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EPO opposition: key players, key fields and the key to change

Shiri Burema, René van Duijvenbode

Opposition before the EPO is a powerful tool for challenging the validity of a granted European patent. Opposition success rates are high and oppositions save time. 

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NLO seminar Ghent was a great success!

On Monday March 14th the official opening seminar of NLO’s new offices in Ghent took place. We look back at a very enjoyable afternoon.

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NLO Shieldmark wins Award ‘Benelux - Firm of the Year for Trade Mark Prosecution’

NLO Shieldmark is proud to have been voted ‘Benelux - Firm of the Year for Trade Mark Prosecution’ by the highly respected Managing IP magazine.

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Tier 1 ranking NLO in IP Stars 2016

Managing IP has published the first part of its annual IP Stars survey, covering the top-rated firms for patent and trademark work. Once again NLO has been rewarded a Tier 1 ranking in the field of patent prosecution in The Netherlands.

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Opting out of UPC will be free of charge

Rolf Suurmond

The Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court has published a decision that there will be no official fee for the application for and withdrawal of an opt-out.

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Meet our experts at Innovation for Health, 18 february 2016

Experts Bart Swinkels and Thea van der Wijk will be available to provide professional advices to the delegates of Innovation for Health 2016 during the conference.

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Ratifications of the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Rolf Suurmond

The Dutch government is planning to complete the changes in the Patent Law that are required for ratifying the UPC Agreement by October 1st, 2016.

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WTR1000 edition 2016 recommends NLO Shieldmark

Marlous Stal-Hilders, Jeroen Cornelis, Milca Graver - de Looper

NLO Shieldmark is highly recommended in the 2016 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. European trademark and design attorney’s Marlous Stal-Hilders, Milca Graver-de Looper and Jeroen Cornelis have received individual praise for their work.

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Harm van der Heijden becomes partner at NLO

Harm van der Heijden

On 1 January 2016, Dutch and European patent attorney Harm van der Heijden was appointed a partner of NLO, the biggest legal consultancy for Intellectual Property in the Netherlands. Harm joined NLO’s Eindhoven office in 2009 where he focuses on innovations in electronics, physics, telecom and software.

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European design protection - worth your money?

Florence Tordoir

Unlike trademarks, patents and copyright, which are well known and commonly used, design protection is sometimes forgotten or underestimated. However, the design of products, packaging, logos, drawings and artwork plays a key role in distinguishing new products from those of competitors.

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Intellectual Property: Cases

Intellectual Property is a valuable asset. From start-up to market leader, applying a smart strategy for patents, trademarks and/or designs adds value to every company. Examples of such successful IP strategies can be found at our page ‘Cases’. Read more