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The chemical sector ranges from manufacturers of base chemicals to pharmaceutical and food companies. It also includes materials based companies, like manufacturers of plastics, agrochemicals, ceramics, and metals or metal alloys, each with their very own characteristics. Base chemicals are more sensitive to economic cycles whereas the pharmaceutical and food sectors operate in a complex regulatory legal framework.  Working with Intellectual Property in the Chemistry sector requires knowledge of the business. With our technical skills and business sense we can assist you in maximizing the value of your IP.

Sector insight

We speak the language of the sector. We are aware of the commercial interests that are at stake. We can provide any service to make sure that the client's IP is protected in the best possible manner. Whether it concerns drafting of a patent application or instituting opposition proceedings. Whether it concerns a single patent or an extensive patent portfolio. For cross-border proceedings, we can work closely together with renowned patent professionals from all over the world.

Many backgrounds

Our patent attorneys have many backgrounds. We are familiar with process engineering, organic or physical chemistry. Furthermore we have patent attorneys with experience in IP departments in industry, ranging from small life science start-ups to large pharmaceutical or food companies.

Full-service partner

We provide all IP services: drafting and prosecuting patent applications all over the world. We can also assist you in defending or attacking patents and in infringement suits in contentious (opposition or litigation) proceedings. Other fields of activity concern Freedom To Operate, IP audits, Trademarks and Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.

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Annemie Swinnen

Annemie Swinnen

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Senior Associate
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News

V.O. organises European Patent Seminar in Munich

Our firm is once again organising another European Patent Seminar in Munich between 23 and 25 September.Continue reading

Brexit

The impact of Brexit on IP rights

It seems that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 12 April, with or without a deal. Postponement, if any, is only possible if the British Parliament has as yet agreed to the so-called Withdrawal Agreement drawn up by Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU.Continue reading

Supplier must warn of potential patent infringement in another country

Imagine that you sell a product that does not fall under the Netherlands’ patent protection to a customer, but your customer then exports the product to Germany where it is protected by a patent. How does this affect your liability?Continue reading

Events

Knowledge for Growth 2019

Gent ICC, Gent, België

Don’t miss the 2019 edition on 9 May  and capture the attention of 1,200 high-level life sciences actors from about 550 companies & organisations! The cream of the European life sciences community will be attending the 15th edition of flanders.bio’s annual knowledge for growth business conference, attracting decision makers from biotech, pharma and medtech as well as investors, universities, topnotch research institutes, policymakers and competence providers. More about this event

IPBC Global 2019

The Westin Boston Waterfront, Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts, Verenigde Staten

IPBC Global is an annual event hosted in the summer. The 2019 will take place in Boston from 16 to 18 June 2019. More about this event

European Patent Seminar

Hotel Excelsior München, Schützenstraße, Munich, Germany

Know the latest ins-and-outs concerning examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Be updated on the unitary patent and the unified patent court. Anyone wishing to increase his or her working knowledge of procedures for European patents, German utility models or designs as for instance strategic complements or alternatives to patents, should register now for the fourth edition of V.O.’s IP seminar in Munich! More about this event