Region: Belgium

Sweden to modernise trademark rules, new USPTO deputy director, and Benelux fee changes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a study showing the scale of illicit alcohol, a Counterfeit Mini ad being lauded, luxury brands' increasing use of sound design in their products, and much more.

09 November 2018

“The EUIPO should lead on enforcement” – trademark community reacts to Archambeau appointment

National IP offices within the European Union, key trademark associations and leading filing law firms in the EU react to the appointment of Christian Archambeau as the new executive director of the EUIPO.

02 October 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Benelux

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2019/2020

The Benelux Convention does not provide for protection of unregistered trademarks, the only exception being the protection of well-known marks as prescribed by the Paris Convention.

12 September 2018

Making the right choice: an A-Z of EU trademark court practice and performance

In the first of our five-part series, trademark counsel from law firms across Europe provide an overview of the performance of their countries’ EU trademark courts over the past two years.

23 August 2018

“Opportunistic filing after a disaster remains an issue” – MH370 rights shine spotlight on tragedy marks

Trademark departments have a key role to play in the wake of tragic events, with one expert telling us that defensive filings should be “a primary prevention tool” against opportunists

03 August 2018

Well-known marks: approaches to fame in Europe

Obtaining well-known status for a trademark can be a powerful tool for rights holders. In the third of a three part series, this article considers the best route in key European jurisdictions

20 July 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Belgium

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2017

Belgium is a party to all major international agreements in the IP field, including the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. In addition, the main substantive IP laws applicable in Belgium are contained in national laws, EU regulations and a Benelux convention.

18 May 2017


Featured in Anti-counterfeiting 2016 – A Global Guide

Belgium is a member state of the European Union, where goods can move freely in the internal market. Hence, border measures mainly target goods entering Belgium from outside the European Union or European Economic Area.

27 April 2016

WCO’s global actions to tackle counterfeiting

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting 2016 – A Global Guide

Globalisation has added significant complexities to international trade and global supply chains. In this environment, customs authorities across the world have a unique role in achieving balance between regulation and trade facilitation.

27 April 2016

Court decides on protection afforded to greyscale trademarks

The Antwerp Commercial Court has held that, when assessing the similarity between a registered trademark and a sign in an infringement action, the trademark can be assessed only as registered (ie, greyscale in the present case). The court's reasoning with regard to the protection afforded to greyscale trademarks is debatable and is likely to be contradicted by higher courts.

16 July 2015

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