De Clercq & Partners


10a Edgard Gevaertdreef

Tel:+32 92 80 23 40

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Founding Partner, European & Belgian Patent Attorney: Ann De Clercq, PhD

Quick facts:

Established: 1998
Number of Partners: 7
Number of IP Practitioners: 26
Network Memberships: EPI, INTA, AIPPI, CIOPORA, LES, BMM

De Clercq & Partners is your partner for personalized Intellectual Property protection and enforcement. We have extensive experience in assisting clients in building up, evaluating and maintaining a relevant intellectual property portfolio which will both maximize your company’s competitive advantage as well as ensuring optimal use of intellectual property assets.

Based on the concrete needs of each client, our services may extend from assisting in addressing specific intellectual property issues, to ensuring the complete development of an intellectual property strategy. Where necessary, we help our clients to understand and feel comfortable with all aspects of intellectual property processes and their requirements. We aim to give our clients complete peace of mind in relation to all intellectual property issues and strive to provide advice tailored to clients’ specific requirements.


Who we are

De Clercq & Partners is an established firm of experienced and highly motivated Patent Attorneys and Trademark and Design Attorneys. We currently have offices in Sint-Martens-Latem, Leuven and Hasselt (BE), all very close to Europe’s capital city of Brussels. 

Our attorneys have strong academic and technological credentials with PhD degrees in science and/or LL.M. degrees in intellectual property law. This combination of high level scientific skills and strong expertise in IP law enables us to provide you with the highest standards of service in all aspects of IP practice in Belgium, Europe and across the globe. Thanks to the international diversity of our professionals, we can offer our services in at least seven different languages.


Customized IP protection

De Clercq & Partners offers expertise in determining a tailor-made IP strategy and also provides strategic advice in that regard. Such services include, among others:

  • Identifying optimal protection strategy
  • Developing an appropriate IP portfolio, tailored to the product and market
  • Management of IP portfolios with a clear view on costs involved
  • Advising on tax benefits related to innovation income in Belgium
  • Providing strategic advice on the acquisition, maintenance, exploitation and valuation of IP as part of the company’s overall business strategy




Practice Areas: Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent prosecution, Trade mark, Trade mark prosecution

Sector Expertise: Artificial intelligence, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Electrical, Food & beverage, Gaming, ICT & software, Furniture, Life sciences, Oil & gas, Nanotechnology, Medical device, Mechanical, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Technology hardware, Robotics, Renewable energy, Universities & research, E-commerce, Fashion & luxury goods, Aerospace, Agriculture, Construction & materials, Electronics, Industrials, Optics & photonics, Retail, Sports, Semiconductors, Utilities


We pride ourselves on our continuous rankings and awards from leading industry publications such as Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), the World Trademark Review (WTR), Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), Leaders League and the Financial Times (FT).