FAQ TRADEMARK WATCHING
The information on this page may provide the answer to your question about trademark watching. If it does not, or if you would like our advice about a specific subject, please do not hesitate to contact us.
WHAT ARE INFRINGEMENT ALERTS?
With Knijff watching your trademarks, you will receive an infringement alert as soon as we find any infringing applications of trademark, company names or logos. Our service is fast and clear, to give you plenty of time to consult with us or your team on the steps you need to take.
Thousands of trademark applications are made every day. All of these trademarks are fed into our specially designed computer systems. Each infringement alert specifies how we rank the infringement. You can always consult us to decide if you need to act. Watching allows you to act swiftly and adequately and take action as and when needed against infringing parties.
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WILL I RECEIVE INFRINGEMENT ALERTS FOR SIMILAR TRADEMARKS, COMPANY NAMES AND DOMAIN NAMES?
Your trademark can be monitored in a number of ways, with checks carried out for new trademark applications, new company names and new domain names. It is always best to have your trademark watched for infringements for all three. That way, you will be up-to-date at all times.
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CAN ONLY WORD TRADEMARKS BE WATCHED?
No, we can also watch logos. You will receive an infringement alert the moment we find a new logo application very similar to yours.
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DOES WATCHING COVER THE BENELUX AREA ONLY?
No, you can have your trademark watched for the Benelux, Europe or even globally, depending on where you use it.
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WHY IS WATCHING SO IMPORTANT?
There is a generally-held misconception that a Trademark Office like the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property will refuse similar trademark applications due to any pre-existing trademark registrations. This is often not the case. You must always initiate action against similar trademarks yourself. So how do you know when an application for a similar trademark is made? That is where trademark watching comes in. You will receive a timely notice of possibly infringing trademarks or company names, so that you can take action within the often brief objection periods applied by the trademark office. If there is no opposition procedure to raise your objection, we know from experience that early action will help you resolve the matter more quickly, without you having to go to court.
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HOW TO PREVENT INFRINGEMENTS?
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent infringements. If a trademark is doing well, there will always be people wanting to benefit. For that reason it’s important that you always take action against infringers immediately to secure your trademark right. Watching allows you to take action on time. It is also important to keep a close eye on your own trademark, and that of your competitors. If you see any infringements, contact us immediately. Incidentally, we have another trick up our sleeve. We can also watch your competitors and notify you when your competitor submits a new trademark application. This way, you know exactly what their plans are.
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