News and publications

The SMB Innovation Top 100 2017

The Dutch Chamber of Commerce presents the SMB Innovation Top 100 2017 on Tuesday June 27. We will find out who ranks as most innovative entrepreneur in the Netherlands for 2017.

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Warning for fake invoices

For quite some time now fake invoices have been sent out to cheat holders of intellectual property rights out of their money. Should you receive an invoice for maintaining your patent, trademark or design registration, please verify whether the invoice has indeed been sent out by an official authority.

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“Bull fight” finally yields a victor

Author: Milca Graver - de Looper

After fourteen years, the protracted legal fight between coffee shop The Bulldog and energy drink brand Red Bull is over. Representing eventual winner The Bulldog, NLO Shieldmark’s Milca Graver-de Looper was involved in the case from the start. What can be learned from this case?

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Fortify #5 winter 2017 edition online

Fortify is the business relation magazine published twice a year by NLO and NLO Shieldmark. It contains interviews, news and background articles, that highlights Intellectual Property in all its facets.

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IP Stars 2017: NLO Shieldmark in Tier 1

Managing IP has published the 2017 rankings of the leading firms for trade mark work in over 75 jurisdictions. NLO Shieldmark has – once again – gained a Tier 1 listing in the field of trademark prosecution Benelux.  

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WTR1000 2017: Full marks for NLO Shieldmark

NLO Shieldmark is again highly recommended in the 2017 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000. European trademark and design attorney’s Marlous Stal-Hilders, Milca Graver-de Looper and Jeroen Cornelis have received individual praise for their work.

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NLO seminar 'Innovation & IP Strategy'

On Thursday 19 January 2017, NLO is organising a seminar in Ghent about ‘Innovation & IP Strategy’ to start the new year well. This will be an informative afternoon.

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Iceland vs. Iceland®: why can a country’s name also be a trademark?

Author: Bart ten Doeschate

The British supermarket Iceland Foods is at loggerheads with Iceland. The supermarket chain has a European trademark registration for ICELAND. According to the Icelandic government, the company has regularly opposed the use of the word ‘iceland’ by Icelandic companies.

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A (sur)name as trademark

Author: Bart ten Doeschate

Many famous trademarks are named after their founders. Take Phillips, Fokker and Albert Heijn, for example: all people’s names which have become strong trademarks. Want to register a surname as trademark? Take the following into consideration:

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Protecting well-known trademarks in the European Union

Author: Daan Wijnnobel

The basic principle of most continental countries in the EU is that trademark protection is acquired through registration. However, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property provides protection for unregistered trademarks, even when they are not used in certain territories, provided that they are well known.

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Fake invoices

Fake invoices are unfortunately a well known problem among trademark owners. A fake invoice is a misleading invoice (or letter) which reffers to a trademark, design, patent or patent application. A payment is requested for a publication in a register or to extend the validity of a registration.They use names like Worldwide database or Trademarks and Patents, Euro IP Register, International Patent & Trademark Database.


More information and examples of fake invoices


Our advice: don't pay. Please contact us is you have any doubts.

NLO Shieldmark wins Award ‘Benelux - Firm of the Year for Trade Mark Prosecution’

NLO Shieldmark is proud to have been voted ‘Benelux - Firm of the Year for Trade Mark Prosecution’ by the highly respected Managing IP magazine. The award was presented on Thursday 10 March 2016 in London.


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