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Mediation service on the way at OHIM

OHIM is planning to introduce a mediation service as an alternative to proceeding with an appeal to the Boards of Appeal in trade mark and design cases. The service will be available from the end of next month through a team of specially-trained mediators drawn from the Office’s staff.

European ban on non-self-extinguishing cigarettes

From mid-November onwards, all countries of the European Union may only sell "self-extinguishing" cigarettes.

Lead in childrens products US

Centexbel is recognized by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission as an accredited laboratory to test for:
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  • Lead in Children's Metal Jewelry
    CPSC-CH-E1001-08 and/or CPSC-CH-E1001-08.1
  • Lead in Children's Metal Products
    CPSC-CH-E1001-08 and/or CPSC-CH-E1001-08.1
  • Lead in Non-Metal Children's Products
    CPSC-CH-E1002-08 and/or CPSC-CH-E1002-08.1

Accreditation US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Centexbel is recognized by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission as an accredited laboratory to test for:
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  • Lead in Children's Metal Jewelry
    CPSC-CH-E1001-08 and/or CPSC-CH-E1001-08.1
  • Lead in Children's Metal Products
    CPSC-CH-E1001-08 and/or CPSC-CH-E1001-08.1
  • Lead in Non-Metal Children's Products
    CPSC-CH-E1002-08 and/or CPSC-CH-E1002-08.1

Innovation Partnership 2011 in Quebec

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The Specialty Vehicles and Transportation Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (AMETVS), CTT Group and Technopôle Defence and Security are proud to invite manufacturers to this unique event : Innovation Partnership 2011

Single Market Act

The Commission will soon present a European Strategy proposal on intellectual property rights. This communication on patents, marks, geographic indications and copyrights will present a global strategy explaining the way in which Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) may stimulate to a larger extent competition and economic growth based on knowledge. In the framework of this global strategy on IPR, the Commission will also propose a new custom’s regulation to reinforce the actual juridical framework of custom related actions in view of goods suspect of affecting IPR.

Bekaert Textiles wins Red Dot Award 2011

Smart Wrap / Bekaert Textiles NV, Waregem, Belgium

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In-house design Koen Bodyn, Chief designer

OHIM and EPO agree closer cooperation

OHIM and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a comprehensive agreement to cooperate more closely on projects to increase the efficiency of the IP system within the EU and globally. OHIM President Antonio Campinos said the agreement would have a profound influence on how they worked with National Offices and projected the influence of the EU on intellectual property in the international arena. EPO President Benoît Battistelli said it was important for the offices to take a global look at the interests of all IP stakeholders.

Luxicool wins Techtextil Innovation Award

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With Luxicool®, Luxilon Industries NV, a Belgium innovative company is once again one of the ten Techtextil Innovation Award Winners!
Luxicool® is a brand new cooling yarn developed and produced by Luxilon Industries NV of Belgium. The yarn is registered as a trade mark and patented.
The cooling efficiency is generated by a dual effect:

  • excellent thermal conductivity of the polymer

SmartNets: European Project is launched

With the SmartNets project, Centexbel wants to study SME networking for the development of new products.
More information on

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