Thursday, March 12, 2020
COVID 19 - Remote Working

Italy is the first country in Europe to now adopt stricter precautionary measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. These require all companies to adapt how they organize and operate quickly and efficiently.
Our firm is prepared for this scenario and all our professionals, staff and collaborators are already active in working remotely.
We therefore confirm our ability to provide the usual level of operational capacity and to support you in ensuring continuity to your business.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
C-371/18: the CJEU sheds some light on the interpretation of EU trade mark law concerning marks lacking sufficient clarity and precision and registration in bad faith

Trade marks cannot be declared wholly or partially invalid for lack of sufficient clarity and precision with regard to the specification of goods and services. Applying to register a mark with no intention to use, or intending to use it only for some goods and services may amount to bad faith.

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Corte di Cassazione, ruling no. 735/2020: on the infringement of new plant varieties and on the exclusion of ex officio invalidity questions

The Italian Supreme Court ruled in a new plant variety infringement matter, confirming the Court of Appeal’s conclusions that the variety had been infringed through the cultivation of the plant without the prior authorisation of the IP holders. The decision includes an interesting analysis of Courts duties and powers regarding invalidity claims of new varieties and IP titles in general.

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Friday, January 31, 2020
C-311/18 (“Schrems II”), AG’s Opinion: Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid

Transfer of personal data towards third countries: the AG suggests that Commission Decision 2010/87/EU, establishing standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries, is compliant with Art. 7, 8 and 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, as it includes mechanisms ensuring that unlawful transfers can be suspended or prohibited, thus ensuring protection of the data subjects’ fundamental rights.

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