Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Team protects Clients’ IP portfolios both in and out of Court, with particular reference to the trademark, copyright and software sector.

Trademarks

  • Brand portfolio rating and strategic planning
  • Prior rights searches
  • Drafting and filing of (Italian, Community, International) applications for registration
  • Trademark litigation, with particular reference to motions for interim relief (descriptions, injunctions, seizures, discovery orders)
  • Drafting of contracts (assignment of rights, licensing, co-branding, etc.)

Designs

  • Assessment of protection of designs (i.e. individual character and novelty)
  • Drafting and filing of (Italian, European, International) design applications for registration
  • Design litigation, with particular reference to motions for interim relief (descriptions, injunctions, seizures, discovery orders)
  • Drafting of contracts (assignment of rights, licensing, etc.)

Copyright

  • Assessment of protection of works (analysis of innovation and originality)
  • Filing at SIAE and similar bodies of foreign States
  • Copyright litigation, with particular reference to motions for interim relief (descriptions, injunctions, seizures, discovery orders)
  • Digital entertainment (provision of on-demand, download-to-own, streaming, simulcast content, etc.)
  • Digitization of content (with particular reference to the legal issues connected to so-called “Orphan Works”)
  • Contracts (assignment of rights, licensing etc.)

Software

  • Assessment of software legal protection (copyright and/or patent)
  • Contracts (software development, assignment of rights, licensing, etc.)
  • Filing at the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (S.I.A.E.) and analogous foreign collecting societies
  • Software litigation, with particular reference to motions for interim relief (descriptions, injunctions, seizures, discovery orders)
  • Protection and development of free and open source software
  • Reuse of software in P.A.

Databases

  • Assessment of protection of databases (in terms of copyright and sui generis rights)
  • Filing at the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (S.I.A.E.) and analogous foreign collecting societies
  • Database litigation, with particular reference to motions for interim relief (descriptions, injunctions, seizures, discovery orders)

Denominations of Origin

  • Drafting and filing of applications for PDOs and PGIs
  • PDO and PGI litigation, with particular reference to contesting trademarks and/or distinctive signs conflicting with PDOs and PGIs
  • Drafting and filing of applications for collective (national and Community) trademarks

Domain Names

  • Preliminary assessment of domain name usability
  • Domain name Registration
  • Domain name litigation, including the national (Italian Network Information Center -NIC) and International - WIPO) reassignment administrative procedures

The Clients assisted by the Intellectual Property Team work in the following industries:

  • IT (Information Technology)
  • E – Commerce
  • New Technologies
  • Fashion & Design
  • Food
  • TLC (Telecommunications)
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Comics
  • Energy
  • Planning & Engineering
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