dinsdag 20 februari 2018

Patents in Uganda

In the video, I give a presentation on patenting in Uganda. I indicate why we have a patent system, and why someone should use this system. I also indicate the various procedures in order to get protection from Uganda.

The videos are posted via Facebook, and because of the size, it is a presentation of one hour and 20 minutes, divided in 6 parts. Under each video, you will find a link to the next video.

Please share your thoughts on this, 

I wish you all happy inventing, 

Hendrik de Lange 
+31 6 481 74 686 

vrijdag 22 december 2017

Introduction to a basic course on patents

Let me know what you think about the idea of an online basic course on patents. For most time I have blogged my way through, now  want to poor it into a video format with some live calls. 

Please share your comments down below! 

dinsdag 24 oktober 2017

Revenge of the wind

Wind as power source died around 1911, when fossil fuels took over.....

But now, coal, as first fossil is to follow sooner than expected. Be surprised, we have reached peak coal! Since 2013 global coal production diminished by 9%. 

Thanks to natural gas, photovoltaics and....


Wish you all happy in-vent-ing, 

Hendrik de Lange
Dutch and European patent attorney. 

zondag 22 oktober 2017

Patent stacking

Patent stacking, how to stretch your protection and generate more licensing income

vrijdag 21 oktober 2016

Patent tip: The forcefields of a patent

The three forcefields of a patent

In order to serve the purpose of a patent, being the reward for the patent holder and the recognition for the inventor, a patent document consists of three forcefields. In fact, a patent is a legal document, governed by a legal forcefield, providing a monopoly in an economic forcefield for an invention, being the result of the inventors contribution to a technical forcefield. 

What is the relevance of these force fields, well each part of the patent document reflects one of these forces. 

The economic forcefield: the front page

The frontpage reflects the economic indicators, as who is the patent holder, for which country is the patent granted, who is the inventor, and when was the patent granted, so till when is it potentially a valid right.

The technical forcefield: the specification

The description reflects the technical information sufficient to understand and work the invention. In this part of the patent, typical inspiration can be found for further development and it can be inspected what technical developments certain market players are working on. 

The legal forcefield: the claims

The claims are the demarcation clauses for the legal protection, claimed by the patent holder to be his exclusive right. 

The fourth forcefield: Sales

In order to be a success, well the underlying invention or technology need to be sold. And this is a strongly underestimated forcefields by most inventors, about 3% of all patents is commercially successful in the sense that profit is generated, sufficient to cover all costs, including the costs of the unsuccessful ones. 

I wish you all happy inventing!

Hendrik de Lange Dutch and European patent attorney

PS: In the below video, a presentation (in Dutch, soon to be subtitled) on this topic is given. 

woensdag 21 september 2016

Patent Tip: What are patents actually?

In the following video, I will give an interpretation of what patents actually are: A reward for the patentee and a recognition for the inventor. This video is available as newsletter.

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I wish you all happy inventing, 

Hendrik de Lange
Dutch and European Patent Attorney

dinsdag 30 augustus 2016

Patent tip: Global patent cooperation

Some statistics on patents

If we plot for each year the numbers of granted Dutch patents for the last century against the GDP per person, the following image emerges:

Here a positive correlation appears between wealth and patent numbers. Whether it reflects a causality, is a more difficult question to answer. However if we look at some of the most influential countries on the planet, all of them, no exception, show a positive correlation between wealth and number of patents:

A larger patent number relates somehow to an increased wealth. With this knowledge in mind, if we plot Dutch patent statistics from the last two and half century, a neat historical fingerprint emerges:

In this fingerprint, we see the devastating effects of the French occupation, of the split up of Belgium and the Netherlands, of the patent free era and, much to my surprise to a lesser extend, of the German occupation during world war II. As far as the number of patents is concerned, it can be concluded that -not surprisingly- a foreign occupation is bad news, as is the split up of a country. Cooperation, such as the start of the European Patent Office is good news, as can be seen in the rising numbers from 1977 onward. Remarkably, throughout the last 265 years, the filing numbers grew on average with a 3,5% per year as indicated by the orange (excel fitted) line.

Cooperation gears up wealth

Early patent applications in the Netherlands, roughly from the 16th century up to 1780 could be filed for individual provinces. From 1780 onward, only patents were filed for the combined provinces, the so called "Staten van Holland". Here the level of cooperation gradually stepped up from a provincial level to a country level. The cooperation further stepped up, about a century later, around 1883 when some basic international recognition of foreign patents was agreed upon in the Paris Convention. Yet another century further in time, in 1977, the European Patent Office started. It had begun granting patents for some cooperating European countries and gradually became the patent authority for the entire European continent. In line of this development a new level of cooperation is likely to take place, where the next level is unavoidably global. While the European unitary patent is still in its fragile pre-birth pregnancy state, it will sooner or later form the template for a global patent.

A global patent

To my opinion, it is only a matter of time until we have such a true global patent. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the organisation most likely to guide us there, has already been established in 1893. Ever since, the WIPO is enhancing global cooperation for all kinds of intellectual property, including patents. The Patent Cooperation Treaty, now only codifying for a joint patent application procedure, is the most likely candidate to be adapted to codify for a global patent as well. It has been in force since 1978. Till now 150 states are member of this treaty, almost the entire globe:

A global patent, Yes it may take another century until it is actually here, and yes it will be good news for all of us. And I cant wait to learn where the global patent court will be seated, hopefully it is announced before I die and hopefully it is a truly centralized court in one location only.

I wish you all happy inventing,

Hendrik de Lange
Dutch and European Patent Attorney