Milestones

Explore our history as a business from our founding more than 130 years ago to the present day.

Our history

2019

Novagraaf joins forces with PAVIS to create NovumIP,  the new alternative global IP service provider. As a NovumIP company, our customers are able to benefit from the assistance of a united team of 380 IP specialists, including some of the world’s foremost IP attorneys and IP process experts, as well as a wider range of tech-enabled services and portfolio management tools.

 

Novagraaf retains its position as the EU's leading representative, with the most European trademarks under management at both EUIPO and WIPO. Our trademark practice was recommended once again by WTR 1000 and IP Stars 2019, and our patent and trademark practices were also recognised for their excellence by Leaders League. 

2018

Novagraaf celebrates 130th anniversary and launches a new-look logo, branding and website. This is also the year we took a major step forward in our investment in client technology with the acquisition of NovumIP Platform Solutions. Novagraaf retains its position as market leader (WIPO and Benelux), and is announced as the leading representative, with the most trademarks under management, at both EUIPO and WIPO. We also expanded our presence in Belgium with the opening of a new office in Ghent.

2016

Acting on a strategic plan: Novagraaf opens sales offices in China, Japan and the US.

2013

Taking stock of progress: Novagraaf celebrates 125th anniversary at INTA in Dallas, Texas.

2008

Expanding further into Europe: Novagraaf acquires Bredema Management in France. Novagraaf acquires Hillgate Patent Services in the United Kingdom.

2002

Investment in the French market: Novagraaf acquires Cabinet Ballot, a French practice based in Paris.

2000

Merger of Markgraaf with French company Novamark resulted in the creation of Novagraaf. Novagraaf acquires William Blanc in Switzerland.

1997

Markgraaf acquires William A Shepherd in the UK.

1993

Markgraaf acquires J.E. Evans-Jackson & Co. in the UK.

1978

Name change to Markgraaf to underline international ambitions.

1909

Opening of second office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1888

Founding of Van der Graaf & Co. trademark department in the Netherlands.

 

*Number of active trademarks in the EUIPO and WIPO registers for which Novagraaf is registered as a representative.

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