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.



A trademark is a sign which distinguishes the goods and/or services of your company from those of another company. A trademark will allow you to stand out, and at the same time show the origin of a good or service. Registering your trademark will allow you to appeal to the protective effect of a trademark. You may invoke your trademark right if a third party is using, applying for or registering a trademark that is identical or almost identical to your trademark.

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A design is about the external features of a product or image (production). Design right is meant to ensure the careful protection of these features. To qualify for protection, a design must be new and vary from whatever has already been published on the market (the so-called individual character). Provided you have registered your design you will be able to easily oppose to other parties who are imitating or largely copying your product. Only registered designs will qualify for protection.

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Domain names

If you have registered a trademark for a product or service, the next step is to register a domain name to go with it as soon as possible. A domain name registration does not give you any intellectual property rights, but it does give you the exclusive right to use that particular domain name.

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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.