The company has branches in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland and provides legal advice to international multinationals in Europe. Arnold & Siedsma also assists European businesses in patent cases in Asia and the US. Hylarides specializes in computer engineering, medical technology and mechanical engineering.
These kinds of tech companies monitor competitors’ requests “so they can look into each other’s future,” he says. But also to pinpoint in which direction innovation as a whole is moving. Moreover, they use patent portfolios to protect themselves and strategically outmaneuver the competition.
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He still doesn’t come across this sequence – determining the strategy and then tailoring your patents accordingly – often enough in practice. Only well-run companies do it. “That’s a missed opportunity,” he says. “Putting together an ideal portfolio is perfectly feasible. You can narrow your search to a defined area, identify what’s missing, and then buy it.”
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Pharmaceuticals, agri-food and chip machines are examples of areas in which Europe excels. “China files a huge number of patent applications, but the quality is often poor.” However, he also points out that China is wasting no time assuming its place on the world stage. “That shouldn’t be taken lightly. Forewarned is forearmed.”
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