AOMB Intellectual Property

Valuable knowledge deserves smart protection

Being and remaining unique is an important basis underlying the business success of every company. AOMB uses specialized knowledge to protect companies’ ideas and inventions. Scientists who acquire this knowledge are also creating value. During and after the period that an idea is elaborated on to create a commercial enterprise, competitors might already be lying in wait. Providing the right legal protection demands customization from specialists such as AOMB.

Scientists acquire knowledge based on their interest in the world around them. This knowledge is not only valuable, it also has a value. The valorisation team at the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus helps scientists turn the results of their research into commercial applications. After all, a good idea must be well-protected. This is why AOMB enjoys working closely with the valorisation team. AOMB can provide legal advice as early as the initial phase in a new business. 

The first step is knowing exactly what needs to be protected. The origins of a company must be laid out on the table, in detail. At AOMB, the door is always open for a no-obligation discussion: What are you working on? What do you hope to achieve? Which strategy are you using? And, also not unimportant, what are your competitors doing? During one of these meetings, senior patent attorney Rike Dekker tries to get to the heart of the client’s question as soon as possible. “These initial meetings are immediately followed up with a recommendation. This may be to provide legal protection for the invention, but also to choose the time to start applying strict confidentiality.” 

Research on medical progress has its own specific traits. “The intellectual property in this sector must be protected, but at the same time, also shared with partners,” Dekker says. “Writing a patent lays the idea down in writing and ensures that others can’t run off with it. A license then makes the necessary collaboration with external parties possible.” In addition to patents and licenses, AOMB also advises clients on brands, models, plant variety rights and copyrights. Each of these are complex legal tools with their own merits and pitfalls. Certain professional fields demand their own approach. Life sciences is one of the fields in which AOMB Maastricht specializes. Is another specialist required? If so, then AOMB’s national and international network can offer a solution.

When it comes to scientific research, we don’t all automatically think about creating value but it isof vital importance. At the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, knowledge generates a cash flow that partially flows back to research and the university.  The valorisation team at the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus helps scientists turn the results of their research into commercial applications. After all, a good idea must be well-protected. This is why AOMB enjoys working closely with the valorisation team. AOMB can provide legal advice as early as the initial phase in a new business. 

The pioneering companies based at the campus develop a distinctive lead over other companies thanks to their new insights, modified applications or unique products. From the time that AOMB Maastricht found a location at the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, they have been sharing their passion for research with their neighbors. Dekker: “The birth of products at the campus is backed by years of knowledge development and creativity. It is a great challenge for us to provide the right legal protection for the considerable diversity of unique applications here.”