Antitrust: European Commission fines Google for abusive practices in online advertising

Between 2006 and 2016, Google imposed to several third-party websites a number of restrictive clauses in contracts which prevented Google’s competitors from placing their search adverts on these websites. This is made clear from the European Commission’s survey started on July 2017 and extended for over two years. According to Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge […]

The invalidity of the patent and the amount paid as royalties during a licensing contract

During a licensing contract, the licensee is the person obtaining the licence in exchange for the payment of a compensation. The compensation for a licence could be a sum of money or a rent (known as royalties) which amount is connected to the percentage of some variables such as the quantity of items sold by […]

Trademark revocation and invalidity: possible also through administrative procedures

Legislative Decree No. 15 of 20 February 2019, which came into force on last 23 March, introduces some important innovations regarding the revocation and invalidity of the trademark. In particular, it introduces an administrative procedure that allows the revocation or invalidity of a trademark through a faster procedure, instead of the one carried out in […]

European unitary patent: the national legislation is adapted

Legislative Decree No. 18 of 19th February 2019 was published in the Official Journal on last 12th March. It will be in effect from 27th March and it will implement the delegation for the adaptation of national legislation to the provisions of Regulation (EU) No. 1257/2012 on the creation of unitary patent protection (the so-called […]