Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

Trademark containing the reproduction of the PGI symbol: the decision of the EU Court

reproduction of the symbol PGI

By decision of December 1st 2021, pronounced in case T-700/20, the Court of the European Union ruled on a case of invalidity of a trademark containing the reproduction of the PGI symbol (Protected Geographical Indication). In particular, the EU Court decided that the Board of Appeals of the European Union Intellectual Property Office erred in […]

The Italian Supreme Court rules again on the notorious trademark

notorious trademark

The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, with the recent judgment no. 27217/2021, decided on the merits of the notorious trademark, by accepting the appeal of the fashion house G.G. that was requesting the declaration of invalidity of the registration of two trademarks owned by a Chinese citizen, due to lack of novelty. In particular, the Italian […]

The sound trademark and the criteria concerning its registrability

sound trademark

For the first time overall, the European General Court recently expressed its view about the registration of a sound trademark filed through an audio file at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (case T-668/19). In particular, the decision comes after the filing in the EU of a sound trademark application basically formed by a sound […]

Three-dimensional trademarks and distinctive character

three-dimensional trademarks

The European General Court, with judgment of July 14, 2021 (cause T-488/20) annulled the EUIPO decision, which stated that the three-dimensional sign constituted by the shape of a lipstick could not be registered as a trademark because of its lack of distinctive character. In particular, the decision follows the filing made in 2018 by a […]