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New ISO standard High visibility clothing

EN ISO 20471:2013 High visibility clothing - Test methods and requirements (ISO 20471:2013)

Today, 28/06/2013 the "Official Journal of the European Union" published the new EN ISO 20471:2013 standard, officially replacing at the same time the existing standard EN 471:2003+A1:2007.

From today onwards, high visibility clothing will be certified according to the new standard.

A transition period is foreseen: standard EN 471:2003+A1:2007 will also remain valid until 30 September 2013.

Veramtex wins Oeko-Tex Sustainability Award 2013

In a ceremony on 12 June 2013, OEKO-TEX® presented the Sustainability Award in the five categories of Environmental Management, Quality Management, Social Responsibility, Safety Management, and Product Innovation.

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The times they are a-changin'

Trade Marks and the EU Is it Time for Change? The European Commission Certainly Thinks so


Author: Gemma Kirkland
Source: dyoung.com/trademarknewsletter-may2013

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

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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

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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.