drafting, filing and prosecuting of patent applications
A patent application must fully describe how to implement and use the invention - after filing, the technical content cannot be extended. During prosecution, patent office deadlines must be monitored, and their communications must be properly addressed.
A patent provides up to 20 years of protection after filing. A deep understanding of complex technologies and patent law enable us to efficiently draft the technical description, providing the basis to get the patent granted, and to cover future technical developments during those 20 years. We will protect not just the main idea, but also important variants and alternatives. After agreeing on a suitable scope of protection, we will draft claims that clearly and concisely identify the essential features of the invention.
In close-collaboration, we will devise a filing strategy making appropriate use of Dutch, European and International patent systems. Our international networks of patent firms have been carefully selected to ensure a good cost and quality balance when obtaining patent protection in foreign countries.
We draft almost exclusively in English to reduce the number of translations required when pursuing rights outside The Netherlands. If a filing at the Dutch Patent Office is desired, we draft a set of claims in Dutch to accompany the description in English.
Our knowledgeable and experienced formalities officers will complete the application, and keep you informed of the progress during the prosecution. Timely reminders will also be sent reminding you of important deadlines.
After each official search report and each objection to patentability, we will provide an analysis and advice to assist in your decision-making about how to proceed. If required, we can take steps to accelerate the grant or to slow it down.
Before delivery, applications and responses are checked by an experienced patent attorney to ensure quality, and to learn from each other.
We are proud to be Europe’s number one organization training candidates to pass the European Qualification Examination, required in our profession. We also provide the official training in The Netherlands for the Dutch Formalities Officers Exam. This in-depth training knowledge contributes to a true expertise in prosecuting and defending your interests in examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO).