Florent Gevers - 14/07/1934 - 23/10/2018

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Met droefheid meldt de Raad van Bestuur u het overlijden van Florent Gevers op 23 oktober 2018. Florent was gedurende vele jaren voorzitter van de Belgische groep van AIPPI.

Florent was handelsingenieur (Université catholique de Louvain) en houder van een diploma van het CEIPI te Straatsburg. Hij was lange tijd een drijvende kracht, vooral in het merkenrecht, van Bureau Gevers. Hij was actief lid van de Hoge Raad voor de Industriële Eigendom (nu de Raad voor de intellectuele eigendom). Daarnaast heeft hij zijn dynamisme ook gewijd aan diverse verenigingen in ons vakgebied. Niet in het minst aan AIPPI.

Florent bekleedde diverse functies binnen AIPPI, waaronder die van voorzitter van de Belgische groep. Dankzij Florent Gevers heeft onze vereniging haar positie in de internationale debatten versterkt. Ook vandaag speelt zij nog steeds een rol van betekenis dankzij de inhoudelijke kwaliteit van haar werk. Daar hechtte Florent bijzonder veel belang aan. Ook zijn rol voor het tijdschrift L’Ingénieur-Conseil (thans ICIP) zal niet worden vergeten.

Onze vereniging is hem veel verschuldigd. Wie hem gekend heeft, zal hem herinneren voor zijn luisterend oor, zijn enthousiasme en zijn vriendschappelijke toewijding.

Het Bestuur heeft de familie Gevers namens de ganse vereniging haar oprechte medeleven en erkentelijkheid betuigd.

Le conseil d’administration a le regret de vous faire part du décès, ce 23 octobre 2018, de Florent Gevers, président de notre groupe national AIPPI pendant de nombreuses années.

Ingénieur commercial de l’Université catholique de Louvain, diplômé du CEIPI à Strasbourg, Florent Gevers a poursuivi et étendu, surtout dans le domaine des marques, les activités du Bureau Gevers pendant longtemps. Par ailleurs membre actif du Conseil supérieur de la propriété industrielle (aujourd’hui Conseil de la propriété intellectuelle), il a témoigné aussi de son dynamisme dans diverses associations actives dans notre domaine, et en particulier dans la nôtre.

Dans le cadre de celle-ci, il a exercé diverses fonctions, parmi lesquelles celle de président du groupe belge de l’AIPPI. Grâce à Florent Gevers, notre groupe a confirmé sa place dans les débats internationaux et jouit aujourd'hui d’une visibilité méritée par la qualité de ses travaux auxquels Florent attachait une grande importance. Son rôle dans la revue L’Ingénieur-Conseil (aujourd’hui ICIP) ne sera pas oublié non plus.

Notre association lui doit beaucoup et tous ceux qui l’ont connu, se souviendront toujours de son écoute, de son enthousiasme et de son amical dévouement.

Au nom de toute l’association, le conseil a transmis à la famille de Florent Gevers ses condoléances très sincères et très reconnaissantes.

World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2018


World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2018

Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.

For more information, surf to http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/


Report AIPPI Milan Congress 16-20 September 2016

17-18 September 2016

The first day of the AIPPI World Congress was mainly dedicated to the study committee meetings regarding the Working Questions.

The copyright question was about “Linking and making available on the Internet”. Since the resolution on exception to copyright and permitted uses on the internet passed at the Hyderabad congress, there have been several CJEA rulings on the “making available right’ in the context of linking (i.e. Svensson C-466/12 of February 13, 2014, BestWater C-348/13 of October 21, 2014 and GS Media C-160/15 of September 8, 2016). Pursuant to this case law, hyperlinking to a copyrighted work can be considered as an “act of communication to the public” when it is communicated to a “new public” (Svensson and BestWater) or when the links have been posted for financial gain (GS Media).

However, this approach is not followed by other jurisdictions and legal practitioners remain divided on the matter, which was also reflected in the study committee. Not only were there discussions whether or not hyperlinking to a copyrighted work should be considered as an act of communication. It was also questioned whether or not framing and embedding should be treated differently from hyperlinking or deep linking. Countries like the UK, France, Argentina and Belgium are in favor of such a difference, since the impact on the exploitation rights of the copyright owner is different. To the contrary, countries like the US, Turkey and Sweden believe that all types of linking should be treated the same way for freedom of speech reasons.

In the evening, the congress opened officially with a magnificent opening ceremony on the catwalk. Flying musicians, billboard pictures capturing Italian history and a ballet dancer gave that extra touch to the grandeur of the festivities. The welcome reception continued on the same level of excellence by offering Italy’s finest cuisine.

