The authorS Jeroen Declerck & Natasja Duhayon
Jeroen Declerck holds a MSc in microelectronics from the University of Leuven (BE). Before switching to the IP profession, he fulfilled research positions at the University of Leuven, IBA and imec, a Belgium based research centre for nano-electronics and digital technology.
Jeroen is a partner in the Belgian IP firm IP Hills and is now managing the Leuven (BE) office. In 2017, he qualified as European patent attorney and in 2021 as Belgian patent attorney.
Jeroen serves a variety of clients in the field of ICT, telecommunications, electronics, electromechanics and software-related inventions in general.
Since 2018, Jeroen Declerck is teaching the course ‘EPC Procedures’ for the Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (LLM/MSc) at Maastricht University. Starting from 2020, he is also a tutor for the pre-EQE and EQE Paper D training courses at Maastricht University.
Natasja Duhayon holds a PhD in physics from the University of Leuven (BE) and has been working at imec since 1999. Imec is a world-leading research centre in nano-electronics, having different entities over the world.
After completing her PhD on scanning capacitance microscopy in 2004, Natasja became an IP analyst in imec. In 2006, she joined the Patent Group. She is a patent portfolio manager in the field of semiconductor technology and devices, including defining IP strategy, idea harvesting, patent drafting and patent prosecution.
Natasja passed the EQE in 2015 after attending the EQE training courses in Maastricht. She joined the EQE tutoring team at the University of Maastricht in 2017 and has also been lecturing in the Advanced Master Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM) given at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University.