European Constitutional Law Review


Allegro without Vivaldi: Trademark Protection, Freedom of Speech, and Constitutional Balancing

Wojciech Sadurski


Allegro – Trademark protection – Freedom of speech vs. intellectual property – Polish Constitution – European Convention on Human Rights – Balancing of competing values – Constitutionally permissible limits on freedom of expression – Comparison with case-law of United States Supreme Court – ‘Categorical’ approach vs. ‘balancing’ approach


  • European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Polish Constitution;
  • Freedom of expression;
  • Trademark protection;
  • United States Supreme Court


*  Challis Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Law, and Professor in the European Centre of the University of Warsaw. Thanks to Fady Aoun, Alexandra George, Patricia Loughlan and Kimberlee Weatherall for useful suggestions in relation to the law of intellectual property.