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Peter Van Dyck



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Peter Van Dyck



Peter specialises in intellectual property rights, information technology and data protection, and has a particular focus on the interface of IP law and technology.

He assists both global and local clients in strategic transactional matters, including license agreements, R&D agreements, collaboration agreements and outsourcing transactions, as well as in multi-jurisdictional strategic GDPR projects. In addition, Peter has more than 15 years’ experience of representing clients in IP litigation cases (including patent, trademark, copyright and design infringement proceedings), having been involved in several high-profile landmark IP cases.

Peter's views are often sought by Belgian and international press on various topics and trends in his area of expertise. He is a frequent speaker at Belgian and international conferences on related topics such as technology law, GDPR, blockchain, AI and IP transactions, and has lectured on IP and marketing law at the KULeuven University since 2006.

Experience highlights



Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP
Tervurenlaan 268A avenue de Tervueren

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Stagiair, Belgium, 2003

Admitted as lawyer, Belgium, 2007


LLM, Intellectual Property, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, 2003

Law Degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), 2002

News & insights


Publications: 11 OCTOBER 2021

GIR - data privacy & transfer in investigations

Investigations, now a fact of business life, matter and need to be run wisely. Adhering to data privacy laws is a key component of this, especially for international matters.  

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The New Deal for Consumers our outline of the key pillars and initial steps to get ready

Publications: 10 MARCH 2021

The New Deal for Consumers: our outline of the key pillars and initial steps to get ready

The New Deal for Consumers which has entered into force aims to modernise and strengthen the enforcement of EU consumer law. In this article we have outlined the key pillars and initial steps to get…

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Publications: 16 DECEMBER 2020

The Digital Services Act package is here

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission published its Digital Services Act package which proposes two pieces of legislation: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act. This package…

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Publications: 19 JUNE 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: emerging data protection and cybersecurity guidance (Updated 18 June 2020)

The Covid-19 coronavirus is creating a need for organisations to process personal data, for a variety of specific purposes (including managing and protecting their workforce, customers and the…

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Published work

  • VAN DYCK, P. and CARMELIET, T., "It’s time to amend the Enforcement Directive to ensure all EU Member States provide for declarations of non-infringement of EUTMs and Community designs." (ed. STONE, D. & POTTS, B.), Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019, Pages 754–760.
  • VAN DYCK, P. and CAILLOL, C., "Belgium", chapter in "Global Investigations Review: Data Privacy & Transfer in Investigations ", London, Legal Business Research, 2018.
  • In addition, Peter frequently contributes to articles in the press to share his views on data protection and technology topics. In the past years, Peter was quoted on these topics in more than 20 publications. This includes interviews by international publications such as Bloomberg and Politico as well as the major Belgian newspapers and magazines such as De Tijd and Trends.

Pro-bono experience

  • Advising a large international humanitarian organisation on the contractual and data protection aspects in relation to the development of, and the terms and conditions used for, an app.
  • Advising a European non-profit organisation which deals with missing children in relation to various matters, including a dispute with a software supplier relating to an app for migrant children.
  • Advising a charity organisation which provides supplementary education to children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in relation to achieving compliance with the GDPR, including in relation to the organisation’s mailing databases.