Region: Netherlands

Supreme Court: no additional circumstances required in the assessment of descriptive trade names

In this dispute between British cheese manufacturer Dairy Partners and Dutch dairy company DOC Dairy Partners, the Dutch Supreme Court has put an end to longstanding uncertainty concerning the protection of descriptive trade names.

31 March 2021

Innovation at the Benelux IP Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services

In an exclusive guest post, the Benelux IP Office reveals its innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and some of those planned for the future.

09 March 2021

The problem with likelihood of confusion: why EU trademark law should rely less on ‘real consumers’

A new study analysing trademark infringement cases in the European Union has found that third parties are “being forced to use less effective trademarks” due to an imbalance in EU trademark law.

06 October 2020

‘Sea of reptiles’ found to infringe Lacoste’s crocodile mark

Lacoste’s success on appeal in this case demonstrates the importance of market surveys to show a likelihood of confusion.

24 September 2020

Complainant gets a grilling under ‘.nl’ regulations

In a recent decision under the Dispute Resolution Regulations for ‘.nl’ Domain Names, a WIPO panel has found that the dispute involved complex contractual considerations outside of the scope of the regulations, which were intended to deal with clear-cut abuse.

06 May 2020

adidas v H&M: H&M did not cross the line with its two-stripe sign

Following a 23-year-long trademark dispute between adidas and H&M, the Court of Appeal of The Hague has ruled that H&M’s use of a specific two-stripe sign on its sports clothing did not infringe adidas’s three-stripe mark.

31 March 2020

Benelux Trademark Attorney Firm of the Year: Arnold & Siedsma

Featured in The Global IP Awards: Key Insights from IP Leaders 2020

30 March 2020

Netherlands Trademark Firm of the Year: Brinkhof

Featured in The Global IP Awards: Key Insights from IP Leaders 2020

30 March 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Benelux

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2020/2021

No separate trademark laws exist in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg.

05 March 2020

"Trademark troll" Michael Gleissner launches N-Cubator brand consultancy

WTR has discovered that multi-millionaire Michael Gleissner appears to have launched a brand consultancy firm, called N-Cubator, which boasts of having access to “a large portfolio of trademarks and domain names”.

05 February 2020

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