Intellectual property

Your trademark, trade name or invention are of great value to your company and therefore need to be protected. Our specialists will be pleased to advise you on the protection, management and exploitation of your intellectual property rights.

IP rights

There are various IP rights, with different conditions of protection. For example, an invention is only protected after a patent has been granted and a trademark only after trademark registration. Registration is not required for copyrights or trade name rights. It is therefore important to make good choices. We will be happy to help you with that.

Contracts

For the protection and exploitation of your IP rights, we can help you with assessing and drafting agreements, such as licence agreements, agreements for the sale or transfer of IP rights, development agreements and non-disclosure agreements.

Disputes

In the event of an infringement of your IP rights, misleading advertising, an unlawful publication or a domain name dispute, we will gladly provide you with assistance before any (international) court or authority.

Copyright

Copyright arises automatically when there is a work within the meaning of the Copyright Act. If, for example, you have created a text, music, photo, film, software, a building, or an article of use that is original and creative, you automatically acquire copyright to that work. Others may not publish or reproduce this work without your permission.

If you would like to know whether your work is entitled to copyright protection and what this protection entails, please contact one of our specialists.

Trademark and design rights

Trademark registration allows you to take action against third parties who use your word mark or logo, for example to promote their own products or services.

Trademark infringement

If a third party uses a word mark or logo that is very similar to one you own, you can take action against it. If you want others to use your trademark to promote and sell products or services (e.g. as a franchise), you may grant them a licence to use your trademarks.

Designs

Design registration is meant to protect the appearance of products (a three-dimensional product). Such a registration is only possible if the design is new and has an individual character. A design is new if it has not been shown to the public before. A design has an individual character if the general impression created by the design differs from the general impression created by designs that have already been made available to the public. If a design is registered, you can take action against third parties who have copied your design.

If you have already shown your design to the public, and consequently registration is no longer possible, this does not automatically mean that you cannot take action against infringers. In the first three years after your design has been made available to the public, you have what is known as an unregistered community design (on the basis of European regulations). This gives you the right to prohibit the same infringing acts as if you had registered your design. The protection period is shorter, however, namely three years as opposed to a maximum of 25 years.

By means of a contract, you can also have your design exploited by third parties. Our IP specialists can answer your questions about trademarks or designs, draft and assess licence agreements, or conduct proceedings in infringement cases.

If you have any questions or would you like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you.