Marie-Christine Janssens studied law and history of arts at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). After practicing law at the Brussels bar (1981-1989), and doing an internship at a Washington DC based law firm (1985-1986), she completed her PhD in intellectual property as researcher at the KU Leuven under the supervision of Frank Gotzen (1996).
She is full professor at the KU Leuven where she teaches various courses in the sector of intellectual property rights at graduate and postgraduate level, including specialization courses in copyright and trademark law.
She is Head of Unit of the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), with a team of over 40 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property. CiTiP has a solid track record as partner of various interdisciplinary research projects, including 25 FP 7 projects, more than 10 H2020 projects and many other nationally funded projects.
Since 2007, she is President of the Belgian Council for Intellectual Property Rights, section Copyright and Neighbouring Rights (Ministry of Economic Affairs) and vice-president of the Belgian group of ALAI. She is also a member of the European Copyright Society, vice-president of the Belgian group of ALAI and member of other IP associations (ATRIP, AIPPI, BMM). She is member of the board of editors of leading Belgian IP journals, including IRDI en DAOR
Topics that she specialized on include European Trademark Law, Harmonisation of copyright norms in the EU, Exceptions to copyright, Moral rights, hyperlinking, Text and Data mining, Open access, Orphan works, Software protection, Open Source, Data ownership, Employee inventions, Inventions at universities, IP enforcement and private international law.
For more details on her cv and publications, see www.law.kuleuven.be/citip