Professors & Lecturers

Xavier Vermandele is Senior Legal Counsellor in the Building Respect for IP Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where he is mainly in charge of capacity-building and legislative assistance activities in relation to the enforcement of intellectual property rights.  Prior to joining WIPO in 2009, he has been active as attorney-at-Law at the Brussels Bar (Belgium) from 1995 to 2008, working for business law firms where he specialized in intellectual property, trade practices , food law and commercial law (counseling and litigation).  He represented clients before Belgian, Benelux and European Union administrative authorities, as well as before Belgian and French Courts.  He also published articles in the aforementioned areas.  He then worked as Legal Officer in the “Financial and Contractual Matters, and Legal Affairs” unit of the EuropeAid Co-operation Office (European Commission) for more than one year, before joining WIPO.