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NLO and NLO Shieldmark wish you a prosperous 2018

NLO and NLO Shieldmark wish you a wonderful 2018 full of new ideas and innovations. Please note, due to Christmas festivities NLO and NLO Shieldmark will be closed on Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th. Our offices are also closed on Monday January 1st, 2018 because of New Year's Day.

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NLO and epi

Author: Ruurd Jorritsma, Bart Swinkels, Paul Clarkson, Hans Bottema, Maarten Ketelaars

The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) is the professional body representing all European Patent Attorneys. Currently the Institute has about 11,600 European Patent Attorneys as members coming from each of the 38 Contracting States of the European Patent Convention who work either in industry or in private practice.

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UPC creeps slowly closer

Author: Paul Clarkson

After a long summer and autumn in which little seems to have happened in Unitary Patent land, things finally appear to be creeping forward once more. At present the status of the unitary patent package is that a total of 14 countries have ratified the UPC agreement and the package can enter into force once the UK and Germany have also ratified.

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EU Trademarks 2.0

Author: Marlous Stal-Hilders, Bart ten Doeschate

Trademark practice in the European Union is undergoing an important overhaul. Under the trademark reform package, both the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) and the EU Trademark Regulation (207/2009)have changed on several essential subjects.

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Change in fax numbers for NLO and NLO Shieldmark

We would like to inform you about a change in our fax numbers. If you use fax messages to communicate with NLO or NLO Shieldmark, please note our numbers will change. These changes take effect immediately. 

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No likelihood of confusion between SINA rice and SITA rice

Author: Friso Onderdelinden, Fleur de Wolf

Last month the Dutch District Court of The Hague decided in case C/09/520643 / HA ZA that there is no likelihood of confusion between SINA rice and SITA rice. This is somewhat remarkable considering earlier decisions on similar comparisons between four letter signs in relation to foodstuffs.

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How to prepare for oral proceedings for European patents

Author: René van Duijvenbode, Hans Hutter

Senior European patent attorneys will, with a certain nostalgia, remember the ‘good old days’ in which they could easily call an examiner of the European Patent Office (EPO) and informally discuss a pending application.

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CJEU judgment reshuffles litigation costs in Belgium

Author: Ben Brigou, Steven Sarlet

The recent CJEU judgment and subsequent national interpretation in Rovi Guides v Telenet will have a significant impact on the predictability of legal costs and should be taken into account when setting up an IP litigation strategy in Belgium.

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NLO is looking for new trainee patent attorneys

NLO is growing and is therefore launching a new recruitment campaign in September 2017. We have a total of eight vacancies for trainee patent attorneys.

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Hema (Netherlands) vs. Hema (China)?

In 2015, the Chinese web shop Alibaba set up a supermarket chain in China using the name Hema. There are now thirteen Chinese ‘Hema’ supermarkets, the last three of which opened in July 2017. The question is whether the Dutch company Hema, having a chain of department stores with establishment throughout Europe, can oppose this.

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Working at NLO

On a regular basis we are looking for people to join our company. Are you interested in a career at NLO? Please visit our special working at NLO website.

Intellectual Property: Cases

Intellectual Property is a valuable asset. From start-up to market leader, applying a smart strategy for patents, trademarks and/or designs adds value to every company. Examples of such successful IP strategies can be found at our page ‘Cases’. Read more