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Florence Verhoestraete Partner

Florence Verhoestraete is gespecialiseerd in handelsmerken, patenten, ontwerpen en het oneerlijke handelspraktijken. Florence is een actief lid van de multidisciplinaire Levenswetenschappengroep van NautaDutilh. Ze maakt bovendien deel uit van het e-Team van NautaDutilh en is experte inzake domeinnaamgeschillen.

Ze vertegenwoordigde tal van cliënten in grote proceszaken, zowel nationaal als internationaal.

Florence studeerde in 1992 af aan de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL). Daarna studeerde ze één jaar Intellectueel Eigendomsrecht in Londen, waar ze zes maanden werkte op de IE-afdeling van Clifford Chance. Ze startte bij NautaDutilh in 1994 en in 2004 werd ze vennoot.

Florence publiceerde een aantal artikels over gerichte topics m.b.t. Intellectuele Eigendom en is lid van verscheidene internationale IE-verenigingen (International Trademark Association (INTA), Benelux Licensing Executive Society (LES) en de Benelux Merken en Modellen Vereniging (BMM)). Momenteel zetelt ze in de Bulletin's Law and Practice Sub-Committee van INTA voor Europa en Centraal-Azië en maakt ze deel uit van de redactieraad van BBM Bulletin.

Florence wordt vermeld in: Chambers & Partners (2014 edition: "combines great technical and practical expertise and also has good knowledge of the case law"; 2012 edition: "continues to enjoy a remarkable reputation. She is notably skilled in contractual and regulatory issues in the life sciences sector"; 2011 edition: "continues to impress with her highly articulate pleading style and keen eye for detail" ; 2010 edition: "receives effusive praise for her broad knowledge, sharp pleading abilities and strategic thinking"; 2009 edition : "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 (recommended in 2012, 2011, 2010); IAM Patent 1000 (2013 edition: "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 2013 edition: "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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