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Optimally capitalize on your innovation. Activate your ideas.

Annemie Swinnen

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

Jasper Groot Koerkamp

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

Dirk de Jong

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“Discovering the potential of your invention.”

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.”

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.”

Marco Molling

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

Bettina Hermann

  • European Patent Attorney
  • German Patent Attorney
  • European and German Trademark and Design Attorney
“IP is an essential asset of a company having many different facets - always worth to work for it.”

Otto Oudshoorn

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“It is very rewarding to capture an invention in the proper words.”
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. ”

Karel de Jong

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
“Nowadays, patenting has become the essential ingredient, since creative entrepreneurship and innovative technology do not suffice anymore to generate long-lasting profitable business in the highly competitive information society of today.”


Breakthrough in the detection of cancer tumours

Scientists who decide not to publish papers, but to explore whether their discovery is the basis of a company. That’s the path taken by Cyclomics, the start-up of Wigard Kloosterman and Jeroen de Ridder. Continue reading

Registering a trademark: can you do that yourself, too?

You come up with a name for your new company or you launch a brand with a new name. Of course, you don’t want a competitor, anywhere in the world, to start using the same name. Trademark registration is the logical step. But do you do it yourself or do you bring in an expert? Three different parties explain. Continue reading

Platform Formalities Officers increases level of administration

In various European countries, there is a great deal of enthusiasm about the approach and method of the Platform Formalities Officers (PFO). In less than ten years, the PFO has developed into a respected platform. High time to find out a bit more about it. Ronald van Egmond, PFO board member and business support senior advisor at V.O., answers five questions. Continue reading


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

Protecting Your Business

HUBspot Innovate Leiden, Langegracht, Leiden

Building a company costs both time and energy. When you have established something you can be proud of, it's important to protect what is rightfully yours. Intellectual property rights are like any other property right: they allow creators, or owners, of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. More about this event