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By |11 07 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The protection granted by a PDO may extend to the shape of a product, says the CJEU

With the judgement in Case C-490/19 the CJEU ruled on the interpretation of Article 13, paragraph 1, of the EU Regulation no. 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, regarding the infringement of a protected designation of origin (PDO).
The case in question arose from the dispute between […]

By |02 03 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Italian Competition Authority fines HP 10 million Euros for misleading and aggressive commercial practices

By Alessandro Pala and Elena Martini
With a decision dated 17 November 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) fined the Companies HP Inc and HP Italy (collectively HP) 10 million Euros for misleading and aggressive commercial practices against consumers, in relation to the sale of some printer models in Italy. 
The […]

By |04 02 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Undeclared payment fees: the Parclick case

With a decision dated last November 17 (available at this link), the Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) closed the investigation against the Spanish company Parclick S.L. for the infringement of the Italian Consumer Code and accepted the commitments proposed by the latter in order to make www.parclick.it – a website […]

By |03 02 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Italian Antitrust Authority fines Apple 10 million EUR

By Laura Spagnoli and Elena Martini
With decision of last October 27 (the Italian version is available here), the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) issued an administrative fine of 10 million euros (the maximum amount possible) against Apple for breach of the Italian Consumer Code, and more specifically for misleading and […]

By |22 12 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The Italian Competition Authority accepts the commitments made by Electronic Arts for greater transparency of in-game purchases

By its decision no. 28368 of 30 September 2020 the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) accepted the commitments made by Electronic Arts Inc, Electronic Arts Swiss Sarl and Electronic Italia Srl (EA group) and closed without ascertaining any infringement the proceedings regarding the promotion in the Italian market of several […]

By |22 12 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Descriptive marks and proof of secondary meaning – the IP Court of Brescia and the “Aste Giudiziarie” case

A recent summary ruling of the Brescia, Italy, IP Court, offers some insight in the matter of proof of acquired distinctiveness in trademark cases before the Italian IP Courts.
The petitioner, a company operating since the ’90s in the online judicial foreclosures sector, claiming exclusive rights on the “aste […]

By |23 11 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Italian Competition Authority rules on subliminal advertising in the videoclips by Rovazzi and Boomdabash + Alessandra Amoroso

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With decisions published on 2 November 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) closed, without issuing any sanctions in acceptance of the commitments of the parties, the procedures with which it had contested the inclusion of subliminal advertising in the video clips of the Italian songs […]

By |11 11 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Prize competitions: the Italian Antitrust Authority closes investigations on Vodafone’s misleading communications

With decision no. 28358 of 2020, the Italian Antitrust Authority closed the proceedings against Vodafone Italia S.p.A. relating to its “Happy&Win” prize contest held in 2019. The proceedings were initiated in September 2019 (during the prize competition) against the well-known telecommunications operator following a number of reports received from […]

By |03 11 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The CJEU ruled on the mandatory indication of the country of origin of a food

With a recent judgement in Case C-485/18, the CJEU ruled on the mandatory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance of foods, in respect of the possibility for a Member State to require additional mandatory information as compared with those provided for in Regulation No 1169/2011.
The […]

By |03 11 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

The CJEU rules on limitations to online sales of medicinal products

In a judgement handed down on 1 October 2020 (case C-649-18) the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on the prohibition for a Member State to restrict the free movement of information society services from another Member State, in respect of the online sales of medicinal […]

By |29 10 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Messi is entitled to register his trademark: The CJEU upholds the General Court decision

On 17 September 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) dismissed the appeals brought by the EUIPO and the holder of the MASSI trademark against the General Court decision confirming the validity of MESSI’s trademark registration (shown below) for sports equipment and clothing (see judgement in […]

By |16 10 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

According to the EUIPO, Banksy’s “Flower Thrower” trademark is invalid since it was registered in bad faith

A very recent decision of the EUIPO Cancellation Division (no. 33 843 C) ascertained the invalidity of trademark no. 12575155,  registered by the company Pest Control Office Ltd. (the company acting on behalf of the well-known street artist Banksy), because it had been filed in bad faith pursuant to […]

By |30 09 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments|