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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.
This paper looks at the construction of normal value in World Trade Organisation anti-dumping law in relation to market economies.
Public or government procurement in CETA, the economic and trade agreement between Canada and the EU
The Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement provides a range of measures to make doing business between Canada and the EU easier.
Shipping and Transport Bulletin: new Italian rules on road haulage; French aid to SNCF incompatible with state aid rules; and more
NCTM has released the February-March 2015 edition of its Shipping and Transport Bulletin.
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.
Patents — international stem cell case: the ECJ rules on the patentability of unfertilised human ovums
With decision dated 18 December 2014 in the proceeding no. C-364/13, the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter, Court of Justice) has returned on the patentability of unfertilised human ovums.
Copyright — a new ruling from the ECJ on legal protection of databases and the applicability of contractual limitations
With an important judgment rendered on Jan. 15, 2015 (Case C-30/14), the ECJ ruled on the conditions of applicability of the Directive No. 96/9, concerning the legal protection of databases in any form.
In Italy, measures have been taken to preserve the continuity of operation of industrial plants of national strategic interest.
Can the admission to concordato preventivo be revoked if creditors, informed by the judicial commissioner of fraudulent acts, approved the proposal of the debtor?
The Italian Supreme Court ruled that the disclosure of acts in fraud carried out by the debtor causes the admission to concordato preventivo to be revoked according to Article 173 IBL, even in case of approval by the creditors.
The VAT refund secured receivable from a customer admitted to concordato preventivo can be partially satisfied if liened assets value is lower
A company filed a plan for a concordato preventivo providing that creditors would be paid out of future earnings, which the Tribunal of Lucca refused to confirm.
Decree-Law 133/2014, known as the ‘Unlock Italy Decree’, has significant implications for the telecoms sector. In particular, a 50 per cent tax credit is envisaged for wideband in ‘white areas’.
Shipping and Transport Bulletin — dredging in Italian ports; cross-border shipments of waste; and more
NCTM has released the December 2014–January 2015 edition of its Shipping and Transport Bulletin.
Article 7 applies to geographical indications identifying products falling within one of the product classes listed in Annex III.
New guidelines on fines issued by the Italian Antitrust Authority: compliance programmes as mitigating circumstance
The new fining guidelines allow companies to obtain a reduction in a fine if they have effective competition compliance programmes in place.
Copyright — AGCOM regulation relating to online copyright protection is at risk for unconstitutionality
TAR has expressed doubts about the constitutionality of the regulation by which AGCOM has intervened for copyright protection on electronic communications networks.
Copyright — a new request to the ECJ in relation to the exhaustion of the right of distribution of original works
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands has requested the ECJ — in proceedings C- 419/13 — to issue a decision on a number of prejudicial issues.