The title of the first lunch-meeting of 2019 is : "La protection de la mode: Comment encourager et protéger les créations de mode, en valorisant les particularités de style et le savoir-faire. Exposé au regard de l’expérience en Italie et au regard du droit européen".

The speaker is Ms. Paola Gelato, lawyer at the counter of Turin and Paris (Partner at Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati). The presentation will be in French, but Ms. Gelato can also answer questions in English.

The address is: Simont Braun. Louizalaan 149/20, 1000 Brussels.

Participation to this lunch-meeting is free (members only), provided timely registration by 15 February 2019 at the latest, by notification to the secretariat via


This Lunch-meeting will discuss the Study question on patents for the AIPPI World Congress 2019 (London).

Topic: "The requirement for plausibility in patent legislation"

Location: Stibbe (Brussels)

Members-only event with free lunch.

More information will follow at the beginning of 2019.

Board Meeting

Joint Study Day LES-BMM-AIPPI Belgium: Tribute to Florent Gevers

On Thursday, March 21 2019 a tribute to Florent Gevers, in memoriam à travers le temps, will be held.

The meeting is organised by LES Benelux, BMM and AIPPI Belgium.

The meeting will be held in The Hotel, Boulevard de Waterloo 38, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. Start of the meeting is 09.00 and the end is estimated at 17.00.

The following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Sir Robin Jacob, London, United Kingdom

“The intersection between designs and trademarks with respect to shapes”

  • Sir David Tatham, London, United Kingdom

“Domain Name Disputes”

  • Prof.Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, Bardehle, Pagenberg, Munich, Germany

“IP infringement: international jurisdiction in the EU” or “Overview of CJEU case-law”

  • Mr. Fernand de Visscher, Simont Braun, Brussels, Belgium

“Design law: the consequences and question marks following the Groupe Nivelles judgment of CJEU”

  • Mr. Ivan Verougstraete, Former president Court of cassation Belgium and Benelux Court, Brussels, Belgium

“Jurisdictional evolution: new competences for the Benelux Court of Justice”

  • Mr. Philippe Péters, NautaDutilh, Brussels, Belgium (to be confirmed)

“Lookalikes from the position of trade mark owners”

  • Mr. Luis-Alfonso Durán

”Administrative procedures for revocation and declaration of invalidity of trade marks in the EU and non-use defence in opposition procedures,(articles 44 & 45 of EU Directive 2015/2436). Was it a wise and reflected decision? Risks involved for trade mark owners"

Further details of the program will follow soon.


The fee for this meeting will be € 120,00 for LES Benelux, AIPPI and BMM members and € 180,00 for non-members. For members 40 years of age or below there is a discount of € 20,00 under the condition of completing your date of birth at the online registration form. Payment can take place by bank transfer or by credit card. Your registration will be confirmed with an invoice for the registration fee. The fee includes meeting materials, buffet lunch, coffee and tea in the break and drinks after the meeting.


Please register online via the online registration form


The secretariat of LES Benelux ( must be informed of any cancellation in writing by e-mail. Cancellations received on or after 14 March 2019 will be fully charged.


The number of educational points is 6. Please contact the Registration Desk at the day of the meeting for the necessary lists to sign. A certificate of attendance will be send by email after the meeting.


Please note that this topic meeting is open for members and non-members worldwide. However, from participants it is expected that they have at least an academic background (law, financial or technical).


The speakers at this meeting will be kindly requested to make their presentations available for publication at the LES Benelux website. All participants will receive instructions by email how to access these presentations.

Board Meeting

Seminary / General Assembly


  • Presentation by Jerome Debrulle, FOD Economy/Intellectual Property Office on current activities and challenges. 

  • Presentations of the AIPPI study questions for the World Congress of September 2019 (London).

More information on practical details will follow.

Study Day 2019

More information on the programme will follow in the spring of 2019.

Location: Hilton Brussels Grand Place