European Directive on Copyright: Italian Government approved the implementing decree  

On November 4, 2021, the Italian Government approved, in final examination, 18 legislative decrees implementing European acts, transposing, among others, the European Directive 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market (so-called “Copyright Directive”). 

The scope of the provision is to ensure greater protection for copyright owners and a fairer functioning market through clear, transparent and appropriate rules in the digital era. 

Source: Italian Department for European Policies official website 

The Italian Supreme Court asks the CJEU to give a preliminary ruling on community trademark  

With the decision no. 30749 adopted on October 29, the Italian Supreme Court has requested the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) to give a preliminary ruling on some issues relating to the community trademark and its implications.  

The request addressed to the European Court was determined to identify a standard protection of trademarks, harmonising the provisions of domestic and EU law. 

Source: Italian Supreme Court official website 

Italian Patent and Trademark Office warns on new fraud attempts against applicants and owners of trademarks and patents 

With a communication of November 15, 2021, the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (in Italian, “Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi”, “UIBM”) announced that it has received several reports concerning new fraud attempts against applicants or owners of trademarks and patents, involving misleading requests for payment in order to establish or secure legal protection for their title in due time.  

In particular, such requests are sent through e-mail from an address similar to the one used by UIBM, but not matching, indicating the bank account to which the transfer should be made.  

The UIBM recommends to pay attention, specifying never to send payment reminders in such a way. 

Source: Italian Patent and Trademark Office’s official website 

Italian Antitrust Authority opens an investigation against Treccani Reti S.p.a. and GSLP Cross Selling S.r.l. 

With the notice published on November 9, 2021, the Italian Antitrust Authority (in Italian, “Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”, “AGCM”) announced a preliminary investigation for deceptive practices against the companies Treccani Reti S.p.a. and GSLP Cross Selling S.r.l. 

According to the information collected, GSLP Cross Selling, on behalf of Treccani Reti, offered potential customers, via telephone contact, a meeting to delivery a free gift, while concealing the purpose to sell the products, offered, moreover, at an economic value far higher than the real value. 

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website 

The Italian Antitrust Authority has closed the preliminary proceedings against FinecoBank 

The Italian Antitrust Authority – accepting the commitments undertaken by FinecoBank S.p.a. to resolve the critical issues raised by the Authority – has closed the investigation procedure launched last April against the company for an alleged unfair commercial practice. 

In particular, the Authority had accused the bank of pressing customers to subscribe to financial and/or asset management services once they reached a certain deposit amount, in order to redirect funds to more profitable forms of investment for the bank, “forcing” customers to close their bank account as the only alternative. 

Source: Italian Antitrust Authority’s official website 


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