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Noëlle Wolfs

Patent attorney

‘What particularly inspires me in this field is to combine my skills with the clients' needs and to see my clients' companies benefit from their intellectual property strategy.’
Noëlle Wolfs

Noëlle Wolfs

  • Trademarks & Designs
  • European and Benelux Trademark and Design Attorney
  • Associate

Noëlle Wolfs started as a trademark attorney at V.O. in 1993. Before that she studied Dutch law at Utrecht University, where she specialized in intellectual property law.

Noëlle manages trademark portfolios of medium-sized and large national and international companies. She has longstanding experience in actively representing her clients before the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property as well as before The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

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Her approach is pro-active, she combines legal knowledge with the practical interests of her clients to obtain optimal protection of their intellectual property rights. Next to portfolio management, Noëlle represents her clients in conflict and opposition cases. Her experience extends to drafting co-existence agreements and declarations, keeping in mind the legal position and interests of the client.

Working experience

  • Trademark and Design Attorney, V.O. (2003-present)
  • Trademark and Design Attorney, Considine Den Haag (2000-2002)
  • Trademark and Design Attorney, V.O. (1993-2000)

Education

  • LLM in Dutch law, Utrecht University (1992)

Directories

  • Perennially in high demand is Noëlle Wolfs. One source enthuses: “Working with Noëlle is very much like dealing with an outstanding colleague in my own firm – she anticipates questions and provides proactive advice and recommendations in a client-friendly manner. Her service is simply wonderful.” (WTR 1000 – 2019)
  • “One of the very best trademark attorneys around today”, leading light Noëlle Wolfs knows how to squeeze every last drop of commercial value from brand rights. (WTR 1000 – 2017)
  • Noëlle Wolfs “has been kept busy of late managing KNX’s worldwide trademark portfolio and representing Dole Food Company in crucial proceedings before the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market”. (WTR 1000 – 2016).

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of the Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs (BMM) and the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Board member (treasurer) for the Benelux Association for Trademarks and Designs (BMM) for four years.

Languages

  • English
  • Dutch

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News

Food fight: ‘BIG MAC’ EU trademark (provisionally) revoked

The European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently revoked the ‘BIG MAC’ EU trademark of fast-food chain, McDonald’s. According to the EUIPO, the name of the hamburger that is known across the world was not sufficiently demonstrated to be used in the European Union. At first glance, it appears an unusual decision.Continue reading

Winner of MIP Award and WTR1000 recommendation

V.O is once again the proud winner of the 2019 Netherlands Firm of the Year Award conferred by Managing Intellectual Property.Continue reading

HEMA faces claim by Levi’s over stitching

Denim giant Levi’s recently won a court case in Belgium against the well-known department store HEMA about the shape of the stitches on the rear of its jeans.Continue reading

Events

European Patent Seminar

Hotel Excelsior München, Schützenstraße, Munich, Germany

Know the latest ins-and-outs concerning examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Be updated on the unitary patent and the unified patent court. Anyone wishing to increase his or her working knowledge of procedures for European patents, German utility models or designs as for instance strategic complements or alternatives to patents, should register now for the fourth edition of V.O.’s IP seminar in Munich! Continue reading

APAA Council Meeting 2019

Grand Hyatt Taipei Hotel, Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

The Asian Patent Attorneys Association ("APAA") is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting and enhancing intellectual property protection in the Asian region (including Australia and New Zealand). The 70th Council Meeting of the APAA and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the APAA will take place at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, Taipei International Convention Center, Le Méridien Taipei and Humble House Taipei in Xinyi District (near Taipei 101). The APAA 2019, scheduled for 8 to 12 November, will be an opportunity for all participants to explore a wide range of IP hot topics presented in committee meetings, workshops, and networking. On behalf of V.O., Marco Molling and Otto Oudshoorn will attend the meeting. Click here for more information.   Continue reading