Belgian IP firm Inteo hires partner from in-house

Belgian IP firm Inteo has a new partner. Simone Vandewynckel started her career at Benelux firm Stibbe in 2008, and has since worked in-house. Illumina is among the well-known clients of the young IP boutique.

8 January 2021 by Christina Schulze

Inteo Belgian IP law firm Inteo, based in Mechelen, hired its third partner ©Marina Ignatova/ADOBE STOCK

Simone Vandewynckel (37) has been in-house at Orbix for the past three years. Prior to this, Vandewynckel worked at Velcro, where she was responsible for IP issues, especially contracts and licences. Before that, she joined the IP team at Stibbe, which she was part of for ten years. In her new role at Inteo, Vandewynckel will once again focus on litigation.

Inteo’s third partner

Inteo’s hire of Vandewynckel is a big step for the small specialised firm. For the first time, Inteo has expanded its partner roster alongside its two founding partners Sofie Cubitt and Kristof Neefs.

Cubitt and Neefs founded the IP boutique at the end of 2016. Both partners were keen to set up a smaller, more flexible unit after their large law firm experience. JUVE Patent is aware that Inteo represented global DNA sequencing technology leader Illumina in Belgian patent litigation.

Inteo is also known in the market for patent litigation and licensing work. The firm also has two associates.