The second day started off with a Brexit Session. Although many hypotheses were discussed, no indication whatsoever could be given on the actual consequences that are to be expected.

Subsequently, the Study Questions for the AIPPI World congress 2017 in Sydney were presented:

Option 1:    Inventor remuneration for multinational inventions
Option 2:    Patentability of computer implemented inventions
Trademarks / Designs
Option 1:   Use of consumer survey evidence in trademark proceedings
Option 2:    Bad faith trademarks
IP protection of media and IT
Option 1:    Big data – protection and ownership
Option 2:    Protection of graphical user interfaces
Option 1:    Quantification of monetary relief
Option 2:    Standing to litigate and effect on available remedies

Thereafter, a Belgian lunch was organized for which some of us had to occupy with all our belongings several tables and charmingly yet decisively expel others from joining us.

The afternoon program was filled with a variety of subjects: one could attend the plenary session on patents or one of the many panel sessions, e.g. on IP & Food, GI’s, Contributory Infringement and TPP/TTIP.

The second evening was all about glitter and glamour. Kicked off by the Women in AIPPI networking event in the famous Café Trussardi and followed by an unforgettable concert at the prestigious Scala.

19-20 September 2016

On the third day of the AIPPI World Congress in Milan, some more interesting panel sessions took place, such as the one on IP and Fashion. The panel gave their insights on the possible ways and the evolving approaches to protect fashion items. Also the significant differences between the US and EU approach was discussed.

In the afternoon the plenary session on the requirements for protection of designs took place. In particular, the resolution concerned the question whether a design which is solely dictated by its technical function, should be granted protection as a registered design. Although almost all groups acknowledged that their current law denies protection to a design with an appearance that is solely dictated by its technical function, some parts of the resolution were heavily debated. For Belgium, Fernand De Visscher took the lead and defended the Belgian position with great diligence. After three hours debating the designs resolution, a resolution was adopted.

The evening of the third day was the “reception”-evening. At least a dozen of different receptions of the various Italian (and non-Italian) law firms took place. After our first Italian ice cream during a meeting with an Italian colleague in the city center, the reception evening started with Portolano. As they were about to move offices, they invited their guests in their new office location: the Palazzo Borromeo. The building itself was constructed in the 13th century and still featured a nice Italian patio and several beautiful wall paintings. From the classic and stylish location of the Palazzo Borromeo, the reception-evening continued at Gianni Origoni, located in the Palazzo Belgioioso. This palace was a neo-classical building, constructed in the 18th century. The golden decorations, the columns and pilasters and the enormous frescoes amazed all of their guests, and then they hadn’t even started with trying some of the carefully selected wines and food. One thing we learned thus far: in Italy they have amazing office spaces.

Thereafter also Modiano and LGV Avvocati were on the list and the “reception-evening” was finished off by attending the reception / party of Chadha & Chadha.

The last day started off with an interesting mock trial on the UPC and some more information – or at least some more speculation – on the consequences of the Brexit on the entering into force of the UPC. Besides a lot of possible scenarios, no real prediction was made about the implications of the Brexit on the harmonization of the Unitary Patent Court.

For most, the congress came to an end with the closing dinner at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. After aperitivo in the entrance hall, dinner was served between the Seven Heavenly Palaces, a permanent exhibition by Anselm Kiefer. We can hardly accuse the Italians of a lack of style. With music during dinner shifting between far-too-loud and barely audible, dancing shoes began to itch. They were not left wanting for too long.

AIPPI Resolutions 2016

The Resolutions adopted at the 2016 AIPPI International Congress in Milan are available via the following link:


Notice nécrologique - Necrologie

Nous avons appris le décès de Ir. Leo Ryckeboer.
Leo a assuré la présidence de ANBPPI durant trois années cruciales en 2008-11, au cours desquelles il a apporté une contribution essentielle au développement de notre association.
Nous nous souviendrons de lui comme d'un président sage, bienveillant et pragmatique.
Nous adressons nos sincères condoléances à son épouse, ses enfants et sa famille pour ce décès bien trop précoce.

Wij vernamen het overlijden van Ir. Leo Ryckeboer.
Leo heeft gedurende drie cruciale jaren in 2008-11 het voorzitterschap van de BNVBIE waargenomen, waarin hij een essentiële bijdrage heeft geleverd aan de doorstart van onze vereniging.
Wij zullen hem herinneren als een wijze, minzame en pragmatische voorzitter.
Wij bieden zijn echtgenote, kinderen en familie onze oprechte deelneming aan bij dit veel te vroege heengaan.

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