Trademark news

Mondriaan and merchandising; copyrights

At the beginning of this year the Hague Museum announced that they were able to buy one of te original Mondriaan dresses from Yves Saint Lauren. The dress is dubbed as the “mother of Mondriaan merchandise” by the director. We will see much of this merchandise since Piet Mondriaan died in 1944, and copyright expires after 70 years. Does this mean everything is now free to be used? » copyright


In almost complete silence the extension .AMSTERDAM was launched last March. We believe this extension does deserve attention because it will be an important alternative to the .nl extension in the Netherlands. From June 1 to August 14 companies may register for a domain name. » domain-names

Trade in domain names: OK tank stations do not get domain name.

A good domain name can have great commercial value. There are many companies that register domain names and subsequently sell it for great profits. In order to force a transfer of the domain name there are two options. One can choose to start a procedure with WIPO (a simple procedure to act against domain name hijacking, especially when the domain names are obviously based on a company’s trademark). The second option is to start a court procedure. In the past few years courts have, more and more, given an opinion on whether or not it is allowed to register a domain name of someone else’s trademark. That's the main qustion in the courtcase started by Fuelplaza, to obtain the registered domain name OK.NL » internet-online-branding

Roy Donders claims his name – application in bad faith

In the Benelux there are no separate rules for the registration of personal names as a trademark. The advantage of this is that a company may use a fictitious person as a trademark. It also has disadvantages, since it enables third parties to use someone else’s name as a trademark. Could this be perceived as an error in the law, and may you use someone else’s name to your advantage? The case surrounding Roy Donders (who is famous in the Netherlands) may give us an answer. » trademark-registration

Fryslân Boppe; launch .FRL

After a test phase of three months the .FRL extension (for Friesland, a province of the Netherlands) was launched. A hundred prominent Frisian organizations (such as Boomsma, van de Beerenburg and province Fryslân) have converted their old .nl website to the new .FRL. Of course .FRL is also open to companies and persons who are from outside of Friesland. » domain-names


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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