Trevisan & Cuonzo

Legal Update

Data Protection 2018 - Italy

of Julia Holden & Benedetta Marsicola

What is the principal data protection legislation? From 25 May 2018, the principal data protection legislation in the EU will be Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the “General Data Protection Regulation” or “GDPR”). The GDPR repeals Directive 95/46/EC (the “Data Protection Directive”) and leads to increased (though not total) harmonisation of data protection law across the EU Member States.

The Importance of Being “Messi”. The “MESSI” Judgment of the General Court of the EU and how Fame of the Trademark Owner Can Influence the Strength of the Trademark. en-US

of Benedetta Marsicola

With a judgement dated 26 April 2018, the General Court of the EU held that the famous Argentinian football player – and multiple Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Andrès Messi, could register his mark ‘MESSI’ for sports and gymnastics clothing, footwear and equipment notwithstanding the opposition by the owner of a highly similar earlier sign “MASSI” registered for similar goods.

The Trademarks Law Review - Edition 1 - Italy

of Julia Holden & Giacomo Desimio

This chapter contains a brief outline of the Italian legal framework on trademarks and other distinctive signs used in the course of trade. There is a particular focus on the scope of protection of trademarks and other distinctive signs, the conditions for protection, the registration procedures and the actions before the judiciary authority.