Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

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

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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 […]

In-depth analysis of the news introduced by the legislative decree n. 15/2019

The Legislative Decree 15/2019, in force in Italy since the 23rd of March 2019, introduces some important innovations in the field of trademarks. These changes, in fact, have the purpose of integrating and expanding the Italian Industrial Property Code, in order to adapt it to the provisions of the EU Directive 2015/2436 on the approximation […]

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 […]