Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

Wine Labelling “Teran”: conflict between PDO and name of a grape variety


“Teran” is a protected designation of origin (PDO) for Slovenian wines but it is also the name of a wine grape variety used in Croatia. For this reason Croatia, before joining the European Union, in many letters sent to the Commission had expressed its doubts about the possibility to keep using the term “teran” for […]

A kick to a ball: a conceptually weak trademark

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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 […]

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 […]

Responsibility of a private individual who buys counterfeit goods from abroad


The European Court of Justice, deciding on the case C-772/18, has established an important principle on the matter of a person buying counterfeit products. The Court stated that the purchase of goods bearing a counterfeit trademark – clearly not for private use – must be regarded as “a use of the trade mark in the […]