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News 8 May 2017

NLO seminar US Patents and Innovation box

On Thursday June 1st NLO hosts a seminar. The afternoon is dedicated to two interesting topics; building a strong patent portfolio in the US and tax-related issues such as the Innovation box and WSBO. Full programme, see below.

Building a strong US Patent portfolio

During an informative and interactive session NLO’s US patent attorney Catherine Shultz and ex-USPTO examiner and patent agent Minerva Rivero, share their knowledge and tips with you on building a stronger patent portfolio in the United States (US). European and US patent law differ and the strength of your portfolio depends on a clear recognition of these differences.

Innovation box and WSBO

After the break, tax specialist Peter van de Belt of PNO Consultants will discuss the ‘Innovation box’; a tax-based, fiscal instrument to support innovation for medium and large Dutch companies. He will also shed light on the R&D Tax credit (WSBO) an income tax instrument related to salaries for R&D employees, which may be an asset to benefit from the Innovation box. 

Confirm your attendance

Please rsvp before May 24, 2017 to

We offer you the following programme:

  • 14.00h – 14.30h: Arrival 
  • 14.30h – 14.40h: Opening introduction by Paul Clarkson
  • 14.40h – 15.05h: Building a stronger US Portfolio through strategic filings and prosecution strategies by Catherine Shultz, US patent attorney
  • 15.05h – 15.30h: Adjusting your approach for more effective prosecution: inventive step to obviousness by Minerva Rivero, ex-USPTO examiner and patent agent
  • 15.30h – 16.00h: Short break 
  • 16.00h – 16.45h: WBSO and Innovatiebox, Dutch tax reduction opportunities by Peter van de Belt, PNO Consultants B.V.
  • 16.45h – 17.00h: Closing by Maarten Ketelaars
  • 17.00h: Drinks