Paul Van den Bulck Partner

Paul assists clients navigating between all legal issues in information technology (IT), data privacy and security, intellectual property (IP) and media & entertainment. He counsels clients from a broad spectrum of industries on a day-to-day basis or for strategic advice.

Paul advises clients on all transactional aspects of IT projects.  He also assists clients in dispute settlements.

Paul data protection practice focuses on all aspects of international and domestic data protection and security, including general compliance (processing for HR purposes, CRM strategy, direct marketing compliance, etc.), information security and cybercrime, international data transfers, intra-group agreements, processing and cloud agreements, policy and procedure assistance. Paul holds the CIPP/E certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Paul regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator in information technology and intellectual property disputes (WIPO, CMAP, b.Mediation; CEPANI; etc.). He also acts as arbitrator for Pharma.be, the Belgian Pharmaceutical Industry Association.

Since 2014, Paul and his team is consistently ranked in The Legal 500.

For Privacy and data protection, Information technology and IT & telecoms, the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 recognizes the "strong partner involvement" and "incredible response times". Paul is praised as "technically outstanding" and at the same time as giving "sensible, pragmatic advice". 

Paul is a member of the Brussels and Paris Bars. He was the recipient of a BAEF fellowship from the Hoover Foundation Brussels (1992) and of a Wiener-Anspach fellowship from Cambridge University (1992).

Paul has also a serious past experience as lecturer in various universities and he still stands in scientific committees. He continues to publish articles and give conferences worldwide in his fields of expertise.

Experience

Technology and Outsourcing

Advising a Social Secretariat in the negotiation of a cloud contract for  payroll services

Representing a private sector health organization on aspects of IT projects (development, maintenance, service level agreements and outsourcing agreements).

Representation of a software licensor in a litigation concerning unfair trade practice, abuse of dominant position, fair price.

Representing a software company in summary proceedings in Paris against an IT services company in relation to the use of software by French public libraries (Administration, Universities, etc....).

Representing an IT SAP consultant in a dispute with a French listed company relating to the implementation of SAP solutions.

Representing a French satellite radio operator as stakeholder before the European Commission.

Advice on all aspects of IT projects (development, maintenance, service level agreement, license, cloud computing, electronic signature, electronic payment, etc.).

Data Privacy and Security

Advising the Belgian regulator for postal and telecom services on GDPR compliance issues.

Advising a company specialized in Internet of Things and connectivity on the offering of e-Call services and remote services for vehicles in the EU.

Advising a European group on GDPR compliance, including but not limited to (on-site) audits, preparation of the register, risk analysis and preparation of internal/external policies.

Assist an international IT services provider for banking sector on GDPR compliance including international transfers.

Assist an international technology group on GDPR compliance including international transfers.

Assist a Belgian leading law firm on GDPR compliance.

Advising bank with several subsidiaries in the EU and abroad about data protection compliance with respect to the use of social media by its employees to build client relationships.

Advising several international automotive group on international transfers.

Advising a group of undertakings concerning its whole CRM strategy.

Advising U.S. cloud provider in negotiation with an EU publishing company.

Advising a company on all aspects of IT security and data protection compliance in its negotiation with its main IT service provider.

Advising a client concerning the transfer of personal data from EU to the U.S. to comply with U.S. regulatory rules relating to a contract with the U.S. government.

Advising an international group concerning the data protection compliance of its e-commerce website (privacy notice, cookies, transfer of personal data to third parties for direct marketing purposes, etc.).

Advising an international group concerning the data protection compliance of an internal HR network.

Advising an international group concerning the roles of some subsidiaries to act as controller or processor depending of the personal data processed.

Advice to a U.S. company on data protection compliance concerning the data generated in the EU by a Roadlog device for trucks.

Advice to a credit card issuer on direct marketing.

Advice to a credit card issuer in IT and data protection compliance.

Advice an international group as part of a team of U.S. and European lawyers on a data breach investigation and reporting.

Advice to a consultant company on IT breach tests and audits.

Advice to a food and beverage company on data transfers for a U.S. discovery procedure.

Advice to a European association on processing of sensitive data (judicial data) in matter of inside betting.

Advice to a U.S. company concerning the introduction of a whistleblowing scheme in several Belgian entities.

Intellectual property

IP due diligence for M&A and financial transactions.

Representation in France of a manufacturer of blades and cutting tools against a cosmetic company concerning trademark infringement issues.

Representation of gambling operators in Belgium and France in a dozen litigations brought against sportsmen, sports teams and national sports federations in relation to the use of images, trademarks and names for the promotion of betting activities.

Representation in France of a gambling operator in a case against a French horse betting operator concerning its bad faith registration of 16 trademarks.

Representation of a fabric manufacturer in litigation against a European clothing retailer concerning a fabric copyright infringement.

Representation of a horsebox and luxurious motor home manufacturer in its European IP litigations and advice concerning the defense of its portfolio.

Advice to international companies on their European trademark portfolio.

Advice clients in co-existence agreements.

Gambling

Advice a gambling operator at the occasion of major sporting events (football world cup 2018, UEFA Euro 2016, etc.)

Advice to gambling operators in France, Belgium and Netherlands concerning license regime and competition issues.

Advice to gambling operators in France on exploitation rights on sports events.

Sports

Assist a National sport federation in an arbitration against a team

Representation of gambling operators in Belgium and France in a dozen litigations brought against sportsmen, sports teams and national sports federations in relation to the use of images, trademarks and names for the promotion of betting activities.

Advice to an international company regarding the termination of a sponsorship agreement with an athlete.

Advice to a sports agent in relation to doping issue.

International Dispute resolution and Arbitration

Mediator at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the Centre de Médiation et d'Arbitrage de Paris (Center of Mediation and Arbitration of Paris), CEPANI, b.Mediation

Arbitrator at ADR.eu and CEPANI for ".eu" and ".be" domain name disputes.

Arbitrator at Pharma.be (fair trade practices for pharmaceutical companies).

  • Paris
  • Brussels

Ranked for EU Regulatory: Privacy and Data Protection, Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

Ranked for EU Regulatory: Information Technology, Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

Ranked for Industry Focus: Information Technology and Telecoms, Legal 500 EMA, 2016, 2017, 2018

Ranked for Information Technology, Legal 500 EMEA, 2014, 2015

Named as "Highly Recommended," Intellectual Property, Ranking of the Top Law Firms in Belgium - TMT, Leaders League, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

  • Duke University, Masters of Law, 1993
  • University of Brussels, Licencié en droit, magna cum laude, 1990

Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Member, Scientific Committee, ASSO DPO (Italian Association of Data Protection Officers)

Member, ITechLaw

Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

Member, International Trademark Association

Member, European Communities Trade Mark Association

Member, Marques

Member, International Association of Gaming Advisors

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  • Dutch
  • English
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