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.


Dutch, English, French, German


  • Chambers Europe - Data Protection (Associates to watch)


  • 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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    • 04/01/2021
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    Implications of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on trade in goods

    On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom announced the conclusion of their negotiations of a Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (“EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement” or “the TCA”) intended to settle their future relationship. The United Kingdom left the European Union at the end of 31 January 2020 but a status quo was maintained as a result of the Withdrawal Agreement. That agreement provided for a transition period due to end on 31 December 2020. On 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom (“UK”) will no longer form part of the European Union (“EU”) Single Market (comprising the free movement of persons, goods, services and the freedom of capital) and the EU customs union. The TCA does not alter that fact. Instead, it sets separate terms for the relationship between the EU and the UK. The TCA consists of seven parts and a series of annexes and protocols. The TCA must also be read together with a series of declarations. The main substantive parts of the TCA concern: (i) trade, transport, fisheries and other arrangements (Part Two); (ii) law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (Part Three); (iii) health and cyber security (Part Four); and (iv) participation in Union programmes, sound financial management and financial provisions (Part Five). Part Six establishes a dispute settlement system and sets out a series of horizontal provisions. The parties to the TCA might conclude further bilateral agreements, supplementing the TCA (Article COMPROV.2.1). This client alert offers a general overview of the aspects of the TCA (especially Part Two) affecting generally trade in goods as well as digital trade. This alert does not cover the provisions of the TCA concerning notably services, investment and intellectual property rights. It must be read together with other client alerts on more specific aspects of the TCA that Van Bael & Bellis will prepare.

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    • 01/12/2020
    • Articles

    Commission Tables Data Governance Act

    On 25 November 2020, the European Commission proposed a Regulation on data governance (Data Governance Act) to better exploit the potential of ever-growing data in a trustworthy European framework. The proposal is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European strategy for data (available here). According to the Commission, the proposed Regulation offers a new form of data governance and establishes an alternative model to the data-handling practices of the big technology platforms. The model is based on the neutrality and transparency of data intermediaries as organisers of data sharing or pooling. Please click the link below for a short article on this proposal.

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    • 19/11/2020
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    EDPB Recommendations to Review International Data Transfers

    The Schrems II decision of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) caused quite a stir for organisations that transfer personal data outside the EU. First, the decision invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield scheme, that was designed to permit transfers between the EU and self-certified organisations in the US. On the other hand, it held that Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) that had been approved by the European Commission still provide sufficient safeguards, but nevertheless organisations had to assess on a case-by-case basis whether the SCC should be supplemented by additional measures. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has now adopted two recommendations outlining the approach it expects organisations to take when transferring data out of the EU. Please click below to read our note on the new recommendations adopted by the EDPB.

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