The innovation competitions that the four Dutch technical universities organize each year recently started up again.
German ratification of UPC delayed again
Implementation of the new European patent system, better known as the European Patent Court or UPC (Unified Patent Court) has been delayed again because constitutional complaints against approval were filed with the German Constitutional Court for the second time in January this year. Continue reading
Everything about patents, trademarks and designs easily explained through webinars
Since August last year, V.O. has been organizing a series of webinars on the most important issues surrounding the protection of intellectual property.
Enlarged Board of Appeal rules on the technical substance of computer inventions
The Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) has introduced more stringent requirements for the patentability of simulation software. Software inventively simulating a technical system or process is no longer sufficient for eligibility for a patent. Continue reading
V.O. sponsors Startup of Holland
On 20 May YES!Delft Students organizes the annual event Startup of Holland, sponsored by V.O. An innovation competition where 40 students compete in pitching a startup idea.
Three new partners for V.O.
As of 1 April 2021, three new partners have joined V.O., namely patent attorneys Jasper Groot Koerkamp, Frits Michiels and Bart Jan Niestadt.
Two MIP Awards for V.O.
V.O. has received two awards for patent work at the Managing IP Awards 2021, which were presented in a virtual ceremony on 30 March 2021. Continue reading
Column – “All of Europe should feel free to be a bit like Leuven.”
For those who don’t know yet: In September 2020, Leuven won the iCapital Award meaning Europe has acknowledged it as the most innovative European city. As a native of Leuven, it is a great joy that many of us are proud of the city in which they live, study or work. I even dare to hope that you are also a little proud, irrespective of your connection with the Leuven region. Continue reading
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”. 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