Italian Antitrust Authority fined two companies for the sale of U-Mask masks 

The Italian Antitrust Authority (in Italian, “Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”,  “AGCM”) has concluded an investigation against the companies U-Earth Biotech Ltd and Pure Air Zone Italy S.r.l., imposing fines for a total amount of 450.000,00 euros. 

According to the Authority, the two companies unlawfully qualified the U-Mask with FFP3 devices, thereby misleading consumers about the effective protective capacity of the mask and relying on the health emergency situation to induce them to purchase the product. 

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website

Fight against counterfeiting: Italian National Council for the Fight against Counterfeiting restarts its activities  

The Italian Minister of Economic Development Giancarlo Giorgetti signed an appointment decree of the members of the National Council for the Fight against Counterfeiting and Italian Sounding (in Italian, “Consiglio Nazionale per la Lotta alla Contraffazione e all’Italian Sounding”, CNALCIS”), an inter-ministerial body within the Ministry of Economic Development aiming to promote and coordinate actions to protect made in Italy products. 

In particular, the CNALCIS will define the actions to fight counterfeiting and the so-called italian sounding, aimed at protecting Italian companies and Italian manufacturing excellence from unfair competition on national and international markets. 

Source: Italian Patent and Trademark Office official website 

The Italian Communications Guarantee Authority’s adopts new measures for users with disabilities 

The Italian Communications Guarantee Authority (in Italian, “Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni”, “AGCOM”), with resolution no. 290/21/CONS published on October 14, 2021, has increased the scope of recipients of benefits for electronic communications services. 

With the above-mentioned measure, the Authority has extended the price benefits, currently reserved for blind and deaf users, to users suffering from severe limitations in their walking ability. 

Source: Italian Communications Guarantee Authority’s official website

The Italian Antitrust Authority authorised with conditions Nexi-Sia merger  

With a measure adopted on October 12, the Italian Antitrust Authority authorised with conditions the merger by incorporation of SIA S.p.A. in Nexi S.p.A. 

In particular, in authorising the transaction, the Authority imposed some measures to the two companies to resolve the critical issues that emerged during the investigation and related to the possible anticompetitive effects deriving from the transaction itself in the payment services sector. 

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website 

Italian Antitrust Authority: two companies of group fined for 7 million euros 

With a measure adopted on October 5, the Italian Antitrust Authority imposed to Mediazione Creditizia S.p.A. and Broker di Assicurazioni S.p.A. two penalties for unfair and aggressive commercial practices, for a total amount of 7 million euros. 

The Authority found both a lack of transparency with respect to the provisional nature of the loan comparison (in violation of Articles 21 and 22 of the Italian Consumer Code) and an insistent use of advertising pop-up (in violation of Articles 24 and 25 of the Italian Consumer Code). 

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website 

Italian Antitrust Authority: investigation opened against TikTok and Crystal Drops.Co. 

With bulletin n. 40 of October 11, 2021, the Italian Antitrust Authority announced that an investigation for unfair commercial practices has been opened against TikTok Technology Limited and the company Crystal Drops. Co. which markets eye drops to change eye color. 

In particular, the investigation was launched following complaints from Federconsumatori Parma, according to which TikTok Technology Limited would have disseminated on its platform a video concerning the Crystal drops product that can be used to change the color of the eyes without revealing the promotional content. 

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website

The Italian Supreme Court on the transfer of copyright without the co-owner consent 

With the judgment no. 23498/2021, the Italian Supreme Court ruled on the transfer of copyright on cinematographic works without the co-owner consent. 

In particular, the Supreme Court held that the buyer of an asset, without a specific agreement at the time of the sale, does not automatically take over the agreements entered into by the seller for its management, except in the exceptional cases specifically provided by law.  

So, the transfer of copyright in the absence of a specific authorisation by the co-owner is a violation of copyright law. 

Source: DeJure 

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