Frequently asked questions


Is my domain name protected by trademark laws?

A domain name is not the trade name under which your company is filed at the Chamber of Commerce. Your trade name is protected by the Trade Names Act: different companies are not permitted to use the same trade name. Unfortunately this does not apply to a company’s domain name.


What are the registration periods for trademarks?

A trademark is protected for a period of 10 years. After this the protection can be renewed indefinitely for 10-year periods.


Why should I apply for a patent?

The patent system provides legal protection for inventions and innovations. This enables you to actually make your new, innovative new product your own, after which other people can only earn money from your invention with your consent.