Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

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 […]

The storage of goods with counterfeit marks is not always unlawful


The e-commerce hosting company stocking goods for third-party companies that infringe trademarks rights of others is not liable for the trademark infringement if it is unaware of it. This was stated by the European Court of Justice (CJEU) with judgment of April 2nd 2020 case C-567/18. The case started from the action brought by a […]

Opening of the Italian Register of historic marks of national interest

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Starting from the 16th of April 2020, it will be finally possible to apply to register an owned trademark in the Official Italian register of historic marks of national interest. The owner of the mark or its exclusive licensee can file the request with a telematic application to the Italian Patent and Trademark Office. Regularly […]

Fines worth millions for restricting sales of products in the European Union


On the 30th of January 2020, the European Commission inflicted a fine of over 14 million euros to several companies operating in the same corporate group for restricting licensed sales of products related to successful movies in the European Economic Area. In June 2017, the Commission opened an investigation on some distribution and licensing practices […]