Intellectual Property Advice

UMONS is part of the “Patlib – Hainaut” network.

PATLIB is the name given to the European network of regional IP information centres under the supervision of the national patent offices of each member state. There are currently nearly 300 of these regional centres scattered across Europe.

They provide local practical assistance and advice on any problem related to intellectual property, to students, researchers, spin-offs, start-ups, SMEs and individual inventors.

PATLIB Hainaut, which is part of the Belgian network of centres, was created from the collaboration of partners from the academic and economic worlds: the University of Mons and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Hainaut.


In 2023, the SPF Economy launched a pre-diagnosis program on intellectual property for innovative companies that are not yet familiar with IP or lack experience in the field, as well as for companies that already have sufficient knowledge of IP but wish to explore new areas.

A pre-diagnosis of IP allows to answer the following questions:

  • What intellectual property rights (IPR) does your company have?
  • Are they already protected, and if not, can they be?
  • What is the cost?
  • What are the advantages of protecting your IPR?
  • What are the risks if you do not register them?

Note: Only companies with a business number at the Central Business Database and headquartered in Belgium are eligible for this free service.

For more information on the procedure or to find an expert, visit the SPF Economy website.


To discover our consulting activities in intellectual property, download our brochure.

Contact : – +32 (0) 65 37 47 75