Publications

Recent PTO decisions on complex marks: consistency optional

Recent PTO decisions on complex marks: consistency optional

18/9/2013 - Valeria Nimmo - IAM Weekly 
In April and May 2013 the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued three separate decisions in opposition proceedings involv-ing complex marks, the grounds of which have now been pub-lished. All three decisions focused on a visual analysis of the con-flicting trademarks, but the principles underlying the analyses were applied differently in each case.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
Taking the German approach to Italian employees' inventions

Taking the German approach to Italian employees' inventions

17/7/2013 - Gianluigi Zanettin - IAM Weekly 
A recently published decision by the Venice Court confirmed that the so-called "German formula" is the preferred method in Italy for calculating the reward to be paid by an employer for an invention created by an employee. 

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
No monopoly for stylised cow skin symbol for leather goods

No monopoly for stylised cow skin symbol for leather goods

16/6/2013 - Paolo Viscuso - IAM Weekly 
On 19th January 2013 the Court of Milan ruled in Chaussures Eram SARL v Unic Servizi Srl. The court concluded that collective or certification trademark applications must, among other requirements, contain a novel element.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014/Categories: Publications
Pre-filing disclosure of invention to non-skilled audience may destroy novelty

Pre-filing disclosure of invention to non-skilled audience may destroy novelty

29/5/2013 - Alessandro Gamba - IAM Weekly 
According to a recently published decision of the Italian Board of Appeal, the level of skill and understanding of an audience to which a pre-filing disclosure is made has little or no bearing on whether the disclosure is novelty destroying 

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Friday, October 31, 2014/Categories: Publications
“Some use” of trademark by bankrupt company does not solve lack of use issue

“Some use” of trademark by bankrupt company does not solve lack of use issue

1/5/2013 - Raffaele Ranieri - IAM Weekly 
In Jobo Limited v Riccadomus Group SRL (Court of Rome, 12th June 2012) the court determined that certain activities by a bank-ruptcy trustee did not constitute "use" of the bankrupt company’s trademark. Activities which were deemed insufficient included re-newing the trademark and sending cease-and-desist letters to pur-ported infringers.

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013/Categories: Publications
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