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Levin Nyman - Deceptive renewal offers

Many EU trademark holders have been approached by a firm named Levin Nyman & Partners recently. This Finnish company offers renewals of EU trade marks at excessive prices. If signed off, payment is demanded; even if the client changes his mind. The Finnish company is not registered with any Chamber of Commerce; in fact, the company is not located at the office address stated on the letterhead. The phone number (masked by a QR code) is not in use. » other-general

The importance of recognition (acceptance speech President BMM 2021)

I would like to finish by the fact that, due to the increasing attention to IP rights, it is now clear to the business world, that IP protection is an essential factor for driving and stimulating innovation within companies and for the survival of companies. However, it is not clear to everybody that this is a highly specialized profession. There ought to be recognition and awareness that the people who work in this area, are specialists. In addition, we must realize that staff can only flourish if they can and may be 100% themselves. Especially towards the SME, there is a great opportunity, to put our profession clearly on the map. There, it must be realized that a BMM member stands for quality, that the BMM membership is a guarantee to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Know, that I would like to guide that process for the next two years as your new president. » other-general

Abcor listed in 2021 World Trademark Review WTR1000

Every year many rankings of trademark agencies are published. These are important of course for us as an office and for companies seeking representative. The WTR1000 (World Trademark Review 2021) is regarded worldwide as the most important overview of trademark offices and companies in the field of trademark law. We are therefore proud and honored to be included in this year’s list of leading representatives in the Benelux. And with praise from our customers! » other-general

Benelux Intellectual Property Organisation Service - Fraudulent invoices

Fraudulent invoices are an ineradicable pest in our business, it is getting worse and worse. Recently invoices were sent using the logos of the official trademark authorities like BOIP, EUIPO and WIPO. These invoices featured charges for local advertisement in remote places but also for a renewals at registers of existing trademarks but for ridiculously high prices. The parties involved are no petty thieves or small criminals. » other-general

Jos van der Linden – new certified attorney Abcor

This January 17th our colleague Jos van der Linden passed the final exam of the 2 year professional training and certification program of the Benelux association of Trademark and Design Attorneys, for which he received the official certificate. Of the 22 candidates with whom the course started in 2018, 13 received the highly coveted certificate on this day. » other-general
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PURE - MENTOS

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?