Second round of changes in Benelux Trademark law An amended Benelux Convention for Intellectual Property (BCIP) implements the new European Trademark Directive no. 2015/2436 and will enter into force this March 1, 2019. The upcoming changes will further align trademark law in the Benelux with the EU trademark practice, which may lead to new possibilities…

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF DESIGN LAW Designs are everywhere around us, from the chair on which we sit, to the shape of the bottle of our favorite soda. They are an integral part of innovation and economic growth and contribute to the attractiveness of a product for the consumers. For a few years now, designs…

Looking  back, 2018 was an interesting IP year. With the explosion of the internet and the development of consumer habits, online counterfeiting remained a significant issue. Furthermore, mobile technology  and ease of access to online content means that the opportunity for online infringement  is becoming more and more a  problem. This is a particular issue…

AMENDED EU TRADE MARK REGULATION What will change on October 1, 2017 ? After the entry into force of a first part of the Amending Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2424 on 23 March 2016, a second set of changes to the EU trade mark Regulation (EC) No. 207/2009  will be applicable as from October 1, 2017….

OFFICE KIRKPATRICK –ANNOUNCEMENT I am delighted to announce that Lidy-Anne Jeswiet van Westenbrugge became co-Chief Executive Officer of the Firm, effective July 3, 2017, pursuant to Board Approval. Lidy-Anne joined the Firm from the Gevers Group, where she served as chair of the Trademark Division up to last year. Known for a broad perspective on…

KIRKPATRICK attended the INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and organized a social gathering in the Picasso Museum on Monday May 22nd, 2017. A beautiful venue, excellent catering, a wonderful guided tour throughout a part of the museum and of course… our guests, made this an event to remember.

Office Kirkpatrick is, from now on, registered as a service provider for Chèques-entreprises, Chèque Propriété Intellectuelle of the Walloon region, in collaboration with the European Regional Development Fund, for industrial property related services. This plan is available to Walloon SMEs. The Region co-finances up to 75% services of: prior art searches, for patentability analysis, for…

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AMENDED COMMUNITY TRADE MARK REGULATION Key Provisions Regulation (EU) No. 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council, amending the Community trade mark Regulation (EC) No. 207/2009 (“Amending Regulation”) of December 16, 2015, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Amended Regulation will enter into force on 23 March 2016, however…