Lawyer at MVVP
Philippe Laurent is a lawyer at Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners (MVVP), a Brussels-based independent law firm. He advises clients on Intellectual Property (copyrights, trademarks, patents...), and Information Technology law matters, such as online contracting, IP use on the Internet, E-commerce, as well as data protection issues. His practice encompasses a wide range of commercial law matters as well, including any form of distribution (exclusive distributorship, agency, franchising agreements,...), promotion and advertisement of goods and services and consumer protection compliance. He usually advises businesses in the software development & services, information processing, advertisement, media & entertainment and online commerce sectors. Philippe is also senior researcher at the Research Centre - Information, Law & Society (CRIDS) of the University of Namur, where he specializes in IP licensing. He has worked extensively on the legal aspects of FOSS, and is currently working on the development of a local FOSS expertise centre. Philippe is also alternate member of the copyrights and neighbouring rights section of the Intellectual Property Council of the Belgian Ministry of Economy (SPF Economie) and is appointed by the CEPANI as Third-Party Decider for ".be" domain name disputes.