Hendrik Vanhees

Hendrik Vanhees © Julie Kerckaert 2024Prof. Dr. Hendrik Vanhees is a full professor at the University of Antwerp and a professor at Ghent University. At both institutions, he imparts knowledge in various faculties on the subject of intellectual property law. Additionally, he teaches business law at the University of Antwerp. Professor Vanhees' research and focus encompass the broad spectrum of copyright, including software protection and the safeguarding of databases, as well as trademark and design law. Within the realm of copyright, he holds a particular interest in the intricacies of authors' contracts. Noteworthy is his extensive publication record on various copyright-related topics and developments.

In recent years, Professor Vanhees has dedicated his research to design law, exploring the interplay between copyright and design rights. He has authored numerous books and articles in Belgian and international journals, covering a wide array of subjects within intellectual property law. Serving as the editor of the International Encyclopaedia of Intellectual Property, he also holds editorial positions in journals such as IRDI and Rechtskundig Weekblad.

Professor Hendrik Vanhees earned his doctoral degree in 1993 from the University of Antwerp with a dissertation focused on copyright contracts. He spent time as a scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Munich. Shortly after defending his thesis, he was appointed as a professor at both Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. Actively engaged in the field, he serves as a board member of the Belgian Association for Copyright (ABA-BVA) and is a member of various scientific societies, including ALAI and AIPPI. He presides over the Association for Scientific Authors (VEWA) and sits on the Council for Intellectual Property, the advisory body on intellectual rights for the Belgian Minister for Economic Affairs. Additionally, he is a member of the Committee for the Recognition of Patent Agents.

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