An application for a patent in the field of electrical engineering cannot be compared to an application for a patent for a DNA sequence, for example. Specialised knowledge of the relevant technological sectors is crucial in order to map out the right approach. The attorneys of NLO have expertise in such fields as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, biotechnology and medical technology. They will be glad to assist you with their specific knowledge and to help you with the formulation of a comprehensive strategy for the protection of your intellectual property rights.
The European Patent Office (EPO) Annual Report 2016 showed a 40% increase in granted patents relative to 2015. The effects of this leap in productivity on parties' opposition behaviour were anticipated in 2017 given the nine-month opposition filing term.Read more
NLO Shieldmark is again highly recommended in the 2018 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. European trademark and design attorney’s Marlous Stal-Hilders, Milca Graver-de Looper, Jeroen Cornelis and Masja van der Galiën have received individual praise for their work.Read more
As a patentee, you are pleased that your European patent application has made it to grant, and you just invested more money to validate the patent in a number of countries. That is, you indicated the European countries where you wanted the patent to have an effect. You are hopefully justified in thinking that in those countries, your technology is now protected from copycats and that the patent will help you stay one step ahead on the competition.Read more
Fortify is the business relation magazine published twice a year by NLO and NLO Shieldmark. It contains interviews, news and background articles, that highlights Intellectual Property in all its facets.Read more
NLO and NLO Shieldmark wish you a wonderful 2018 full of new ideas and innovations. Please note, due to Christmas festivities NLO and NLO Shieldmark will be closed on Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th. Our offices are also closed on Monday January 1st, 2018 because of New Year's Day.Read more
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) is the professional body representing all European Patent Attorneys. Currently the Institute has about 11,600 European Patent Attorneys as members coming from each of the 38 Contracting States of the European Patent Convention who work either in industry or in private practice.Read more
After a long summer and autumn in which little seems to have happened in Unitary Patent land, things finally appear to be creeping forward once more. At present the status of the unitary patent package is that a total of 14 countries have ratified the UPC agreement and the package can enter into force once the UK and Germany have also ratified.Read more
Trademark practice in the European Union is undergoing an important overhaul. Under the trademark reform package, both the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) and the EU Trademark Regulation (207/2009)have changed on several essential subjects.Read more
We would like to inform you about a change in our fax numbers. If you use fax messages to communicate with NLO or NLO Shieldmark, please note our numbers will change. These changes take effect immediately.Read more
On a regular basis we are looking for people to join our company. Are you interested in a career at NLO? Please visit our special working at NLO website.
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