Vincent Wellens is a partner in our Intellectual Property (IP), Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and competition practice. He represents major international clients on IP, trade practices, e-commerce, e-archiving and data protection issues in the consumer goods and ICT sectors. Vincent also actively supports our other practice areas, such as our banking & finance department with advice on IT outsourcing and archiving related issues for financial institutions and our tax practice with respect to IP portfolio structuring under the Luxembourg tax scheme for IP revenues.
Prior to joining NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg, Vincent gained in-house experience as competition & IP counsel at P&T Luxembourg, the largest telecom and postal operator in Luxembourg. Vincent also practiced IP/ICT and competition law at other first-tier Luxembourg and Brussels law firms with a strong focus on regulated network industries (telecom, energy, media, transport and finance).
Vincent graduated from the University of Leuven (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2001). He also holds a College Diploma in Legal Studies (King's College London, 2000) as well as LL.M. degrees in EU Law (Europa Institut Saarbrücken, 2002) and in Intellectual Property Law (Katholieke Universiteit Brussel, 2005). He is also a doctoral researcher at the University of Louvain (Université catholique de Louvain) in the field of consumer and competition law.
Vincent is a member of the Luxembourg association of IT professionals (APSI), the Benelux association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM), the Luxembourg association of telecom and media (cercle Marconi), the French-Luxembourg organisation of archiving professionals (FedIsa) and the Luxembourg competition association (ALEDC). As a member of these organisations he is regularly asked to advice on law proposals in the field of e-archiving and cloud computing.
Vincent is the author of numerous publications and is regularly speaking at conferences and seminars. For example, he leads a regular IP/IT-dedicated section in the Luxembourg business journal Agefi.
Sources in Chambers 2018 describe Vincent as having "skills to manage a big subject" and that "he shows a lot of integrity." Sources also praise his commercial awareness, with one reporting: "He is very business-oriented in the way that he approaches the client and the way he explains the procedure. When he communicates his strategy he takes into account that he is representing a business and he is very pragmatic." In the Chambers 2017 edition, clients appreciate his approach, reporting: "He is open-minded, pragmatic and not afraid of taking unconventional routes. He knows how to build confidence with his clients."
Vincent was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2002 and to the Luxembourg Bar in 2007.
He is fluent in English, Dutch, French, German and Luxembourgish.