This January, the Netherlands’ office of V.O. was crowned the best patent firm of 2019. This selection as the ‘Netherlands Patent Attorney Firm of the Year’ was announced by the Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) and World Trademark Review (WTR).
The utility model – a rapid alternative to a patent
A patent application is often the solution for anyone who wishes to officially attach exclusive rights to intellectual property. However, there are alternatives. For instance, in the German market, companies can also choose to protect industrial inventions using a ‘utility model’.
Partner Kim Tan retired
After a good 32 years of service, Kim Tan has left V.O. to enjoy his retirement. Kim has worked at the organization since 1987 and was a partner from 1995.
COVID-19 update 5
How to deal with IP infringement concerning online product distribution? Under the present circumstances in the Netherlands, many physical retail shops are closed, and people are working from home where possible.
COVID-19 update 4
Courts in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have taken various temporary procedural measures to deal with IP cases due to the COVID-19 crisis. A brief overview is given below.
Put your brand portfolio through a stress test with this checklist by V.O. – Part 2
You have done all the homework related to your trademark registrations. Trademarks have a ten-year term in most countries, so you can sit back and forget about brand protection for a while. Or perhaps it’s better not to do that just yet? Continue reading
V.O. contributes to the latest edition of ‘Visser’
Patent attorney Peter de Lange (V.O.) has contributed to the latest edition of the book “Visser’s Annotated European Patent Convention”. It is one of the best-known text books on European Patent Law for (prospective) patent attorneys.
COVID-19 update 3
Because of the present COVID-19 crisis, official IP bodies in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium have taken provisional measures in respect of procedural issues for patents, trademarks and designs. An overview is given below.
Put your brand portfolio through a stress test with this checklist by V.O.
A third of the world's population is currently affected by quarantine measures, not to mention unprecedented mobility restrictions. Companies are experiencing a dramatic slump in their activities. However, even if it is difficult to imagine right now, there are better times ahead. Continue reading