V.O. advises companies through Wallonia subsidy program
The Wallonia Region (Wallonia, Belgium) is investing in the future of small and medium-sized companies in Wallonia. This government program enables businesses to spend a subsidy for each theme using ‘business checks’ (Chèques Entreprises) with qualified service providers. V.O. is one of these service providers.
COVID-19 update 2
We hope this message finds you in good health. We previously informed you about the precautionary measures that we introduced in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a consequence, our office now operates in ’home-office mode’.
Innovative design reduces the cost of roller coaster
How can you design a roller coaster so that it is lighter, simpler and more efficient, without compromising safety? The German engineering firm Stengel Gmbh devised a cost-effective solution to do just this.
The introduction of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) has been postponed. This is due to a very recent ruling by the German Constitutional Court.
Brexit is a fact. What does it mean for your IP rights?
The United Kingdom (UK) left the EU on 31 January 2020. The British have until the end of this year to reach agreements about their future relationship with the EU. This period can be extended once by two years. So, between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2022 it will be either ‘deal’ or ‘no deal’.
COVID-19 update 1
Dear relations, because of the uncertainty caused by the stray COVID-19 virus, we consider it appropriate to inform you about the state of affairs at V.O.:
V.O. strengthens its position in Belgium
Since February 1 Liège is incorporated into our office network. V.O. now has two offices in Belgium - in Leuven and Liège - and eight offices in the Netherlands and Germany. Altogether, more than 60 specialists work in these ten offices, helping all kinds of companies, from tech start-ups to multinationals, maximize the value of their intellectual property. V.O. is also a recognized service provider for Cheques-entreprises and it won the Best IP advisor: Benelux Silver Award.
New on Kluwer Patent Blog: Fractus S.A. vs. Xiaomi Inc. c.s., Netherlands
The Spanish company Fractus sued Xiaomi and their distributors for infringement of their patent on a monopole antenna with a radiation arm that is shaped as a space-filling curve.
The Lenoir combustion engine
In 2019, the two-stroke engine is still being used in mopeds and lawnmowers. The technology for this engine came directly from the brain of the French inventor, Lenoir, over 150 years ago.
New on Kluwer Patent Blog: Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH vs. Ceva Santé Animale SA, Nederland
Bayer was not granted an injunction in preliminary proceedings because the Court found that there was a serious chance that Bayer’s patent would be held invalid.