Revision of taxes and fees Europen patents

EPO will revise the taxes and fees as from April 1st, 2014

The new fees will increase by an average of about 4%, although the European Search Fee will rise more, to EUR 1285.
The EPO will also implement substantial changes to the appeal fee and introduce a new fee for filing second (and higher) divisional applications.

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Tapijten scoren best op "vijfsecondenregel"

We hebben het allemaal al wel eens gedaan, toch? Je laat iets lekkers op de grond vallen, raapt het terug op, stopt het in je mond en beantwoordt eventuele vreemde blikken met "het was binnen de 5 seconden, hé". Britse microbiologen hebben deze zogenaamde vijfsecondenregel nu uitgebreid getest. Hier volgen de conclusies.

Lees het artikel van 12-3-2014 in De Morgen

New peak at the European Patent Office

More than 265 000 patent filings received in 2013 (+2.8%)

The EPO received more than 265 000 patent filings in 2013. This is a 2.8% increase over 2012 (257 700 filings), and a new all-time high. Last year, after a high-quality search and examination process, the EPO granted and published 66 700 patents, which was 1.7% more than in 2012 (65 600).

Harmful substances in children's clothing

Zurich (hm) In its study "A little story about the monsters in your closet" published in mid January, the environmental organisation Greenpeace criticised numerous discoveries of harmful substances in children's clothing from renowned brand manufacturers. In connection with this, the OEKO-TEX® Association expressly states that children's clothing that meets the strict requirements of OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 does not pose any health risks for consumers.

Protecting trade secrets

EU proposal

What are trade secrets?

This is key information that companies, researchers and innovators in general keep confidential – either within their own organisation or within networks of partners – to obtain or keep a competitive advantage.
Broadly, trade secrets are 2 types of information:

  • technical (manufacturing processes, recipes, chemical compounds, etc.)
  • commercial (lists of customers, results of marketing studies, product launch data, etc.).

What exactly will change?

PPE Directive: New list of harmonised standards

A new list of harmonised standards related to the PPE Directive has been published on Friday, 13th December 2013.
Download the English version (995.98 KB)

Other language versions can be downloaded from the EUR-Lex website

Patents positive effect on profitability of SMEs

Applying for patents for inventions is definitely lucrative for SMEs. Although it is often assumed that the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages, patents have a positive effect on the profitability of SMEs. This has been revealed by research conducted by the University of Groningen and the KU Leuven.
Just as it does for large firms, patent protection enables SMEs to generate more revenues from new products or services, and thus realise significantly larger profit margins. The costs involved in applying for and renewing patent protection do not counteract the positive effects.

BOIP adopts English as third language

From 1 October 2013 any business with the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) can be conducted in English. BOIP is adopting English as a third working language in addition to Dutch and French. Our clients and our partners will therefore in the future be able not only to correspond with us in English, but also to register trade marks and designs, file an opposition and conduct all other official business in English.

Centexbel at A+A Düsseldorf


The A+A fair, the largest trade fair for personal protection and occupational health and safety in the world opened its doors in Düsseldorf/Germany, today.
Our PPE team represents the vast expertise of Centexbel in protection clothing and gloves.

Centexbel is a notified body # 0493

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Centexbel researcher on field trip to Burkina Faso

Testing Novel Shelter Solutions in the Sangnioniogo Refugee Camp in Burkina Faso