Benoit Olbrechts

According to a recent econometric analysis of the use of intellectual property (IP) protection systems in Belgium, IP activity is associated with a 1% to 4% increase in growth in absolute value. Compared to the performance of comparable companies not active through IP, this increase indicates a powerful leverage effect.

Benoit Olbrechts

In the European patent system a great change is occurring : the Unitary Patent package and its related Unified Patent Court will come soon into force. Have you heard about it yet? What will it change for patent applicants? 

Frank Van den Broek

In a recent patent application by ArcelorMittal, hyperspectral imaging is used to monitor the quality of a coating process in which a polymer coating is applied to a metal substrate.

Benoit Olbrechts

In 2021, a European support program for SMEs has been set up around intellectual property. Two services are proposed in this framework: IP Scan and registration of trademarks and designs, leading respectively to fee reductions up to 75% and 50%. Sirris can now file the applications for you. Interested? Don’t hesitate, the deadline is 31 October!

Benoit Olbrechts

Technology transfer is the best way to valorise research results when the will or the means are not there to exploit them commercially. Through an overview of concrete cases, the European Patent Office invites us to take a look at the difficulties, but also the strategic means available to achieve a technology transfer.

Frank Van den Broek

A recent patent application reveals a new authentication solution in the fight against materials counterfeiting, one that combines hyperspectral imaging with machine learning.

Marie-France Rousseau

ACUMEN, Agoria's largest knowledge, inspiration and networking event has a new look after a fully digital edition in 2020: four days, more than 100 sessions, in a combination of digital and corona-safe 'live' sessions. People are more than ever longing to meet face-to-face again. Sirris is also contributing to this edition.

Benoit Olbrechts

Are you protecting the intellectual assets of your business with intellectual property rights? To support you, the pre-diagnostic IP services from the EUIPO SME Fund 'Ideas Powered for Business' stand as an attractive opportunity.

Benoit Olbrechts
Frank Van den Broek

Are you protecting the intellectual assets of your business with intellectual property rights? To support you, the pre-diagnostic IP services of the SME Fund from EUIPO stand as an attractive opportunity. Also, basic application fees for trade mark and/or design can be reimbursed up to 50 percent.

Frank Van den Broek

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.