Fernand de Visscher

Fernand de Visscher is a specialist in intellectual property. He notably handles questions relating to patents and to the protection of designs and artistic and literary works. Fernand’s experience also includes media law, distribution (dealerships, franchises, etc.), computer science, the internet, domain names, including contract law and competition issues in these fields.

He assists Belgian and international enterprises in these areas, covering a wide range of structural and contractual operations and disputes requiring resolution via negotiation, mediation or pleadings before all Belgian and European courts. He is admitted to the WIPO List of Neutrals as a WIPO Arbitrator.

Fernand is registered as UPC representative (Unified Patent Court). With our team of experienced patent litigators, Simont Braun is ready to navigate clients through the early days of the UPC as the new court develops.

Fernand de Visscher is also a member of our Supreme Court team and handles those matters relating to intellectual property, market practices and competition law.

He has been appointed by the FPS Economy, for his legal expertise, as president of the Industrial Property section of the Council for Intellectual Property, whose main mission is to provide the Minister responsible for intellectual property with advice on any matter relating to intellectual property, in particular in the law-making process.

Fernand de Visscher is a former lecturer at the Centre for International Studies in Intellectual Property (CEIPI, Strasbourg) and was visiting lecturer at UCLouvain from 2007 to 2017.

He is ranked as a Senior Statesperson in Intellectual Property by Chambers & Partners, in the Silver Band in Patents by iAM Patent and recognised as a Patent Star by IP Stars. He is Recommended in Patents by Who’s Who Legal (Global Leaders Guide).

Fernand has been appointed as a third party decider accredited by the French Bar Association of Brussels in the context of the binding third party decision procedure (more information available here).

Fernand is the author and co-author of a number of publications in these areas of practice, including Précis du droit d’auteur et des droits voisins (2000) and La saisie-description et sa réforme (2010). He is a member of the editorial board of Revue de Droit Intellectuel l’Ingénieur-Conseil and of Journal des Tribunaux.

Fernand de Visscher is also a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and a former president of the Belgian group, and of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI), the Benelux Association of Trade Mark and Design Law (BMM), the Licensing Executives’ Society (LES) and the European Patent Lawyers’ Association (EPLAW), of which he was a co-founder and secretary from 2000 to 2005).

UCLouvain (Philosophy, 1974; Law, 1976)

Member of Brussels Bar since 1976




“Design rights – Benelux”
F. DE VISSCHER & A.-M. VERSCHUUR, “Design rights – Benelux”, in Design Rights – Functionality and Scope of Protection, AIPPI Law Series, vol. 3, Wolters Kluwer, 2022, pp. 52-89.Design Rights – Functionality and Scope of Protection, AIPPI Law Series, vol. 3, Wolters Kluwer, 2022, pp. 52-89.
1 May, 2022
« La Directive 2019/790 sur le droit d’auteur et les droits voisins dans le marché unique numérique »
F. de Visscher, P. Blomme, Obs. Bxl. Octobre 2019, n° 118, 42-45.
4 October, 2019
"La protection des dessins et modèles"
Guide juridique de l'entreprise - Traité théorique et pratique, 2016, 2ème édition, Titre X, Livre 98bis.2
12 April, 2016
P. CAMPOLINI, A. CLERIX, E. DE GRYSE, C. DEKONINCK, F. DE VISSCHER, N. D’HALLEWEYN, G. MEYER, D. OP DE BEECK, S. VANDENWYNCKEL et K. VANHALST, « AIPPI Belgian Group Report Q244 – Inventorship of multinational inventions »
Ing.-Cons., 2015, pp. 193-207
22 September, 2015