13/1/2016 - Emilia Palarchi - IAM Weekly In a recently published decision (Case 7416, Decision 33/2015) the Italian Board of Appeal confirmed that even if products and services are, by their nature, different, “hygienic and beauty care treatments to human beings and animals” in Class 44 with respect of “hair care products” in Class 3 can be found to be similar, taking into account all the relevant factors.
2/12/2015 - Lisa Pozzebon - IAM Weekly
The Court of Cassation (Civil Division, Section I, April 13 2015, no 7414) recently upheld a Milan Court of Appeal decision holding that, with respect to trademarks, wine and oil are similar goods
11/11/2015 - Sergio Carluccio - IAM Weekly
After 10 years of litigation the Court of Cassation recently ruled that an agent’s mistake does not excuse non-observance of a mandatory deadline for paying patent renewal fees
7/10/2015 - Alessandro Gamba - IAM Weekly
In early 2015 the Court of Milan issued several decisions concerning the application of Article 79 of the Industrial Property Code, which was amended in 2010. In some of these cases the court addressed whether and under what conditions a patent holder may reformulate a set of claims contained in a granted patent.
22/7/2015 - Sergio Mulder - IAM Weekly
A recent Italian Patent and Trademark Office (ITPO) decision to register a trademark consisting of two complex Chinese characters was based on the distinctiveness of two Chinese characters. However, this distinctiveness is questionable.