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Patrick Decrock

Patrick Decrock

  • Engineering
  • Hightech & Electronics
  • European and Belgian Patent Attorney
  • Senior Associate

Prior to joining V.O. in 2023 as a patent attorney, Patrick has been working as a European and Belgian patent attorney for more than 15 years, including 10 years as an in-house patent manager in industry.

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Patrick gained experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in fields ranging from mechanical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, medical devices, electronics,  applied physics, to computer implemented inventions.  He further gained experience in managing a global and worldwide patent portfolio, assessing validity of patent rights, freedom to operate studies, infringement analysis, and in providing general strategic and legal advice in IP matters.

Before working in the IP sector,  Patrick worked as a researcher at the University of Leuven and at Argonne National Laboratory in US, and later on as a system engineer and a requirements manager in an R&D department of a Belgian company active in the field of radiotherapy and particle accelerators.

Working experience

  • European and Belgian Patent Attorney, V.O., Leuven Office (June 2023-present)
  • European and Belgian Patent Attorney, IPLodge, Leuven (2018-2022)
  • European and Belgian Patent Attorney, freelance IP consultant (2016-2023)
  • Patent engineer and Patent Attorney at IBA s.a., Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2008-2018)
  • R&D project management and systems engineering at IBA s.a., Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1998-2008)
  • Research Associate, Argonne National Laboratory, USA (1996-1998)
  • Postdoctoral researcher, University of Leuven,  Nuclear Physics (1994-1996)

Education

  • 2004 – Master in Industrial Business Management (EHSAL, Brussels)
  • 1994  – PhD in Science, Physics (KU Leuven, Belgium),
  • 1988 – Masters Degree in Physics (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

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