The sound trademark and the criteria concerning its registrability

For the first time overall, the European General Court recently expressed its view about the registration of a sound trademark filed through an audio file at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (case T-668/19). In particular, the decision comes after the filing in the EU of a sound trademark application basically formed by a sound […]

The Italian Data Protection Authority punishes Deliveroo for discriminatory algorithms against riders  

With order n. 285 of July 22nd 2021, the Italian Data Protection Authority ordered Deliveroo Italy s.r.l., leading company of the food delivery industry, to pay a penalty of 2,5 million Euro for the illicit personal data processing of about 8,000 riders. The Italian Data Protection Authority detected several violations by Deliveroo, both of the […]

Tridimensional trademarks and distinctive character

The European General Court, with judgment of July 14, 2021 (cause T-488/20) annulled the EUIPO decision, which stated that the tridimensional sign constituted by the shape of a lipstick could not be registered as a trademark because of its lack of distinctive character. In particular, the decision follows the filing made in 2018 by a […]

The Court of Justice of the European Union on the boundaries of copyright trolling legitimacy  

Copyright trolling refers to the practice of acquiring rights of economical exploitation on protected works for the sole purpose of claiming compensation for damages from those who infringe such rights. The place of choice for this activity can only be the Internet and, in particular, peer-to-peer networks which, as peer networks, guarantee users the sharing […]