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


Bar Admission

Brussels

Publications and insights

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    • 13/02/2019
    • News

    Thibaut D’hulst and Darach Connolly quoted by Politico on the recent German Bundeskartellampt decision on Facebook

    Van Bael & Bellis counsel Thibaut D’hulst and associate Darach Connolly were quoted by Politico on the recent Facebook decision by the German competition authority – the Bundeskartellampt – which links data protection and competition law in a novel decision.

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    • 04/02/2019
    • News

    Van Bael & Bellis promotes Thibaut D’hulst

    Van Bael & Bellis is pleased to announce the promotion of data protection, IT and IP specialist Thibaut D’hulst to Counsel. Thibaut joined Van Bael & Bellis in 2006. He assists clients in ensuring compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and also focuses on intellectual property, pharmaceutical law and competition law. Thibaut commented on his promotion: “My journey at Van Bael & Bellis has been filled with inspirational people and valuable learning experiences. I am grateful to my colleagues and to the partnership for this recognition and look forward to continuing to advance our practice.” Thibaut’s promotion within Van Bael & Bellis is recognition of the firm’s commitment to focus on new areas of growth, whilst maintaining their leading reputation in the areas of competition and international trade. Co-managing partners, Jean-François Bellis and Philippe De Baere commented: Van Bael and Bellis is a client-driven firm which has always brought in the talent necessary to provide the quality services our clients expect. Thibaut has developed a unique expertise in helping our clients structure their businesses in a compliant way that optimises the policy space under the EU’s rules on data protection and intellectual property. Van Bael & Bellis’ Brussels and Geneva offices now include 22 partners, 6 senior counsel, 6 counsel and 34 associates.

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    • 23/01/2019
    • News

    Thibaut D’hulst speaks on data protection in eHealth applications at a symposium in Brussels

    On 16 January 2019, Van Bael & Bellis associate Thibaut D’hulst spoke at a symposium entitled “Health and Case in a Digitising World: Integrating eHealth into Public Healthcare Systems” organized by the Public Policy Exchange and held in Brussels. The subject of Thibaut’s presentation was the protection of personal data in eHealth applications. Other speakers at the event included Marco Marsella, Head of Unit eHealth, Well-being and Aging, DG CONNECT, European Commission and Eva Van Assche, Guest Professor & Researcher, Thomas More University of Applied Sciences. The event was chaired by Nicke Guldemond, Professor Integrated Care & Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The agenda of the symposium is available here.

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