TESTIMONIAL: Johan Bauwelinck from IDLab UGent - Imec
"The Design team (IDLab UGent - imec) has been working with DenK iP for more than 10 years on tens of patent applications in the field of advanced electronics, signal processing and communication systems. This collaboration always went very smooth, also when the available time was short. Throughout the whole process we benefited from DenK iP's strong background on engineering sciences leading to strong patent applications and successful argumentation with the patent offices. In this way we obtained a very high success rate on granted patents and an extensive IP portfolio supporting our many collaborations with leading industry partners worldwide."
Before one can carry the title “Patent attorney”, he or she has to pass exams.
If one wants to become a European patent attorney, in first instance one must pass the hurdle of a pre-examination, a kind of entrance to the “real” examination, and then in second instance must pass the so-called EQE, the European Qualification Examination. Established in 1979, the EQE is widely regarded as one of the most demanding professional examinations.
The EQE is designed – as the European Patent Office (EPO) state it themselves – to establish whether the candidate has the requisite aptitude and knowledge to represent applicants before the EPO.
Candidates need to be particularly conversant with European patent law, with the PCT (international patent applications), with the Paris Convention (priority), and with certain national laws in so far as they apply to European patent applications and European patents.
The EQE consists of four modules, respectively assessing the candidate’s ability to draft patent applications, to reply to official letters in which prior art is cited, to draft a notice of opposition, and to answer legal questions and draft legal assessments.
The pass rate for the EQE 2022 was just below 60%, and Bendix was one of them. Yes! You can call him “Mr Patent Attorney” from now on. But he will most probably equally talk to you if you just say Bendix…
TESTIMONIAL: CTO speaking
"DenK iP support has proven to be just a phone call or short e-mail away. Their team understands your needs and is doing more than a best effort in helping you forward. Every DenK iP employee is not just involved with what you expect, each of them is engaged to make it happen.
A nice example of a team working for excellence! Thank you for the collaboration."
IN THE NEWS: The long-awaited arrival of the Unified Patent Court (UPC)
A new step towards unitary patent and the unitary patent court has been taken :
Austria closes the loop – the Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement has entered into force.