The Italian Communications Guarantee Authority fines three telco companies for failure to bar some digital services 

The Italian Communications Guarantee Authority (in Italian, “Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni”, “AGCOM”) announced on April 21 last that it has issued three injunctions against three telco companies for failure to block in advance – so called barring – some digital services offered on their respective platforms.  

In addition, the Authority complained that the three companies had failed to comply with their duty to provide accurate information to their customers.       

Source: Italian Communications Guarantee’s official website  


Italian Antitrust Authority fines a maritime transport company about 4 million euros  

In a press release issued on April 12, 2022, the Italian Antitrust Authority (in Italian, “Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”, “AGCM”) announced that it has imposed a fine of more than 3.7 million euros a long-standing private maritime transport company operating on the so-called “Stretto di Messina” strait.  

In particular, the Authority found that the company unfairly applied high prices for car passengers by abusing its dominant position in the market.  

When assessing the gravity of the infringement the Authority took into account not only the economic power of the company and the type of service provided (essential for many consumers) but also the geographical area concerned, i.e. the strait.  

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website  


Italian Antitrust Authority opens two preliminary proceedings for unfair commercial practices on e-commerce 

On April 1, 2022, the AGCM launched that it had initiated two preliminary proceedings against two e-commerce companies in order to investigate certain aggressive and misleading practices allegedly perpetrated by the two companies.  

In particular, the alleged conduct was carried out by the companies as part of their e-commerce activities through their websites, on which they published misleading information about the main characteristics of the products marketed, as well as about the selling and shipping process of the product.  

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website  


The Italian Government approves the draft law on the new Industrial Property Code 

On April 6, 2022, the Italian Government approved the draft law amending the Industrial Property Code (Legislative Decree 2005/30), in compliance with the strategic plan defined last June by the Italian minister of economic development, Giancarlo Giorgetti.  

The bill provides for an organic protection of industrial property, in order to strengthen the technological and digital competitiveness of companies and national research centres by facilitating and enhancing the knowledge, use and dissemination of the patent protection system. 

Source: Italian Patent and Trademark Office’s official website  


The Italian Communications Guarantee Authority approves the three-year Plan for the prevention of corruption and transparency 

On April 7, 2022, the AGCOM announced that it has adopted resolution n. 95/22/CONS with which the three-year Plan for the prevention of corruption and transparency 2022-2024 was definitively approved.  

The Plan outlines the prevention strategy that will be implemented by AGCOM, in accordance with the provisions of Italian Law n. 190 of November 6, 2012 on corruption. 

Source: Italian Communications Guarantee’s official website 

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