Protection of your trademark or design outside the Benelux is recommended if you are going to offer or sell your goods and services outside the Benelux. There are various options for protection outside the Benelux, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
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Entrepreneurs all over the world can use the i-DEPOT to record their ideas. If a dispute arises between two people or companies, they will try to obtain a ruling in their favour in legal proceedings. They will present evidence, for example. You are initially allowed to present all the evidence you have in legal proceedings, but the court will decide how important a given piece of evidence is.
The i-DEPOT is a means of evidence laid down in the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP). It is an official PDF document which contains an electronic signature compliant with the European Directive on electronic identification and trust services. The i-DEPOT is therefore accepted as evidence throughout the EU. It can also be used in countries outside of Europe. Courts in countries outside of Europe decide for themselves whether to accept the i-DEPOT as evidence. Since BOIP is the official body in the Benelux for registering trademarks and models and the i-DEPOT is defined in the BCIP, courts outside of Europe are likely to accept the i-DEPOT as evidence.