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Chien-Shiung Wu: the woman at the basis of quantum technology (but who didn't get a Nobel Prize)

The 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, according to many, went unfairly to Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang. These two theoretical physicists had predicted the idea of ‘parity violation’, crucial in quantum physics, but it was Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) who demonstrated the phenomenon through an experiment. Continue reading

Highly rated by IP Stars 2021

IP Stars has rated V.O. highly for its expertise and performance in 2021. Formerly known as Managing IP, this leading guide to IP firms has published annual rankings since 1989, listing the top IP firms worldwide by category. Continue reading

COVID-19 update 10

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

Are sound trademarks subject to additional rules?

Just like word or figurative trademarks, a sound can also be registered as a trademark. Although the regulations concerning the establishment of a sound trademark have become more efficient and consistent, signs must meet other requirements in order to qualify as trademarks. Continue reading

Patenting blockchain solutions

Blockchain - a type of database where data is stored in a chain of blocks - is best known as the technology behind Bitcoin. However, in addition to its application for digital or cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology also includes a large number of non-financial applications. Continue reading

How can knowledge institutions and companies make the best use of their IP?

Both knowledge institutions and companies are often uncertain about how to successfully secure and exploit intellectual property (IP), what legal steps are required and who can provide assistance. Continue reading

COVID-19 update 9

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

The Vattenfall Solar Team presents its new solar car

On 8 July, the Vattenfall Solar Team, sponsored by V.O., proudly presented their new solar car: Nuna11. A three-wheeled racing car full of innovative technical features. The most striking features are the special position of the third wheel and the inclined solar panel. Continue reading

UPC resumed

The introduction of the new European patent system, which consists of the Unitary Patent (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC), has been delayed twice. Continue reading

The automobile

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