Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

The storage of goods with counterfeit marks is not always unlawful

e-commerce

The e-commerce hosting company stocking goods for third-party companies that infringe trademarks rights of others is not liable for the trademark infringement if it is unaware of it. This was stated by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) with judgment of April 2nd 2020 case C-567/18. The case started from the action brought by a […]

Opening of the Italian Register of historic marks of national interest

historic marks

Starting from the 16th of April 2020, it will be finally possible to apply to register an owned trademark in the Official Italian register of historic marks of national interest. The owner of the mark or its exclusive licensee can file the request with a telematic application to the Italian Patent and Trademark Office. Regularly […]

Fines worth millions for restricting sales of products in the European Union

EU

On the 30th of January 2020, the European Commission inflicted a fine of over 14 million euros to several companies operating in the same corporate group for restricting licensed sales of products related to successful movies in the European Economic Area. In June 2017, the Commission opened an investigation on some distribution and licensing practices […]

Adidas’ three-stripe trademark invalid

In 2014, Adidas registered a figurative trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, consisting of “three parallel equidistant stripes of identical width, applied to the product in any direction”, reproduced in the application for registration as follows:     However, shortly after registration, a Belgian company applied for a declaration of invalidity on the […]