PGA Newsletter – 27/04/2020

PGA Newsletter – 27/04/2020

by PGA
Copyright infringement: Telegram removes 7 channels

Following the investigation launched by AGCOM concerning certain channels created on the well-known messaging platform “Telegram” through which users send copyright-protected content, Telegram itself removed 7 of the 8 channels reported.
The Authority, in a press release dated 23.04.2020, also pointed out that, also in relation to the violation of Intellectual Property in order to legitimize AGCOM’s direct intervention against Telegram, it would be necessary to amend the primary legislation to allow operators offering information society services in Italy using national numbering resources to be considered established in Italy – with reference to the rights referred to in the article. 4, paragraph 1, letter a) of Legislative Decree no. 70 of 2003.
This rule would allow the Authority to adopt selective removal orders for content uploaded in violation of copyright addressed directly to operators such as Telegram.

EPO: the oral procedure in videoconference is in progress

The European Patent Office has published the decision taken by iys President regarding the pilot project for oral procedure by videoconference before the Opposition Divisions.
The project will be extended to all oral proceedings before the Opposition Divisions.
The pilot project will start on the date of entry into force of the decision (scheduled for May 4, 2020) and will continue until April 30, 2021.

“BREVETTI+”: extended incentives

The Ministry of Economic Development has extended the incentives originally provided for the Brevetti+ tender.
In particular, it is now planned to provide a capital grant of up to 140,000 euros. All this to support the innovative and competitive capacity of SMEs through the enhancement and economic exploitation of patents on the national and international market.