Intellectual property law


 The importance of prior rights in domain name disputes

The importance of prior rights in domain name disputes
25/02/2021

The importance of prior rights in domain name disputes: bpost arrives too late and misses out on the domain name “bpost.com”

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La protection des marques pour des motifs de couleur sur des autobus, des trains, des trams ou d’autres biens ?

La protection des marques pour des motifs de couleur sur des autobus, des trains, des trams ou d’autres biens ?
22/12/2020

Pour être valable, une marque doit revêtir un caractère distinctif : la marque doit permettre au consommateur de distinguer les produits ou les services d’une entreprise déterminée de ceux d’autres entreprises.

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New regulatory framework for patent attorneys

New regulatory framework for patent attorneys
04/12/2020

On 1 December 2020, the first part of the law of 8 July 2018 reforming the profession of patent attorney and creating a Belgian Institute for Patent Attorneys, entered into force.

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 Invoking copyright to block the submission of evidence? Nice try, but no cigar!

Invoking copyright to block the submission of evidence? Nice try, but no cigar!
24/11/2020

The Court of Justice of the European Union delivers judgments regarding the concept of “communication to the public” faster than legal scholars can read and dissect them.

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Trademarks & Designs | Fake application or renewal invoices!

Trademarks & Designs | Fake application or renewal invoices!
09/11/2020

Trademark applicants and owners often receive documents asking for payments related to a trademark or design application or renewal. Cautiousness is highly recommended in this respect!

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The CJEU Testarossa judgement | Clarification of the contours of genuine use & the burden of proof

The CJEU Testarossa judgement | Clarification of the contours of genuine use & the burden of proof
03/11/2020

A trademark which has not been put to Genuine use by its owner or an authorised third party within five years after its registration is liable to revocation unless there are proper reasons for its non-use.

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Vous comptez lancer votre commerce ? Choisissez-bien votre nom !

Vous comptez lancer votre commerce ? Choisissez-bien votre nom !
21/10/2020

Vous souhaitez débuter un nouveau business, et vous êtes conscient que vous devez penser à de multiples choses.

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Customs seizures | EORI number

Customs seizures | EORI number
13/10/2020

Since 15 September 2020, the EORI number has become mandatory to obtain customs measures: the seizure request forms have been modified to impose the mention of the EORI number.

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Hyperlinking and copyright law: when does the copyright holder have a say in it?

Hyperlinking and copyright law: when does the copyright holder have a say in it?
12/10/2020

The functioning of the World Wide Web is in many ways dependent on the use of hyperlinks. Many of those hyperlinks refer to works protected by copyright. In his recent Opinion, Advocate General Szpunar has considered which kinds of hyperlinks should be regarded as a communication to the public

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Merkenconflict “Vooruit”: you snooze, you lose

Merkenconflict “Vooruit”: you snooze, you lose
17/09/2020

Zoals je ongetwijfeld al hebt gehoord, heeft de Sp.a haar oog laten vallen op ‘Vooruit’ als nieuwe naam. Een merkenconflict dat al heel wat aandacht kreeg in de media …
Over smaken en kleuren valt niet te twisten, maar wat betreft de implicaties van deze naamkeuze op merkenrechtelijk vlak, hebben wij én de Vooruit in Gent wel een duidelijke mening. â€‹

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