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22 November 2019

Michael Gleissner versus Apple and Samsung: millionaire defeated in Benelux and UK

Two recent trademark cases in Benelux and the UK have landed significant blows to notorious millionaire Michael Gleissner’s unprecedented trademark activity. According to one expert, they clearly demonstrate that IP offices are “not a playground for vexatious parties”.

06 September 2019

Dutch court of appeal sets up confidentiality club in IP proceedings

In a promising development, the Court of Appeal of The Hague has set up a confidentiality club to allow the alleged infringer to submit confidential information in trademark proceedings.

29 July 2019

The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations

Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks.

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.

12 September 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Benelux

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.

24 August 2018

A-Z of EU trademark court practice and performance: Netherlands to Slovenia

In the fourth 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.

30 January 2018

Court of Appeals of The Hague: vodka marks must be handed back to Russian state enterprise

The Court of Appeals of The Hague has ruled in favour of Russian state enterprise FKP in the long-running dispute between FKP and Spirits International BV over the ownership of several vodka marks.

08 January 2018

adidas wins latest dispute against H&M in Hague Court

The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favour of adidas in the main proceedings of its saga against H&M regarding the companies' respective stripe marks.

27 November 2017

Court finds no likelihood of confusion between SINA and SITA

The court of first instance has refused to grant an injunction against the sign SINA, finding no risk of confusion or association with the word mark SITA. Both marks were registered for rice sold in Middle-Eastern supermarkets or restaurants. The court held that the relevant public would be able to distinguish that ‘Sina’ is the name of a well-known Islamic scholar and philosopher, whereas ‘Sita’ is a girl’s name.

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.

29 April 2016

Preliminary injunctions: a comparative global overview

Preliminary injunctions can be a valuable tool for rights holders, but they are not always straightforward to obtain. Lawyers from Hogan Lovells provide a comparative global overview of strategies for obtaining them in different jurisdictions

04 February 2016

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.

12 February 2015

Segment the Internet and connect the dots: a guide on how to protect a brand online

The Internet is all about opportunities, freedom and boundless communication. People and companies all over the planet are connected as never before. To put it simply, the Internet means new perspectives. Unfortunately, it is equally about risk.

29 January 2014

Supreme Court: mere filling of cans does not constitute trademark use

Following the decision of the ECJ in Frisdranken Industrie Winters BV v Red Bull GmbH, the Dutch Supreme Court has ruled that the mere filling of cans for energy drinks bearing a sign which is similar to a protected trademark does not constitute use of that mark where the cans were supplied by another party which affixed the sign to the cans and on whose instructions the cans were filled.