05 september 2017 - Judgement of the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation No. 20388 of 22 August 2017 – When an unregistered community design can be considered as reasonably known and, thus, protection starts

In a case concerning a counterfeit of an unregistered community design relating to a t-shirt of a famous fashion house, the Italian Court of Cassation held that an unregistered design could reasonably be known, in the normal course of business, to the circle specialized in the sector concerned operating within the European Union, when illustrations of such design have been distributed to dealers operating in that sector, not limited to a single undertaking belonging to that sector. Therefore, in this case the unregistered design shall be considered as protected at Community level – see full Judgement (in Italian language)