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The genetic scissors

Scientists use technologies that can manipulate the genetic information in cells to ascertain the function of these genes, among other things. That is time consuming, difficult and an often impossible job. Now, in 2020, it is possible to change the genome - the code of life - within a few weeks. This is possible using the so-called CRISPR/Cas9 method: the “genetic scissors”. Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in October 2020 for their contributions to the development of this method. Continue reading

3D-mark protection for Ritter Sport packaging upheld

After more than ten years of bitter legal battle with ‘Milka’ brand owner Mondelez, the German Bundesgerichtshof has now confirmed the legal validity of Ritter Sport’s 3D-marks. Continue reading

Fast-track Netherlands Patent Office (OCN) search procedure for corona control products

  The Netherlands Patent Office (OCN), that falls under the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, is offering an accelerated search procedure in digital patent databases for inventions that play a role in controlling the coronavirus. Continue reading

New partners and senior associates at V.O.

As of 1 January 2021, V.O. has two new partners: Tamara Elmore and Annemiek Tepper. Continue reading

COVID-19 update 7

The government measures to combat COVID-19 not only affect business operations but they could also impact you as a patent applicant or patent holder. Continue reading

Patent databases offer a treasure trove of information

Do you regularly work with technical innovation processes? You can innovate more efficiently and thereby save time and money by using the online patent databases with accessible patent information. Continue reading

Rising Stars and Notable Practitioners

The British IP magazine Managing Intellectual Property publishes a list of “Rising Stars in IP” annually in November. The list is compiled by conducting surveys among IP offices and professionals, among other things. Continue reading

Enthusiasm for IP webinars

The first three webinars from of a series of six on strategic handling of IP were extremely popular. The first webinar was about patents in general, the second about trademark and design protection, and the third webinar was about patent databases and research. You can see these three webinars on our website. Continue reading

Collaboration also entails arranging property rights

“Do you want to collaborate?” If tech-driven businesses ask each other that question, both sides tend to dig their heels in because inevitably the follow-up question is almost always: Who will own the IP rights that come from that collaboration? Making agreements about this in advance avoids frustrations after the fact. Continue reading

New accommodation Groningen office

The Groningen office of V.O. moved to the Leonard Springerlaan 17 on 7 December. Thirteen years earlier, on exactly the same date, the office had moved from Heresingel 7 to Heresingel 3. Continue reading