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Contracting of designers, publishers, advertising agencies etc.: beware of your copyrights

Copyright is owned by the author of a work. But what happens if you have assigned somebody to create the work for you, e. g. a designer or an advertising agency. Do you have the copyright or the......

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A single color can be protected, but what is the scope of protection?

Outside Yellow pages Inside Yellow pages (both registerd Benelux trademarks)   Gouden Gids, the Dutch version of Yellow pages, has two trademark registrations for......

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Trademark use in a digital environment

Trademarks in virtual worlds , on You Tube, Games, Facebook etc. Trademarks are more and more used in a digital environment, authorized and unauthorized. Should you take action as a trademark......

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Patent protection

  Did you invent something that is a technical solution for an existing problem? May be you can acquire patent rights! We can help you in the first steps. But please be warned! Nobody can......

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Copying a design on a worldwide basis. What do you come across?

Could you copy a product in whatever country you please? Lego has has many law suites in various countries against the use of their LEGO brick. The decisions of the various courts were not......

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Design protection

A specific appearance of a product can be protected as design. In principle we advise to start your design protection with a registered European design. It is however also possible to file a design......

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Could you use a famous surname in your own advertising?

May you use a  well known surname or a portrait of a well known person in your own brand or in an advertisement? This question cannot be answered with a simple yes or no. Trademark law as well......

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Trademark vs Brand: It is not the same!

Trademarks and branding are important. There are several marketingbooks written in which it is alleged that a  ‘brand’ is taking over the function of a religion, coming from the......

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The rise of fluid trademarks

Some trademarks are depicted every time in a slightly other way, but some components always remain recognizable. An example thereof is the trademark GOOGLE. ......

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FUCKING HELL is a trademark for beer

FUCKING HELL was filed as a Community Trademark and refused. Later is was accepted for registration. Before 1996 any trademark application for registration was registered in the Benelux. The......

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Action against lookalikes: We provide advice!

Can you act against look-a-likes?   Sometimes you can and sometimes you cannot. We have to examine it on a case by case basis. Suppose you introduced a new line of china on the market and......

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Can you use the trademark of someone else? We give advice!

Dick Bruna, the creative spirit behind Nijntje objected against the depicted image. He based his objectioon on copyright law and trademark law. Copyright law is created automatically on each work......

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ABUSE OF A TRADEMARK: We advise from a trademark law perspective!

    A trademark as symbol of the contradiction between rich and poor. Trademarks invoke imagination. Trademarks are symbols. Amongst marketeers the impression lives that trademarks......

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Conflict handling

You can hire us when you have a conflict in the field of trademark- and design law,  but also with respect to conflicts in the field of copyright, portrait rights, domain names and other......

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Copyright

Copyright is acquired on any work which is original and bears the stamp of the author. This is a legal qualification, which qualification is only given in court proceedings. Of course court......

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What is a design?

A design is a product that is novel and has distinctive character. A design is protected when registered in an official design register. Also a drawing, a pattern of part of a product can be......

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What is a trademark?

A trademark is any sign which is able to distinguish the goods and services of a company, under the condition that is can be presented in a graphical way. 

 Thus a trademark is a word, a......

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