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Florence Verhoestraete Associé

Florence Verhoestraete pratique la propriété intellectuelle depuis 1994, tant dans le cadre de contentieux que dans la rédaction et la négociation de contrats. Elle se charge également d’aspects réglementaires présentant des liens avec la propriété intellectuelle dans des secteurs spécifiques (sciences de la vie, alimentation, vie privée). Ses langues de travail sont le néerlandais, le français et l’anglais.

Florence est diplômée de la Katholiek Universiteit Leuven (KUL) 1992. Elle a ensuite étudié la propriété intellectuelle pendant un an à Londres et a travaillé au sein du département de propriété intellectuelle de Clifford Chance (Londres) pendant six mois. Elle a rejoint NautaDutilh en 1994 et y est associée depuis 2004.

Florence a publié de nombreux articles sur des sujets précis de la propriété intellectuelle et est membre de plusieurs associations internationales de propriété intellectuelle : International Trademark Association (INTA), Benelux Licensing Executive Society (LES) et Benelux Merken- en Modellenvereniging (BMM – elle y est membre du comité de rédaction du journal "Bulletin BMM").

Florence est mentionnée dans les guides suivants: Chambers & Partners (édition 2014: "combines great technical and practical expertise and also has good knowledge of the case law"; édition 2012: "continues to enjoy a remarkable reputation. She is notably skilled in contractual and regulatory issues in the life sciences sector"; édition 2011: "continues to impress with her highly articulate pleading style and keen eye for detail" ; édition 2010: "receives effusive praise for her broad knowledge, sharp pleading abilities and strategic thinking"; édition 2009: "is a knowledgeable and tenacious litigator. She is known for her ability to assimilate technical details and to compete in lengthy debates before court"), The Legal 500 (recommanded in 2012, 2011, 2010); IAM Patent 1000 (édition 2013: "she is able to grasp the technicalities of any case very quickly and translates this to success”). Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (Women in Business Law: recommended for patents and trademarks in 2014 and previous editions), World Trademark Review 2014 edition "the estimable Florence Verhoestraete proves there is no let-up in quality further down the ranks" and édition 2013: "Florence Verhoestraete is another high-flying advocate on the team".

She represents clients in the life sciences, food and consumer goods sectors, amongst others, ranging from start-ups to large multinationals and research centres.

Florence has both extensive litigation and transactional experience (including assisting with complex financing and corporate matters in which IP is key) as well as a thorough understanding of regulatory issues, in particular in the food and life sciences sectors.

She co-heads NautaDutilh's life sciences sector team and is a member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), Licensing Executive Society (LES), International Trademark Association (INTA), the European Food Law Association (EFLA) and the Beneluxvereniging voor Merken- en Modellenrecht (BMM). Florence also serves on the INTA Bulletin Committee and the editorial board of the BMM Bulletin, the leading Benelux journal for trademarks and designs. She publishes and speaks regularly on selected IP-related topics.

Florence is mentioned in: Chambers & Partners (2018 edition: "Florence Verhoestraete advises clients from the technology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors on patent and trade mark litigation as well counterfeit product concerns, both in Belgium and across Europe. She offers additional support preparing licence agreements"), Pritchard's Legal 500 (2018 edition: "Florence Verhoestraete focuses her practice on the food, consumer goods and life sciences sectors), (recommended in 2018, 2017), IAM Patent 1000 (2018 edition: "In litigation, it's always more fun to have a good opponent and Florence Verhoestraete is exactly that. She's a great litigator whose talents enable her to dictate the issues on which a case will be fought."); (2017 edition: "Heading the life sciences team is Florence Verhoestraete, a discerning counsellor and savvy enforcer"), WTR (2018 edition: "the other foundation stone of the practice", "a commercially aware and solutions-driven professional, with a great deal of IP experience. She is very impressive in trial: understated but convincing, she has the ear of the court when arguing and is a well-respected opponent. Verhoestraete is always prepared and goes into great depth");  (2017 edition: "a 'fabulous attorney' who earns glowing reports from some of the best in the business"), Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars (2018, 2017, 2016 ranked in the Top 250 Women in IP).

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