The Green Dot Trademark

General remarks:

"The Green Dot" on packaging means that for such packaging a financial contribution has been paid to a qualified national packaging recovery organisation that has been set up in accordance with the principles defined in European Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62 and the respective national law. Today, self-help-organisations in 28 countries are using the Green Dot as financing symbol to finance the organisation of the collection, sorting and recovery of used (mainly household) packaging.

It is extremely important to protect the Green Dot in the best possible way for several reasons:

  • To ensure the functioning of the income of the green dot schemes by licensing this mark to the obliged fillers and retailers
  • To ensure the possibility for setting up other self-help-organisations of industry using the green dot
  • To ensure that no third parties may ask royalties from our licensees using the green dot on their packaging.

Moreover, "systems" or waste management companies having different business objectives might position themselves on the basis of a "similar" Green Dot without having any contractual relationship with PRO EUROPE, its member schemes and the supporting fillers and retailers.

Therefore, PRO EUROPE respective its German member organisation DSD have obtained and defended, through registrations, trademark rights in approximately 170 countries all over the world. Besides the application, registration and defending of a trademark it is necessary to prove the legal use of a trademark.

Regarding all other countries (that means countries where no Green Dot schemes or co-operation partnership exists) PRO EUROPE and its members have decided to offer a royalty-free world-wide licence agreement which can be downloaded on this homepage.