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Annemie Jaeken

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Belgian Patent Attorney
“IP strategy and business strategy go hand in hand.”
Klok, Martin

Martin Klok

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“IP is the link between advanced knowledge and financial result.”

Marco Molling

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Belgian Patent Attorney
“IP rights are means, not an end.”

Herman Witmans

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“A broad perspective and creativity as well as a keen eye for detail are needed for obtaining the best IP-protection.”

Frits Schut

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“No matter what accomplishments your business makes, IP protection of essential technologies is vital to stay ahead of the competition.”

Annemie Swinnen

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

Eva Eulaers

  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“Optimally capitalize on your innovation. Activate your ideas.”

Jurriaan Cleuver

  • Attorney-at-Law
  • European and Benelux Trademark and Design Attorney
“The ability to be practical in complex legal situations leads to a solution that will result in the best possible commercial advantage.”

Johannes van Melle

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“It is my working experience through the cycle of many startups that has taught me the value of IP.”

Claudia Meindel

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


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


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

Job fair

Familie van Rysselberghedreef 2, Ghent, Belgium

On Tuesday 27 March 2018 Ghent University Association organises the 15th edition of Flander's largest job fair. The Afstudeerbeurs takes place in the ICC Ghent, from 12:00 hrs till 18:00 hrs. The Afstudeerbeurs consists of 5 components taking place at the same time and in the same location: the general job market, the Job Market for Young Researchers, the International Jobs Corner, the education and further studies fair and a complementary (free of charge) programme of workshops, information sessions and CV analysis. More about this event