Interconnessione (o interoperabilità) e diritti di proprietà intellettuale: alcune riflessioni sul caso Lego

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Interconnection (or interoperability) and intellectual property rights: some reflections on the Lego case

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The article starts from a decision of the Court of Cassation of 2008 concerning the protection against the imitation of modular products (in this case: Lego bricks), to deal with the issue of protecting distinctive forms that also have the function of allowing the interconnection between modules of the same system, for the realization of a complex product. In particular, we wonder if, to guarantee competition (not between alternative modular systems, but) within the same modular system, the need to ensure the interconnection between modules coming from various companies must inevitably lead to the sacrifice of any distinctive values acquired from the form accredited by the creator of the modular system. The thesis that denies any space of application to the art. 2598, n. 1 cod. civ. in the case of imitation of modular products it is, in the opinion of the writer, excessive, it being preferable to ascertain, case by case, if the sacrifice of the distinctive value eventually acquired by the form is the only way to guarantee the interconnection between the modules of different business origin.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Interconnection (or interoperability) and intellectual property rights: some reflections on the Lego case
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationStudi in memoria di Paola A.E. Frassi
EditorsGiuseppe Sena
Pages517-527
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Imitazione servile
  • Marchi di forma
  • Three-dimensional trademarks
  • modular systems protection
  • prodotti modulari

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