Professor Charles Gielen PhD (born 1947) holds a law degree from Tilburg University and a doctorate degree from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
After having been a partner of the Benelux law firm NautaDutilh (www.nautadutilh.com) he now is of counsel to this firm and in particular to the intellectual property practice group. He is retired professor of IP law at the University of Groningen and currently extraordinary professor of IP law at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Charles specialises in intellectual property law and he used to handle patent, trademark and design litigation. In trademark matters Charles acted for Diageo Plc., L'Oreal, the LVMH Group, Intel, Coca-Cola, BMW, Burberry and Lego. He was co-counsel for Samsung in the litigation against Apple on the alleged design right infringement. In patent matters he handled litigation for Pharmacia, Aventis Pharma, Medtronic and Global Biochem Technology.