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Use of registered trademarks in domain names - when and how to obtain seizure

November 2011 - Intellectual Property . Legal Developments by Portolano Colella Cavallo Studio Legale.

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By Antonella Barbieri and Marco Bellezza

An Italian court has recently held that if a website wrongfully uses a registered trademark in its domain name, and if a court order is sought to require an Italian internet service provider (ISP) to block access to the website, such an order cannot be granted unless the applicant produces evidence of the website’s illicit content or purpose. In order to block access to a website that offers counterfeit goods, a trademark holder must produce adequate evidence of the illicit activity carried out through the website. 


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