Authors: Alexis Fierens and Elisabeth Daem (DLA Piper) Publication date: 26/05/2020 Like many other organisations, the intellectual property (IP) offices have adopted measures to ensure continuity of their services and to preserve IP holders’ rights. As these measures are not all notified to each individual rights holder that uses the
Author: Casper Hemelrijk (Novagraaf) Publication date: 06/09/2019 With an estimated three billion people using smartphones and other electronic handheld devices worldwide, the importance of obtaining IP protection for graphical user interfaces (GUIs) is only set to grow. Casper Hemelrijk offers advice on creating an effective protection strategy. Graphical user interfaces provide an intuitive way for
Author: Trecina Surti (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 03/09/2018 Although not impossible, seeking trademark protection for slogans can prove difficult. While some slogans have achieved success, most are unlikely to meet the requirements for trademark registration. Trademark Attorney Trecina Surti sets out the criteria to consider when looking to protect a slogan in
Author: Ardine Siepman (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 06/08/2018 The French government is in conflict with another company over trademarks containing the word ‘France’. Novagraaf’s Ardine Siepman examines a recent ruling by the General Court of the EU, which considered whether anyone could even own the word ‘France’. A number of important considerations
Author: Frouke Hekker (Novagraaf) Date of publication: 31/10/2017 Trademark applications frequently fail due to lack of distinctiveness. However, it is possible to overcome this barrier to registration for marks combining descriptive and/or non-distinctive elements, if the sign as a whole creates an overall distinctive impression, as Novagraaf’s Frouke Hekker explains.
Auteur: Thaïssa Nuyens (Sirius Legal) Publicatiedatum: 29/09/2017 Op 15 december 2015 stemde het Europees Parlement in met belangrijke hervormingen met betrekking tot het Europees merkenrecht, wat zorgde voor enkele serieuze wijzigingen. De hervormingen hebben als doel het merkenrecht binnen de EU effectiever, efficiënter, rechtszekerder en consistenter te maken. Het pakket aan hervormingen