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15 June 2017 - Half-day Topic Meeting and AGM in Rotterdam


We cordially invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting of LES Benelux and half day Topic Meeting on June 15th , 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam.


For your convenience the AGM is again scheduled after the lunch of our half-day Topic Meeting “ Hot Topics in Licensing and IP”.


Members of LES Benelux are welcome to participate free of charge. The fee for this meeting for non-members will be € 50,00.






Welcome drinks and lunch


Annual General Meeting


Topic Meeting “Hot Topics in Licensing and IP”

Welcome and Introduction by Laura MacDonald, president of LES Benelux



Topic 1 - Life Sciences trends

Maarten Meulenbelt, Sidley Austen, Brussels (BE)


The EU Commission has recently launched a formal investigation into pharma pricing over cancer drugs [investigation on abusing dominant position and / or allegation for threat of drug withdrawal]. Those cases are notoriously complex and gathering further understanding as to history, legal path, possible results and consequences on pharma industry is a unique opportunity Maarten Meulenbelt will provide to LES Benelux.



Topic 2 - Ransomware and cyber security


Gerard Wagener, Computer Incident Respons Center, Luxembourg (LU)


Licensing practitioners work with digital documents prepared and saved on electronic devices in networks. Our network is our workplace. Common attacks against the IT infrastructure of all types of organizations are direct financial attacks, blackmail and ransom attacks, abuse of IT infrastructure, data exfiltration, and abuse of document indexing systems.


Recent events have demonstrated how networks and computer systems in many different countries including vital services such as hospitals are open to attack by “ransomware”. A single individual who handles an infected email incorrectly can jeopardize archived documents of a complete organization.


The Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg (CIRCL) is a government-driven initiative designed to provide a systematic response facility to computer security threats and incidents. CIRCL is a partner of the “No More Ransom” Project set up by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre and the cyber security companies Kaspersky Lab and Intel Security. It has the goal to help victims of ransomware to retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay to criminals.


Gerard Wagener of CIRCL the will report on these developments and best practices to prevent or reduce damage and loss.




Topic 3 - The Trade Secrets Directive – what does it mean and how will it work?


Wouter Pors, Bird & Bird, The Hague (NL) and Bruno Vandermeulen, Bird & Bird, Brussels (BE)


The Trade Secrets Directive was enacted in June 2016 and needs to be implemented in national law by 9 June 2018. Some of its provisions are not completely clear at first sight, but there is often a clear reasoning behind them. In this session Bruno Vandermeulen and Wouter Pors will explain what the intention of the EU legislator has been and how key provisions should be understood. LES and the European Commission are also monitoring the implementation into national law and will keep in close contact on this. You will get an update of the status of the implementation and the most important options which the Member States will have to decide.




Networking drinks


A detailed program on subjects and speakers will be available soon.




5 October 2017

Topic Meeting on "Competition Law" in Brussels (B)


13 and 14 November 2017

Licensing Course at the Faculty Club, Leuven (B)


15 November 2017

Topic Meeting on "Difficult clauses and situations in contracts" at the Faculty Club, Leuven (B)





Other meetings



PatentMatch 2017 – 19 May 2017 - High Tech Campus Conference Centre – Eindhoven (NL)


PatentMatch2017 is one big meeting event where innovators and inventors can make contact with experts who are able to realize their concepts. With one main goal: to get useful contacts and knowledge, whereby more innovative concepts really can achieve the market. On the PatentMatch program you’ll find: matchmaking, workshops, pitches, keynote speakers. Participating is possible as Founding Partner, Partner, Exposant or in giving a workshop. Surf for all opportunities to www.patentmatch.nl