Posted by Laura Ercoli on Monday July 31st, 2017

SIBprima July 2017 – Change of rules at EPO – The new regulation on EU TMs – Italian Supreme Court rules in Fiorucci saga

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No more EPO patents for plants and animals obtained by biological processes

The EPO has amended its rules on patents for plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes, but the change raises issues of compatibility with European Union law. (more)


What’s new in the EU Trademark regulation applicable as from 1 October?

Regulation (EU) 2017/1001, to come into force on 1 October 2017, is a codified version of the EU Trademark regulation that includes the changes introduced last year as part of the “European Union trademark reform package”. (more)

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Surname trademarks: new Italian Supreme Court ruling in Fiorucci saga

A sign that includes a surname may be registered even though the surname is part of an earlier registered trademark, if it is exploited in accordance with honest practices and does not take unfair advantage of the earlier mark’s distinctive character and renown. (more)


Fabrizio de Benedetti elected Member of Honour of ECTA

Read about his vision on the harmonisation of European IP laws and his work for the association in ECTA’s “IP Legend” interview. (more)

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You can find us at:

INTA TMAP in New Orleans in September,

FICPI Open Forum in Venice in October.

Looking forward to meeting you there!



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