Strategic advice

The use of trademarks and designs is not a goal in itself, but a means to an end: a way of increasing market  share, keeping competitors at bay, or generating income from licences. Because every company and every market is different, it is important to define a trademark strategy that is the right match for your company and your business objectives. The trademark attorneys of NLO Shieldmark will be happy to advise you about all the steps you need to take to protect your trademarks.

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Application and registration

In order to derive rights from your trademark or design, you must register them in the relevant official registers. A domain registration is not an intellectual property right - the only right that you have is the right of a concrete domain. NLO Shieldmark’s advisors will be happy to inform you about the steps you need to take.

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Monitoring and protection

After registering a trademark or design, it is very important to protect and monitor it. At NLO Shieldmark we have combined all the necessary capacities in our monitoring service. This service involves constant monitoring of the registers and ensures that you are informed in time of any similar applications by third parties. 

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If you wish to launch a trademark or product on the market or commercialise it in any way, you would be wise to make agreements. These agreements are recorded in a contract or deed. NLO Shieldmark supports you during the negotiations, design and drawing up of various types of IP-related agreements.

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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.


We wish to thank our clients and fellow professionals for their positive feedback and for believing in our quality and service.