Registered trademarks: on the meaning of “computer software”

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A much awaited preliminary ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union may redefine the way trademarks are registered, preventing the use of terms and categories like "computer software", considered generic and too broad and consequently conferring an uncontrolled monopoly to the trademark owner. Similarly to the case at hand, the same approach may in the future be followed for other terms which are able to recall a large scope when it comes to the identification of the specific goods and services involved in the trademark application, such as the terms "publications" or "consulting services". What are the possible consequences of the judgement?

Fonte: IPSOA – Informazione quotidiana su fisco, lavoro e pensioni, bilancio, gestione d’impresa e finanziamenti.

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