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Benelux IP Focus 2005

  • The next generation of cross-border litigators

    The Belgian courts, formerly best known for the torpedo non-infringement action, have recently adopted a more pro-patentee approach. Bruno Vandermeulen of Bird & Bird in Brussels explains the latest developments

  • Netherlands offers swift trade mark solutions

    Wouter Pors of Bird & Bird in The Hague examines the advantages of initiating litigation on trade marks and designs in the Netherlands, and argues that the country is a good option for owners of Benelux or Community rights

  • Dutch courts shine in a European strategy

    The Dutch courts offer many attractions to European litigants. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer explains the benefits of bringing patent cases in the Netherlands

  • How to deal with patent protection in Belgium

    François Gevers and Claude Quintelier of Gevers discuss the attractiveness of patents in Belgium

  • Two tools to combat counterfeiting

    Dominique Kaesmacher, Lionel Duez and Anne Gaëlle Peters of Kirkpatrick in Brussels explain how the description seizure and Customs seizure can be useful tools for trade mark owners in Belgium

  • Benelux trade mark procedure explained

    Jeroen Cornelis and Louise E Scheffer of Nederlandsch Octrooibureau provide tips on filing Benelux trade mark applications and using the new opposition procedure

  • Why Customs can help patent owners

    Customs authorities provide an effective weapon against counterfeit goods in Europe. Jasper Helder and Francis van Velsen of Simmons & Simmons in Rotterdam examine their relevance in defending patent rights

  • Building shareholder value through effective patent management

    Shareholders and directors increasingly expect IP rights to contribute additional revenues and be managed as a business. Lex van Wijk of Vereenigde provides strategic tips on managing patent assets in technology-based companies

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