Is your SME considering applying for a trademark or design at a national, regional (Benelux) or EU level? A new European fund - the IP Voucher - grants a 50 % discount on the basic fee for a trademark or design application since 1 March.

Patent Search Reports issued by the European Patent Office (EPO) provide valuable insights both for the patent assignees as well as for their competitors, in particular regarding the grant procedure chances of success.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has expanded its suite of online services with an online platform providing free access to comprehensive, unbiased, and structured reports on many patent databases. WIPO INSPIRE will help a range of stakeholders in searching the myriad of patent databases around the world.

The EPO treats plants and plant varieties obtained by essentially biological processes (crossing, hybridisation, selective breeding) as non-patentable in principle.

When a company innovates, it may find itself up against a patent from a competitor that has a monopoly on the relevant product or process. How can you bypass this blocking patent?

When a company innovates, it may find itself up against a patent from a competitor that has a monopoly on the relevant product or process. How can you avoid being blocked?

WIPO revises and adopts a broader perspective on artificial intelligence as well as expands its remarks on copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, etc.

The BOIP has just added the option to create an NDA online linked to i-Depot.

The WIPO is launching a new online service that provides tamper-proof evidence of the existence of any electronic file in any format at any given time.

Prior art search is different from patentability with regard to its aims, its method and the time at which it should be conducted.