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The Benelux Trademark, new legislation
Since March 1st, the Benelux regulations are compliant with the EU Trademark Directive (EU 2015/2436). Some changes should be noted and may interest you:
- You are considering the filing of a non-conventional trademark (multimedia mark, sound mark, smell…). The graphical representation is no longer part of the conditions of a filing. You can now file a trademark in a MP3 or a MP4 format for example.
- You have a collective trademark. You had to choose between a collective trademark or a certification trademark. There are now the two variants in Benelux.
- You have new rights : to act against the use of a trademark as a trade name or a corporate name, in comparative advertising, to act against counterfeit goods in transit.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you wish further information on these points.