Lecturer, LCII; Legal Counsel, DeClercq&Partners.

Dr Bostyn is one of the European authorities in the field of Intellectual Property Law in general and its relation to biotechnological inventions in particular.

He is Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, University of Liverpool, and assistant professor in intellectual property law, University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law (IViR). He is also Legal Counsel at the IP firm DeClercq&Partners.

He is acting professorial lecturer at the WIPO Intellectual Property Law Course in Torino and the post-graduate IP course in Zürich (ETHZ). Until 2003 he was assistant professor of Commercial and Intellectual Property Law at Maastricht University. He was recently appointed Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

He is, amongst others, author of “Enabling Biotechnological Inventions in Europe and the United States”. A study of the patentability of proteins and DNA sequences with special emphasis on the disclosure requirement’, Eposcript Series, nr. 4, EPO, München, 2001 and “Patenting DNA Sequences (Polynucleotides) and Scope of Protection in the European Union: An Evaluation“, European Communities, 2004, +/- 140 pp. (Study prepared for the European Commission, forthcoming). He is also co-editor of the Journal of International Biotechnology Law.

Dr Bostyn is member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (Gene Patents Committee) and the expert Group of the European Commission (DG Internal Market and DG Research) for the evaluation of Directive 98/44/EC.

He holds a Licentiate degree in Law from the University of Ghent, Belgium, a post-graduate LL.M from the University of Stockholm, Sweden, and a PhD degree in Law from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands.


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