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Philippe de Jong

Philippe de Jong



  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • Pharmaceuticals

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Philippe specialises in intellectual property law, with a particular focus on patents, plant variety rights and parallel import issues. Philippe also has extensive experience in regulatory matters concerning the life sciences and agri-food industries. Other areas of practice include medical law, media law and fair trade practices in a variety of sectors.

Philippe regularly lectures at conferences and seminars. He has also published articles in various leading legal journals relating to his area of expertise. Philippe worked as a consultant for the EU Plant Variety Office and is also an active member of the European Seed Association (ESA), the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproducing Fruit and Ornamental Varieties (CIOPORA).

Bar Admissions

Brussels Bar: 2002


LL.M. Intellectual Property (University College London)
Erasmus Exchange Programme (University of Lausanne)
Lic. Juris (University of Antwerp)
Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property | Patents | Pharmaceuticals | Regulatory Law


“100g of Mealworm Please!” – First Insect Approved under the Novel Foods Regulation
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2021

On 3 May 2021, the EU Member states approved “dried yellow mealworms” as a novel food under EU Regulation 2015/2283. According to the applicant, mealworms can be used in a broad range of food products, such as bread, cookies, or pasta. A Commission implementing regulation will follow soon, which marks the final step and formally authorises the novel food. Mealworms are the first insect species to secure clearance as a novel food but more are likely to follow...

Precaution is Not Enough – CJEU Finds that Cannabidiol (CBD) is not a Narcotic Drug
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, November 2020

The legal status of CBD, a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant, is murky. Certain Member States are more restrictive about it than others. The Court of Justice of the EU has very recently provided clarification in the context of a preliminary ruling (case C-663/18 of 19 November 2020). This case revolves around CBD’s ban in France, after it had been imported from the Czech Republic where it was lawfully produced...

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, The European Commission has Adopted Temporary Derogations from Certain Competition Rules in the Dairy, Flower, and Potato Sectors
ALTIUS/Tiberghien, May 2020

 On 30 April 2020, the European Commission adopted three implementing regulations allowing temporary derogations from the strict cartel prohibition provided for by EU competition law in three specific agricultural sectors: dairy, potato and live plants and flowers. The latter sector is said to broadly cover “live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like, cut flowers and ornamental foliage”...

Additional Articles

"The EU regulatory framework for compliance with rules on access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources", BSLR 2016, 83. (co-author).

"Belgium", in P. ENGLAND (ed.), Patent Transactions in the Life Sciences. A global guide to agreements in the sector, Global Law and Business, London, 2014. (co-author).

"Evoluties in het octrooirecht: overzicht van rechtspraak 2011-2013" ("Patent case law review 2011-2013"), TBH 2014, 409. (co-author).

"De toepassing van artikel 69 EOV na het Liposuctie-arrest: is het vet van de soep?" (“The application of Article 69 EPC after the Liposuction ruling: has the fat hit the fire?”), IRDI 2012, 241. (co-author).

"Uitputting in het kwekersrecht" ("Exhaustion in plant variety rights law"), IRDI 2012, 95.



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