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Optimally capitalize on your innovation. Activate your ideas.

Frits Michiels

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“To explore, together with a client, how the best IP protection can be obtained is for me the logical next step after an invention has been made.”

Maaike Witteman

  • European and Benelux Trademark and Design Attorney
“Optimally capitalize on your innovation. Activate your ideas.”

Lars de Haas

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“The legal maze of patent law can be pretty hard to understand. I find it my role to make it easier to help you find your way through this maze.”

Annemiek Tepper

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“The best results are obtained when there is an exchange of creative thinking between the patent attorney and the client. I truly enjoy achieving and maintaining such synergy.”

Annemie Swinnen

  • European Patent Attorney
“Patents, if drafted and used properly, are a very valuable tool to help achieve defined business goals.”

Bart Jan Niestadt

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Belgian Patent Attorney
“The critical factors for a successful IP policy are different for each business. Knowing these factors is key.”

Claudia Meindel

  • Attorney-at-Law
“To be equally familiar with the law and practical business needs provides maximum benefit for clients.”
Wezenbeek, Bart van

Bart van Wezenbeek

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“We use our knowledge and experience to optimize your IP position.”

Marie-José Luys

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Belgian Patent Attorney
“My working experience with a wide variety of companies has taught me that the value and usefulness of patents are still underestimated.”
Dam, Jan Willem ten

Jan Willem ten Dam

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“Drafting and amending patent claims are like solving a puzzle; finding a solution may be easy, the problem is how to find the most effective solution. ”


Benelux Firm of the Year Award for V.O.

We did it again! During the annual Managing IP’s EMEA  Awards Dinner of 8 March, the Benelux Firm of the Year Award was presented to V.O. Continue reading

Patents are the most important indicator of a company’s powers of innovation

In 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted a record number of patents. The USA submitted the most applications by far (40,076). Germany is placed second (25,086), while the Netherlands and Belgium occupy seventh (6,889) and twelfth (2,186) place respectively. But what does a patent say about a company’s powers of innovation? Continue reading

Finding a breakthrough against antibiotic resistance

It was less than a year ago when, brimming with enthusiasm, he opted for the uncertainty of a start-up. Chemist Andreas A. Bastian started his business AGILeBiotics on the Zernike campus of the University of Groningen. His aim is to achieve a breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistance: ‘We have since developed a technology that is protected by a patent both in Europe and in the USA, and that is crucial.’ Continue reading


Global ManuChem Strategies 2018

Maritim proArte Hotel Berlin, Friedrichstraße

The calendar event for all chemical manufacturers in Europe After a great event in 2017, the 7th annual Global ManuChem 2018 is coming back as the leading event for manufacturers in the chemical industry. It brings together over 150 production, SCM & engineering leaders who are responsible for process optimization, lean manufacturing and business strategy in their companies. More about this event

IPBC Europe 2018: Harnessing IP value in European companies

Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Ferdinand Bolstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands

European companies are under greater pressure than ever before to maximise the value of the intellectual property they own. This is happening at a time when Brexit and the creation of the Unified Patent Court regime promise some of the most far-reaching changes to the continent’s IP system for many years. More about this event

Seminar “Innovation box”: the fiscal significance of patents

Engels Conference & Meeting Center, Stationsplein 45, 3013 AK Rotterdam, Netherlands

The "innovationbox" (innovatiebox) is an important fiscal instrument for stimulating innovative business activities. It leads to a lower corporate tax on innovation profits. Since the rules for using the innovation box have changed considerably since 1 January 2017, a prominent role is reserved for patents. More about this event