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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    • 25/11/2022
    • Articles

    Q&A on Data Protection Impact Assessments

    Van Bael & Bellis’ data protection team has compiled a list of questions that clients frequently ask, to clarify the concept itself and the benefits which a DPIA can bring to projects involving personal data.

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    • 19/08/2022
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    CJEU Adopts Broad Interpretation of "Special" Personal Data

    In a recent judgment, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) held that personal data from which sensitive information can be inferred may qualify as a “special” category of personal data under the GDPR. In particular, the CJEU held that the publication of the name of a person’s partner could indirectly disclose the person’s sexual orientation and therefore should be treated as a “special” category of personal data under Article 9 of the GDPR. Many data – alone or used together – is liable to disclose indirectly sensitive information, even if an organization avoids collecting sensitive categories of data as such. Therefore, data controllers will need to review whether their databases may infer special categories of data and may need to take measures to avoid this, or implement a proper legal basis for processing special categories of personal data. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this CJEU judgment..

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    • 14/02/2022
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    Belgian DPA Finds IAB Europe’s Consent Framework in Breach of GDPR

    On 2 February 2022, the Belgian Data Protection Authority ruled that the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), developed by Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe), infringes the General Data Protection Regulation 679/2016 (the GDPR). The TCF is a widespread mechanism facilitating the management of users’ preferences for online personalised advertising. The DPA held IAB Europe responsible for the TCF’s failure to comply with the GDPR and imposed a fine of 250,000 EUR. This decision may have an important impact in the digital advertising industry, which relies on the TCF mechanism in the context of the real time bidding process for online advertisements. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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