OHIM introduces Fast Track for trade mark applications

Starting on 24 November, OHIM will offer trade mark applicants the opportunity to have their applications examined and published faster. This accelerated procedure is known as Fast Track and will be available free of charge to applicants who comply with certain conditions, such as paying upfront and selecting their goods and services from OHIM's database of accepted terms.

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New publication "Functional Finshes for Textiles"


Functional Finishes for Textiles: Improving Comfort, Performance and Protection

Editor: Roshan Paul
Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles
ISBN-13: 978-0857098399ISBN-10: 085709839X
Release: October 24, 2014

Centexbel is a Corresponding Member of CELC

The European Confederation of Linen and Hemp (CELC) is the only European agro-industrial organization federating all the stages of production and transformation for linen & hemp.

It is the privileged spokesperson for 10 000 European companies and oversees the fiber’s development from plant to finished product.

Spanish local tv covers the project SustAffor

The aim of the SustAffor project (Bridging effectiveness and sustainability in afforestation / reforestation in a climate change context: new technologies for improving soil features and plant performance) is to design, produce, develop and validate on-field novel techniques to improve tree planting projects from an environmental, technical and economic point of view.

The video of the local Catalunya television network also includes an interview with Luc Ruys of Centexbel on the use of agrotextiles in afforestation projects.

European Commission film about At~Sea project

On May 27 and June 2, a film crew from the European Commission visited partners OCEAN and SIOEN to make a 3-minute video on the AT~SEA project. It includes images from the test site at OCEAN and from the substrate production at SIOEN as well as interviews with partners OCEAN, SIOEN and CENTEXBEL.

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Symposium Techtextil 2015 - Call for Papers

techtextil_frankfurt_logo_4560.jpgYou are kindkly invited to give a lecture at the next Techtextil Symposium from 4 to 7 May 2015. The symposium will be held concurrently with Techtextil - International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens - and Texprocess - Leading International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials - in Frankfurt am Main.

EU waste review proposal

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal and annex to review recycling and other waste-related targets in the EU Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC, the Landfill Directive 1999//31/EC and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC.

The aim of the proposal is to help turn Europe into a circular economy, boost recycling, secure access to raw materials and create jobs and economic growth. It does so by setting ambitious targets and adding key provisions on the instruments to achieve and to monitor them. The proposal is presented as part of the circular economy package.

essenscia innovation award 2014

innovationaward2014_0.pngFollowing the success of the first innovation contest organized in 2012, essenscia is launching the essenscia Innovation Award 2014.
Through this initiative, the federation intends to encourage Belgian companies to innovate even more and to protect their intellectual assets. Protection of innovation is a key factor in the successful development and commercialization of the innovation project. The patent cell created in 2011 by essenscia in partnership with the Federal Public Service Economy is closely linked to the essenscia Innovation Award as it aims to boost the protection of intellectual capital.

Tesla Motors: all our patents belong to you

Electric car manufacturer Tesla opens up its patents to other manufacturers in order to boost the adoption and technological development of electric cars.

Link between football and standards

What is the link between standards and the FIFA World Cup ?

Source: NBN Newsletter

From 12 June to 13 July, the 20th FIFA World Cup takes place in Brazil. We cross our fingers that our Belgian Red Devils will put up an excellent performance and reach the latter stages of the tournament!