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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

The United Kingdom is expected to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019, with or without a deal. The British Parliament has expressly stated that the existing IP rights that have been established within the EU context will be guaranteed in either case. Below you will find a brief overview of the impact on patent rights and trademark and design registrations. Continue reading

Supplier must warn of potential patent infringement in another country

Imagine that you sell a product that does not fall under the Netherlands’ patent protection to a customer, but your customer then exports the product to Germany where it is protected by a patent. How does this affect your liability? Continue reading

Column - Innovation with space technology

Imagine having access to all the technology and knowledge of a non-commercially motivated R&D lab and more than 2500 experts based in the Netherlands who are active across Europe in a number of technological sectors. Continue reading

Innovative market leader relies on IP

Atlas Copco exudes innovation. Research is paramount, as this is the only way they can remain the market leader in the world of compressor technology. Ewan Van Minnebruggen leads a strong IP team: ‘IP is always at the back of engineers’ minds here.’ Continue reading
Organ Assist

More organs available thanks to active Organ Assist's active IP policy

The number of organs transplants in Dutch hospitals is greatly on the rise: with 15% in 2018. This increase is partly the result of the organ perfusion machine developed by Groningen company Organ Assist. Continue reading

Patent advice on campus in Groningen

Would you like to quickly ask a patent attorney from V.O. about the possibilities for a patent application? You can do this on more and more campuses and knowledge institutions through the V.O. initiative “Meet the Expert”. Continue reading

V.O. employees follow AED course

V.O. is the sponsor of the Dutch Heart Foundation (Hartstichting) that stimulates active scientific research into solutions for heart and vascular diseases. As part of the sponsorship agreements, employees from V.O. were able to follow a resuscitation course provided by the Red Cross. Continue reading

V.O. and Clariant jointly organise Nagoya seminar

On 26 October, the seminar ‘Nagoya Protocol – implications and consequences of using genetic resources’ was on the agenda. This event was jointly organised by the V.O. offices in Munich and Clariant, a Swiss chemicals concern that operates worldwide. Continue reading