A tribute to Florent Gevers, in memoriam a travers le temps



March 21, 2019

Location: Hilton Brussels Grand Place, Carrefour de l’Europe 3, Brussels, Belgium.

On Thursday, March 21 2019, a tribute to Florent Gevers, in memoriam “à travers le temps” was held in Brussels. This special meeting has been organized by LES Benelux and BMM in cooperation with AIPPI Belgium and ECTA.



09.45 Welcome by Francois Painchaud, president LES International

09.55 Introduction by Gaëlle Gevers, Gevers, Brussels, Belgium

Chairman morning session: William E. Bird, IP Lodge, Heverlee, Belgium, president LES Benelux

10.05 “The intersection between designs and trademarks with respect to shapes”, Sir Robin Jacob, former Lord Justice, Court of Appeal of England and Wales, London, United Kingdom

10.40 “Design law: the consequences and question marks following the Groupe Nivelles judgement of CJEU”, Mr. Fernand de Visscher, Simont Braun, Brussels, Belgium

11.45 “Jurisdiction in multi-state infringements of trade marks and designs in the EU”, Prof. Dr. Alexander von Mühlendahl, Bardehle Pagenberg, Munich, Germany

– Visiting Professor Queen Mary, University of London, former Vice-President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs)

12.20 “Jurisdictional evolution: new competences for the Benelux Court of Justice” , Mr. Ivan Verougstraete, Former president  of the Belgian Supreme Court and the Benelux Court of Justice, Brussels, Belgium

Chairman afternoon session: Paul Maeyaert, Altius, Brussels, Belgium, president BMM 

14.15 “Domain names and the resolution of disputes’’, Mr. David Tatham, former president of ECTA, former director of INTA; former chairman Trademarks Working Group of UNICE, former chairman Trademarks Working Group of the Confederation of British Industry; and former president of the Trademarks Patents and Designs Federation, London, United Kingdom

14.55 “Lookalikes from the position of trade mark owners”, Mr. Philippe Péters, NautaDutilh, Brussels, Belgium

16.00 ”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”, Mr. Luis-Alfonso Durán, managing partner Durán-Corretjer, Barcelona, Spain

16.35 “National courts as EU judges. Can we do better?”, Prof. Willem Hoyng, Hoyng Rokh  Monegier, Amsterdam and professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Tilburg.


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