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It was 175 years ago last February 9 that Wilhelm Maybach was born. Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler introduced the first Daimler/Maybach four-stroke engine in late 1883. That engine was further developed into a 100cc engine; also known as the ‘Grandfather Clock’ due to its design. Continue reading

Phasing out of Australian innovation patent

In Australia, there is the possibility to apply for a so-called innovation patent, which is in many ways similar to the utility model. Continue reading

Video conferences not in violation of European Patent Convention

On July 16, the Enlarged Board of Appeal (EBoA) of the European Patent Office (EPO) gave first indication of the content of the decision in the case G 1/21 concerning video conferencing. Continue reading

Column – ‘Emerging from the crisis in an innovative way’

It is unbelievable, but for almost a year the world has been in an unreal crisis. For some companies, there is economic prosperity and the crisis passes silently and for others, this crisis has caused a lot of economic pain. Continue reading

Recommended by IAM

V.O. is pleased and proud to be recommended once again by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) in the category Patent Prosecution, for our practices in the Netherlands and Belgium. Continue reading

Promotion Marijke Westra

As of 1 July, Marijke Westra has been appointed senior associate. Marijke has been working at V.O. since 2009. Continue reading

No exceptions to prohibition of double patenting

In principle, it is possible for the European Patent Office (EPO) to grant multiple patents on exactly the same invention, if the applications for those patents have the same date. Continue reading

Praised by Leaders League

In the rankings 2021 published by Leaders League, V.O. is 'Highly Recommended’ in the category Trademark Prosecution. Continue reading

US Supreme Court finds part of patent law unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court has given the Director of the USPTO the power to review decisions of the boards of appeals on revocation of patents in inter partes review proceedings. Continue reading

Passed EQE

V.O. is pleased and proud to announce that Blijke Kroezen, Sjoerd Postma, Martijn Timmermans and Daan Wouters have passed all papers of their European Qualifying Examination (EQE). Continue reading