User-centered thinking

User-centered thinking: also to influence purchase decisions

Each and every salesman has been there: although he has the feeling that the buyer is convinced by his sales talks, he later receives a negative reply. It’s not easy to find out where it went wrong, and yet the reason is obvious. A purchaser does not decide single-handedly. All kinds of stakeholders within the company often have a strong influence on the decision. This network of persons is also called the purchaser’s eco-system.

Your patent in 90 days?

If you've ever applied for a patent, or if you've ever had the intention to do so, then you will know that it may take a very long time. For a patent application filed in Belgium, for example, it takes some 18 months before the patent is granted. Automatically, it will take longer to enjoy a tax reduction form patent revenues. At the same time, a rapidly granted patent will help preventing infringements.

Trade marks: easier access and better protection

Trade marks: Commission proposes easier access and more effective protection

On March 27th, 2013, the European Commission has presented a package of initiatives to make trade mark registration systems all over the European Union cheaper, quicker, more reliable and predictable. The proposed reform would improve conditions for businesses to innovate and to benefit from more effective trade mark protection against counterfeits, including fake goods in transit through the EU's territory.

Biggest certified safety vest in the world


This world's largest safety vest was certified by Centexbel and is now listed in the Guinness Book of Records !

Congratulations to Sioen, Alsico and 3M, Secura and Febelsafe !

Here's the video on "the making of"!

The Select Committee for the unitary patent goes live

The Select Committee of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation dealing with the unitary patent held its first session today at the EPO in Munich. For the user community and for the EPO, this is a further milestone after the adoption of the unitary patent package in December 2012 and the signing last month of the international agreement on the Unified Patent Court.

NFPA 701 - New fire lab equipment

Centexbel performs fire tests on curtains destined for the USA


NFPA 701 - Fire Tests for flame Propagation of Textiles and Films

NFPA 701 is a method to determine the burning behaviour of curtains and has been performed in the USA since many years. In the meantime, the method has been drastically adapted.
The standard includes a small-scale and a large-scale test. The largest demand is for the small-scale test (method 1).

CORE Business informeert de pers

Kunststofindustrie, textielsector en milieubedrijven slaan de handen in elkaar om een boost te geven aan de recyclage van kunststof- en polymeerafval in Vlaanderen.

EU Customs Action Plan to combat IPR infringements

On 10 December 2012 the Council adopted a Resolution on the EU Customs Action Plan to Combat IPR Infringements for the Years 2013-2017.

The strategic objectives of this Action Plan are the following:

  • Effectively implementing and monitoring the new EU legislation on customs enforcement of IPR;
  • Tackling major trends in trade of IPR infringing goods;
  • Tackling trade of IPR infringing goods throughout the international supply chain;

2013 New and stricter Oeko-tex 100 test criteria

With regard to product certification according to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, the Oeko-Tex® Association has updated the applicable test criteria and limit values at the beginning of the year. After a three-month transitional period the following new regulations will come into force for all certification procedures on 1 April 2013.

Community trade mark

Use of the Community trade mark in a single Member State – Whether sufficient

If, within a period of five years following registration, the proprietor has not put the Community trade mark to genuine use in the Community in connection with the goods or services in respect of which it is registered, or if such use has been suspended during an uninterrupted period of five years, the Community trade mark shall be subject to the sanctions provided for in this Regulation, unless there are proper reasons for non-use.