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EPO refused the patent applications of the inventor machine

At the end of December 2019, the European Patent Office (EPO) refused two patent applications (No. 18275163 and No. 18275174) filed by Dr Stephen Thaler, in which an artificial intelligence developed by Dr Thaler, named DABUS, was designated as inventor. The inventions, concerning a particular food container and a […]

By |27 03 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Council of Ministers approves the legislative draft to fight ambush marketing practices

 On 17 January
2020 the Council of Ministers approved a legislative draft setting out the «regulation
of the prohibition of parasitic advertising (ambush marketing)», thus
introducing a general and organic discipline of such a phenomenon, no longer
related to single events. In fact, in the past, the issue of ambush marketing
had been addressed […]

By |10 03 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

According to the ECJ, the sale of second-hand e-books is an act of communication to the public, subject to the copyright holder’s authorisation

By Alessandro Pala and Elena Martini

With a judgement dated 19 December 2019 (C 263/18) the ECJ issued an important decision concerning the interpretation of Article 2 and Article 3 of Directive 2001/29/EC in relation to the sale of second-hand e-books.

The dispute at the basis of the decision was
initiated […]

By |04 02 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Turin IP Court on the infringement of the three-dimensional trademarks consisting of Ferrero’s Tic Tac package

By decision No. 5140/2019 of 12 November 2019,
the Turin IP Court issued a decision in a dispute between Ferrero S.p.a. and
Mocca S.r.o. Spol in relation to the three-dimensional trademarks consisting of
Ferrero’s Tic Tac package.

The package at issue is composed of a
transparent plastic box with an opening mechanism surmounted by […]

By |27 01 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A ruling on a “copycat” website by the Milan IP Court

(the original version of this post is published on Diritto 24 – Il Sole 24 Ore)

By Luigi Manna

On 8 November 2019, the Milan IP Court issued
an interesting decision (judgment  no.
10130/2019) on trademark infringement in connection with “copycat” websites.

A well-known US manufacturer of food supplement
and cosmetics, at the head of an international […]

By |09 01 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|