A new episode in the Rubik’s Cube saga

Rubik’s Brand v EUIPO – Simba Toys (Case T-601/17) by Laura Gastaldi, Lara Mastrangelo and Alessandra Tozzi Whether you are from the 20th century or a millennial, the Rubik’s cube will immediately bring you back in time. Indeed, such multicolored three-dimensional puzzle is one of the most popular toys of all times, with more than 350 million units sold worldwide. Yet, there are few things that not everybody knows about the Magic Cube. The first …

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Legality Rating: New Webrating Platform online!

By Laura Borelli and Alessandro Ferrari On October 21, 2019 the Italian Antitrust Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, hereinafter “AGCM“) has announced the launch of the WebRating platform, a new tool dedicated to companies for the compilation and the delivery of applications and communications relating to the legality rating system.

Sky v. Skykick, or on the meaning of “computer software”

By Valentina Mazza, Annamaria Algieri and Andrea Michelangeli On 16 October 2019, the Advocate General Tanchev issued his opinion in relation to one of the most interesting trademark disputes of the recent years, waiting for a preliminary ruling judgement before the CJEU. The dispute involves Sky plc, Sky International AG and Sky UK Limited (“Sky”), active in the satellite and digital television broadcast service, against Skykick UK Limited and Skykick Inc (“Skykick”), which supply cloud …

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Paparazzi v. celebrities copyright lawsuits – the last American trend!

By Valentina Mazza and Alessandra Tozzi It is common to spot groups of paparazzi taking pictures at celebrities, fashion icons and influencers on the streets not only during fashion weeks and events, but also in their day-to-day lives. At the same time, it has become increasingly frequent in the United States for paparazzi to file copyright infringement lawsuits against celebrities for sharing those pictures on the Internet, i.e. on social media platforms, without the photographers’ …

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Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends – Karl Lagerfeld’s heritage: who is going to award the rights on his image? Does the cat really take it all?

By Elena Varese, Fulvia Cosattini and Valentina Mazza  Last July, with “The Dawn of Romanity” haute couture show against the Colosseum backdrop, Fendi paid tribute to its longtime Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld, with 54 outfits to represent his 54-year tenure at the maison. But who owns the rights in the image of the recently deceased iconic fashion genius?

Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends – Fashion and Parody: a trendy combo?

By Valentina Mazza and Alessandra Tozzi Is it lawful to commercialize clothing items that represent a parody of well-known fashion trademarks or does it amount to a trademark infringement? Parody has always been a controversial topic in fashion but the question has become even more relevant in the last few years in consideration of the great number of new brands that have built their success on the parody of well-known fashion trademarks. While some brands …

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Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends – Can Artificial Intelligence create a style? The relationship between fashion and technology

As we already discovered in some of our previous articles, from 3D avatars to wardrobe advisers, passing through CGI and Robot IT girls, artificial intelligence (“AI”) is shaping our outfits and looks.  Indeed, AI is transforming the fashion industry in every element of its value chain and marketplace. In last years, all retail giants are using AI to improve the efficiency of sales systems and processes and to enhance clients’ shopping experience, offering a personalized …

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Outsourcing agreements and Artificial Intelligence: Hints and Tips Part 2

By Giacomo Lusardi and Alessandro Ferrari In one of our latest blog posts, we went through the first part of our hints and tips on outsourcing agreements and artificial intelligence, covering #1 Technological evolution and benchmarking clauses, #2 Liability and limitations, and #3 Know-how transfer, insourcing and supplier replacement. Below is the second part on: #4 Intellectual Property,  #5 Data protection and #6 Cyber risk and Insurance.

Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends – Does the Cofemel decision marks the end of “artistic value”?

By Valentina Mazza and Andrea Michelangeli As the Milan Fashion Week goes on in these days, we are eager to keep you updated with the very most recent fashion law topics and matters. This time we speak about copyright after that on 12 September 2019, the CJEU issued the long-awaited decision on the Cofemel case C-683/17, which opens a new path for the copyright protection of designs in the EU and in Italy.

Milan Fashion Week and Fashion Law Trends –  Monograms: just letters or powerful trademarks?

By Elena Varese e Lara Mastrangelo The Milan Fashion Week has just started and from today we are glad to host for the second time some highlights on the major fashion law trends of this season. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” used to claim Juliet in the famous Shakespeare’s play, but would a Louis Vuitton bag without its legendary monogram – or with a slightly different one – be as …

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Outsourcing agreements and Artificial Intelligence: Hints and Tips Part 1

The use of technologies based on AI systems has significant consequences in terms of outsourcing agreements, which must be duly taken into account by suppliers and customers at the negotiation stage and during their whole business relationship. Suppliers and customers should assess from a new perspective a number of key contractual clauses, from which the good and profitable success of outsourcing and the reduction of the risk of future litigation very much depend. The automation …

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Video: Trade secrets legal predictions for 2019

In this video Micaela Jerusalmi and Fulvia Cosattini analyze the trade secrets legal and business challenges for 2019. The need for companies to protect their trade secrets is growing rapidly due to the evolution of technology. How can security and transparency be balanced? For a more in-depth analysis please read our post Top 3 predictions for trade secrets in 2019