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 »

Regulator signs cooperation agreement with 19 EEA-jurisdictions

Dutch remote gambling actLast week, twenty gambling regulators – amongst which the Dutch gambling authority (Kansspelautoriteit) – signed a cooperation agreement that provides a controlled and intensified exchange of information between the jurisdictions involved. This cross-border information exchange will consist of e.g. information regarding gambling operators, licensees, consumer protection and the prevention of gambling related fraud. Ten other jurisdictions will become a party to this cooperation soon.

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Highest fine in history for online gambling, regulator urges for new legislation

Dutch remote gambling actToday, the Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) published its decision to impose a total fine of almost EUR 500,000 on two gambling operators for offering online gambling aimed at the Dutch public.

The companies operating the gambling website at hand were subject to investigations carried out by the KSA during November 2014 – March 2015. Cause for the investigations was that the operators advertised the gambling offer through Dutch websites. During the investigations, the KSA became aware of several indications revealing that the Netherlands was targeted: games were offered in Dutch language, iDEAL was an available payment method and a Dutch flag / button was presented. Furthermore, the website’s terms and conditions stated that a free welcome bonus was offered to players from the Netherlands. All this is still strictly prohibited under Dutch law.

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Sixty seconds – Governance-code voor ondernemingsraad dringend gewenst

Sommige ondernemingsraadsleden hebben een tegenstrijdig belang of zitten te lang in de raad.  Een code moet daarin verandering brengen. Door principes en best practices in een code voor de ondernemingsraad (de OR Code) vast te leggen ontstaat er evenwicht tussen de belangrijke spelers in het ondernemingsbestuur. Marnix Holtzer en Sander Wiggers maken een start om een dergelijke code in dialoog met ondernemers en werknemersvertegenwoordigers op te stellen.

 

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