Johan Brants

European, Belgian and Dutch Patent Attorney

Johan Brants is European, Belgian and Dutch Patent Attorney and founder of brantsandpatents. With more than 25 years of experience, Johan is a well-known figure in IP in the BeNeLux and has been at the cradle of three successful Belgian offices. With brantsandpatents he manages to redraw the patent landscape and push it to new heights.

With his charismatic style but especially with thorough knowledge of the matter, he knows how to convince his customers. He is also praised for his strategic insight that goes well beyond mere patents. Johan knows better than anyone how to convert patent matters into a valuable tool for every company. With experience in more than 30 successful rulings, he also optimizes your tax benefits.

In addition, Johan is also a sought-after expert in patent procedures at home and abroad and has tons of experience in opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office (EPO).

Johan also represents clients in national procedures in Europe for obtaining Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceutical and plant formulations. Plant breeders' rights also hold no secrets for Johan, among other things through various appeals procedures at the CPVO in Angers, as well as at the European Court of Justice.

Johan has been a professor of intellectual property at the (Vrije) University of Brussels and at the University of Ghent for more than 15 years and is a frequent guest speaker at, among others, the Vlerick Business School, KU Leuven and the European Patent Office. He is also invited frequently by several companies as a guest speaker for providing workshops and info sessions regarding intellectual property rights. Johan is also a member of several technology funds such as Theodorus and Qbic.


“An “excellent professional who is creative and effective”, Johan Brants is the fulcrum around which the practice turns; a dab hand at applications, oppositions and appeals, “he argues a case well and his work goes beyond that of most patent attorneys”. Brants recently represented Cresco in nullity proceedings in the Netherlands in a ground-breaking case regarding the protection of plant material obtained by breeding
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