A kick to a ball: a conceptually weak trademark

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Board of Appeal has recently stated that signs that have to do with soccer lack a strong conceptual identity when related to goods or services sold or offered in a sport context. The decision was issued during the proceeding R 640/2020-4 on the opposition against the trademarkfiled by ex-soccer player […]

Website blocking and freedom of expression

The European Court of Human Rights with decision of June 23th 2020 indicated as unlawful some measures of the Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media) which blocked many websites, as they were found to be in violation of art. 10 (Freedom of expression) and art. 13 […]

Prohibition of data transfer to United States: the short-circuit of decision “Schrems II”

Privacy in Europe is a very serious matter, and we can only be happy and proud of this. Protecting personal data of an individual means to safeguard a person in his/her deepest values and to avoid it becoming a commodity in the hands of governments and industry. Unfortunately, not every extra-European country offers the same […]

EUIPO Report on intellectual property rights infringement

According to the recent report published by EUIPO (European Intellectual Property Office) on June the 10th 2020, the infringement of intellectual property rights continues to have an important impact on social and economic level in the entire European Union, favoring criminality. The infringement on IP rights entails for EU governments a loss estimated around 15 billion […]