Can you tell us something about The Netherlands Patent Office?
‘In a world in which boundaries are disappearing and people, capital, information and products move around with increasing ease, the protection of industrial property and the use of information that has been stored within patents are essential for the knowledge economy in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Patent Office is working to achieve an enterprising and innovative Netherlands. It is a department of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency; an agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
This is why our office ensures that companies, knowledge institutions and inventors are able to apply for patents and receive information regarding the patenting system, so they can use patents as a source of information and inspiration.’
What are your biggest challenges at the moment?
‘Concerning intellectual property, it’s important to consider the possible combinations of options to protect ideas and knowledge. This becomes especially complex now digital innovations may require a new approach, specifically when it comes to technology protected by patents and business models with data.’
What do you hope people will learn from your presentation at TUS Expo?
‘My presentation will provide a compact overview of the most prevalent options for intellectual property protection when it comes to digital innovations. How can patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and database rights (or a combination of these options) contribute to your business goals? Furthermore, some recent examples from the patent database will be discussed.’
Which presentation do you hope to give in 5 years?
‘I hope to give an update of new developments from the patent database. Depending on the feedback of this event, I could focus more on the protection of technology, software or data.’