19

December

2019

IAM

Game over for Rubik's Cube: shape not protected as a trademark, General Counsel says

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Hungarian Ernö Rubik. It has sold more than 400 million pieces worldwide, making it one of the most-recognised and best-selling toys of…

6

November

2019

IAM

Supreme Court rules that Italian patent can survive when parallel European patent is rejected

Clarifying previous case law, the Supreme Court has stated that when two semi-identical European and Italian patents exist for the same invention and the European patent is…

2

October

2019

IAM

The clock is ticking: old collective marks must be converted before 23 March 2020

Legislative Decree 15/2019 entered into force on 23 March 2019,implementing EU Directive 2015/2436, which regulates, among other things, new EU certification marks. 

6

August

2019

IAM

Declaration of non-infringement of Nestlé capsules was sought at proper time, judges say

Bisio Progetti SpA, a company active in coffee and instant drink capsule R&D, sought an urgent declaration from the Court of Milan of non-infringement of European patents 1472156…

24

July

2019

IAM

Restyling the Italian Industrial Property Code – how will trademark owners be affected?

Changes to the Italian Industrial Property Code entered into force this year as a result of the new EU Trademarks Directive (2015/2436). Italian Legislative Decree 15 (20 February…

3

July

2019

IAM

Employer versus employee: and the winner is…

The Justice Court of Milan has made its grounds for Decision 282/2019 available. The decision, dated 14 January 2019, concerns a highly disputed conflict between employer –…

5

June

2019

IAM

Vespa crosses the finish line first

The Turin Court of Appeal has recognised that the shape of Piaggio’s famous Vespa scooter is protected as both copyrightable material and a 3D trademark.

3

June

2019

IAM

Amending claim is no block to damages request

The Court of Milan has stated that when an infringed patent is amended, damages will be incurred from the date that the infringement started, even if it occurred before the…