Secondment - temporary support

Many lawyers in Abcor have first worked, for years, in commercial companies in different functions. In our current method we do not operate from an ivory tower, but we prefer to stand in the middle of the working floor with our customers. By sharing knowledge with our customers in the production process more clearly where and when IP rights should be claimed. With that in mind in house courses are given and trademark attorneys and support staff are seconded.

These days seconding trademark attorneys and employees has become common practice. Our people are specialized to quickly (and temporarily) fill a position and take care of an IP portfolio, to bring order and restructuring of departments or supporting ongoing procedures. Our clients consists mainly of SMEs and large international customers. Seconding is done on an hourly or half-day (depending on the workload). Companies pay a standard fee based on an interim agreement (i.e. remittance social insurance is the responsibility of Abcor).

Especially for larger companies with their own trademark division it may be interesting to hire a temporary worker. Think of procedures in the context of the introduction of new brands, centralization of portfolios due to reorganizations, mergers or as temporary fill in for maternity leave. In this way, the trademark portfolio is in-house up-to-date, all knowledge is internal and deadlines are guarded. The cost depends on the size of the project and the required professional skills.

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MENTOS has been selling chewing gum under the name MENTOS PURE FRESH for several years. In order to protect her rights MENTOS has registered the following trademarks: the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH, the logo MENTOS PURE FRESH 3 and a figurative depiction of the word PURE. Defendant sells chewing gum under the trademark DENTYNE PURE and has registered its logo as a trademark. Infringement or not?