Protecting innovation in Mechanical Engineering
Our Mechanical Engineering Group houses a wealth of experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications. Whether your invention relates to offshore drilling equipment or miniature medical devices, to high tech semiconductor manufacturing technology or everyday consumer products, our team has the knowledge and experience to help.
Mechanical & Medical Technology
“Arnt Aalbers boasts an excellent reputation for cases concerning mechanical and mechanical engineering patents.”
Building and supporting strong patent portfolios
Our attorneys are committed to building and maintaining strong patent portfolio’s for their clients. A start-up may need to have a patent application directed to its core technology in order to attract investor’s interest, whereas more mature enterprises may wish to protect their technological lead and market share. Whatever role the patent portfolio fulfills for you or your organization, we appreciate that it starts with well-written patent applications.
We also help companies to set up a patent policy that fits the overall strategy of the business and creates awareness throughout your organization.
Fields in which we are active include:
- Mechanical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Naval construction and offshore technology
- Automotive products and parts
- Energy technologies, including wind and solar
- Greenhouses and horticultural equipment
- Chemical and pharmaceutical process equipment and technology
- Food industry
- Packaging technology and materials
- Consumer products
- Medical equipment and devices
- Light, optics and photonics
- Semiconductor manufacturing technology
Commercializing patent portfolios
We aid clients with the commercial aspects of patent portfolios as well. Whether you seek to license your patent to another company, wish to take a license, or sell/buy patents or patent applications, we can guide you throughout the process. In particular, we can assess the patents or patent applications that are involved.
“Hands-on solver of complex mechanical engineering problems is doctor of applied physics Louw Feenstra, who relishes getting into the technical nitty-gritty.” Juve-patent (2020)
Defending against claims or asserting patents
In case legal conflicts arise, or potentially arise, we stand by our client. Before your products go to market, we can perform a freedom-to-operate research in order to assess the risk of infringing third party patents. Further, if a patent has been identified, we can assess whether it is infringed and potentially provide work-arounds to bypass it.
You might also be confronted with a legal action, or wish to take legal action against a third party using your patent. Based on our extensive experience in (multi-national) court cases before the Dutch and German courts, as well as before the European Patent Office in opposition proceedings, we are able to provide the highest quality litigation support to defend your interests.