The Italian Supreme Court protects the well-known trademark «Grazia»

By Laura Spagnoli and Elena Martini
By order no. 4721/2020, the Italian Supreme Court recently ruled in favour of the well-known publishing house Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.a., owner of the trademark «Grazia», ascertaining that its trademark was counterfeited by the sign «». The three instances of the case are briefly […]

By |30 03 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

A title can be libelous, according to the Italian Court of Cassation

by Gaia Gusmini and Luigi Manna

The Italian Court of Cassation recently overturned a Court of Rome’s
decision issued in a libel lawsuit between Ente Autonomo per le Fiere di Verona
(“Ente”) and Gruppo Editoriale l’Espresso S.p.A. (“l’Espresso”), a publishing
company owning, among else, the weekly magazine “L’Espresso”.

The plaintiff, organiser of the well-known […]

By |05 08 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Trademark revocation: the EU General Court on proving the genuine use of trademark signs

A recent decision of the EU General Court (T-910/16 and T-911/16), for which an appeal is presently
pending before the EUCJ, ruled on the matter of trademark revocation and specified
the elements that a trademark owner must provide in order to prove its genuine use.

In the dispute discussed, Mr Hesse had […]

By |27 06 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Milan IP Court on trademark protection and the exhaustion of trademark rights

By order of 6 May 2019, the Milan IP Court ruled in favour of the owner
of a well-known textile brand against a retailer who marketed its products in
substantially undervaluing ways, and which was therefore enjoined from this

Specifically, the Court found that, even if the products had been
original, the marketing […]

By |04 06 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Court of Bari grants protection to the “Supreme” trademark

by Laura Spagnoli and Elena Martini

With an order issued on 26 February 2019, in the proceeding with docket number 16185/2018, the Court of Bari ruled on the infringement of the well-known Supreme trademark by the Supreme Gold trademark.

By granting the action brought by the company Chapter
4 Corp. D.B.A. Supreme, […]

By |28 03 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The EU General Court defends a three-dimensional trademark for bottles

(by Laura Spagnoli and Rocco Lanzavecchia)

By judgment of 3 October 2018 (T-313/17), the EU Court ruled on an interesting case concerning the distinctiveness of a three-dimensional trademark depicting the shape of a peculiar bottle.
These are the facts underlying the case. The german company Wajos GmbH filed an application for […]

By |23 11 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments|