Joost Muylle

Partner at De Clercq & Partners

Joost Muylle is a partner at De Clercq & Partners where he heads the firm’s trademark, design, domain name and copyright activities.

Mr Muylle advises small, medium and large corporations, as well as individuals, institutes and investors, on the prosecution and litigation of all types of IP rights worldwide. He has extensive expertise in trademark and design prosecution, including formal proceedings before the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property and the EU Intellectual Property Office, in anti-counterfeiting through customs measures and in IP due diligence.

In 2012 Mr Muylle was appointed consular judge in the Court of Commerce in Ghent. Additionally, he often acts as a court-appointed or party-appointed expert in IP matters in litigation. Mr Muylle is also a sought-after speaker and lecturer on several IP-related topics at conferences and universities.

After obtaining his master’s in chemical and biotechnology engineering from the University of Ghent, followed by additional training in intellectual property and management, Mr Muylle started his professional career as a patent expert at the Vandemoortele Group, one of Belgium’s leading companies in food production. In 1999 he crossed over to private practice with senior positions at Gevers in Brussels and Ghent (Belgium) and at Novagraaf in Paris (France).

Before joining De Clercq & Partners in 2013, Mr Muylle founded iprmanager. There, he developed and launched an electronic platform enabling IP rights holders and their counsellors to monitor and manage their IP rights themselves, in real time and in a reliable, transparent and most affordable manner.

With over 25 years of experience in intellectual property, Mr Muylle has built a strong reputation in the industry. Managing IP has featured him as an IP Star for the past five years and he has repeatedly been listed in the WTR 1000.

Professional associations

  • BMM
  • INTA

Firm details

De Clercq & Partners
Edgard Gevaertdreef 10A
Sint-Martens-Latem 9830

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