Valentin has over fifteen years of experience in innovation-related intellectual property law, including four years of practice in China. His area of expertise covers contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a focus on patent law, trade secrets protection and management, open innovation contracts, and China-related IP strategies.
Valentin has developed a diverse and original expertise in intellectual property law, through years of practice at the Brussels bar, at a Shanghai based Chinese IP boutique, and within Belgium’s largest IP firm.
With a keen interest in innovation, he focusses his practice on patent and trade secrets law matters, both as counsel and litigator. Valentin litigates patents in court, advises on R&D collaboration agreements and projects, performs trade secrets audits, and provides guidance on the protection and management of confidential information. His practice also covers trademark law (advice contracts, and litigation).
Valentin lived and worked for several years in Shanghai. He helps innovative European businesses to mitigate the many IP risks related to doing business in China (IP protection strategies, tailor-made China IPR portfolios building, IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting programs, and negotiation of IP related agreements) and works closely with Osborne Clarke's offices in Asia to leverage his experience supporting investors and manufacturers in the APAC region.
Valentin advises and represents clients in a variety of sectors, including Life Sciences and Healthcare, Digital Technology and semi-conductors, and has significant experience in representing start-ups and scale-ups, in particular for their research and development projects.