17 March 2016
British IP Specialist HGF opens office in The Hague
THE HAGUE, 18th March – Vice Mayor of The Hague, Ingrid van Engelshoven, officially opened the new office of HGF during the launch event held in The Hague yesterday. This marks the British IP company’s first base in continental Europe and will help to expand its business operations across the region, starting with the Benelux. HGF’s arrival adds to the growing Legal & Finance cluster in the city. WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency (WFIA) works to actively promote the development of this cluster and, in collaboration with Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), facilitated HGF’s move to Spaces, the former Esso building on Zuid Hollandlaan.
From left to right: Achim Krebs (Partner, HGF), Jason Lumber (Chairman and Partner, HGF), Vice Mayor Ingrid van Engelshoven (Knowledge Economy, International Affairs, Youth and Education), Marleen Zuijderhoudt (Executive Director, WFIA) and Frank A. Salzgeber (Head of the Technology Transfer Programme at the European Space Agency).
Vice Mayor Ingrid van Engelshoven welcomed HGF by underlining the firm’s relevance to the city: “The Hague is delighted to welcome HGF. This a perfect match between a company specialising in intellectual property and a city that is already associated with this area. It’s for good reason that the Unified Patent Court chose to establish its local division here as well.”
The British legal services provider and specialist in intellectual property (IP) will initially focus its work in The Hague on patent protection and related issues, including trademark and design protection, but intends to further extend its range of services in the near future to include, for example, copyrighting, licensing agreements and due diligence.
Choosing The Hague
“The presence of the European Patent Office in Rijswijk, The Dutch Patent Centre, The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property and numerous important courts of arbitration means that The Hague region is the European centre for intellectual property. Opting for The Hague was therefore a relatively easy decision,” says Achim Krebs, partner at HGF. He praised the city by adding, “The Hague outperforms cities like Amsterdam and Brussels in terms of innovation and infrastructure.”
By expanding into the Netherlands, HGF hopes to continue its explosive growth of recent years. With almost 100 qualified patent and trademark attorneys lawyers and a team of over 250 people in the UK, HGF is among the largest IP firms in the UK and one of the five largest IP firms in Europe. The Dutch subsidiary expects to create 10 positions over the next three years.
For further information:
Renée Hammersley, Marketing Communications Officer, WestHolland Foreign Investment Agency
+31 (0)70 311 55 55/ +31 (0)6 24 75 66 56 firstname.lastname@example.org