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Secarna: leading in antisense oligonucleotides

With a growing product portfolio, Munich-based biotech company Secarna Pharmaceuticals focuses on developing so-called antisense oligonucleotide drugs, or ASOs. These drugs are used, for example, within immunoncology and in the treatment of inflammation and fibrosis. In addition, Secarna is working with partners to develop ASOs for numerous other medical applications.

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Enforcement of intellectual property rights

You have invested considerable time, energy and expense in developing and protecting an invention, design, trademark or logo. At some point you discover that a third party enters the market with a method, product, design or trademark that appears to infringe on your intellectual property (IP) rights. The question is what action you can take.

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Relaxation of rules for transfer of right of priority

The right of priority is the basis of international patent protection, allowing the applicant to continue the original patent application abroad within one year while maintaining the original filing date. In recent years, an increasing number of patents have been revoked in opposition proceedings at the European Patent Office (EPO) due to an invalid transfer of the right of priority.

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Are experimental data needed for your patent application?

‘Should we carry out more experiments to substantiate the concept of our invention? Or will this take too much time, and will it give the competition an opportunity to file their application earlier?’ These are questions that many innovative companies face each time when a new patentable idea is conceived.

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Podium – HelpSoq

In this section, we give a stage to start-ups and scale-ups developing pioneering products or services. What sets these companies apart and what are their ambitions? This time, we speak to Harpert Wouters, co-founder of HelpSoq.

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Technical drawings

You have an invention and you want to protect it with a patent. Then you often need to provide a good technical drawing to clarify your invention. The draftsmen at V.O. can help you create a drawing that meets all the formal requirements set by patent offices, among others.

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Leap helps high-tech companies to innovate

Technology companies need to act readily when it comes to applying - in a timely manner - for grants or funding for their innovations. Leap is an innovation consulting firm that specializes in grants, brokers funding and helps companies innovate. We spoke to Rob Luyben, business manager at Leap.

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Litigation costs in Dutch courts

There is a special provision in the law for the award of legal costs in lawsuits concerning the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IP). However, the court has sufficient room in its judgment on the award of legal costs to take into account all the circumstances of the individual case. This is demonstrated by the judgment in the proceedings between Samsung Bioepis and Novartis (Court of The Hague 31 May 2023, ECLI:NL:RBDHA:2023:7492

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Iconic brand Toblerone needs to change

Everyone knows them: the stackable Pringles chips, the glass bottle of Coca-Cola or the finger design of the Kit-Kat chocolate bar. Each of these are product and packaging forms with a design that has stuck in consumers' minds for years. While food products as such are not eligible for trademark and design protection, product and packaging forms are.

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Successful completion of internal training

This summer ten trainees from V.O. successfully completed V.O.'s internal patent attorney training. In July, Vicky Andréka, Leen Beller, Raimondo Cau, Tamara Idema, Monika Jędrzejczyk, Martin Pekař, Matthijs Roelofs, Senne Plessers, Sara Tekavec and Lydia Schenk festively received their certificates.

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