Dutch Gaming Authority reveals totalizator licensing procedure

Dutch remote gambling actYesterday’s news issued by the Dutch games of chance authority (Kansspelautoriteit, “KSA”) marked the kickoff of a phased totalizator licensing procedure. The KSA announced a transparent process in which a single license for horse and harness racing bets will be granted to a new license holder in the period 2017 to 2022.

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Hoge Raad: detacheerders en payroll-ondernemingen kunnen verplicht zijn tot deelneming in StiPP

PensioenIn veel verplichtstellingsbesluiten van bedrijfstakpensioenfondsen zijn bepalingen opgenomen die zien op werknemers die werkzaam zijn op basis van een uitzendovereenkomst. Het verplichtstellingsbesluit kan bepalen dat dergelijke werknemers niet of juist wel verplicht zijn tot deelneming in het desbetreffende bedrijfstakpensioenfonds. Een dergelijke bepaling brengt de belangrijke vraag met zich wanneer sprake is van een uitzendovereenkomst.

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Hoge Raad beslist: achterstallige pensioenpremies gaan over op de verkrijger bij overgang van een onderneming

PensioenDit heeft de Hoge Raad beslist in zijn uitspraak van 14 oktober 2016, ECLI:NL:HR:2016:2375 in een geschil tussen het verplichte bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de schoonmaakbranche en de onderneming GOM (de “GOM-zaak”). Dit was ook reeds door de lagere rechter (rechtbank en Gerechtshof) beslist. De Hoge Raad bevestigt die uitspraken nu.

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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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