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Life Sciences

In life sciences, including biotechnology, V.O. represents clients in a broad range of traditional pharmaceutical as well as biological technologies, including immunology, virology, molecular biology, animal and plant genetics, gene therapy, protein chemistry, pharmacology, enzymology, bioinformatics and others. Specific areas of expertise include among others diagnostics, recombinant cytokines, antibody technology, personalized medicine, biomarkers, recombinant antigens and vaccines, and antisense and small RNA technology.

From start-ups to multinationals

Our client base in the life sciences and biotechnology sector ranges from biotech start-ups to multinationals. Working for and with biotech start-ups requires a special approach, as balancing research and commercial development may be complex. The long-term IP strategy, for instance, in which the patent portfolio should be attractive to possible investors and licensees, sometimes seems at odds with the short-term company policy. We know exactly how to provide solutions that are workable and effective.

Renowned experts

Our patent attorneys include renowned experts in biotech and life sciences. Some have worked in the life sciences industry, for instance as researcher. All of them are highly dedicated to their profession, and see it as their mission to help companies to build up a sound and balanced IP portfolio that enables these companies to keep up the good work.

Full-service partner

We provide all IP services: drafting and prosecuting patent applications all over the world. We assist you in defending or attacking patents; in infringement suits and in opposition or invalidity proceedings. Other fields of activity are Freedom To Operate analysis, IP audits and Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. Particularly for biotech start-ups we commit ourselves to supporting you throughout the different developmental stages of your company. We help you to integrate IP into your operational management and materialize the knowledge assets of your company.

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Frits Schut

Frits Schut

  • European and Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Partner
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News

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.Continue reading

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.Continue reading

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 […]Continue reading

Events

Jobfair Vlaamse Technische Kring (VTK) 2024

Brabanthal, Brabantlaan, Leuven, België

The VTK Jobfair will take place on Thurday 14 March 2024. The Jobfair falls during an interesting time for students to find out what the business market has to offer. It is the ideal opportunity for students to get in touch with companies through VTK.

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Graduate Jobfair Ghent 2024

Flanders Expo, Maaltekouter, Ghent, Belgium

De Graduate Jobfair Ghent 2024 is organized by the Ghent University Association.
(Almost) graduated and looking for your first challenging job? Or, looking for further education after your bachelor (BA) or master (MA)? Get to know the current job market and a wide range of further study opportunities.

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JCI Flemish-Brabant Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2024

De Hoorn, Sluisstraat, Leuven, Belgium

JCI Flemish-Brabant Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Our society is constantly changing. And let that be precisely the goal of Junior Chamber International ("JCI"): to bring about positive changes in our society.

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