Bekaert Textiles wins Red Dot Award 2011

Smart Wrap / Bekaert Textiles NV, Waregem, Belgium


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

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.
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Thermo-dryer in coating and finishing platform

The application, drying and curing of coatings under controlled conditions is of the utmost importance. The coatings are dried and cured in an oven, aka a thermo-dryer. A good oven allows controlling and modifying the temperature during the drying and curing processes. Samples are covered with a coating and then inserted into the oven.

Centexbel regularly replaces, upgrades and expands this equipment for a better control of the temperature, air speed and air distribution and a superior application of the coating paste.

Unitary patent protection

Commission proposes unitary patent protection to boost research and innovation

Under the new proposals, the cost for a European patent with unitary effect in 25 Member States would be €680, after a transitional period during which costs would still be less than €2500.

Revision of the PPE Directive is on-line

The public consultation on the revision of the PPE Directive is now on-line and available from the following webpages:

Please note that the consultation is open for 9 weeks from: 13 April 2011 until 14 June 2011.

Integration of European and Community Patents

The draft agreement on the creation of a European and Community Patent Court is not compatible with European Union law

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!