Milan court partly sides with Banksy in interim proceedings for trade mark and copyright infringement

As thoroughly discussed by Enrico Bonadio on The Conversation, a few weeks ago the Milan Court of First Instance issued an interim ruling in favour of mysterious artist Banksy or, rather, the company that manages his IP rights (Pest Control Office). The application sought to repress the unauthorized use of Banksy's registered trade marks and reproductions of his/her artworks in the context of an art exhibition in Milan.The text of the decision in RG 52442/2018 Pest Control Office Limited v 24 Ore Cultura s.r.l. is available here.Let's see what happened.BackgroundThe applicant, Pest Control Office, is responsible for issuing certificates of authenticity re Banksy's artworks, and for selling his artworks and organizing exhibitions on his/her works. It has also registered a number of EU trade marks, including the word mark 'BANKSY' and the following figurative trade marks representing two of his/her best-known works, these being Girl with Balloon (also…

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