Italy’s Competition Authority fines the sending of mass injunctions for online copyright infringement

Italy’s Competition Authority sanctioned, by decision taken on the 3rd October 2022, a company specialized in copyright protection, together with its lawyer, for the mass sending of standard compensation requests to Italian micro-companies due to the alleged online copyright infringement of some photographs. The proceeding started last year on the basis of a report of […]

The distinctive capacity of a Vodka bottle

The law presented by art. 4 of EU Regulation 2017/1001 provides many types of trademarks, among which the shape (or three-dimensional) trademark. It is commonly recognized, and even the Court of the European Union confirms it, that the assessment of the distinctive capacity of a shape trademark can be more difficult, given that such trademarks […]

The Irish DPA sanctions Meta: Instagram infringes minors’ Privacy

With decision of 2nd September 2022, the Irish Data Protection Authority inflicted a fine of Euro 405 billion to Meta Platforms Ireland Limited (Instagram) for GDPR infringement, imposing a series of corrective measures to adequately protect the privacy of minors. The decision was issued at the end of a thorough investigation started in 2020 with […]

Google: the EU Court confirms the maxi-fine for abuse of dominant position  

 With judgment of 14th September 2022 (T-604/18) the EU Court condemned Google to a maxi fine of 4,125 billion euro for having imposed limitations to manufacturers of Android devices in order to consolidate its own dominant position on the market. The judgment of the EU Court came after the appeal, by the American company, to […]