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G.R.L. Van Overwalle


Hoogleraar

Tilburg Law School
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

 

Expertise

Research on the interface between technology (biotechnology) and law, more in particular intellectual property law

 

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Publications

Most recent publications

  • Huys, I., Matthijs, G., & Van Overwalle, G.R.L. (2012). The fate and future of patents on human genes and genetic diagnostic methods. Nature Review Genetics, 13(6), 441-448. Further information
  • Leenes, R.E., Olislaegers, S., Vantsiouri, P., Schellekens, M.H.M., Marcelis, P., Van Overwalle, G.R.L., Vermeer, S., Kosta, E., Rauma, O., Bertolini, A., Nocco, L., Carlo, A. di, Palmerini, E., Casamassima, V., Azzari, F., Salvini, P., & Stradella, E. (2012). Robolaw D3.1: Inventory of current state of robolaw. Tilburg: Robolaw consortium. Further information
  • Van Overwalle, G.R.L. (2012). Wet 10 januari 2011 ter bescherming van kweekproducten. In F. Brison, M.C. Janssens, & H. Vanhees (Eds.), Wet en Duiding Economisch Recht: Deel 1. Intellectuele Eigendom (pp. 532-560). Brussel: Larcier. Further information
  • Van Overwalle, G.R.L. (2012). Individualism, collectivism and openness in patent law: From exclusion to inclusion through licensing. In J. Rosen (Ed.), Individualism and collectiveness in intellectual property law (pp. 71-114). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar publishing. Further information
  • Van Overwalle, G.R.L., & Zimmeren, E.G. van (2012). Intellectuele rechten. In F. Gotzen, M.C. Janssens, & G. van Overwalle (Eds.), Intellectuele rechten (pp. 53-75). Brugge: Die Keure. Further information
 

Education

Geertrui Van Overwalle (°1958) studied law at the Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (K.U.Brussel, now H.U.B, Belgium) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven, Belgium). She received her law degree (Master of Laws) in 1985 magna cum laude at the K.U.Leuven. In addition, she took a course of biotechnology at the Belgian Royal Society of Engineers in 1990.

Geertrui Van Overwalle joined the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) at the Faculty of Law of the K.U.Leuven (Belgium) in 1991. In 1995, she obtained her Ph.D. with a dissertation on the Patentability of Plants ('Octrooieerbaarheid van plantenbiotechnologische uitvindingen', Brussel, Bruylant, 1996, 745 p.).


Career

In 1995 Geertrui Van Overwalle became a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIR) at the K.U.Leuven, Belgium.

At present she is associate professor at the K.U.Leuven (80%), full professor at the University of Tilburg-Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society-TILT (20%), and professor at the Université de Liège (10%).

In 2003 she was a visiting professor at Monash University, Melbourne, where she lectured on 'International Aspects of Patenting Inventions in Biotechnology'.

 

Publications

Most recent publications

  • Huys, I., Matthijs, G., & Van Overwalle, G.R.L. (2012). The fate and future of patents on human genes and genetic diagnostic methods. Nature Review Genetics, 13(6), 441-448. Further information
  • Leenes, R.E., Olislaegers, S., Vantsiouri, P., Schellekens, M.H.M., Marcelis, P., Van Overwalle, G.R.L., Vermeer, S., Kosta, E., Rauma, O., Bertolini, A., Nocco, L., Carlo, A. di, Palmerini, E., Casamassima, V., Azzari, F., Salvini, P., & Stradella, E. (2012). Robolaw D3.1: Inventory of current state of robolaw. Tilburg: Robolaw consortium. Further information
  • Van Overwalle, G.R.L. (2012). Wet 10 januari 2011 ter bescherming van kweekproducten. In F. Brison, M.C. Janssens, & H. Vanhees (Eds.), Wet en Duiding Economisch Recht: Deel 1. Intellectuele Eigendom (pp. 532-560). Brussel: Larcier. Further information
  • Van Overwalle, G.R.L. (2012). Individualism, collectivism and openness in patent law: From exclusion to inclusion through licensing. In J. Rosen (Ed.), Individualism and collectiveness in intellectual property law (pp. 71-114). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar publishing. Further information
  • Van Overwalle, G.R.L., & Zimmeren, E.G. van (2012). Intellectuele rechten. In F. Gotzen, M.C. Janssens, & G. van Overwalle (Eds.), Intellectuele rechten (pp. 53-75). Brugge: Die Keure. Further information

External accreditation

Geertrui Van Overwalle is a member of the national Belgian High Council for Intellectual Property, and the national Belgian Council for Plant Breeder?s Rights Law. She is a member of the European Commission?s Expert Group on Biotechnological Inventions. She is also a member of the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board of the European Patent Office (ESAB), the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) and the Scientific Advisory Board (Fachbeirat) of the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law. She is also appointed as a member of the Board of Appeal of the Community Plant Variety Office at Angers.
She contributed as an expert to the Report Policy options for the improvement of the European patent system commissioned by the European Parliament. She was also an external advisor to the Unitaid Medicines Patent Pool Initiative.

 

Teaching

Teaching activities elsewhere

At present Geertrui Van Overwalle is a professor at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium) where she teaches Patent law in the Master of Laws Programme in the Faculty of Law. She also teaches Intellectual Property in the BioSciences and  Patent Law and Human Genetic Inventions in the Master in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine.

She is also a professor at the Université de Liège (Belgium) where she teaches Patent Law in the Advanced Master of European Law.

Other activities

 

Positions:

  • Full Professor K.U.Leuven, 70%
  • Partime Professor U. Liège, 20 %

Activities in scientific associations

  • International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI)
  • European Commission, Expert Group on Biotechnological Inventions (Internal Market DG & Research DG European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Association
  • Federale Raad voor de Intellectuele Eigendom, Belgium
  • Federale Raad voor Kwekersrecht, Belgium
  • Comité van Aanbeveling Boek9.nl (zie http://www.boek9.nl/page.php?///Colofon/), Nederland

Contact details
Room M 715
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 2407
Secretary+31 13 466 3515

Hoogleraar
Tilburg Law School
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

Last amended: 11 May 2012

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