Peter Van Dyck


Peter is Head Belgium IP, Tech Transactions, Licensing & Data Privacy.

He 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 20 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. 


Representative matters

A global pharmaceutical and healthcare company in a cross-jurisdictional patent litigation (including preliminary injunction proceedings) against a competitor in relation to an alleged infringement of patent and trade secret rights.

A multinational technology company in proceedings before the ECJ, on the liability of internet platforms for trade mark infringing products offered for sale on such platforms by third parties.

A global FMCG company on the impact of the DSA on its ongoing relationships with IT suppliers and a number of our client’s e-commerce platforms.

A leading IT consultancy on a global privacy framework agreement, which aims to govern all cross-border data flows via our client’s businesses, clients or joint ventures in jurisdictions across the world. We advised on the data protection & privacy aspects of the agreement.

Pro bono

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.

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.

Speaking Engagements

Peter Van Dyck regularly holds internal and external client seminars about his topics of expertise. Peter is regularly invited to speak on IP and technology topics at Belgian and international conferences.

Furthermore, he has lectured on intellectual property law and marketing law at the KULeuven since 2007.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Professor intellectual property law and marketing law, KULeuven

Member of Beltug Privacy Council

Membership of IAPP

Membership of INTA

Next generation lawyer
LEGAL 500, 2017
“effective and expert knowledge,” adding: “He keeps both feet on the ground and is a pleasure to work with”.
Chambers Europe, 2018



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


Dutch, English, French
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.