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Action against ghost invoices

A well-known phenomenon in our business are the so called ghost invoices. Unfortunately they are all too common, even these days. Invoices are sent to trademark owners after they filed their application. In return for a large sum of money the trademark is filed in a database by the ghost invoice sender, a database that is completely useless. All the while the owner believes that he received an invoice from an official organization. » other-general

18 months in prison - scam

For the first time a suspect has been condemned, in the Netherlands, to 18 months in prison for sending fake invoices. By the end of March this year, the court of Arnhem-Leeuwarden judged that a scam had taken place. The case originally started in 2008. In December that year the suspect sends a first mailing of 385.000 letters to companies for the Chamber of Commerce contribution. On the invoice (149 Euros), a logo is displayed that strongly resembles the logo of the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. » other-general

Humour or cease and desist letter? Briliant Ikea campaign to act against infringement Balenciaga bag

During Balenciaga’s spring show, all of a sudden an oversized bag is shown on the catwalk which very much resembles the famous cobalt blue Ikea bag, designed by Marianne and Knut Hagberg. However, the shown bag is made of leather and has a zipper. Apart from that, the bag only costs 2.145 dollars. Ikea could invoke its copyrights on the design (which apparently has not been registered as a design right). The shape of common day to day products are protected by copyright, if they can be considered as intellectual creations, where the designer made personal choices. So legal action is possible in this case, but is it the smart thing to do? » copyright

Jägermeister bottle and glass, photos or dotted lines European Design registration, European tradema

In order to register a product as a design, a number of images should be filed, which basically explain what the design actually looks like. Not a great deal of other demands need to e fulfilled. Almost every design filing is accepted. Validity problems just arise in case of conflicts. However, one of the few demands that are required of the images is that they have a neutral background. Not too difficult to overcome, but in sometimes it apparently is. » design-law

Free eBook IE-inbedrijf part 2

In the fall of last year part 2 of the eBook series IE- in bedrijf, which Theo-Willem coauthors was launched. The series follows the life cycle of a company (from start to sale). The protection of ideas is the central theme of part 2. How do ideas come to existence and what can and cannot be protected. The working guide was made for mid-sized companies that are active in the field of product development. » other-general


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?
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