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Patent eligibility of plants grown by essentially biological methods uncertain

Author: Caroline 't Hoen-van der Hoogt

On 20 February 2017, the Competitive Council in Brussels agreed with the Notice of the European Commission regarding the patentability of plants/animals obtained by means of essentially biological processes, such as for example classic breeding (see previous report by Bart Swinkels of 7 November 2016).

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Meet our experts at Innovation for Health, 16 February 2017

Experts Willemijn Gommans and Tamara Stegmann will be available to provide professional advices to the delegates of Innovation for Health 2017 during the conference.

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IP Stars 2017: NLO Shieldmark in Tier 1

Managing IP has published the 2017 rankings of the leading firms for trade mark work in over 75 jurisdictions. NLO Shieldmark has – once again – gained a Tier 1 listing in the field of trademark prosecution Benelux.  

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European patent attorney and biotech expert Caroline Pallard joins NLO office in Belgium

On 2 January, Caroline Pallard, partner and European patent attorney at NLO, joined the team at the NLO office in Ghent, Belgium.

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WTR1000 2017: Full marks for NLO Shieldmark

NLO Shieldmark is again highly recommended in the 2017 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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NLO seminar 'Innovation & IP Strategy'

On Thursday 19 January 2017, NLO is organising a seminar in Ghent about ‘Innovation & IP Strategy’ to start the new year well. This will be an informative afternoon.

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NLO appoints Dutch and European patent attorney Wannes Weymiens as Associate Partner

The partners of NLO, European patent and trademark attorneys, have appointed the Dutch and European patent attorney Wannes Weymiens as Associate Partner as of 1 January 2017.

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NLO at BioWin Day December 8th

“Science For Business – BioWin Day” is the international networking event that BioWin - the Health Cluster of Wallonia (Belgium) – organizes once every 2 years. This event is the only one that gathers all stakeholders active in the health biotechnologies and medical technologies sector in Wallonia, Belgium.

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UK government announces they will proceed to ratify the UPC agreement

Author: Rolf Suurmond

Today, surprisingly, the UK government officially confirmed that it will proceed with the preparations to ratify the UPC Agreement. In opinion of NLO, the present announcement is a positive development, because the unitary patent and the UPC are beneficial for small and large companies involved in innovation and technology.

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Second and third lives for known cancer drugs

Author: Caroline Pallard

Partner and patent attorney Caroline Pallard wrote an article on Second and third lives for known cancer drugs, for BioVox, a specialized life sciences news and communication platform keeping you up to date on the rapidly evolving life sciences sector in Belgium.

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Working at NLO

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: 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