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How strong is a fortress? Inconsistency over confusing similarity between trademarks

How strong is a fortress? Inconsistency over confusing similarity between trademarks

2/4/2014 - Catherine Piani - IAM Weekly 
A recent decision held that the trademarks FORTEZZA (meaning 'fortress') and FORTENZA were not confusingly similar. The deci-sion is inconsistent with other decisions in similar cases and con-firms that the newly introduced opposition proceedings in Italy still come with the risk of highly unpredictable results.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
Italian judicial proceedings stayed during EPO opposition proceedings

Italian judicial proceedings stayed during EPO opposition proceedings

26/3/2013 - Christian Vanzini - IAM Weekly 
According to a recently published decision (SPA Sperotto v BBM Bolpagni SPA), the Court of Turin has decided to stay judicial pro-ceedings concerning validity and infringement of the Italian part of a European patent, insofar as an opposition appeal procedure was pending against the patent before the Board of Appeal of the Euro-pean Patent Office (EPO). 

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
San Daniele: Italy fights for its ham

San Daniele: Italy fights for its ham

8/1/2014 - Gianluigi Borghero - IAM Weekly 
In a case involving the United Kingdom, Italy has confirmed that it will fight strenuously at the EU level in order to protect its geo-graphical indication against infringements, particularly in the stra-tegic food sector. 

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
Court of Cassation rules on Galenic exception

Court of Cassation rules on Galenic exception

18/12/2013 - Dorotea Rigamonti - IAM Weekly 
The Court of Cassation recently ruled on the scope of the so-called 'Galenic exception', which allows pharmacists to prepare prescrip-tion medicinal products that may otherwise infringe a patent.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
FAMILYMART and FAMILY MART marks held "conceptually dissimilar"

FAMILYMART and FAMILY MART marks held "conceptually dissimilar"

6/11/2013 - Gianpiero Coccia - IAM Weekly 
The Opposition Division of the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) concluded that the opposed trademark FAMILY MART was confusingly similar to the word mark FAMI-LYMART, the Opposition Division found that the two trademarks were not conceptually similar since the average Italian consumer would not perceive the meaning of the trademarks considered as a whole. 

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
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