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Olivia Santantonio

Counsel

Information Governance & Data Protection (Privacy) , Intellectual Property (IP)

+32 (0)2 787 90 07

Areas of expertise:

Commercial & Litigation

About Olivia Santantonio

Olivia Santantonio is a counsel in Lydian’s IP practice and our Data Protection practice.

Specialist areas

Olivia has a particular focus on:

  • IP litigation and brand defence
  • IP transactions
  • GDPR compliance
  • Product regulation

Expertise and experience

Olivia is widely experienced in all fields of Intellectual Property and Data Protection law. Her clients are primarily international, from the luxury, automotive, life sciences, technology and insurance sectors.

She frequently advises on data protection issues such as the qualification of the parties as (joint) controller or processor, the rights of the data subjects or the lawful processing of sensitive data. She regularly assists in the audit of undertakings, assessing their level of compliance and helping them in case of data breach or investigation by the Data Protection Authority.

Olivia assists also her clients in the procurement and litigation aspects of trademarks protection. She also drafts and reviews transfer and licence agreements concerning intellectual property rights.

She advices also her clients on product regulation issues like labelling issues, components issues and possible product recall.

Background

Olivia completed her Law degree at the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) in 2006 and received her LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) in 2007. In the same year, she joined Lydian as an Associate and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2014. She was admitted to the Brussels Bar in 2012.

Publications and speaking engagements

Olivia is the author / co-author of numerous articles on topics such as “Registrability of 3D Trademarks”; “Taking unfair advantage of trademarks: parasitism and free riding” and “The interplay between design and copyright protection for Industrial products”. She co-authored the ICLG Comparative Legal Guide to Data Protection 2018. She also prepares client briefings on behalf of the firm and is frequently invited to be a speaker at internal and external client events.

Distinctions

Belgian National Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (ANBPPI) – active member

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) – active member