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IP Stars 2018: Tier 1 ranking for NLO and NLO Shieldmark

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

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International report - EPO opposition: popular technologies and opposition behaviour of parties by nationality

Author: Shiri Burema, René van Duijvenbode

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.

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WTR1000 2018: Full marks for NLO Shieldmark

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. 

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Common pitfalls in Opposition

Author: René van Duijvenbode

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.

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Fortify #6 winter 2017/2018 edition online

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.

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NLO and NLO Shieldmark wish you a prosperous 2018

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.

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NLO and epi

Author: Ruurd Jorritsma, Bart Swinkels, Paul Clarkson, Hans Bottema, Maarten Ketelaars

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.

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UPC creeps slowly closer

Author: Paul Clarkson

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.

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EU Trademarks 2.0

Author: Marlous Stal-Hilders, Bart ten Doeschate

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.

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Change in fax numbers for NLO and NLO Shieldmark

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. 

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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