Our legal team is specialised in intellectual property, branding and marketing.
Dominique Charlotte Crassaerts – CEO & FOUNDING PARTNER
Dominique is a European Trade Mark Attorney entitled to act as a professional representative before the OBPI and the OHIM.
She graduated from the University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB) and practiced as an Attorney at the Brussels Bar for 10 years. Afterwards, she has become Trade Mark Attorney and has been working as director of Novamark Belgium during 10 years.
She has a long lasting experience in trade mark, design, domain names and copyright laws and her expertise is well esteemed among her clients for the proactive, accurate and value-oriented counselling she constantly provides.
In 2003, she founded her own firm in Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium and expanded the practice in Luxembourg in 2010.
She works in French and English .
A Member of the following associations:
NORA CERESIAT - Senior Trademark & Design PARALEGAL
Nora is our administration fairy- she handles our client's trade mark portfolio with great care and precision.In her daily work she deals with administrative procedures aimed at protecting trade marks and designs in Benelux and Europe.She first experienced the paralegal profession at DISTINCTIVE where she has been trained during a three-year period.
She now has a senior profile at DISTINCTIVE and effectively handles trade mark applications for clients, assists with identifying and describing the goods and/or services clients offer, and help client’s choose the proper basis for a trademark filing in Benelux and Europe.
She recently re-joined our team after her mother-leave! Besides being now a young mother of a beautiful daughter she plays the guitar and commits her time on the dressage training of horses.
Belgian of origin, Nora works in French and in English.
A few logos she assisted on filing :
Christopher Noiset– Trademark & Design PARALEGAL
Christopher is our brewing guru- fascinated by the beer Industry, he is currently following a training in Beer culture (Zythologie in french) in his free time.
At DISTINCTIVE he assists in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of national and international trade mark and design cases, and prepares files for copyright record-keeping processes. He handles correspondence with clients, reporting status of trade mark applications and lifetime. He reviews docket for deadlines and inform responsible attorneys about actions needed on each file.
He maintained his Bachelor’s degree in law at the Luxembourg University and is currently finishing a certificate in « Gestion des droits intellectuels : stratégie, contrats et fiscalité de l'innovation » at the University LLN.
Luxembourgish of origin, Christopher works in French and in English.
A few logos he assisted on filing:
Franziska Schütte - Business Development & Community Manager
At Distinctive ,she is in charge of the Milfolio® client database, our domain name services as well as our website and IP FOR START-UP program. Furthermore, she helps provide advice on domain names and brand strategy for the clients.
Having worked as a Project Manager at Emakina, a digital marketing agency, she joined the team at Distinctive to discover the other side of a Brand's life. She believes in the importance of intellectual property in the digital marketing world and is convinced that there is a lot more to explore than one might expect. She is currently finishing a certificate in « Gestion des droits intellectuels : stratégie, contrats et fiscalité de l'innovation » at the University LLN.
German of origin, Franziska works in French, English, German and a little Luxembourgish
(Jo, e bëssen! )
Florian is a night photographer and travel enthusiast. He reads the decisions of the Court of Justice of the European Union like some would read a detective novel. He’s passionate about IP caselaw in general.
Florian holds a Master degree in business law from the University of Liège (ULiège) and a specialised Master degree in information technology and communication law from the University of Namur (UNamur).
After working for DISTINCTIVE during an internship in 2017 and finishing his scholarship, he decided to join the team. Apart from working at DISTINCTIVE as junior IP attorney, he is also a part time researcher at the University of Namur.
At DISTINCTIVE he handles caselaw research on Darts, write contracts and prepare opposition procedures.
Belgian of origin, Florian works in French and in English.
Behind the scenes
MARCEL CERESIAT - CFO
Marcel crunches numbers for breakfast and makes sure the bills are paid.
He has a PhD in organic chemistry from University of Louvain (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium) with complementary training in industrial marketing (ICHEC, Brussels, Belgium) and E-business from University of ULB-Solvay.
In the past, he worked in a CMO for the pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and biotech sectors for over 20 years at the interface of R&D, industrial processes and marketing for Calaire-Chimie, Farchemia, Tessenderlo Chemie, SRT Expertise & Conseil and Ypso-Facto. In particular Marcel has redefined toll manufacturing strategies, researched and implemented competitive advantages, investigated extra-muros chemical development and the acquisition of external activities. He joined Distinctive Lux in 2012.
Marcel is also a guest professor in "chemical industry" at the Unversity of Louvain.
At Distinctive it’s a “ Bring your Dog to work” philosophy!
Research shows that having a dog at your office increases your employees happiness- we could not agree more! Please meet our fellow bundle of love: