It's time to get the gloves out again, the supermarkets are playing Mariah Carey and the only thing that comes close to a sunny break in this festive season is a tropical Zoom background.
The end of 2020 is rapidly approaching and it looks as though a lot of traditions will not be going ahead this year, but there is at least one that will - our list of the most read blogs.
All of us once again worked on an interesting series of articles this year. From current affairs to tips and introductions to employees and clients. This platform continues to be a great way to keep you informed about important news and EP&C’s activities. These 5 most read blogs of 2020 are a nice cross section of everything that kept us and you busy this year:
1. Huawei patents put a bomb under 5G
In this background article, Holger Seitz discusses how patents on 5G technologies affect geopolitical relationships and what you, as a consumer, notice about this. A fascinating discussion which was also published in Telecommagazine, a Dutch professional journal, and TBM. Worth reading!
2. From in-house patent attorney to independent professional
The job of a patent attorney is so specific that it may seem one-dimensional to an outsider. But nothing could be further from the truth! Our colleague Michiel Ras worked as an attorney at a large Dutch company for several years. At the end of last year, he switched from a job in 'industry' to one at a patent office. Read here how his work changed and what kind of new skills he is now learning.
3. The lesson learned from VHS: patent licensing in a new market
Betamax or VHS? Sony or JVC? At the end of the 1970s two manufacturers each made their own video recorders and tapes. If you had one, then the other one was of no use to you. A format war erupted and the manufacturers each used their own specific strategy. Whereas VHS granted licences to just about everyone, Betamax decided to keep all intellectual property rights to itself. Anne de Blécourt explains what happened, who won the war and why this is still relevant today.
4. Switching in 'corona' time? Check out the patent database!
I am pleased to see this blog in this top 5, because it says a lot about the good intentions of our readers. Kees Hollaar showed how he used patent databases to find out how you can simply make face masks yourself. The blog not only contains practical tips for anyone who wants to have a go at making one themselves, but also shows how databases can serve as a source of inspiration for other projects.
5. Old patent law risk for Dutch wind industry market share
Wind farms at sea are starting to appear in more and more places, including off our coast. Dutch companies have a market share of no less than 25% in this growing industry. That is great news, but there is a problem. The intellectual property is not protected by the Dutch Patent Act in a number of these places. The wind farms are just too far offshore, which means that competitors can copy the technology with impunity. This is a major risk for Dutch entrepreneurs and the Dutch economy. Walter Hart explains what needs to change.