Bringing an end to the incorrect prescribing of antibiotics
“We actually have a really good business case,” explained Coen Breedveld from Levels Diagnostics in Leiden. The start-up company, established by Coen and three co-founders, is developing a rapid type of blood test that makes it possible to demonstrate whether an infection is viral or bacterial.
End of patents for plants. What are the consequences?
Plants created through a classic cross-breeding process can no longer be patented in Europe. The European Patent Office (EPO) decided this in July. The amending decision has a huge impact on cross-breeding patents and the position of Dutch agricultural and horticultural companies. Patent attorneys from V.O. have mapped out the key legal consequences and nuances of this decision. Below is a summary of these. Continue reading
Renewed “Innovation box” focuses on patents
The Netherlands is a land of knowledge, which is why it implemented a tax measure known as the “Innovatiebox” (innovation box). As tax measures go, this proved a popular means of encouraging innovation. Since 2017, however, the rules of the game have altered significantly. Remco Dijkstra (KPMG Meijburg & Co) and Huub Maas (V.O.) have provided the following assessment of the situation as it currently stands.