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Italian court says use of a prominent design in a trademark is no defense if the acronyms are similar

The court of Bologna declared the MST device trademark null and void on the grounds of likelihood of confusion and risk of association, both with regards to the well-known MS trademark, emphasizing that the graphic differences between these trademarks are not sufficient to avoid a strong impression of similarity which derives from the overlapping of the two letters “MS”. We publish the article written by Costanza Manavello and published on the English web-based legal forum "Lexology":