Fernand de Visscher


Fernand de Visscher is a lawyer since 1976, partner at Simont Braun LLP (Brussels), specialized in patents, designs, and artistic and literary works, with experience also in media law, distribution, domain names, IP transactional work and competition law related to these matters. After having lectured on Benelux design law at the Centre for International Studies in Intellectual Property (C.E.I.P.I., Strasbourg, France), he was a visiting lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) in IP contracts, and he is still active in the Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires Droit Economie et Société (CRIDES, Faculty of Law, UCLouvain). He was a co-President of the Council of Industrial Property (Belgian Government advisory body), presiding the Industrial Property section from 2006 to 2023. He is active in several IP organizations (i.a. AIPPI, member of honour, former president of the Belgian AIPPI group; EPLAW, as a co-founder, past secretary and member of the Advisory board). Member of the editorial boards of the Journal des Tribunaux and L’Ingénieur-Conseil ICIP. He authored and co-authored various publications and articles on IP topics. Member of the CEPANI (Belgian Center for arbitration and mediation) and admitted to the WIPO List of Neutrals as WIPO Arbitrator.