Category Archives: Trademarks & Design

Court of Justice of the EU: it is prohibited the reproduction of the shape and appearance of a PDO product

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The reproduction of the shape or appearance of a product protected by a PDO is prohibited if such reproduction may mislead the consumer as to the true origin of the product. This is the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter the EU Court) ruling in case C490/19 concerning the request […]

Trademark revocation: the “Testarossa” case

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A trademark is revoked if it is not used for a period of time – usually for five years – after its registration. On the basis of this principle, in Germany it was requested the cancellation of the trademarks “Testarossa” owned by Ferrari S.p.A. and registered for goods in class 12 for the supposed lack […]

Brexit: what happens to European trademarks and designs?

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The transition period for the exit of theUnited Kingdom from the European Union will end, unless last minute decisions, on December 31st 2020. It is as a matter of fact, a “flexible” deadline, as the United Kingdom could decide to further defer the deadline, even if at this moment there is no news on the […]

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 […]