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NLO’s European and Dutch patent attorney René van Duijvenbode has been awarded the International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology 2015 Client Choice Award for Intellectual Property – Patents (The Netherlands).
On 1 March 2015, Morocco will become an EPC “extension state”.
Managing IP has published the first part of its annual IP Stars survey, covering the top-rated firms for patent work. Once again NLO has been rewarded a Tier 1 ranking in the field of patent prosecution in The Netherlands.
NLO Shieldmark is highly recommended in the 2015 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. European trademark and design attorney’s Marlous Stal-Hilders, Milca Graver-de Looper and Jeroen Cornelis have received individual praise for their work.
Trademarks mainly take the form of words and visual logos, sometimes in combination. But shapes can also be a trademark. Take the classic Coca Cola bottle or the shape of a Toblerone bar.
Companies using stripes on their vehicles must take the Dutch State into account. The State safeguards its copyrights and logo rights for the ‘striping’ used on its vehicles. The fact that the State has not always been successful in defending its stripes was demonstrated in the case launched by the State against the firm Darkness Reigns Holding.
Parodies form an exception to copyright. Copyright holders are not usually happy when their drawing, painting, sculpture or other work protected by copyright is used as an object of fun. However, it is often very difficult to do anything about it. The estate of Willy Vandersteen, creator of Suske en Wiske comics, objected when they were shown a calendar featuring a cover with an adaptation of the cover of a Suske en Wiske comic book.
In 2012, the international domain name organisation ICANN started registering domain names which can consist of word marks, trade names, geographic names or general terms, i.e. “general Top Level Domains” (gTLDs). This became an operation with an uncertain outcome. How would registered trademarks be handled? Would there be a proliferation of domain names with stolen trademarks?
In a conflict between the companies Red Bull and Lamborghini, the use of a trademark consisting of one or more bulls, was up for discussion.
The damages that a liable director is required to pay from his own funds can mount up. Especially in case of infringement of IP rights. The consequences could be serious, because in addition to being asked to pay damages, the director may also be sentenced to pay the legal costs.
NLO publishes Fortify magazine 2 times a year. Each quarter NLO Shieldmark publishes the Kenmerkend newsletter.
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NLO Shieldmark publishes the Kenmerkend 4 times a year. This newsletter is published in Dutch and contains topical articles on trademarks and designs.
Clients receive NLO's magazine Fortify by mail, which will appear 2 times a year. You can view the magazine in PDF.
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