Bernard is working as a jurist at BomhardIP. He is involved in all kinds of trade mark and design proceedings before the EUIPO and advises in particular on complex cases involving non-traditional trademarks, marks with a reputation, as well as on bad faith cases. He also handles multijurisdictional trade mark clearance and portfolio management.
Bernard first gained experience in IP working in a European IP law boutique in Belgium. Following that he joined the EUIPO for a one-year traineeship as part of the Pan-European Seal Programme in 2016, working as a trade mark examiner at the EUIPO Operations Department. In parallel, he was also working as a trade mark analyst for a leading IP case law database and has provided advice and guidance to young startups to identify and secure their valuable IP assets. He has been at BomhardIP since June 2019.
Bernard studied at Brussels University and holds a Master of Laws degree. He also has obtained an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and ICT from the KU Leuven. Born and raised in Brussels, he is fluent in French, Dutch, and English, and has good knowledge of German and Spanish.
In his free time, you can find him running, training for semi-marathons and triathlons, or compiling music playlists and cooking for his friends.
2014-2016: LL.M. Intellectual Property and ICT Law, KU Leuven, Brussels (Belgium)
2012-2014: Master of Laws (Economic Law, minor Intellectual Property Law), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels (Belgium)
2008-2012: Bachelor of Laws, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels (Belgium)
Since June 2019: IP Jurist, Bomhard IP, Alicante (Spain)
2018: IP Support for EUIPO, Randstad España, Alicante (Spain)
2017-2019: Legal Analyst (freelancer), Darts-IP, Brussels (Belgium)
2015-2016: Trade Mark Examiner (trainee), Operations Department, EUIPO, Alicante (Spain)
2013-2014: Legal Intern, Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Brussels (Belgium)