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Kristel Van den Broeck

Kristel Van den Broeck

  • Chemistry
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Senior Associate

As a European patent attorney Kristel Van den Broeck has18 years of experience, of which 12 years as in-house patent attorney in the chemical industry. She spent most of that time working for Huntsman, where she was in-house patent attorney for the patent portfolio within the polyurethane division. In this position, she was responsible for drafting patent applications and associated global prosecution; advising on invention valorization; assessing patent validity, freedom to operate studies and European oppositions. Before working for Huntsman, Kristel worked within IMEC’s patent department, working on microelectronics-related patents.

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Kristel holds a degree in bioscience engineering from Ghent University and a PhD in chemical environmental technology from the Catholic University of Leuven.

In April 2023 she joined V.O., where she is active as patent attorney in the Chemistry and Life Science Department, in the Leuven (Belgium) office.

Working experience

  • European Patent Attorney, V.O. (April 2023 – present)
  • Managing IP Attorney – Huntsman (2018 – February 2023)
  • Senior Patent Attorney – Huntsman (2011 – 2018)
  • Researcher & (Trainee) Patent Attorney – IMEC (2000 – 2011)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Catholic University of Leuven (1998-2000)

Education

  • PhD, Catholic University of Leuven (1998)
  • Bioscience Engineer (specialization in chemistry & agricultural industries), Ghent University (1991)

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English

 

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Relaxation of rules for transfer of right of priority

The right of priority is the basis of international patent protection, allowing the applicant to continue the original patent application abroad within one year while maintaining the original filing date. In recent years, an increasing number of patents have been revoked in opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office (EPO) due to an invalid transfer […]Continue reading

Events

Jobfair Vlaamse Technische Kring (VTK) 2024

Brabanthal, Brabantlaan, Leuven, België

The VTK Jobfair will take place on Thurday 14 March 2024. The Jobfair falls during an interesting time for students to find out what the business market has to offer. It is the ideal opportunity for students to get in touch with companies through VTK.

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Graduate Jobfair Ghent 2024

Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter, Ghent, Belgium

De Graduate Jobfair Ghent 2024 is organized by the Ghent University Association.
(Almost) graduated and looking for your first challenging job? Or, looking for further education after your bachelor (BA) or master (MA)? Get to know the current job market and a wide range of further study opportunities.

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JCI Flemish-Brabant Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2024

De Hoorn, Sluisstraat, Leuven, Belgium

JCI Flemish-Brabant Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Our society is constantly changing. And let that be precisely the goal of Junior Chamber International ("JCI"): to bring about positive changes in our society.

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