The intellectual property legislation in Italy
is comprised of five major fields, which refer to the definition, registration and protection, time frame of intellectual property rights
. Both natural persons and legal entities in Italy
interested in protecting an intellectual property right
on the Italian territory
should know that the country has been a member state of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
starting with 1977 and thus, the competent authorities in the field modified the applicable legislation following the WIPO’s regulations
. Our team of lawyers in Italy
can provide in-depth assistance on the main legal acts regulating this field.
Patents in Italy refer to a wide range of inventions, which have to respect a set of criteria in order to be acknowledged as patents, as mentioned below:
• inventive step;
• industrial application.
The main rules of law which refer to the Italian patents
are the Civil Code
and the Patent Act No. 1127
. It is also important to know that Italy
is a member state of the Patents Cooperation Treaty
, which allow a person or a company interested in the protection of the respective patent
to apply for an international patent application
. Our team of Italian lawyers
can offer more details on this procedure.
Trademarks in Italy
A trademark in Italy
refers to numerous graphic representations
which are used to provide a unique graphic identity
to a product, service or company on the local market. Trademarks
also refer to the following:
• names of persons;
• the shape of a product;
• the packaging of a product;
• color shapes;
• combinations of the above mentioned.
The registration of a trademark in Italy is performed following the regulations of the Italian Trade Mark Law and it is important to know that, under the applicable legislation, the respective sign will be protected on the local market for a period of ten years. However, the applicant may request to renew the application prior to the expiration date.
Intellectual property in Italy is also comprised of copyright, which refers to various literary, musical, artistic, cinematographic or photographic works that are considered original on the Italian market.
Copyright in Italy is regulated by the Civil Code and the Copyright Law No. 633.
Intellectual property disputes
that may arise on the Italian territory
can be handled following the regulations provided by WIPO
and our attorneys in Italy
can offer more details. Please contact our law firm in Italy
for an in-depth presentation on the Intellectual Property Law
, which also includes designs
and utility models