Publications

Class 35: registering retail and wholesale services at the UIBM

Class 35: registering retail and wholesale services at the UIBM

7/6/2017 - Paolo Viscuso - IAM Weekly 
Since 2016 the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM) has taken a harsh stance on registrations for ‘retail and wholesale services’ in Class 35. During this time, the UIBM has consistently refused to register applications directed to these services.

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Monday, July 10, 2017/Categories: Publications
A tale of statues and camels:  mass-produced items eligible for copyright protection

A tale of statues and camels: mass-produced items eligible for copyright protection

3/5/2017 - Dorotea Rigamonti - IAM Weekly 
On March 23 2017, the Court of Cassation, the highest Italian court, upheld an appeal filed by Italian company Thun Spa against a 2012 judgment of the Venice Court of Appeal, which found that Thun's porcelain statues were not eligible for copyright protection.

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Monday, July 10, 2017/Categories: Publications
CLINIQUE: reputation alone may not cure trademark's inherent weakness

CLINIQUE: reputation alone may not cure trademark's inherent weakness

5/4/2017 - Alessandra Naia - IAM Weekly 
In a recently published decision (Civil Division, Section I, December 7 2016, no 25168) the Court of Cassation held that although the trademark CLINIQUE was well known in the European Union, its reputation was insufficient to overcome the weakness of the trademark and its inherent lack of distinctiveness.

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Monday, July 10, 2017/Categories: Publications
Chemical intermediates: patentability and infringement under the doctrine of equivalents

Chemical intermediates: patentability and infringement under the doctrine of equivalents

1/3/2017 - Elena Comoglio - IAM Weekly 
The Supreme Court has written the final chapter in a long-running litigation between Industriale Chimica and Bayer in connection with the production of drospirenone when it ruled that a chemical intermediate might not be patentable per se, despite being novel, inventive and provided in a stable form.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017/Categories: Publications
Patronymic trademarks in the fashion industry: what’s in a name?

Patronymic trademarks in the fashion industry: what’s in a name?

11/1/2017 - Miriam Mangieri - IAM Weekly 
In the fashion industry it is common to use and register the name of a designer as a trademark. But what happens when a designer assigns his or her company's IP assets, including trademarks associated with his or her own name, to a third party, and then continues using the name in new trademarks?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017/Categories: Publications
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