Valérie Mellet

Patent 42 is a law firm acting in Industrial Property. Our job is to help and assist companies and entrepreneurs in protecting and defending their investments in innovation and creation.
If innovation is first of all a state of mind, it is also a necessity and a source of development and growth for your company. Investments carried out to develop new products or new activities deserve to be protected.
Is your innovation technological? Have you invented or improved a product or a process? Its protection is done by the deposit of patent.
Is your innovation a business? Have you invested in new products or new activities? Your work in marketing and development of the market can be protected by registering a trademark.
Is your innovation aesthetic? Have you invested in designing your products? Their protection go through the registration of the design.
Patent 42 provides concrete and careful solutions in the area of patents, trademarks and designs. We support you in all stages of elaboration and implementation of an industrial property strategy adapted to your needs at both national and international level.
Patent 42 can represent you before the Intellectual Property Offices of Luxembourg, Belgium and France but also before international offices such as the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Benelux Office for the Intellectual Property (BOIP) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
Moreover, Patent 42 benefits from a European and international network of foreign correspondents, selected for their professionalism and expertise.

Gerard Neiens

As the Head of our Tax practice, Gérard Neiens’ focus is in international tax planning and restructuring, investment fund taxation, as well as IP and private wealth taxation. He advises large corporations, investment banks, financial institutions and private wealth clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of international real estate investments, private equity transactions, regulated and unregulated investment structures. He also provides tax advice on financing transactions, corporate acquisitions and disposals, reorganisation operations, as well as transfer pricing and VAT issues. Gérard also has significant experience in corporate law, focusing on M&A, corporate finance and restructuring deals, as well as general corporate advice. Legal 500 calls Gérard as ‘highly experienced’.

Before joining Hogan Lovells as one of the founding partners of the Luxembourg office in 2013, Gérard practised for over ten years within the tax department of one of the magic circle firms based in Luxembourg. Since then, he Heads the Tax practice of Hogan Lovells in Luxembourg which grows and develops under his skillful supervision.

Gérard is committed to helping the clients to surmount any challenge, maximise their tax benefits and other business opportunities. Experienced and reactive with high attention to detail he is always ready to offer an insightful advice.

Hogan Lovells:

Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organizations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities. Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. The firm’s lawyers are straight talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.