Frank Verbeke

Frank Verbeke


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’.


Frank Verbeke started in the Research and Development department of Bekaert in the Material Science Lab as a Research technician where he worked in multiple research projects on metallurgy and material sciences.

After 9 years he moved in 2006 to the Industrial Property department where specialized in IP information within a multinational context.

Supporting all aspects of intellectual property, he was involved in multiple projects.
In 2011 he joined IP Hills as an independent IP Information Specialist providing support to a wide variety of IP topics.

Frank Verbeke is also a (founding) board member of the Belgian Patent Information User Group (BEPIUG –, Vice-Chair of the Confederacy of European Patent Information Users Groups (CEPIUG –, member of the accreditation committee of the QPIP organization ( and member of the training and education working group of the QPIP.


– Prior art searching; Patentability searching; IP landscaping;

– Legal Status analysis; Invalidity searching; FTO searching;

– IP Awareness training; IP Alerting.


Frank Verbeke has expertise in various areas of mechanics, material science and IT. He supports the IP Hills Patent, Trademark and Design Attorneys and Engineers.


Frank Verbeke is a native Dutch speaker and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and has a basic knowledge of German.