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    What are plastics and rubbers?

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Plastics and rubber materials are both made from the same families of polymers. The polymers are mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives. Rubbers are elastomers, these are polymers with an elastic property. This elasticity differentiates rubbers from plastics

    The Möbius loop

    2021-02-24
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Article 8 of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC defines the marking and identification of packaging materials. The identification of the nature of the packaging material facilitates collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging.

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    Visibly, legibly and indelibly

    2022-02-18
    ProductIP
    Beginner

    In various pieces of legislation you will find the passage: “the marking shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly”. It makes perfect sense that markings remain present and usable throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. But how can you show in a practical way that all three criteria are met?

    The UK CPR versus The EU CPR

    2021-12-10
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Since Brexit, the UK CPR has superseded the regulation (EU) No. 305/2011 in England, Scotland and Wales. The European CPR will remain to apply in Northern Ireland. The EU CPR is subject to CE-marking and the UK CPR is subject to UKCA marking.

    What is UKCA marking?

    2021-10-13
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    UKCA marking is a similar provision as the CE marking, however applicable for UK laws and the UK market.

    Biocides and preservatives for textiles

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Biocides are chemicals intended to kill or destroy living (micro)organisms. Preservatives are chemicals used in textiles to prevent the growth of microorganisms. Both biocides and preservatives are biocidal substances which are regulated due to major health and environmental concerns.

    Harmonised radio frequencies

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Wireless products require radio frequencies to work. The allocation of frequencies is done by each Member State in their regional frequency plans or registers. Once frequencies are allocated for a certain use, it is difficult to allocate these frequencies for other uses as well without causing interference with

    CE-marking your product (or not to)

    2021-02-23
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    The letters ‘CE’ appear on many products in the EU. CE stands for the French ‘Conformité Européenne’, which translates to ‘European Compliance’. Manufacturers of products with the CE-marking declare that the products meet high safety, health and environmental protection requirements in response to EU legislation.

    Construction Products without CE marking

    2021-02-23
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) requires mandatory CE marking for construction products covered by a harmonised standard. Compliant construction products with CE marking can be placed legally on the market in any Member State.