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Across the EUniverse: the Patent Box; Horizon 2020 programme; incentives forinnovations in IP; and more
Across the EUniverse is designed to show why the EU is important: each month it follows and monitors different issues that are likely to have an impact on our daily business lives.
Tax exemptions for patents and IP income.
Reducing the tax burden does not necessarily constitute state aid.
For Europeans the idea that special Italian and French foodstuffs, wines and spirits should be protected goes without saying. Americans think differently.
When EU states can give wider copyright protection.
Italian hotel chain told to repay profilts after losing dispute over the letter W...
Geographical Indications have caused EU/US conflict for years but can agreement be found in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? This paper suggests the solution must be rooted in IP law.
The General Court and the Italian Tribunals disagree on the distinctive characteristics of Guerlain’s Samsara trademark...
The submission of facts and evidence remains possible even after the expiry of time limits.
Dow Italy owned a trademark claiming the colour “pure blue” that it had used for more than 20 years. It sued AB Isolanti for using a similar colour…...
The Italian Court of Cassation has ruled on plagiarism of a creative work, focusing on the requirements that the plagiaristic work should own to establish or avoid the infringement.
The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation has issued a ruling regarding the extent of protection of weak trademarks based on the doctrine of ‘secondary meaning’.
Trademarks – the nature of ‘strong trademark’ of a certain mark is not sufficient to state its counterfeiting
The Italian Court of Cassation ruled on the counterfeiting of the figurative trademark ‘Valentino’, owned by Valentino S.p.A., by the figurative trademark ‘Giovanni Valentino’, owned by Florence Fashion Jersey Ltd.’ –...
The General Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled on the possibility of registering an advertising slogan as a trademark.
The Court ruled that the word mark ‘NANO’ for goods claimed in class 9 and 28 is to be deemed descriptive of the goods for which protection is sought and therefore invalid.‘ ’...
A decision that held Yahoo! responsible for copyright infringement in connection with videos uploaded by end-users has been overturned.
Copyright: the exhaustion of the distribution right of a copyright-protected work does not apply in case of alteration of its medium
The rights of a copyright holder where their work had undergone an alteration in form.
Patents — changes to reciprocity rules in the recognition of trademarks and patents between Italy and San Marino
There was a recent agreement between Italy and the Republic of San Marino on the interpretation of art. 43 of the bilateral 1939 Convention.
The Court of Milan ruled on a ‘lookalike’ case, whereby the company San Carlo Food Group claimed the imitation of the graphic elements of its package of chips by the competitor company Amica Chips.
The EU Court has ruled that the registration as a trademark of the shape of the worldwide-known puzzle invented in 1974 by Professor Erno Rubik is to be considered valid.