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Protecting well-known trademarks in the European Union

Daan Wijnnobel

The basic principle of most continental countries in the EU is that trademark protection is acquired through registration. However, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property provides protection for unregistered trademarks, even when they are not used in certain territories, provided that they are well known.

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The Netherlands deposits its instrument of ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement

Miriam Vázquez Vázquez

On 14 September 2016, The Netherlands completed the ratification process of the Unified Patent Court agreement, by depositing its instrument of ratification at the Council of the European Union in Brussels.

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Fate of UPC after UK referendum

Paul Clarkson, Ruurd Jorritsma, Rolf Suurmond

Now that the votes have been counted, it is clear that the UK electorate has voted to leave the EU. The referendum result is not legally binding, but there is no serious doubt that the UK government will follow the result and within some months start the procedure to leave the EU, and that the UK Parliament will not block an EU exit.

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Manus VR: No need for a keyboard or mouse

It’s easier to experience what virtual reality is than to describe it. It’s a question of putting on the headset, pulling on the gloves and suddenly you’re being attacked from all sides by flying aliens. That interaction between the real and the virtual world, is managed by the Manus.

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The Netherlands ranked as IP leader

According to The Global Intellectual Property Index 5th Report (GIPI5) by law firm Taylor Wessing, the Netherlands is an IP leader. The report, released June 14, compares IP regimes in 43 jurisdictions based on their accessibility, ease of enforcing rights and legal framework.

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Food for thought: protection and design of foodstuffs and packaging

Peter Simonis, Bart ten Doeschate

Consumers come across food and drink products every day, and several times a day they must choose between the products of various suppliers. The distinguishing power and brand experience of these products and their packaging plays a big role in these choices.

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IAM Patent 1000 recommends NLO and 8 patent attorneys

The IAM Patent 1000 2016: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals identifies the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe. In this new edition, 8 patent attorneys of NLO have received a ‘highly recommended’ ranking for ‘Prosecution’.

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Magic bullets against tumors: decorating on molecular scale

'A top molecule' is how Sander van Berkel describes the discovery of BCN, made in 2010 at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Now this molecule is the basis for Synaffix, a young biotech company in Oss. "The most important thing that we do is trying to bring a cure for cancer a step closer."

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Emil Pot and Thea van der Wijk on in vitro diagnostics in BioVox’ new Whitepaper

Emil Pot

NLO’s patent attorneys Emil Pot and Thea van der Wijk are featured in BioVox’ whitepaper, in which the challenges and opportunities of in vitro diagnostics (IVD) in Europe and the US are being discussed.

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NLO at Knowledge for Growth May 26th

Knowledge for Growth is Europe's leading regional biotech and life sciences convention attended by more than 1.100 participants from > 330 life sciences companies & organisations.


NLO is Golden Sponsor and our experts will be present during the day at booth 31.

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Working at NLO

NLO has vacancies for


For our offices in the Netherlands and Belgium we are looking for trainee patent attorneys. Are you a university graduate with a technical degree? 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