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Three new partners at V.O.

As of 1 January 2023, three new partners have joined V.O., namely patent attorneys Jetze Beeksma, Henri van Kalkeren and Martin Klok.

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Participation in iGEM competition with cup that detects GHB

The annual IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition allows students to tackle societal problems through synthetic biology.

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Montenegro acceded as an EPC member state

Since 1 October 2022, Montenegro has been a full EPC member state. Before that, Montenegro had the status of an enlargement country. Continue reading

New Meet the Expert location V.O. in Utrecht

As of 1 October, V.O. has added a sixth Meet the Expert location, and it is in the Hugo R. Kruyt Building on the Campus of Utrecht University. Meet the Expert locations are drop-in points located at the relevant knowledge centers where innovative SMEs and start-ups can get in touch with our IP experts for advice and practical tips.

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What you need to know about UPC lawsuits

The Unified Patent Court (UPC) will soon be operational. This pan-European patent court is expected to open its doors in the first quarter of 2023. From then on, it will also be possible to validate European patents upon grant as a “unitary patent” with protection for 17 participating EU countries at the same time.

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SPYKE develops cup that detects GHB

Innovations in the field of synthetic biology have many applications. For example, a TU-Delft student team, SPYKE, is working on an invention that can detect GHB drug in drinks. The team is doing this as part of the annual, international iGEM competition. V.O. is sponsoring this team: with advice and help with the patent application.

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Bernard Ledeboer appointed as judge to the Unified Patent Court

On 19 October 2022, 85 judges were appointed to the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Starting 1 April 2023, this new court will decide on litigation procedures in both European patents and unitary patents, in 17 European countries. V.O. is pleased to announce that patent attorney and partner Bernard Ledeboer is appointed as part time technically qualified judge.

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Recommended by JUVE Patent

In late September, V.O. received a 'recommendation' from JUVE Patent in the Patent Filing and Litigation: Patent Attorneys categories for the second year in a row. Mentioned as 'recommended individuals' are Jetze Beeksma, Marco Box, Leo Jessen, Martin Klok, Bernard Ledeboer and Otto Oudshoorn. Continue reading

Column – ‘Choose what you want to protect’

Traditionally, the Triumph and Sloggi brands have been known for their innovations in the lingerie market. The Triumph Group always wants to be in the lead when it comes to its expertise in comfort, style and fit of lingerie. Continue reading

Registered as European Patent Attorneys

In July, no less than five associates of V.O. were registered as European patent attorneys, after having learned a few weeks earlier that they had all passed their EQE (European Qualifying Examination).

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