Registering trade marks relating to the corona virus


Olivier Vrins


Several trade mark applications which referred to the corona virus have reportedly been filed since the disease outbreak. The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) warns that most of them have been, or will be, refused for lack of distinctive character. Depending on the cases, such applications can also be found to be contrary to public order and/or morality.

The costs of such applications will not be reimbursed.

Do not hesitate to contact Olivier Vrins for further information.

The above information is merely intended as comment on relevant issues of Belgian law and is not intended as legal advice. Before taking action or relying on the comments and the information given, please seek specific advice on the matters that are of concern to you.

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