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This note concerns a number of controversial issues regarding interest termed as ‘usurious’, referred to in Italian Law 108/1996 and in the Italian Criminal Code.
Shipping and Transportation Bulletin: circumvention of anti-dumping duties; concession fees; and more
NCTM comments on a recent EGC judgment dealing with circumvention of anti-dumping duties, a subject that has become quite frequent in international trade.
The EU Court of Justice has shed new light on the issue of trademark genericisation by drawing the boundaries of the concept of ‘relevant public’.
The General Court, in its decision of 25 March 2014, case T-291/12, made a statement on the ability of an advertising slogan to be registered as a trademark.
Extension from 50 to 70 years of the term of protection of the phonogram producer’s rights on musical works’ recordings
The Legislative Decree amending directive 2006/11/EC on the term of protection of copyright and certain related rights has been published in the Italian Official Gazette.
The General Court has made a statement about the notion of evidence of genuine use of an earlier trademark into an opposition proceedings.
The serious condition of the Italian archaeological and historical heritage is causing growing controversy. Pompeii is the litmus test of this situation.
One of the EPO Boards of Appeal has ruled on the highly debated issue of human stem cell patentability under the European Patent Convention.
On 7 February 2014, the European Court of Justice (Case 98-13) issued a ruling pertaining to the interpretation of Council Regulation (EC) no. 1383/2003.
A commercial entrepreneur who applies national accounting standards has the possibility to operate a revaluation of its industrial property assets in the 2013 balance sheet.
Legal nature of videogames — limits of application and evaluation criteria of technological protection measures
The ECJ has ruled on the interpretation of article 6 of Directive 2001/29 in order to clarify the scope of legal protection afforded by such provision to copyright holders.
The General Court annulled the decision of the OHIM’s Board of Appeal, which had dismissed in its entirety the invalidity action of the applicant.
An article in the 2014 State Budget Act aims at fostering the modernisation or construction of sports facilities by simplifying the relevant administrative procedures and by foreseeing innovative funding.
NCTM’s latest Shipping and Transport Bulletin includes comment on the Italian law relating to the granting of financial aid to Italian stevedoring companies.
Traders will often try to circumvent or bypass anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures, particularly when the duties are high.
On 28 November 2013, the European Commission published a draft of a directive intended to harmonise the protection of trade secrets.
On 12 December 2013, the Italian Communication Authority approved a new regulation on online copyright enforcement, which will come into force on 31 March 2014.
The European Court of Justice has ruled on the risk of dilution as ground for refusal pursuant to article 8(5) of the regulation number 207/2009 (CTMR).
The Italian Supreme Court has overruled the Court of Appeal’s decision that considered legitimate the use of Ferrari trademarks by an unofficial Ferrari owners’ association.
The Advertising and Marketing Communication Self-Regulation Authority has ruled again on a misleading advertising dispute between Henkel and Procter & Gamble.