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JOSEPH STEVENSSTRAAT, 7 RUE JOSEPH STEVENS, 1000 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
Tel:
Work +32 2 893 20 95
Fax:
Fax +32 2 893 22 98
Email:
Web:
www.timelex.eu

Geert Somers

Tel:
Work +32 2 893 20 95
Email:
Web:
www.timelex.eu
time.lex

Work Department

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

Position

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

Career

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).

Languages

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

Member

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

Education

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

Leisure

Travelling.


Belgium

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: 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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