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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 Michiels

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Dutch Patent Attorney
  • Senior Associate
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News

The Nagoya Protocol and its impact on your research

The Nagoya Protocol is often believed to apply exclusively to the plant breeding sector. However, the influence of the protocol reaches much further. Almost everyone utilizing genetic resources for research may have to deal with it. From individuals and universities to multinationals in all sectors, everyone needs to check whether their research is covered by […]Continue reading

No happy ending for a pharmaceutical company in a case involving a Native American tribe

In the case known as Mohawk tribe versus Mylan, the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that patent holders cannot shield themselves from an “inter partes review” of a patent by assigning that patent to a Native American tribe. Ironically enough, this is due to the fact that the decision handed down by the […]Continue reading

Does the new law for the protection of trade secrets offer sufficient protection?

On 9 June, the new law for the protection of trade secrets came into force (based on European Directive 2016/943/EU). On the basis of the law, it is possible to take action against the illegal acquisition, use and disclosure of trade secrets. If a trade secret is misused, the holder can bring various actions based […]Continue reading

Events

IPPLA 3rd Annual Meeting 2018

Omni Hotel, California Street, San Francisco, Californië, USA

Annual Meeting of International Intellectual Property Law Association, Inc. (IIPLA) is the leading event in the West USA. Attended by hundreds of participants from more than 35+ countries. More about this event

Improve your practical knowledge at the IP Academy – Basic

Winthontlaan 6, 3526 KV Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Follow the annual course on patents, trademarks and designs. For innovative entrepreneurs who wish to improve their intellectual property (IP) know-how, V.O. Patents & Trademarks organizes a basic course on IP on Thursday 1 November 2018. More about this event

BIO-EUROPE

Bella Center, Center Boulevard, København, Denemarken

BIO-EUROPE brings together hundreds of the world’s most innovative leaders across biotech, finance and pharma for high-level networking, pre-scheduled partnering meetings, strategic panel discussions and more. More about this event