Florence Verhoestraete has practiced IP law since 1994, with a focus on patents, trademarks and unfair competition. She represents clients in the food, consumer goods and life-sciences sectors. She advises on and litigates in relation to intellectual property, contractual and regulatory issues. Florence works in Dutch, French and English.
Florence received her law degree from KU Leuven in 1992. She then studied intellectual property for one year in London and worked in the intellectual property department of Clifford Chance (London) for six months. Florence joined NautaDutilh in 1994 and was named a partner in January 2004. She is an active member of the firm's multidisciplinary Life Sciences group.
Florence has published a number of articles on selected topics in the field of IP law and is a regular speaker at seminars. She is a member of several international IP associations, i.e. the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Benelux Licensing Executive Society (LES) and Benelux Merken en Modellen vereniging (BMM), and currently serves on the BBM Bulletin's editorial board.
Florence is mentioned in: Chambers & Partners (2014 edition: "combines great technical and practical expertise and also has good knowledge of the case law"; 2012 edition: "continues to enjoy a remarkable reputation. She is notably skilled in contractual and regulatory issues in the life sciences sector"; 2011 edition: "continues to impress with her highly articulate pleading style and keen eye for detail" ; 2010 edition: "receives effusive praise for her broad knowledge, sharp pleading abilities and strategic thinking"; 2009 edition : "is a knowledgeable and tenacious litigator. She is known for her ability to assimilate technical details and to compete in lengthy debates before court"), The Legal 500 (recommended in 2012, 2011, 2010); IAM Patent 1000 (2013 edition: "she is able to grasp the technicalities of any case very quickly and translates this to success”). Expert Guides: Women in Business Law (Women in Business Law: recommended for patents and trademarks in 2014 and previous editions.), World Trademark Review 2014 edition "the estimable Florence Verhoestraete proves there is no let-up in quality further down the ranks" and 2013 edition: "Florence Verhoestraete is another high-flying advocate on the team".