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

Our history


Novagraaf retains its position as the EU's leading representative, with the most European trademarks under management at both EUIPO (EUTMs) and WIPO (International Rights designating the EU). 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. 


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


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


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


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


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


Markgraaf acquires William A Shepherd in the UK.


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


Name change to Markgraaf to underline international ambitions.


Opening of second office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


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

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