Kris Hertoghe


Kris is Belgian, born in Gent. She is a Dutch native speaker, is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of German.

Kris holds a degree in applied sciences from the University of Gent, Belgium (civil engineer in electronics).

She trained in intellectual property in private practice. She headed a corporate patent department for five years, and was thereafter responsible for running a branch office of a Belgian intellectual property firm.

She qualified as a European patent attorney in 1998, and as a Belgian patent attorney in 2000.

Over the years she worked with sole inventors, SME’s as well as multinationals.

Kris has extensive experience in filing and prosecution of European, Belgian, international (PCT), US, JP and other national patent applications, including representation before the European patent office (EPO) and the Belgian Patent Office; in handling oppositions and appeal proceedings before the EPO; in providing opinions regarding validity of intellectual property rights, freedom-to-operate, and litigation; she has been appointed as an expert before the Belgian court in “Saisie Descriptive” proceedings. She has been involved in patent searching, valorization of inventions, selection of inventions, decisions on publication and patenting, patent portfolio analysis, including decisions on abandonment of patents. She has given general and legal advice in IP. Furthermore, she lectures about several IP-related topics.

In 2009 Kris founded DenK iP bvba together with Davy.