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2018-12-21 | Oil company OK does not have rights to < OK.nl > domain name

For years, Gaos B.V. has owned the domain name < ok.nl >: a beautifully pithy domain name which it hopes to put to good use in the future. For example, a positive website full of descriptions of beautiful things: there is already so much negativity in the world. It’s just that Gaos’ director hasn’t had […] Read more

2018-12-10 | © Artificial Intelligence?

When ‘Edmond de Belamy’ was auctioned by Christie’s in October, nobody asked whether copyright can rest on a portrait made by an algorithm. The main question at the auction was how much the portrait would be worth, knowing that it was not made by a famous painter, but by a computer. The fact that this […] Read more

2018-11-30 | #WINNING – Sarah Arayess wins the Wim Mak BMM Award

Great news! Our colleague Sarah Arayess was awarded the Wim Mak BMM Award today. Sarah receives this prestigious recognition for her article on food law and trade marks. The Wim Mak BMM Award was established by the Benelux Association for Trademark and Design Law (BMM). The prize is presented during the yearly autumn meeting of the […] Read more

2018-11-30 | On copyright without flavour

When you sit in a restaurant, you’re surrounded by copyright protected works: the art on the walls, the restaurant’s logo on the menu and in some cases even the dining tables and chairs. But what’s the situation with copyright protection of the most important thing in that restaurant – the flavour of the food and […] Read more

2018-11-29 | Don’t use a brand as a generic name

Shall we take an Uber (taxi)? That celebrity definitely used Botox (a toxin to treat facial wrinkles from Allergan Inc)! I gave my daughter a Barbie for her birthday (doll). It’s so easy for these terms to creep in. You come up with a new product or service, it’s a great success and, before you […] Read more

2018-11-29 | Food choice logos under full development

Do you remember them? The blue and green tick marks on food packaging. These symbols have been in use since 2006 to help consumers choose healthier products. The party was over after 10 years: the tick marks were about to disappear gradually from the shelves. Products can no longer be produced with the tick marks after […] Read more

2018-11-28 | Making the earth happier…

A brochure for a sustainable solar boiler contains an environmental claim. In summertime, the solar panels heat the solar boiler. For the winter months, a log fire helps to heat the water in the solar boiler, reducing gas consumption by 70%. The brochure’s text is enthusiastic, with a quip: “This makes the whole Dutch environment, even the […] Read more

2018-11-28 | Mathijs Peijnenburg promoted to advocaat

Following a successful student internship at our office, Mathijs Peijnenburg has stayed on as a legal assistant with Hoogenraad & Haak. He has quickly made himself indispensable in that position. Mathijs will continue his career as an advocaat with our firm from 2019. He will be working across the full range of our practice areas. […] Read more

2018-11-27 | NEWS 2018-04

Our latest NEWS has just been published! An easy-to-read overview of developments in advertising law, intellectual property and food law in the Netherlands and Europe. This time the NEWS is about: •  Mathijs Peijnenburg promoted to advocaat read •  Menarini v Biofarma: high level of attention to trademark for painkillers read •  Making the earth happier… read •  Food choice logos under […] Read more

2018-11-14 | No copyright protection for chocolate sticks and curls

Chocolate is available in all shapes and sizes: from ‘zeebanket’ (typical Dutch chocolates in the shape of shells) to chocolate letters during Sinterklaas (a ‘saint’ that brings presents to children in the Netherlands, similar to Santa Claus). Chocolate in certain shapes can be protected by copyright if it has an ‘own, original character’ (‘eigen, oorspronkelijk […] Read more