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Column – Successful ecosystem for innovation

On a working visit to High Tech Campus Eindhoven, a director of a brand-new campus in the Middle East once complained that his buildings all looked fantastic and the campus was even launched with a video by a Hollywood director. But nothing was happening there. It was only after a few visits to Eindhoven that he understood: it was about the vibe. Continue reading

Artificial intelligence offers opportunities for patenting

Innovations based on artificial intelligence and machine learning by computers are becoming increasingly common. V.O. is undoubtedly also interested in these consequences for patents. Continue reading

Gerard and Anton Awards 2019

Every year, Brainport Eindhoven celebrates the Gerard and Anton Awards festival, named after the two illustrious Philips brothers. Here, prizes are awarded to the 10 most promising startups from Eindhoven that are noteworthy for their combination of applied innovative technology and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

New Meet the Expert location in Liège

Since April, our office has had a second Meet the Expert location in Belgium, namely in Liège, an economic hotspot in the country. The other Meet the Expert location is on the Corda Campus in Hasselt. Continue reading

V.O. welcomes new colleagues

Two experienced experts have recently joined the patent and trademark teams. We are very happy to welcome Philipp Reichl at the Munich office. Philipp is a European and German patent attorney in the Hightech & Electronics department. Continue reading

Knowledge sharing as keyword for optimal service provision

Sharing knowledge is not only the basic principle of the patent system - publishing the invention in exchange for the right to deter others from using it - but has also become an increasingly important driver of IP service provision. Continue reading

New Chairman of V.O.

As of 1 September, Herman Witmans will be the new Chairman of V.O. He is succeeding Cees Jansen. Cees has worked there for 26 years, of which more than 12 years as Chairman. He will remain associated with the organization as an advisor.

The best-known medicine in the world: Aspirin

At the end of the 19th century, a young researcher from Bayer made one the most significant discoveries ever – the painkiller Aspirin. It was valuable for his employer, and also for his father who suffered from rheumatism. It led to a worldwide success! Continue reading

New on Kluwer Patent Blog: Koninklijke Philips N.V. vs. Wiko SAS, Nederland

The holder of a standard essential patent (SEP) should first notify the alleged infringer of the SEP, following which the alleged infringer should inform the patent holder of its willingness to take a licence. Then, said licence needs to be offered on FRAND terms. Continue reading

Potentially new opportunities for patents in the United States

In the USA, one of the requirements against which the conclusions of a patent application can be tested is whether it contains a matter that is eligible for patenting. Continue reading