The Anglo-Dutch publishing group RELX, the new name of Reed Elsevier since July 2015, has had it rough. First, there was the months-long dispute over the use of the name Elsevier. And now they seem to have gotten in trouble over the name RELX.
The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) issued an opposition decision on December 30th, 2016: the company gets no trademark registration for the trademark RELX; not a happy New Year.
Amsterdam-based company RevelX Holding filed an opposition against the trademark application for RELX, claiming a risk of confusion.
RevelX has, for now, successfully objected against the registration of the name RELX, but it can still also stop the actual use of the name. For this, it has to go to court.
RELX is considering appeal.
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