Patrice Vanderbeeken

Partner | Brussels

Patrice enjoys a reputation as a prominent technology lawyer recognised by Chambers (since 2009) and the Legal 500 for TMT, association work and data protection. He has practised IT and IP law, with a focus on data protection, contracts, distribution, standardization and copyright for 13 years with NautaDutilh, a top tier Benelux firm, and before that at the European Court of Justice.

Patrice is heading the Pierstone Brussels Data Protection and TMT practice advising international clients in the aviation, hospitality, life sciences, finance and TMT sector on various questions including extra territorial applicability, international transfers, website policies, agreements (DPA, joint processing,…) and internal regulations. He and his team are regularly performing privacy audit and compliance schemes at international levels. Patrice is also well rounded in related copyright and licensing questions.

Patrice is well recognized for his work in distribution contracts and related (pre-)litigation. He has written various articles on the subject and has litigated some high profile cases regarding newly set principles of law on assignment of contracts, territorial scope, etc..

Patrice is also strongly recognized for his data protection and general corporate assistance to international associations, for which he has been praised in the Legal 500. His 20 years of experience in IP and TMT allow him to better understand the associations’ needs in term of articles of association and contracts (data protection, website, R&D, consultancy, licensing, IPR policy, etc.), standardization (IEEE, ITU-T, Cenelec, …) and subsidies (Horizon 2020, Life, etc.).

As a former external advisor to the technology transfer office of a leading university and GSK Vaccines’ US general counsel, Patrice has gained an excellent understanding of both the industry’s and the academics’ perspective with regard to technology and life sciences contracting (privacy, R&D and licensing). He has also developed extensive knowledge in EU and regional Research Framework Programmes.

Patrice is perfectly bilingual in French and Dutch which allow him to plead in both languages. He has a very good working knowledge of English and German. He has been trained at the Universities of Leuven (Dutch), Namur (French), Passau (German) and at the Vlerick Leuven Ghent management School which are are strongly recognised  in the QS and Times Higher Education rankings.

Patrice is a Board Member of the Joseph Maisin Fund for Cancer Research and of the Licensing Executives Society Benelux. He is also an Active Member of the Europe India Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Belgian Copyright Law Association.

Patrice has developed a particular interest in India and its culture and is therefor heading the Indian desk since his participation to Prince Philip’s mission to India in 2010 during which he organized a seminar with the Indian Merchants’ Chamber in Mumbai on the Benelux as the gateway to Europe.