Overview

Thibaut D’hulst focuses on intellectual property law, new technologies, data protection, pharmaceutical law and competition law.

Thibaut regularly advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law. His experience ranges from advising on strategies to protect trademarks, databases and other intellectual property to litigation, including patent validity and enforcement cases. He also regularly assists clients in new technology projects in relation to compliance with intellectual property, data protection and/or pharmaceutical laws. 

In addition, Thibaut is a certified Data Protection Officer and assists clients in complying with EU and Belgian data protection rules by conducting data protection audits, drafting company policies, information clauses and processor agreements on data protection, filing notifications, assisting clients in procedures before data protection authorities and advising on the international transfer of personal data.

In the field of competition law, Thibaut’s experience includes compliance training, assisting clients during and after dawn raids, advising on data protection aspects of competition procedures and on litigation concerning damages proceedings.

Languages

Dutch, English, French, German

Recommendations

  • Chambers Europe - Data Protection (Associates to watch)

Education

  • Queen Mary, University of London, LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law, 2006

  • University of Leuven, Postgraduate degree in Business Economics, 2005

  • University of Leuven, Master of Laws, 2004

  • University of Namur, Bachelor of Law, 2001


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Brussels

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    • 23/07/2020
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    Court of Justice of European Union Invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield

    On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Facebook Ireland and Schrems case (C-311/18, Schrems II case). The CJEU invalidated Decision 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Privacy Shield. The CJEU ruled that the EU-US Privacy Shield does not provide adequate protection and can therefore no longer serve as a legal instrument permitting the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US. As a result, transfers of personal data between the EU and the US that rely on the EU-US Privacy Shield are now illegal. However, the CJEU considered that Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid and can be relied upon, provided that the applicable legislation does not prevent the recipient from complying with its contractual obligations under the SCCs. Please click below to read a note summarizing the CJEU's judgment.

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    • 07/07/2020
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    European Commission Reviews First Two Years of GDPR: A Success Story with Room for Improvement

    On 24 June 2020, the European Commission has published its first report on the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) which has applied in the EU since May 2018. Overall, the Commission considers the GDPR to be a success story, but, at the same time, it identifies certain areas where there is room for improvement and the challenges that lie ahead. In particular, the Commission notes that the efficient and coordinated enforcement of the GDPR among all Member States is of paramount importance. Moreover, the application of the GDPR to new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, requires continuous monitoring. According to the Commission, the Covid-19 crisis has proved that the use of new technologies and data protection go hand in hand. Please click below for a note summarising the Commission’s report.

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    • 30/04/2020
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    Covid-19 | EDPB Guidelines on Location Data and Tracing Tools

    On 21 April 2020, the European Data Protection Board (the EDPB) published guidelines on the use of location data and contact tracing tools in the context of the Covid-19 outbreak (the Guidelines). The Guidelines discuss how to use location data and build contact tracing apps in compliance with EU data protection and ePrivacy rules. In addition, the EDPB provides a guide setting out an itemised list for developing contact tracing tools in the fight against Covid-19.

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