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Frederic Debusseré

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


Joined TMT & IP boutique law firm time.lex in January 2012. Affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the Law Faculty of the University of Leuven (Belgium). Formerly an associate at Stibbe in Brussels (TMT & IP) (2001-2003 and 2004-2011) and Fenwick & West LLP (California, US) (2004).


Dutch, English, French.


Brussels Bar. Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law. Stanford Alumni Club of Belgium.


Master in Intellectual Property Law (University of Brussels, 2009). Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Law, Science and Technology (Stanford University, 2004). Law degree (University of Leuven and Northwestern University (Chicago, US), 2001).




EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

Within: EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection

time.lex garners praise for its 'extensive expertise in GDPR'; for example, Geert Somers is advising the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers on a communication campaign concerning GDPR, and in another matter, Jos Dumortier is assisting the Government of Cyprus with GDPR implementation matters concerning Cyprus' upcoming National Health Scheme.  Frederic Debusseré, Hans Graux and Edwin Jacobs are other names to note.

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EU regulatory: information technology

Within: EU regulatory: information technology

The 'pragmatic and solution-minded' team at time.lex 'know the fintech scene very well', and have been handling cloud projects, e-commerce matters and digital signatures over the past year. Hans Graux is advising the European Commission on compliance with the EU electronic communications law in the Western Balkans and Turkey. Frederic Debusseré, Jos Dumortier, Edwin Jacobs and Geert Somers are also noted.

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Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Within: Industry focus: IT and telecoms

Technology, IP, media, e-business and entertainment-focused firm time.lex has a 'unique' approach, provides 'quick and pragmatic' advice, is 'capable of dealing with highly complex IT and IP matters' and is 'highly recommended for both national and international' projects. The group is regularly instructed by the Belgian government, particularly the Belgian Federal Ministry of Policy and Support to advise on various IT and data protection matters. Edwin Jacobs and counsel Stefan Van Camp are 'great to work with'; the duo acted for the Belgian Ministry of Telecom in court proceedings relating to telecom services that warn drivers about speed limit controls. A team, led by Frederic Debusseré, 'who stands out for his pragmatic and thorough advice', represented the Belgian Data Protection Authority in proceedings against Facebook regarding its use of social plug-ins, cookies and screen pixels to track users. Hans Graux and Jos Dumortier is another key name to note.

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Industry focus: media and entertainment

Within: Industry focus: media and entertainment

As a niche firm focusing on technology, IP, media, e-commerce and entertainment, time.lex has notable strength handling a range of contentious and strategic matters. The media and entertainment group, jointly led by Frederic Debusseré, Geert Somers and Edwin Jacobs, acts for clients ranging from the Belgian Data Protection Authority to internet search engine Zimmo and virtual reality experience company Alfavision. In a matter led by Debusseré, the group advised Spotify on issues relating to copyright limitation periods under Belgian law.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Recent work at time.lex included Frederic Debusseré advising Spotify on copyright limitations under Belgian law. IP transactional work and litigation are also prominent in the team's workload. Edwin Jacobs and Geert Somers are noted.

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