liquidator for bankrupt companies by the Court of Commerce in Ghent.

 

He provides training courses for agencies such as Kluwer.

 

Johan Van Driessche has been entrusted with various mandates within the structures of the bar. Amongst other things, he was treasurer of the Council of the Oudenaarde Bar from 2006 to 2011 and director of the Association of Flemish Bars (OVB) from 2011 to 2017. He is currently still a director at Diplad, the IT integrator of the OVB and the bars.

Partner

Joris Deene

Joris Deene graduated in 2002 with major distinction with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. In 2004, he did postgraduate studies in internatinal copyright law at the University of Amsterdam (IVIR). Joris was a researcher at the Centre for Jurist & Informatics of the University of Ghent (2004-2010) and currently lectures there in intellectual property and new technology.

 

Joris sits on the Council of Intellectual Property which advises the Belgian minister for Economy on intellectual property rights. He is also a third-party decider for .be domain name disputes at CEPANI.

 

Joris Deene is a partner at Everest and specialises in ICT law, intellectual property law and privacy law. He is the author of dozens of contributions and articles and is a popular speaker at seminars and conferences on these topics.

Senior associate

Valentine Pacco

Junior Associate

Myriem El-Kaddouri

Junior Associate

Hanne Bogaert

Senior associate

Valentine Pacco

Valentine Pacco obtained a master’s degree in law at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in 2014. After that, she continued her studies with an European master’s degree in law and economics.

 

She has been a lawyer at the Brussels bar since 2015 and works at the Brussels office of Everest.

 

Valentine Pacco practises mainly intellectual property, ICT and privacy law, corporate law and contracts, and company law.

Junior Associate

Myriem El-Kaddouri

Myriem El-Kaddouri graduated with distinction in 2017 with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent and in the same manner with a master’s degree in business economics, also at the University of Ghent.

 

In 2019, Myriem was admitted to the Ghent bar and also joined Everest in Ghent.

 

Myriem El-Kaddouri works within general corporate law, especially contract law, contractual and non-contractual liability law, and health law.

Junior Associate

Hanne Bogaert

Hanne Bogaert graduated in 2019 with great distinction with a master’s degree in law at the University of Ghent. She then opted for an advanced master’s degree in intellectual property & ICT law at the Roman Catholic University of Leuven, where she graduated with distinction in 2020.

 

During that last course, she was already working part-time in the Ghent department of real estate, construction and energy law, where she also started as a lawyer in September 2020.

 

Hanne is particularly interested in property law and intellectual property law and can therefore show insights into both branches of the law.

Contact us

Are you interested in our services regarding corporate law and contracts? If so, contact our specialists without obligation via our contact form or telephone us on 02/640.44.00 (Brussels) or 09/334.94.70 (Ghent) or 03/376.02.00 (Antwerp).