Denis Canet

Denis Canet

Of Counsel

Belgian and European patent attorney

Qualified as French patent attorney

  • Immunoglobulin
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacy
  • Oligonucleotide
  • Unitary Patent
  • Nutrition
English and French

Denis joined NLO in 2016, coming from another European (UK-headquartered) IP firm.

Before working in private practice, Denis held a position as IP Director with an international pharmaceutical group for 7 years. Previously, Denis worked for biotech companies in the UK and in Switzerland, in charge of IP and licensing.



Denis advises clients, from small start-ups to multinationals, in all fields of life sciences, including pharmaceuticals, green biotechnology, red biotechnology and diagnostics.

Denis is engaged in all activities involved in building and maintaining patent portfolios for his clients, for which he can rely on his direct experience in USPTO examination and interviews as well as in EPO hearings, oppositions and appeals.


During his time as an in-house attorney, Denis actively participated in many activities relating to drug development and, as such, acquired a unique working experience in the scientific, regulatory and IP aspects of pharmaceutical development. Over the years, Denis gained a detailed understanding of pharmaceutical IP lifecycle management, where his expertise ranges from orienting R&D projects using IP landscaping through to patent enforcement, such as defending against generic challenges under the Hatch-Waxmann act. Denis also assists his clients in the in and out licensing of innovations and multijurisdictional IP tax planning.



Denis graduated in Bioengineering from Ecole Centrale Paris, has a PhD in Molecular Biophysics, as well as degrees from CEIPI (Strasbourg, France) in Patents and in European Patent Litigation.


More information

Denis is an author on over 15 academic papers in leading scientific journals (e.g., Nature, 2003, 424(6950):783-8).

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