Dutch Remote Gaming Act adopted by Parliament

Dutch remote gambling actThe Dutch parliament finally passed the bill on remote gaming, enabling interested operators to obtain a long-awaited license to enter the Dutch market.

One of the hot topics in Parliament was the tax rate. Eventually Parliament agreed upon a 29% tax rate, which rate is also applicable to land based gaming.

The bill creates the basis for a license, so that Dutch players can safely and responsibly participate in online gaming. Strict license requirements will apply, which will better protect players against, amongst other things, gambling addiction.

Still, the bill had to pass the Senate. If the Senate approves the bill, it is expected that a license for remote gaming can be obtained as from Q2 2017.

Belangrijk nieuws voor houders van licenties op Gemeenschapsmodellen!

ConnectingIn een recent arrest van 22 juni 2016 (hier te lezen), heeft het Europese Hof van Justitie belangrijke dingen bepaald voor de houders van licenties op Gemeenschapsmodellen.

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New EU trademark rules in the fight against counterfeit – grab the momentum

Merkregistratie of merk vastleggenWhen taking action against illegal fake goods, you are no longer limited to goods destined for the EU. The new EU trademark rules introduce the right to take action against all goods at EU borders even when they are in transit (Article 9(4) of Regulation (EU) 2015/2424, and article 10(4) of Directive (EU) 2015/2436). Counterfeit and to some extent lookalike goods are infringing unless proven otherwise by their holder. This means a reverse of the high burden of proof that trademark owners previously faced under the ECJ’s Philips and Nokia case law. It is up to the holder of the goods to prove that the trademark owner cannot rely on trademark protection in the country of final destination.

Grab the momentum to give your brand protection activities a boost by considering the following takeaways.

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Transactions in the retail and fashion industry: keeping your brand in shape

shopping_LRWhile the fashion and retail industry tries to keep up with the pace of the global digital evolution and changing consumer needs, brands need to stay in shape for possible investment or takeover. Profitability is usually the primary objective when buying a fashion business; however, there are several other crucial factors that a buyer or investor will consider.

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The position of position marks becomes increasingly difficult

Merkregistratie of merk vastleggenSome trademarks become distinctive not because of their originality but because of their position on a specific product.  Although position marks can be accepted for registration by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, they tend to run into refusal by the General Court and the European Court of Justice. This also happened to an application for a position mark consisting of two parallel slanted stripes positioned on the lower part of panel pants.

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Four developments that will further shape the Dutch cybersecurity landscape

Cyber securityJanuary 2016 could be characterized as an interesting month for cybersecurity from a Dutch legal perspective. I will briefly discuss four developments that will further shape the Dutch cybersecurity landscape.

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Decision shows importance of considering possible existence of specialised sub-group among relevant public

Merkregistratie of merk vastleggenIn Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) (Case T-558/14), the General Court has dismissed Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc’s (RE&M) appeal against a decision of OHIM. RE&M argued that the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM had wrongfully declared that the word sign TRILOBULAR was invalid due to a lack of distinctive character.

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Sixty seconds – Risico’s voor verhuurder door aangepaste Opiumwet?

In Nederland – als distributieland – worden veel opslagruimtes verhuurd. Ook heeft Nederland veel te maken met de productie van drugs. In het (nieuwe) artikel 11a van de Opiumwet is o.a. bepaald dat iemand die een ruimte verhuurt waarvan hij weet of ernstige reden heeft om te vermoeden dat deze ruimte bestemd is voor o.a. het vervaardigen van drugs, gestraft kan worden met een gevangenisstraf of een geldboete van ruim Euro 80.000,-. Wat kunt u als verhuurder doen om dit te voorkomen? In dit videoblog geef ik vier tips.

 

State Secretary insists on differentiated tax rate online gaming legislation

Dutch remote gambling actLast week, the long-awaited answers of the Dutch State Secretary for Security and Justice, mr. Dijkhoff, to the second round of questions regarding the upcoming Dutch Remote Gaming Act (“RGA”) were published.

In this memorandum of reply, Dijkhoff provides answers to several topics related to the RGA bill. Among these topics, the proposed differentiated tax rates applicable to remote and land based gaming operators is addressed.

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Neem uw merkenportfolio onder de loep: hervorming van het EU merkenrecht komt eraan

Merkregistratie of merk vastleggenHet Europees Parlement heeft vandaag ingestemd met de European trademark reform package dat voor modernisering van het EU merkenrecht zorgt. De Gemeenschapsmerkenverordening zal worden gewijzigd en er komt een nieuwe Merkenrichtlijn. De gevolgen van de hervormingen kunnen groot zijn voor houders van merken in de EU en voor ondernemingen die voornemens zijn op kortere termijn merken te deponeren. De hervormingen zullen naar verwachting medio 2016 zijn ingevoerd. Nu is dus het moment om bestaande merkenportfolio’s onder de loep te nemen, te bezien of er aanpassing nodig is van de omschrijving van de goederen en diensten, en te bekijken of het zinnig is vaart te maken met voorgenomen merkdepots. Lees verder »

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