Areas of practice
Devices included in complex trademark may be independently protected - but the saga continues
17/4/2013 - Massimo Introvigne -
After 20 years of litigation between Jägermeister and Zwack Unicum, the Court of Cassation has overturned two precedential decisions of the Court of Rome and the Rome Court of Appeal, ar-guing that the same trademark can be attacked separately for lack of novelty and non-use, and that devices included in a complex mark may be protected independently. But the saga is not over yet.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Late filing of Italian translation of European patent specifications
8/3/2013 - Marco Mitola -
A recent decision of the Italian Board of Appeal confirmed that it is possible to file the Italian translation of a European patent within two months of expiry of the corresponding term, by paying a fee and filing a request under Article 192 of the IP Code.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Patenting biotechnology inventions - peculiar procedural requirements
16/12/2012 - Elena Comoglio -
On 3rd October 2012 the Association of Italian Patent Counsels and Loredana Guglielmetti, a top official of the Italian Patent Office (IPO), met in Milan to discuss several issues relating to the interpretation and enforcement of Article 170bis of the Industrial Property Code.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Trademark aspects of the coffee capsule case: Nestlè vs Vergnano
29/10/2012 - Claudia D'Alessio -
Recently, the makers of two brands of capsules, Nestlè and Vergnano, brought several IP issues before the Court of Turin. Nestlè sought to prevent Vergnano from using its NESPRESSO trademark when marketing its own coffee capsules.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Patentability of intermediate chemical compounds – is it time for a change?
19/9/2012 - Valeria Croce -
A 2011 decision of the Court of Turin addressed the controversial issue of the patentability of so-called "intermediate chemical products"
Monday, September 24, 2012
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