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Geert Glas

Senior IP Counsel


Glas Geert
Geert Glas

Senior IP Counsel


Specialising in IP law, Geert conducts litigation, advises on non-litigious matters and assists in negotiating and drafting agreements and transactions in a broad range of sectors, including technology, media, telecom and life sciences. He has more than 30 years of experience in IP litigation before the European, Benelux and Belgian courts, including some landmark cases.

From 2009 until 2017, Geert was the chairman of the Benelux Council for Intellectual Property (BCIP), which advises the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) on all aspects of IP legislation. He is a former chairman of the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM) and a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is a member of INTA's Europe Global Advisory Council. In addition, Geert has advised the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on IP issues related to the Internet, and is also an accredited WIPO and ICC arbitrator.

Geert is a thought leader on IP issues and his views are often sought by Reuters, Bloomberg, the FT and the WSJ. For more than 15 years, Geert has been ranked as market-leading individual in the area of IP by various independent legal directories such as Chambers, Legal 500, WTR 1000 and Managing IP.

Experience highlights



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Admitted as Exempt European lawyer (England and Wales), 2004

Admitted as “advocaat” (Belgium), 1990


LLM, University of Illinois, 1985

Law Degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), 1984


Pro-bono experience

Voting member of the General Assembly of ASF, Avocats sans Frontières asbl/vzw


Published work

Glas G. and Carmeliet T., “The European Court to rule on milestone in European GMO legislation: the legal classification of mutagenesis in plant breeding”, Bio-Science Law Review, June 2017.

Glas G. and Suffys C., “Van een grafische voorstelling naar een nauwkeurige voorstelling – een herdefiniëring van de registreerbaarheid van niet-traditionele merken”, Intellectuele Rechten – Droits Intellectuels, 2016-1.

Glas G. several articles on telecom, media, trademark and patent law and scientific contributions.

Glas G. Observational column in “Droits Intellectuels-Intellectuele Rechten (IRDI)”.

Glas G. “Famous and Well-Known Trademarks and the Internet”, contribution in “Famous and Well-Known Marks” (Frederick Mostert ed.), 2004, INTA.

News & insights

Publications: 11 DECEMBER 2019

Three practical tips to help brand owners protect their design rights

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News: 10 DECEMBER 2019

Artificial intelligence is the most significant risk to businesses globally, according to directors

When asked about global risks affecting their businesses, nearly three fifths (58%) of directors stated that technological advances (artificial intelligence and machine learning) are the most significant threat. This is according to the seventh annual Directors’ Liability report by international law firm Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global risk advisory and insurance broker.

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Publications: 06 DECEMBER 2019

Warsaw podcast - GDPR in M&A transactions - episode two

Justyna Ostrowska, senior associate in Allen & Overy Warsaw, advises clients on new technologies law as well as intellectual property rights and data protection.  In her podcast, she discusses the various stages of a M&A transaction in the light of the GDPR. This recording is devoted to the processing of employee data at the stage of sale transaction and data room preparation. We invite you to the second part of the podcast series dedicated to the employee data in M&A transactions.

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News: 05 DECEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy advises Veganz on corporate realignment as stock corporation

Allen & Overy has advised Veganz GmbH, one of the worlds few suppliers of a full range of vegan foods, on its corporate realignment as stock corporation (Veganz Group AG).  With this step, Veganz Group adopts a structure that will support further growth.

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