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IP Report_April 2014

Italian fashion designer Alviero Martini protected by the Court of Milan against the use of his name as a trademark by its former company Alviero Martini SpA

Italy Studio IP Law Galli, Milan Brescia Parma Verona

On April 8 2014 the Court of Milan, Company and IP Specialized Division issued a landmark decision concerning the right of a fashion designer to keep doing exclusive use of his/her name as a trademark, after being ousted from the company where he used to work and which still holds the rights both on trademarks comprising also the stylist’s name […]

IP Report_March 2014

NEW ADMINISTRATIVE REMEDIES AGAINST ONLINE INFRINGEMENT COME FROM THE ACTIVITY OF THE ITALIAN ANTITRUST AUTHORITY AND A NEW REGULATION ON WEB PIRACY

In Italy new effective tools have just become available for IPRs holders, “victims” of pirate websites offering either copycats of original products or fake copyrights works, often at rock bottom prices, heavily harming designers and producers.

This time, the Antitrust Authority (AGCM) – also in charge for the repression of unfair commercial practices – and the Telecommunications Authority (AGCOM) took the lead. Since a few months, AGCM has become more and more active in the fight against websites […]

IP Report_February 2014

On September 4 2013 the Milan Court of Appeal (Specialised Company and IP Division) issued a landmark decision in which it ordered the revocation for non-use of the famous LAMBRETTA trademark for motorcycles (the reasoning for the decision was published at a later date).

LAMBRETTA had been one of the main trademarks in the Italian mechanical sector since the Second World War, when it was launched to designate a scooter which for many years was the main competitor of the Vespa scooter (still produced by Piaggio). Use of the LAMBRETTA mark by the original owner (Innocenti, which […]

IP Report_January 2014

Unified Patent Court e brevetto unitario: al di là delle polemiche è necessario prepararsi

È ormai da ben più di un quarto di secolo che si lavora alla costruzione di un Brevetto Unitario per l’intero territorio dell’Unione Europea (come è noto, l’attuale Brevetto Europeo è infatti solo un fascio di brevetti nazionali, concesso unitariamente ma poi “nazionalizzato” in ciascuno Stato a cui il titolare voglia estenderlo, previa traduzione nella lingua locale, ed è quindi equiparato a un fascio di brevetti nazionali) e di una Corte Europea dei brevetti (la Unified Patent Court) che assicuri unita […]

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