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 > Industry focus: Media and entertainment

Praised by clients for its ‘practical and academic’ expertise, the multidisciplinary team at time.lex has significant capabilities in IP transactions and patent litigation, working with a mix of high-profile musicians and public bodies. The group is jointly led by Frederic Debusseré, Edwin Jacobs and the ‘excellentGeert Somers.

Belgium > Intellectual property

time.lex has a robust transactional and contentious offering in the IP space, working with a diverse array of Belgian companies on copyright and patent infringement disputes. The team is also experienced in legislative and policy-based work, with recent engagements including legal reviews of Europe-wide design law protection systems. Frederic Debusseré , Geert Somers , and Edwin Jacobs are are the practice heads.

Belgium > EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

Specialising in data protection and IT regulatory work, time.lex advises a range of domestic and international businesses on data protection compliance issues, as well as handling representation in high-level litigation before European courts. Additionally, the firm regularly advises European and global governments and public sector bodies on drafting data and cybersecurity legislation, and representing them against multinational companies in disputes. Key names in the team include Jos Dumortier, who drafted the Belgian Data Protection Act, Frederic Debusseré, Hans Graux, Ruben RoexGeert Somers , and Edwin Jacobs.