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European trademark protection for “Oktoberfest”

Although Oktoberfest has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic, the world-famous event in Munich has nevertheless made newspaper headlines. Continue reading

Promotion Alexander van Loon

We are very pleased to announce that as of 1 January 2022, European and Dutch patent attorney Alexander van Loon has been appointed Senior Associate. Alexander has been working at V.O. since 2015. Continue reading

Individual accreditations by MIP

After IP Stars, the annual guide from Managing IP (MIP), already recognized our Dutch and Belgian patent practices as ‘Tier 1’ and ‘Tier 2’ Patent Prosecution Firms, respectively, individual distinctions of ‘IP Star 2021’ were awarded in the Fall to Bettina Hermann, Leo Jessen, Bernard Ledeboer, Marco Molling, Otto Oudshoorn and Herman Witmans. Continue reading

In V.O.’s lab: spotlight on the patent attorney

Patent attorneys administer a key amount of the intellectual property — the crown jewels — of your business. Each one is a versatile technician who is expected to be a ‘Jack of all trades.’ What makes a good patent attorney at V.O.? Here follows a character sketch. Continue reading

Events in the time of corona  

Various IP trade fairs, congresses, and conferences, which were already deferred in 2020 to 2021 due to corona, have now been deferred again to next year. It’s an annoying fact but one we must continue to consider for the time being. Continue reading

Third place for Vattenfall Solar Team

The resourcefulness and stamina of 17 Delft University of Technology students on the Vattenfall Solar Team were certainly put to the test in October. The team sponsored by V.O. took part in the Solar Challenge Morocco 2021 with a solar car named Nuna11. Continue reading

DigitalAlerts sees patenting as opportunity for product developers

Never forget to start or stop your parking app again. ParkAlert is one of the 'smart' digital alert systems with which hardware and software developer Digital Alerts is now leading the market. Continue reading

Column – ‘Linking business and science accelerates innovations’

The basis for innovation is the cooperation between science and innovative business; the connection between knowledge institutions and the public-private sector. Continue reading

Chien-Shiung Wu: the woman at the basis of quantum technology (but who didn't get a Nobel Prize)

The 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, according to many, went unfairly to Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang. These two theoretical physicists had predicted the idea of ‘parity violation’, crucial in quantum physics, but it was Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) who demonstrated the phenomenon through an experiment. Continue reading

Highly rated by IP Stars 2021

IP Stars has rated V.O. highly for its expertise and performance in 2021. Formerly known as Managing IP, this leading guide to IP firms has published annual rankings since 1989, listing the top IP firms worldwide by category. Continue reading