Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

The registration of a domain name identical to the one of an inactive website may constitute infringement

domain name

The Court of Florence, with decision no. 2920/2022 of 19th October 2022, expressed itself on unfair competition, re-stating the unity principle of the distinctive signs. The case concerned a dispute born between two companies operating in the field of shipping and both with signs substantially identical. In particular, it appeared that the first company was […]

Spider-man: still under seizure the unofficial costumes

spider-man: costumes bearing fake trademarks under seizure

The Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy, by sentence no. 38797 of 13th October 2022, confirmed the legitimacy of the probative seizure of 2,547 Spiderman costumes, released by the Prosecutor of the Court of Naples against the Italian importer company. Last year, the prosecutor of Naples validated the urgent seizure – operated by the Office […]

NFT not authorized by the trademark holder: Juventus obtains the first European injunction

injuction NFT

On 20th July 2022, the Court of Rome disposed an injunction order for the production and marketing of NFT (non-fungible token), becoming the first European Judge to rule in precautionary measures on the forgery of trademarks through the creation and selling of NFTs. The case concerned the appeal brought by Juventus Football Club S.p.A, as […]

Invalidity of a design pre-disclosed on social media: the EUIPO decision

invalidity of a design pre-disclosed on social media

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently ruled on the invalidity of a design pre-disclosed on social media. The episode under exam dates back to 2019, when a Dutch company addressed the EUIPO to ask for the nullity of the “creepy” shoe model, registered by the well-known clothing company “PUMA”, as a model disclosed […]