MSc, LL.M - European Patent Attorney Physics - Electronics - ICT
With master’s degrees in both law and engineering, Michaël focuses on topics at the intersection of those fields, i.e. the “technolegal” field: intellectual property, turning innovation into business, and technology law.
Between 2000 and 2007, he was active as a research engineer at Alcatel R&I and Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs in Antwerp. Through various projects, he was able to thoroughly familiarize himself with different technological aspects of data communications, while also representing his employer in various standardization bodies. He further gained experience in managing research projects.
From January 2008 until May 2009, Michaël was part of the intellectual property department of Vasco Data Security in Wemmel, where he participated in patent drafting, prosecution, and oppositions, and managed a global trademark portfolio.
Michaël started working as a patent attorney in 2009, when he joined Arnold+Siedsma. In 2013, he joined forces with Hans Bracquené to build up IPLodge, where he now assists clients in finding the best way to legally protect their creations, and acts on their behalf in proceedings before Belgian, Dutch, and European patent issuing institutions, in synergy with the talents of the other team members. His technical areas of interest include physics, electronics, and ICT.
Michaël has co-authored a book and published several articles on patent law, teaches courses to prospective patent attorneys, and is active as a part-time academic researcher at the Law faculty of the University of Antwerp.
Michaël is qualified as a European, Dutch, and Belgian patent attorney. As a fully qualified jurist, he is also entitled to represent clients before the future Unified Patent Court. He is also a registered professional representative before OHIM, the European trademark and design and office.
Michaël’s primary professional language is English, next to his native language Dutch. French and German are his secondary professional languages, and he has basic notions of Icelandic and Danish.
What others say about Michaël
“He has great knowledge of the law and is very interactive with the people he works with; he has a talent that should be respected and is a useful partner to his clients.” – IAM Patent 1000 (2014).