Mr Geert Somers > Timelex > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Information Technology, Privacy & Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment.


Partner. Contracts and litigation regarding IT services, software, internet; privacy & data protection; copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, databases, domain names; media, entertainment & gambling; unfair competition.


Co-founder of TMT & IP boutique law firm time.lex in 2007. Affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Formerly an associate at Lawfort (TMT & IP) (2004-2007) and Freshfields (Commercial & Litigation) (2000-2004) and an intern at the DG Competition of the European Commission (1998-1999). Clerked at the Italian Constitutional Court (1999-2000).


Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian.


Brussels Bar. Chairman of the Legal Working Group of the Belgian Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA).


Master in intellectual property law (University of Brussels, 2006). Master in EU law (Europa Institut Saarbrücken, 1998). Law degree (University of Leuven, 1996).



Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > EU regulatory: Information technology

Valued by clients for its ‘exceptional in-depth expertise‘, boutique Timelex focuses almost exclusively on the technology, privacy, data protection and intellectual property spheres. The team regularly assists European, national and regional governmental bodies with the preparation of legislation, and is also instructed by technology companies of all sizes to advise on compliance issues. The group is also well versed in handling technology-related disputes. The firm fields a large bench of specialists, including ‘internationally renowned‘ senior practitioner Jos Dumortier, Hans Graux, Geert Somers, Edwin Jacobs, Frederic Debusseré and Ruben Roex.

Belgium > Intellectual property

The contentious and transactional IP practice at Timelex, praised for ‘handling disputes and procedures with finesse’, is active across areas including copyrights, trade marks, patents and trade secrets. Practice co-heads Frederic Debusseré and Edwin Jacobs are praised for their ‘deep understanding of IP and IT‘. Geert Somers and Hans Graux complete the leadership team, with the latter described as a ‘smart and very capable lawyer‘.

Belgium > Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Information technology regulatory work is the mainstay of Timelex‘s practice with the ‘exceptional experts and great minds’ at the firm frequently instructed by governments, governmental bodies, multinationals and SMEs in the IT space. IT-related litigation, assistance with the drafting of legislation in areas such as AI, and the creation of legal frameworks for electronic communication in the public sector stand out as areas of activity for the team. Jos Dumortier is well positioned to advise on cybersecurity and regulatory issues associated with technological platforms, while Hans Graux has in-depth knowledge of cloud services, e-identification issues and artificial intelligence. Geert Somers, Edwin Jacobs, Frederic Debusseré and Ruben Roex are further names to note.