Paris, 1 December 2011
Self-extinguishing cigarettes do not simplify testing!
Although we acclaim all measures enhancing people's safety and actually saving lives, the new legislation has some rather unexpected consequences in the field of testing and standardisation! The CEN/TC207 WG9 meeting in Paris looked into the matter and came up with a solution!
Since several years, Centexbel performs a growing number of research projects on thermoplastic composites. Thermoplastic composites are composed of textiles and plastics. The textile materials reinforce the plastic matrix in which they are embedded.
Defence against counterfeiting a community model must remain simple
This is the judgement of a General Attorney of the European Court of Justice. The advice of this jurisdiction (in 80% in line with the one of the General Attorney) was asked by a Spanish court that was faced by the following situation: a first company had deposited a model (which, as already mentioned before, does not need a verification by OHIM). This company observed that its model was being copied by a second company and urged the latter to stop the counterfeiting. However, instead of stopping, the second company deposited a community model (which was necessarily accepted).
issued by OEKO-TEX® Association - Zürich
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 expands to include testing for nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEOs), nonylphenol (NP), and related chemicals
MoTIV, het Modetechnologisch Innovatieplatform Vlaanderen, is een samenwerkings-verband dat de netwerking bevordert tussen alle actoren binnen de textiel- en kledingfilière. Het platform bundelt activiteiten rond hoger onderwijs, onderzoek en dienstverlening mede met de expertise van alle partners ten gunste van de textiel- en kledingindustrie, hun toeleveranciers, distributeurs en onderaannemers. Ook Fedustria, vanuit de groep Kledingtextiel, is actief betrokken bij dit platform.
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.
From mid-November onwards, all countries of the European Union may only sell "self-extinguishing" cigarettes.