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Benelux Firm of the Year Award for V.O.

We did it again! During the annual Managing IP’s EMEA  Awards Dinner of 8 March, the Benelux Firm of the Year Award was presented to V.O. Continue reading

Patents are the most important indicator of a company’s powers of innovation

In 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted a record number of patents. The USA submitted the most applications by far (40,076). Germany is placed second (25,086), while the Netherlands and Belgium occupy seventh (6,889) and twelfth (2,186) place respectively. But what does a patent say about a company’s powers of innovation? Continue reading

Finding a breakthrough against antibiotic resistance

It was less than a year ago when, brimming with enthusiasm, he opted for the uncertainty of a start-up. Chemist Andreas A. Bastian started his business AGILeBiotics on the Zernike campus of the University of Groningen. His aim is to achieve a breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistance: ‘We have since developed a technology that is protected by a patent both in Europe and in the USA, and that is crucial.’ Continue reading

‘Patent pending’ works differently in Germany

Germany is by far the most important trade partner for Belgium and the Netherlands, particular because of the export market. Yet, we seldom realise that the rules there for the use of product markings such as ‘patent pending’ are generally much stricter. Continue reading

V.O. ‘top filer’ PCT

In its recently published IP Stars PCT Leaders report 2017, the magazine Managing Intellectual Property highlighted V.O. as a notable PCT top patent filer for the Netherlands. Managing Intellectual Property is the ultimate source of news and analysis on IP developments worldwide.

Recommended firm according to WTR 1000

Also for 2018, WTR 1000, the Number One research directory focusing on trademark practices and practitioners, ranked V.O. among the world’s leading trademark professionals. The firm “provides excellent advice and a wonderful service for Benelux and EU matters”. As a recommended individual, trademark attorney Noëlle Wolfs is highlighted as “a dab hand before the BOIP and EUIPO”, who has a gift for “hunting down and removing imitations from the market”.

Nintendo’s model right is outplayed

The holder of a model registration may file an objection against third parties that use its model (a product design, for example) without its permission. The term ‘use’ is also understood to mean the depiction of that model. However, the European Court of Justice has made it clear to model holder Nintendo that there are limits to those rights. Continue reading
Frans Schmetz

The success of Eindhoven

The whole world’s attention is on the success of Brainport Eindhoven. What is the secret? Someone from the Economic Board Amsterdam once paid me a compliment during a visit: ‘You all already know one another.’ That actually came about out of necessity during the crisis in the 1990s, when the ‘captains of industry’ agreed that they wanted to work together to find solutions. Continue reading

‘Small businesses are getting the attention they deserve’

The Netherlands is proud of its powers of innovation, and the new government understandably hopes to make a contribution in this regard. But what choices are being made? Patent attorney Marco Molling has been examining the new coalition agreement and shares his view on the new ambitions and plans. Continue reading

V.O. Arnhem office relocation

From 1 December, the Arnhem office of V.O. is based at a new location, on the eleventh floor of the Rijntoren, also known as the blue tower. This modern office building is directly adjacent to Arnhem Central Station. Our colleagues in Arnhem are very pleased with their new workplace. Continue reading