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These days, domain names are just as important as trademarks. With a domain name, you create your own unique place on the internet and increase your reach among your target audience. Although domain names have no formal legal status in some jurisdictions, such as the Netherlands, the right to a domain name is still usually considered from the perspective of trademark law. This means that as the owner of a trademark you can take action against infringement and enlist protection to strengthen your position. With a domain name you claim, as it were, your own position on the internet; therefore, it is a good idea to closely follow developments in this field.

A model for IP management success: outsourced, in-house or hybrid?

14-12-2017

In the second of our new series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken to implement and manage a corporate trademark strategy, and the pros and cons of the differing IP management models available.

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Best practices in IP management: setting the strategy

29-11-2017

In the first of a series of articles on IP management best practice, Novagraaf’s Chantal Koller looks at the steps that need to be taken in order to put a trademark strategy in place to support and build your business.

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MARQUES publishes Brexit position paper

28-11-2017

The European brand owners association, MARQUES, has issued a Brexit position paper calling for urgent clarity on IP rights post-Brexit.

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Mitsui and Novagraaf establish Strategic Alliance

27-10-2017

Mitsui & Co Ltd. (‘’Mitsui’’) and European intellectual property (IP) group Novagraaf BV have established a partnership to offer greater choice to Japanese customers. The agreement, which includes an investment by Mitsui in Novagraaf, will support Novagraaf’s strategy to transform the way IP owners in Japan protect and create value from their IP assets.

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EU sets out its vision for IP post-Brexit

19-09-2017

The European Commission has published a position paper on IP rights (including geographical indications) post-Brexit. The document, circulated to the remaining 27 EU member states ahead of a meeting on 7 September, sets out five “general principles” for negotiations with the UK.

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DotBrand expansion continues with launch of .radio, .wine and .insure

08-08-2017

New domain name extensions are just some of hundreds of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to open for registration. Our complimentary early warning service helps trademark owners keep on top of domain launches and registration deadlines.

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Domain name victory for sports brand Volcom

18-07-2017

What can you do if a third party seeks to profit from your brand by registering a domain name that incorporates part or all of your brand name? Domain name dispute procedures, such as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), exist to enable trademark holders to challenge such registrations. They can provide a fast and relatively inexpensive route to resolution, as sports brand..

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IP and business potential

29-05-2017

Patents, trademarks, designs and other forms of intellectual property (IP) play a key role in the success of all modern businesses. By providing a company with a legal means to prevent others from copying an invention, brand or product, IP rights enable inventors and creators to obtain a return on their investments in research and development, and to maximise the potential of their businesses,..

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A strategy for domain names

26-05-2017

Domain names play an important role in the sales and marketing activity of any organisation, but it’s all too easy to overlook the IP implications of registering and managing online channels. We set out points to consider when seeking to align domain name registrations with trademark rights.

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Wubbo de Boer

21-04-2017

It is with great sadness that we announce that Wubbo de Boer, until recently Chairman of Novagraaf’s Supervisory Board, has passed away. A well-respected figure in the IP industry, Wubbo was President of EUIPO from 2000 to 2010, and member of Novagraaf's Supervisory Board from 2011 until the beginning of this year.

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