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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.

The answers to the 2016 Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle revealed!

09-01-2017

We received 250 entries to Novagraaf’s 2016 Holiday Puzzle. 85% of all entries matched the figure to the correct brand name, and a lucky winner has been drawn at random.

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The Novagraaf Holiday Puzzle 2016 – enter to win a Fuji Instax camera!

13-12-2016

Here at Novagraaf, we love an IP puzzle, so to celebrate the holiday season, we’ve put together another of our annual trademark teasers. This year, all you need to do is match the figure to the brand name. Get them all right and you’ll be in with a chance to win this year’s prize: a Fuji Instax Mini 90 camera.

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IP event: visit us at IP Service World 2016 in Munich

15-11-2016

Visit us at booth #23 at Europe’s largest annual IP Congress and Trade Fair in Munich, Germany on 21 and 22 November 2016, or join one of the two roundtable discussions that are hosted by Novagraaf.

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IP transactions: How to manage pending applications

14-11-2016

The transfer of IP ownership due on the acquisition of a brand or business will inevitably include a number of applications for the registration of trademarks, patents or designs that have yet to be granted. A different approach to transfer is required in such instances, as Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand explains.

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IP transactions: Hybrid or “merged” trademarks

31-10-2016

Where businesses merge with or acquire other businesses, it’s not always as simple as ensuring a transfer of the associated IP rights. There’s also the question of combined and/or conflicting brands to consider. Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out the process.

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IP transactions: Managing unregistered or associated IP rights

10-10-2016

Few IP ownership transfers solely concern registered IP rights. Unregistered rights and other forms of intangible assets also play a crucial role in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and other forms of IP transactions. We set out the process for managing the transfer of such rights.

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IP event: Join us at the 2016 AIPPI World Congress in Milan

06-09-2016

Visit us at booth #37 at this year's annual meeting of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) in Milan, Italy on 16-20 September.

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IP transactions: Recording a change of ownership

09-08-2016

In the first part of our in-depth look at the IP assignment process, we set out best practice advice and procedures for smoothing the transition from sales agreement to completion. This time, Novagraaf’s Tom Farrand sets out recommended preparations for recording the change of ownership of registered rights.

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Monitor that domain: protecting brands online

12-07-2016

As the number of top-level domains continues to expand, it’s becoming more challenging for brand owners to monitor for infringing use of their brands and trademarks online. Finally, there is an automated tool that can help.

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IP ownership transfers: Getting your IP rights in order

11-07-2016

Intangible assets typically make up more than 50% of the value of a modern business. In some sectors (for example, pharmaceuticals), that percentage is much higher. In general, IP forms the greater part of these assets; it is hardly surprising that purchasers of businesses and their assets should pay careful attention to the process of perfecting ownership of IP rights.

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