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Demand for patent protection continues to grow in Europe

The 2018 annual report of the European Patent Office (EPO) shows a 4.6% increase in the number of European patent applications, reaching 174,000 applications. Continue reading

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

Column - Intellectual property in the interest of patients

Deploying artificial intelligence to identify the risks of heart conditions even earlier. Using nano-techniques, medicines can be administered exactly where they are needed, while the patient is still lying in the ambulance. Continue reading

V.O Promotions

Annemie Jaeken (Leuven office) and Huub Maas (Utrecht office) have been appointed as partners, and Marlon Blood (Munich office), Martin Klok (The Hague office) and Rutger Timmer (Eindhoven office) are now Senior Associates. 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

V.O. organises European Patent Seminar in Munich

Our firm is once again organising another European Patent Seminar in Munich between 23 and 25 September. Continue reading

V.O. supports students through innovation competitions

The universities of Delft, Eindhoven, Twente and Wageningen have joined one another in setting up innovation competitions. Continue reading

The lightbulb

The lightbulb is the symbol of invention. In part this is due to the metaphor of a light switching on, but also because of the far-reaching consequences of the invention of the first commercially useable lightbulbs and the fierce patent war that ensued. 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
Brexit

The impact of Brexit on IP rights

It seems that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 12 April, with or without a deal. Postponement, if any, is only possible if the British Parliament has as yet agreed to the so-called Withdrawal Agreement drawn up by Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU. Continue reading