If a design registration is not renewed on time, this could lead to the loss of your design rights. Furthermore, if a design registration expires, it is sometimes not possible to make a second design application for the same design because the design would then no longer be considered to be new. It is therefore important to make sure you always renew your design registration on time. NLO Shieldmark can help you with all the renewals of your design registration.  


Renewal deadline

A design registration is valid in the Benelux and the EU for a maximum of 25 years. The initial registration is valid for five years and this can be renewed for a maximum of four additional periods of five years. It is therefore very important to keep track of the renewal deadlines.


Renewal database

NLO Shieldmark has an extensive, state-of-the-art database that it uses to monitor renewal deadlines. When you use our design registration service, your design registration is automatically entered in this renewal database for you. This means you will always be warned in advance before the renewal deadline expires.



Would you like to know more about renewals or the renewal of your design registration? If so, contact one of our design attorneys.

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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.