Most recent developments in Italian protection of design and shape trademarks
Contrary to common belief, the Italian legislative instruments against IP infringement are quite efficient: in 2003 specialised IP divisions were set up in 12 existing courts, and in September 2012 this was increased to 21. Moreover, since 2014 cases involving foreign companies have been concentrated in nine of these courts (Milan, Turin, Venice, Genoa, Rome, Naples, Bari, Cagliari and Catania). These divisions have exclusive competence to decide civil actions relating to trademarks, patents, copyright and unfair competition.
The high level of efficiency of the civil courts is […]
Court of Rome brings Italian case law on distinctiveness into line with that of ECJ
The Specialised IP Division of the Court of Rome has issued an important decision on the issue of distinctiveness.
On July 21 2014 the court upheld a previous decision issued on March 4 2014 in urgency proceedings brought by a Perugia-based fashion company (Emerald srl) and its chief executive officer against the Italian Rugby Federation and an advertisement agency (Red Hot Fashion srl). The court held that the trademark for which Emerald sought protection – against an advertising campaign spread mainly through Twitter […]
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