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News about domain names

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.

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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Sunrise period for .Africa TLD opens today

04-04-2017

The new top-level domain could provide companies that operate in the continent with a unique new marketing channel. However, with the volume of new domain name extensions being launched, it can be a challenge for brand owners to identify those gTLDs that warrant registrations, those that may need to be monitored for infringement, and those that they can safely ignore. Novagraaf provides a..

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Are your IP contracts in order?

07-03-2017

Contracts are part and parcel of business activity, and that’s also true for contracts relating to IP rights. Confidentiality agreements, licence agreements, merger or acquisition, sale or divestment, employee-inventor remuneration agreements… these are just some of the types of contracts that touch on a company’s IP portfolio. However, some contracts are more common than others. We round..

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Paragon Partners invests in future growth of IP provider Novagraaf

31-01-2017

Novagraaf announced today its collaboration with Paragon Partners, a Munich-based private equity company that is investing into Novagraaf by taking a majority stake from current investor Gilde Buy Out Partners. This investment represents a major endorsement of Novagraaf’s plans to grow its business by investing further into its people, services and technologies, while meeting the changing..

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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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