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Modifcation of Belgian Law on Patents

The newly introduced Belgian Law on Patents aims at harmonizing the law of March 28, 1984 with two international treaties, i.e. the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) of June 1st, 2000 and the Decree on the issuing of European Patents of November 29, 2000.

The PLT harmonizes the formal aspects of the application procedure and the relationship between the applicant and the patent office.
The Decree on the issuing of European Patents aims at modernizing the Treaty reckoning with the newest technological and juridical developments.

Major changes:

Research Updates

Centexbel's new electronic newsletter >>fast forward>> research updates informs you on all upcoming collective research projects on a regional, national and European level.

Collective research projects are focused on a common theme of interest to the textile industry and are a sure and affordable way to technological innovation! Since collective projects generally include the entire textile production chain, your participation in collective research projects offers you outstandingly relevant networking possibilities!

Risks in the sleeping environment

Sleep well… and safely

Under the title "Risks in the sleeping environment" the European Commission desires to give a mandate to CEN to initiate standardisation on the safety of children’s articles. A mandate is an express mission to develop European standards in support of the legislation and that may be used by manufacturers to prove the safety of their products and their compliance with the legislation.

Law on fiscal reduction for patent revenues

Belgian companies subjected to the company tax may enjoy a fiscal reduction on patent revenues. With this fiscal measure the authorities want to support and stimulate the development, use and production on the basis of patents in and by Belgian companies.

Electronic-only RCD certificates

MATERA call for European projects

Open call for introduction of European project through MATERA

Is your company (large or SME) planning to introduce new production processes or technologies in collaboration with a foreign partner?
Would you like to receive a funding for this?
Than, the MATERA call might be your opportunity!

MANGO is “Made in Green”

mango01.jpgMANGO is the first big international clothing brand with seats in the five continents to obtain the “made in green” certificate for all its articles.

Certification of lead content in children’s articles

Since August 2010, Centexbel has been licensed and accredited by the US authorities as a “third-party laboratory” under CPSC (identification number 1282).
In this respect, Centexbel is allowed to issue test certificates about:

  • the total lead content in toys and textile articles for children up to the age of 12, in accordance with CPSIA, 16 CFR, part 1303
  • the surface flammability of carpets and rugs, in accordance with CPSIA, 16 CFR Part 1630
  • the surface flammability of small carpets and rugs, in accordance with CPSIA, 16 Part 1631

Textielmusea op zoek naar textielvrijwilligers

MIAT zoekt vrijwilligers

Het Museum voor Industriële Archeologie en Textiel (MIAT) is een historisch museum dat gevestigd is in Gent (adres: Minnemeers, nr. 9, 9000 Gent). Het museum brengt het verhaal van technologische (r)evoluties en is in het bezit van enkele topstukken zoals de spinmachine Mule Jenny, stoommachines, vlas- en katoengetouwen, drukkerijmachines en talrijke evocatieve opstellingen.

Changes concerning community marks

OHIM changes of practice

OHIM is introducing changes in practice on suspensions and extensions of time, and new guidelines on the presentation of evidence of proof of use in opposition proceedings. Both matters were presented in draft form to the OAMI Users Group in March this year, and the Office took on board a number of points put forward before drawing up the final text. The changes will take effect on 15 September, 2010.