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?
7/12/2016 - Luca Cristinelli - IAM Weekly
The Court of Cassation (Italy's highest court) recently issued a decision concerning whether a scientific director who contributed to an invention but whose employment contract did not specifically address remuneration for such activities was entitled to the payment of a fair premium.
9/11/2016 - Gianpiero Coccia - IAM Weekly
The Supreme Court recently held that the trademark OSCAR was valid with respect to the film industry and thus gave its owner, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), exclusive rights in its use. However, the court also held that the trademark had become a common name in relation to other services.
12/10/2016 - Agatino Savoca - IAM Weekly
A recent Court of Cassation decision has affirmed the principle that when separate infringement and invalidity proceedings are pending simultaneously, the court managing the infringement action should stay those proceedings until the validity action is concluded.
10/8/2016 - Alessandro Pero - IAM Weekly
In the recently published decision of Geratherm Medical AG v Gima SPA (Decision 12657/2015) the Court of Milan ruled that patent pro-tection for a numerical range of values cannot be extended under the doctrine of equivalents to cover a numerical value that falls even slightly outside that range.