At IP Hills, we have made a resolute choice in favour of a non-hierarchical structure and a no-nonsense culture. We believe attitude is of the utmost importance. Eagerness to learn, to give and to excel beyond the average: that is what drives us and the quality of our work. We are endlessly fascinated by intellectual property.

We believe in lifelong learning. We put a rosy tint into grey paperwork: the extractions from our customers’ innovations. We don’t just use our academic knowledge to question our customers, but above all to achieve the right results. Where other firms stop, we keep going, because our work really matters. In short, IP Hills is a place where an individual’s personal development contributes to the performance of a well-oiled team.

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We are always on the lookout for professionals who want a passionate working environment and have an entrepreneurial drive.

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Aneta Markova

Aneta Markova

European Patent Attorney

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EDUCATION Aneta Markova holds a Master in Embedded System Design from the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and a Master in Electronics from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She has been a qualified European Patent Attorney since 2017. CAREER Aneta Markova started her career as...

Astrid D’hondt

Astrid D’hondt

Office Manager

Axel Plas

Axel Plas

Co-founder / Managing Director / European Patent Attorney

Christie Kafrouni

Christie Kafrouni

Jr. Trademarks & Designs Attorney

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EDUCATION Christie Kafrouni holds a Master in Law from UCLouvain, Belgium and a Master of Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management from Maastricht University, Netherlands. CAREER Her areas of practice include: - Application procedures before the Benelux, EU and International Intellectual Property Office, including responding...

Elke Van Nuffelen

Elke Van Nuffelen

IP Paralegal

Eva Eulaers

Eva Eulaers

European, Belgian, Dutch Patent Attorney

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EDUCATION Eva Eulaers holds a Master in Mathematics, a Master in Languages and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Liège, Belgium. She has been a qualified Dutch Patent Attorney since 2017 and a European and Belgian Patent Attorney since 2018. CAREER Eva Eulaers...

Femke Ruttens

Femke Ruttens

IP Paralegal

Frank Verbeke

Frank Verbeke

Sr. IP Information Specialist

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EDUCATION Frank Verbeke holds a BSc in Biochemistry-Biotechnology, BSc in Fermentation Technology and a BSc in Polymer Technology from HOGENT University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Ghent, Belgium. He also holds a Post HBO degree as an ‘IP Information Specialist’. CAREER Frank Verbeke started...

Hanne Lammens

Hanne Lammens

European / Benelux Trademarks & Designs Attorney

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EDUCATION Hanne Lammens holds a Master in Law from the University of Gent and a Master of Intellectual Property and ICT Law from the University of Leuven, Belgium. CAREER Hanne Lammens started her career in 2015 as a Trademark and Design Attorney at a niche...

Jeroen Declerck

Jeroen Declerck

Director / European Patent Attorney

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EDUCATION Jeroen Declerck holds an Engineering Degree and a Master of Science in microelectronics from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He has been a qualified European Patent Attorney since 2017. CAREER Jeroen Declerck started his career at the University of Leuven where he was researching...

Krista Nerinckx

Krista Nerinckx

Patent Engineer

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EDUCATION Krista Nerinckx holds a Master and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium. CAREER Krista Nerinckx started her career as an engineer in the process modeling department of ArcelorMittal, where she developed numerical models for controlling the steel production process. In...

Marieka Timmerman

Marieka Timmerman

IP Paralegal

Pauline Méchet

Pauline Méchet

Patent Engineer

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EDUCATION Pauline Méchet holds an Engineering Degree and a Master of Science in Physics and Optoelectronics, Optics and Radiofrequencies from Grenoble INP Phelma, France and a Ph.D. in Photonics Engineering from imec/Ghent University - INTEC, Belgium. AREAS OF PRACTICE Pauline Méchet joined IP Hills in...

Thomas Coppens

Thomas Coppens

Co-founder / Director Trademarks & Designs / Legal Counsel

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EDUCATION Thomas Coppens holds a Master in Law from the University of Leuven, an LL.M. International Law from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany) and an MBA General International Management from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Belgium). CAREER Leaving a magic circle law firm and the...

Wim Van Steenlandt

Wim Van Steenlandt

Belgian & European Patent Attorney

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EDUCATION Wim Van Steenlandt holds a degree in civil engineering in textile technology from the University of Ghent.  He is a Belgian Patent Attorney since 2005 and European Patent Attorney since 2007. CAREER After a short stay as a scientific staff member at the Department...

Zoe De Kempeneer

Zoe De Kempeneer

Jr. Trademarks & Designs Attorney

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EDUCATION Zoe De Kempeneer holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Brussels, Belgium and an Advanced Master’s degree in Intellectual Property and ICT Law from the University of Leuven, Belgium. CAREER Zoe De Kempeneer started her career in September 2019 at IP...