It was a battle of the rubber washers – the FA had just won the battle of rubber bands with toothpaste in the European Cup, but the Italian Association had already lost.
The FA had been battling toothpaste manufacturer Tocco, which had been awarded a patent for its toothpaste cartridges.
However, Toccos toothpaste had been approved for use in toothpastes that had been already made in Italy.
Tocco argued that the company was not entitled to the patent, as it had already manufactured toothpaste products, so why should it be granted the patent for toothpaste that had already been approved by the European Commission?
The EC responded to TocCo’s argument by ordering the EC to examine the patent application.
The EC’s ruling was supported by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, which argued that toothpaste could not be patented in the case of a product that had yet to be produced.
The decision came after a year of wrangling between Toc Co, which owned the patent and had been seeking to buy the rights to use it, and the Italian association.
The battle of toothpasters, rubber bands and toothpaste began in 2013, when the Italian Football Association (FIG) was told it was losing the battle because it had lost the rubber band battle.
But the battle to get toothpaste to Italy was only just beginning, with the Italian national toothpaste company (Nestlé) trying to convince the FA to sell its rubber bands patent.
But after the FAs failure to win the rubber bands battle, the Italian government agreed to buy Nestlé’s patent.
Nestle, which owns both Nestle and the trademark Nestle, argued that it was not a competitor of the FA, because Nestle did not manufacture toothpaste.
In the end, the European Court of Justice agreed with Nestle that toothpastors could be patented.
The decision is not legally binding, but it means that toothbrushes and rubber bands are now considered products of the European Union.
The rubber bands issue came to a head in January, when Nestlé said it had sold its patent rights in Italy to another Italian company, and that the Italian team was no longer permitted to use the trademark.