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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.

29 January 2019

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year.

11 April 2017

Decision under '.nl' Dispute Resolution Regulations show that UDRP precedents serve as important source of reference

In a recent domain name dispute before WIPO, a German toy manufacturer has obtained the transfer of a ‘.nl’ domain name identically reproducing its trademark under the Dispute Resolution Regulations for ‘.nl’ Domain Names. The decision shows that, whilst many ccTLDs have adopted their own domain name dispute resolution policies, UDRP precedents and principles are an important source of reference.

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.

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.

20 February 2015

SIDN releases 2014 growth rate figures for '.nl' domain names

SIDN, the registry responsible for ‘.nl’, has announced that it had 5,531,186 domain names under management at the end of 2014, representing an increase of 2.7% compared to 2013. However, this rate of growth is slightly down compared to the figures from 2013, and one of the contributing factors to the slowdown in net growth has been the increase in the number of cancelled domain names.

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.

20 November 2014

Norid and SIDN consider making '.bv' available to Dutch companies

Norid and SIDN - the registry operators for the Norwegian and Dutch ccTLDs - are in discussions about the possibility of making the ‘.bv’ domain name extension (the ccTLD for Bouvet Island) available to the Dutch market. In the Netherlands, the term ‘BV’ is the abbreviation of ‘Besloten Vennootschap’, the Dutch version of a private limited liability company; as such, ‘.bv’ holds a certain attraction for Dutch companies.

09 June 2014

Number of '.nl' domain names registered in 2013 down 13%

SIDN, the registry responsible for the running of the ‘.nl’ ccTLD, has announced that growth was down 13% in 2013 when compared to 2012, with 5,338,364 domain names registered at the end of 2013 compared to 5,115,652 across the same period in 2012. This trend was observed across a large number of ccTLDs during the same period.

13 January 2014

SIDN introduces new security measures

SIDN, the registry responsible for the running of the ‘.nl’ namespace, has extended its ‘.nl’ Control service so that it now enables ‘.nl’ domain name registrants to prevent unauthorised changes to the glue records for their domain names. This new feature has been introduced further to an increasing number of DNS server hacks.

01 December 2011

Well-known marks may be used in domain names provided that use is not abusive

In LEGO Juris A/S v Stichting RIBW ZWWF, a WIPO panel has ruled that a non-profit organisation that sells models made from second-hand Lego products had a right or legitimate interest in the domain name 'gebruiktlego.nl' ('used Lego' in English). The complaint was brought under the '.nl' domain name dispute resolution policy, which is equivalent to the UDRP, except that it does not have a conjunctive requirement in its third element.

18 November 2008

‘.co.nl’ extension launched

EuroDNS, the Luxembourg-based registrar responsible for the Dutch ‘.co.nl’ domain name space, has announced the launch of ‘.co.nl’ through a sunrise period divided into two phases. During the first phase, which starts today, owners of a ‘.nl’ domain name have the right to register the equivalent of that domain name under ‘.co.nl’ with priority.

15 April 2008

New domain name dispute resolution procedure launched

SIDN, the registry responsible for the organization of the Dutch country-code top-level domain, '.nl', has announced the launch of a new alternative dispute resolution procedure for '.nl' domain names. The new procedure is a variation of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and will replace the arbitration mechanism put in place in 2003.

30 June 2006

Court refuses to order website to screen ads for infringement

A district court has denied a request to order Marktplaats BV to screen all offers for items that infringe Stokke's rights. The court refused to assume a general duty of care for internet service providers that would require them to pre-screen or monitor website content, implying that the burden of enforcing rights falls on the rights holder.

18 April 2005

Court declines jurisdiction over websites selling look-alike chairs

A district court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction to hear a case brought by Vitra against 16 defendants located outside the Netherlands, who allegedly sold copies of a chair in which Vitra has rights through their websites. The court found no evidence that the websites were specifically directed at users in the Netherlands.