As of March 1, Steven joined the Ghent office to contribute to NLO’s strong expansion in Belgium. His arrival will broaden the team’s expertise and will give a boost to NLO’s growth in the mechanics, electronics and telecommunications sector in Belgium. Steven will also contribute to NLO’s rapidly growing overseas business, which is one of the reasons he will also work from the head office in The Hague.
Steven is delighted about moving to NLO. He particularly likes the dynamic and proactive client interaction and the open and personal atmosphere within the various offices. The opportunity to work for large companies in the electronics sector and the fact that NLO has its own dedicated US team add to the appeal. This perfectly matches his interests and experience, being one of the few patent attorneys in Europe who has been involved in US patent litigation.
Steven is both a European and Belgian patent attorney specialised in mechanics, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunication, ICT and computer implemented inventions. He advises on the patentability of inventions, IP protection strategies, patent infringement and enforcement, patent validity and licence agreements. He also handles oppositions and appeals at the EPO (European Patent Office) and he is frequently involved in national and international litigation.
Steven has an outstanding track record. He previously worked for another International IP firm, where he co-headed the Belgian patents practice. He is also active in the steering committee of the IP group of ‘IE-net’, the Flemish engineers’ circle. He graduated in Electrical Engineering (University College St-Lieven, 1997) and has a Bachelor in Germanic Languages (University of Ghent, 1999).