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28 March 2019

How Signify’s IP team undertook its global rebrand from Philips Lighting: exclusive interview

Senior IP counsel Joeri Mombers provides a detailed insider’s view of lighting giant Signify's "once in a lifetime" trademark project.

07 February 2017

How online monitoring can support offline investigations

Many brand protection strategies still focus on bulk seizures, customs training and border protection. However, success depends on protecting your company against online counterfeiting and piracy in a way that fits the realities of the digital age.

03 October 2016

EU customs seizures skyrocketed in 2015; concerns raised that counterfeit issue being ‘massively underestimated’

The European Commission’s latest annual report into EU customs enforcement has found that the level of suspected counterfeit articles detained by authorities rose by 15% year-on-year, with the number of applications for action up by a startling 59% across the same time period. While the estimated value of the detailed articles totals nearly €650 million, one expert claims the report could be massively underestimating the scope of the problem.

11 September 2008

Rights owners may prohibit transit of goods under EU Customs Regulation

In Sisvel SpA v Sosecal, the District Court of The Hague has held that a patentee may oppose the transit of infringing goods which have been detained by the customs authorities under the EU Customs Regulation. Although this is a patent case, it is highly significant for trademark owners in their fight against counterfeiting.