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PETOŠEVIĆ People: Q&A with Loïc Dufour

PETOŠEVIĆ Brussels Head of Office and Senior Patent Consultant Loïc Dufour is one of our longest-standing team members — he has been with us for 18 years. Since joining the firm as a young chemist, Loïc has evolved into one of our most senior patent experts, handling cases for a wide range of clients in our entire region. We asked Loïc about his work, the strangest job he’s ever had, his pastimes, and much more.

1. How come you started a career in the IP field?

I started my career in the IP field completely by coincidence. I finished my master’s in chemistry and bio-industry engineering and was looking for my first job. A that time I did not know anything about IP and I was surprised when I saw a law firm looking for a chemist. This attracted my attention, I applied and this is how my journey at PETOŠEVIĆ started.

2. What makes IP protection challenging in your jurisdiction (and how do you overcome that challenge)?

I handle patent applications in various jurisdictions across the region, and from my point of view, the most challenging aspect are the differences in patent examination practices at various IP offices. It is important to be agile and to always have an approach that is specific to each IP office.

3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

Working on cases that require analytical skills and for which there is no obvious solution.

4. What would you be working in, if you weren’t working in IP?

Most probably I would be working in the chemical industry.

5. What was the strangest job you’ve ever had?

I’ve never had a strange job, but the most unusual job that I had when I was a student was picking apricots for a month in the south of France.

6. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

I like spending time with my family and, as much as I can, I try to pass on my passion for biking and hiking.

7. What book did you read last?

“Inferno” by Dan Brown. In my opinion, it is a perfect mix of history, science and suspense.

8. What is your favorite song at the moment?

My taste is quite eclectic but lately I’ve been listening to the soundtrack to “A Star is Born”, featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.

9. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mediterranean food.

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, from the past or present, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet close family members that I did not have a chance to know.

11. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

My favorite subject in school was already chemistry. It explains so many things and opens huge horizons.

12. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

I enjoy gardening and cooking.

I love spending time in nature.

I am not good at dancing.

13. Tell us three moments or events that have been turning points in your life.

Graduating from university, meeting my wife and the birth of our twin daughters.

14. What would you do if you won the lottery?

Well to tell you truth, I never play. I believe that life is a question of balance. If you are happy with your family and work and have no health issues, you have already reached a high level of happiness. If I ever won, I would try to improve the lives of people around me.

15. What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who cannot be trusted.

16. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

The best is yet to come.

17. What do you wish you could have told yourself at age 13?

Be relaxed and enjoy the present moment.

18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

Brussels, Belgium.

19. If you could live in another country of the 30+ countries where PETOŠEVIĆ operates, which would you pick and why?

Slovenia. Perfect location to reach both the seaside and the mountains over short distances.

20. If someone came to your city for 24 hours, where would you take them?

I would go with them to the Grand-Place of Brussels, walk around and then share a meal in a typical brasserie.

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