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IP Law Galli | Italy | 26 Jul 2021

Ecological transition and intellectual property: new government programmes

Many governments have begun implementing plans to recover from the covid-19 pandemic. Such plans often incorporate support measures relating to two key topics – namely, intellectual property and sustainability. This article discusses the connection between these topics and how their combination can lead to progressive development.
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IP Law Galli | Global | 15 Mar 2021

Tackling COVID-19 with patented vaccines

Vaccines to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic have arrived much earlier and in more varieties than expected. This achievement is due to research and patents that date from before the pandemic. Creating competition between innovators provides more market choice, which satisfies different needs. Vaccines will be of lower cost and higher quality because innovators will compete for their share of the......
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IP Law Galli | European Union, Italy, United Kingdom | 19 Oct 2020

Italy nominates Milan as third head office of UPC instead of London

At a recent Unified Patent Court (UPC) Preparatory Committee meeting on the effects of the United Kingdom's withdrawal of its ratification of the court's founding agreement, Italy announced its intention to nominate Milan as the new branch of the UPC headquarters instead of London. Although Milan is not a mandatory choice, this nomination should be taken seriously for many reasons.
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IP Law Galli | Global | 13 Jul 2020

IP rights, market ecology and sustainability: strategic directions post-COVID-19

From every angle, intellectual property is one of the great engines of the contemporary world, which not only fosters (and must continue to foster in the post-COVID-19 economy) progressive developments in relation to technology and quality of life, but also carries the 'antibodies' needed to protect the environment. This article examines the role that intellectual property plays in both......
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IP Law Galli | Global | 15 Jun 2020

Effective IP rights management to successfully overcome post-crisis challenges

Economic success following the COVID-19 crisis will arguably depend on four considerations: globalisation, human rights and freedoms, flexible working and quality of life. In light of this, effective IP rights management will be more important than ever after the current crisis. Companies should prepare a strategy that integrates a future-oriented IP rights management plan to deal with the......
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IP Law Galli | European Union, Italy | 27 Apr 2020

Patent infringement to deal with COVID-19 emergency: possible exemptions

In a province badly affected by COVID-19, valves for respirators used in hospitals in emergency COVID-19 therapy have been replicated locally with a 3D printer (the original valves are reproduced and patent protected) to cope with valve shortages and the impossibility of receiving them in time from the authorised manufacturer. In this case, the fact that a 3D printer is being used for......
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IP Law Galli | Global | 2 Mar 2020

Use of IP rights in internationalisation process

For a company that chooses the path of internationalisation (which today's global market has made a necessity), protecting IP rights is not only useful, but also indispensable to avoid infringing other people's rights, which could result in court proceedings and, if unsuccessful, a loss of investment, reputation and market access before business has even begun.
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IP Law Galli | European Union, Italy | 9 Dec 2019

New relationship between collective, certification and individual multi-use marks

Following the implementation of the EU Trademark Directive in February 2019, there has been much debate in Italy over how to manage and choose between collective marks, individual multi-use marks and certification marks. While the new IP regime offers new opportunities, it also requires a careful review of existing regulations and a case-by-case verification of whether a collective mark can......
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IP Law Galli | European Union, Italy | 28 Oct 2019

Artistic value and copyright protection for industrial designs

Industrial property lawyers in Italy have been given cause for reflection following a recent European Court of Justice decision which was expected to clarify whether the legislatures of EU member states can grant copyright protection for designs subject to additional requirements to those required for all other copyrighted works. This issue is of particular importance in Italy, as copyright......
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IP Law Galli | Italy | 9 Sep 2019

Supreme Court of Cassation reverses patent limitation decision

The Supreme Court of Cassation recently reversed a Milan Court of Appeal ruling on patent limitation. The Supreme Court of Cassation found that although the Milan Court of Appeal had held the patent at issue to be valid, it had not granted the patentee's claims for infringement because the patent had been subject to a limitation procedure and the acts of infringement had been carried out......
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