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Thomas Dubuisson

Senior Associate

CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, English, Dutch, Spanish

Thomas specializes in data protection, intellectual property (IP) and related rights, and ICT. Thomas's experience includes both contentious and non-contentious work. After graduating from Law School in 2010 (Catholic University, Louvain-la-Neuve), Thomas obtained a specialized LL.M. degree in both the Netherlands (LL.M, Maastricht University) and the U.S. (LL.M, The George Washington University), which provide him an in-depth understanding of both the civil and common law traditions.

Thomas was called to the Brussels Bar in May 2015. He started his 3-year apprenticeship at a major U.S. law firm in the IP Litigation practice group where he participated in various stages of litigation. He then followed his apprenticeship at two Franco-Belgian law firms within the Media, ICT and data protection practices.

He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional - Europe (CIPP-E) by the IAPP. The IAPP-certified professionals are recognized around the world as members of an elite group of skilled and dedicated data protection professionals. This certification (CIPP/E) attests high level knowledge in data protection topics.
Thomas is also an occasional guest blogger for various IP blogs and contributes monthly to the “International IP Legal Updates Newsletter” of the American Bar Association.

He is fluent in French and English and is proficient in Spanish and Dutch. Thomas joined CMS in May 2018.

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Relevant experience

  • September 2012 - March 2013 - European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) - Trademark Law Division, Alicante, Spain
  • April - August 2013 - European Patent Office (EPO) - Patent Law Directorate, Munich, Germany
  • November 2013 - November 2014 - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - IP Enforcement Division, Geneva, Switzerland
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member of the Belgian National Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (ANBPPI / BNVBIE)
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the Robotics Law Association (ADDR)
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  • 2018 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 2012 - George Washington University Law School - United States of America (LL.M in Intellectual Property Law)
  • 2011 - Maastricht University - Netherlands (LL.M in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management) 
  • 2010 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain - Belgium (Law Degree)
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Data pro­tec­tion and cy­ber­se­cur­ity laws in Bel­gi­um
Data pro­tec­tion 1. Loc­al data pro­tec­tion laws and scope Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion n° 2016/679 (GDPR);Law of 30 Ju­ly 2018 on the pro­tec­tion of nat­ur­al per­sons with re­gard to the pro­cessing...
EU Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Month: mo­bile devices can pose a risk to your busi­ness
The EU Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Month (“EC­SM”) is the EU’s an­nu­al aware­ness cam­paign that takes place every Oc­to­ber across Europe. Through this ini­ti­at­ive, European in­sti­tu­tions aim to raise aware­ness about...
How to handle your (ex)-em­ploy­ees’ health data. The BDPA provides new guidelines...
An em­ploy­ee is leav­ing your com­pany. As a man­ager, you an­nounce in the em­ploy­ee’s ab­sence his/her de­par­ture to your team dur­ing a meet­ing. Such com­mu­nic­a­tion needs to be con­duc­ted in­tel­li­gently to de­fuse...
Bel­gian DPA cla­ri­fies the in­ter­ac­tion between Bel­gian Pa­tient's Rights...
In its de­cision of 6 Ju­ly 2022, the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (BDPA) has is­sued a re­mind­er of the lim­its at­tached to the right of ac­cess and right to rec­ti­fic­a­tion of med­ic­al re­cords. Avail­able...
CMS ad­vised the French Up group on its ac­quis­i­tion of the Bel­gian start-up...
CMS ad­vised the French Up group on its ac­quis­i­tion of Hexeko, a Bel­gian Start-up spe­cial­ised in di­git­iz­ing ex­tra-leg­al be­ne­fits. Up, which is ac­quir­ing all the shares of the start-up, is one of the lead­ing...
An­oth­er cook­ie en­force­ment case: Bel­gian pri­vacy watch­dog re­con­firms cook­ie...
In its de­cision of 21 Janu­ary 2022, the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (“BDPA”) has re­minded com­pan­ies about some im­port­ant rules on the use of cook­ies/track­ers. Avail­able in French, this de­cision...
EU Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Month: Hy­brid work­ing makes phish­ing at­tacks harder to...
The EU Cy­ber­se­cur­ity Month (“EC­SM”) is the EU’s an­nu­al aware­ness cam­paign that takes place every Oc­to­ber across Europe. Through this ini­ti­at­ive, European in­sti­tu­tions aim to raise aware­ness about...
The Chan­ging Face of Cy­ber Claims
Marsh's European Chan­ging Face of Cy­ber Claims re­port, with con­tri­bu­tions from CMS, Kivu and Mi­crosoft, has reached over 20,000 or­gan­isa­tions as it un­der­lines how vi­tal it is to en­sure a ro­bust and...
Sum­mer leg­al re­cap of data pro­tec­tion law
Have you spent the last few weeks sit­ting some­where else than in front of a com­puter screen? No wor­ries. This art­icle sum­mar­ises the key de­vel­op­ments in pri­vacy-land that happened over the sum­mer and...
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Su­per­bet on its ac­quis­i­tion of Na­po­leon Games Group
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Su­per­bet in con­nec­tion with the ac­quis­i­tion from Wa­ter­land of Na­po­leon Games Group, a lead­ing Bel­gian op­er­at­or act­ive in the on­line, re­tail ar­cade and sports bet­ting busi­ness, with...
EU fi­nally ad­opts new data trans­fer clauses
On 4 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion an­nounced two new sets of stand­ard con­trac­tu­al clauses: (i) for in­ter­na­tion­al trans­fers of per­son­al data (new SCCs) (avail­able here) and (ii) to be used by con­trol­lers...
Meet the AI team
The mem­bers of the AI group are at­tent­ive ob­serv­ers of the de­vel­op­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence in their field of ex­pert­ise. They are pas­sion­ate about in­nov­a­tion and spe­cial­ized in new tech­no­lo­gies...