Region: Italy

Are wheel rims accessories or spare parts?

In Acacia v Daimler the Court of Rome has confirmed that wheel rims are spare parts rather than accessories. This case examines the details of the repair clause of Article 241 of the Italian Industrial Property Code and Article 110 of the Regulation on Community Designs.

12 March 2019

LG Chem scores settlement and licence with key Chinese battery maker

After calling off ITC investigation, South Korean company will receive royalties from Hong Kong-based supplier to brands like DJI, Oppo and Apple

04 March 2019

Off the hook: Supreme Court protects Ferragamo’s hooks against imitation

The Italian Supreme Court has overturned a decision issued by the Court of Appeal of Milan, finding that it erred in underestimating the well-known character of a 3D trademark of Ferragamo’s omega-shaped hooks.

30 January 2019

Colourful shrimp wars: publishers battle it out over GAMBERO ROSSO and GAMBERO VERDE

The Rome Court of First Instance has held that the publisher of a well-recognised restaurant guide can claim a monopoly on the trademark GAMBERO (meaning “shrimp”) in the publishing industry, acknowledging the publisher's significant efforts to increase the reputation, popularity and reliability of GAMBERO ROSSO among the Italian public.

31 October 2018

The shape of water dispenser tanks: criteria for patentability of utility models in Italy

A recent decision of the Court of Turin provides a roadmap for evaluating the criteria used to assess the validity of Italian utility models.

10 October 2018

Patenting artificial intelligence in Europe

The patentability of artificial intelligence is a hot topic, mainly due to the tremendous expectations around this emerging, disruptive and pervasive technology. On 30 May 2018 the EPO held an international conference to explore this topic in detail.

08 August 2018

What’s mine is yours: employees’ economic rights under the Copyright Act

A recent case addressed an employee’s economic rights associated with software and databases created within the scope of his employment. The board held that the rights belong to the employer in the absence of an agreement to the contrary, pursuant to the Copyright Act.

20 June 2018

General Court increases burden of proof for genuine use

The General Court has held that genuine use of a trademark can be proven only for sufficiently precise and narrowly claimed terms, rejecting a case citing ‘apparatus for the reproduction of sound and images’. In doing so, the court has placed a higher burden of proof on trademark owners.

30 May 2018

Evidence of clear conflict required for declaratory judgment action

The Court of Milan recently decided that a non-specific reply by a patent owner to a request by a third party to provide written acknowledgement of non-infringement is an insufficient basis for instituting a court action for declaration of non-infringement.

11 April 2018

Supreme Court rules on weak marks and likelihood of confusion

Italy’s highest court has confirmed that even minor modifications or additions can be sufficient for a later trademark to avoid likelihood of confusion with an earlier trademark that is considered weak.

07 March 2018

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