IP Law Galli updates

Latest Supreme Court decision in Fiorucci saga
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 15 August 2016

The Supreme Court recently issued a decision in the ongoing saga between renowned stylist Elio Fiorucci and the company that he founded. The decision examined Fiorucci's rights to register his name as a trademark after leaving the company – which had registered his name as a trademark with his agreement – and the potential deceptiveness of a trademarked name when the relationship between the person and the trademark owner has ended.

Court clarifies doctrine of trademark limitation by coexistence
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 20 June 2016

A recent decision by the IP and Corporate Specialised Division of the Court of Milan addressed the relationship between the likelihood of confusion and consumers' perception of the different messages linked to the trademarks at issue, and between the limitation by coexistence and trademark acquiescence doctrines. The court found that the relevant customers could understand the different expressive meanings of the trademarks.

Implementation of Trademarks Directive on track
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 13 June 2016

Italy is working on implementing EU Directive 2015/2436/EC, aimed at harmonising the national rules on trademarks. Under the new rules the requirement that a trademark be capable of graphic representation has been eliminated; the rules for shape marks have been extended to colour marks; and a new definition of the relationship between trademarks and appellations of origin has been introduced.

Court bars BDO from using Mazars' trademarks, software and trade secrets due to IP violations
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 02 May 2016

The Court of Milan's IP and Company Specialised Division recently rendered a landmark decision regarding trademark, software and trade secret violations as part of broader unfair competition activities which aimed to transfer the business of the Italian subsidiary of the multinational audit group Mazars to a competitor. The decision confirms the high level of protection afforded to IP rights in Italy.

Court clarifies conditions for including IP licence fees in customs value of imported goods
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 07 March 2016

A recent Florence Tax Court of Appeal decision established an important principle regarding the relevance of licence fees for IP rights when estimating the customs value of goods manufactured for a licensee by another party outside the European Union. The decision underlined the importance of drafting licence agreements correctly; parties should consider customs-related issues when drafting licence agreements.

Court prohibits infringer from using retail and domain names
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 21 December 2015

The Court of Bologna (IP Specialised Division) recently issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting a hotel from using the business name Hotel Ink 124 and the domain name 'www.hotelink124.it', as they were confusingly similar with the registered trademark INC HOTEL. The court also placed an injunction on the use of links to the infringing domain name on other websites, thus requiring the infringer to remove all online references to the infringing mark.

Patent Box: new strategies for IP rights management
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 19 October 2015

The recently implemented Patent Box system makes it possible to derive significant fiscal benefits from the careful management of IP rights within a company group. The system reduces tax on income – particularly from licensing activity – and exempts from taxation capital gains deriving from the transfer of the IP rights that are reinvested into the development of similar rights.

Protection of GIs and conflict with trademarks in traditional and online markets
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 17 August 2015

Two important decisions on geographical indications (GIs) were recently issued that strengthen the protection of GIs in Italy. The corresponding Italian legislation has developed in a fragmentary manner, often through the adoption of special laws that relate to a specific context, but it has progressively acquired consistency and homogeneity in relation to international agreements and EU law.

Impact of unitary patent endorsement on patent enforcement strategies
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 15 June 2015

Italy recently decided to endorse the European unitary patent. The decision will help significantly to keep the costs of patent registration and maintenance at a competitive level. Further, the enforcement strategies of patent owners will change when the unitary patent system enters into force, as will the defensive strategies of those suspected of counterfeiting.

Anti-counterfeiting measures – an overview
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 01 June 2015

In 2014 Italy was removed from the Office of the US Trade Representative Watch List, on which it had appeared since 1989. Its removal was mainly due to a new regulation addressing copyright piracy on the Internet. Following the introduction of this administrative remedy, and contrary to common belief, the Italian legislative instruments against IP infringement are quite efficient.

3D printing and intellectual property – legal approach to technical revolution
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 05 May 2015

IP lawyers are facing problems and opportunities linked to the increasing popularity of three-dimensional (3D) printing technology in Italy, especially as it can be implemented at a low cost and through simple means. 3D printers permit the circulation of files that contain information suitable for the reproduction of many different types of object, which creates potential conflict for rights holders.

Courts reaffirm construction of design protection rules in line with EU law
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 23 March 2015

The Court of Milan recently issued an important decision concerning infringement of the copyright held by Flou in the shape of its well-known 'Nathalie' bed. The decision not only reaffirms the basic principles of Italian case law concerning the protection of industrial designs, including copyright protection, but also addresses the disputed interpretation of the transitional rule for works created before such protection was introduced.

Court of Rome brings Italian case law on distinctiveness into line with that of ECJ
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 15 December 2014

The Court of Rome has held that a trademark consisting of the words 'facce da rugby' ('faces of rugby'), together with a series of small squares containing portraits of rugby players, lacked distinctiveness, even though its component elements were neither generic nor descriptive. The decision seems to indicate that, with regard to distinctiveness, Italian case law is now fully aligned with that of the European Court of Justice.

Court of Milan reverses its previous case law on SPCs
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 15 September 2014

The Court of Milan recently issued two important decisions concerning the validity of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) granted for the same patented invention. Contrary to a previous decision, in these cases the court cancelled the SPC for a drug whose active ingredient was a combination of telmisartan (by itself covered under a previous SPC that had expired) and hydrochlorothiazide.

Court considers designer's right to use own name after leaving namesake company
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 09 June 2014

The Court of Milan recently issued a landmark decision in a case concerning the right of a fashion designer to continue using his name as a trademark after leaving the company that he founded and that still holds the rights to both the trademarks containing the designer's name and the company name. The case concerned well-known fashion designer Alviero Martini, creator of the famous 'map' print.

New administrative remedies against online infringement become available
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 24 March 2014

New effective tools have become available to IP rights holders that have been the victims of pirate websites offering copies of original products or fake copyright works, often at rock-bottom prices. The antitrust and telecommunications authorities have recently taken the lead in this field, closing down hundreds of clone websites, while other similar measures are following at a fast pace.

Court of Appeal revokes mark for non-use in landmark decision
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 24 February 2014

The Milan Court of Appeal has issued a landmark decision in which it ordered the revocation for non-use of the famous LAMBRETTA trademark for motorcycles. The decision seems to take the view that 'reputation' is not merely an abstract element that can be used and marketed independently; rather, reputation is a quality attached to a trademark, which needs to be valid and used on the market (ie, not expired).

Considering the legality of trademark parodies
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 16 December 2013

One of the most debated topics of a recent IP law conference was the parodistic use of a trademark for both identical and unrelated products. Italian scholars have found that parody falls within the concepts of unfair advantage and damage to the reputation of a trademark. However, others have wondered whether the parody of a trademark could be based on a 'legitimate cause' that would exclude the unlawfulness of such use.

Milan conference highlights benefits of unitary patent system
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 02 September 2013

The Senate has adopted a report confirming the government's commitment to implement the EU unitary patent system. While trade associations have overwhelmingly expressed their favour for joining the system, professional circles are torn on the issue. A recent conference organised by the Polytechnic University of Milan addressed the opponents' arguments while pointing out the numerous advantages of patent unification.

Injunction upheld in landmark case of imitation of unregistered shape marks
IP Law Galli
  • Intellectual Property
  • Italy
  • 05 August 2013

The Court of Milan recently upheld an injunction prohibiting the manufacture, marketing, offer for sale and advertising of more than 200 types of copycat product (eg, tables and chairs) in the biggest case of unfair competition for imitation and infringement of unregistered shape trademarks ever heard in Italy. The case confirms the high level of protection granted in Italy to the shape of products, whether registered or not.

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