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Intellectual property rights (IP rights), such as patents, are not a goal in themselves, but a means to an end: a way of resisting competitors, for example, or generating income from licenses. Our advice will help you to manage your intellectual property rights in the most effective way, and take the necessary action to protect them, so that you can achieve your strategic ambitions.

What is a patent?

A patent is an exclusive right intended to protect a new product, working method or technology. A patent allows the inventor to benefit from his invention and prevents it from being copied by competitors. Patents are issued by the government and allow the inventor to take measures against companies trying to copy the patented invention.

Patents are not issued for every invention. Inventions must be of a technical nature. Random ideas, discoveries, theories, data presentations, managerial methods or methods for mental labour and the like cannot be patented. Furthermore, inventions must be new, innovative and industrially applicable in order to be patented.