The main law regarding intellectual property rights in Italy is the Industrial Property Code that includes the major elements from the European and international legislation. The Italian Code contains regulations related to trademarks, patents, inventions, models, designs, etc.
According to this law, a trademark is a distinctive element of a product or service, and its main objective is to identify the company that produces/ sells that product/service. A registered trademark is protected by Italian law against any form of usage without the owner’s consent. The registration is made for ten years and can be renewed for the same period whenever the owner wants to.
If you are the owner of a national trademark, you can extend its usage abroad in countries with signed international agreements related to intellectual property rights – Madrid Agreement and Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement. All you have to do is send a request regarding protecting intellectual property rights to the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Patents for inventions
The Italian government can grant a patent for a businessman who can use an invention for a determined period of time and benefit from the advantages that he can get by using it.
Another important intellectual property right is copyright, which means that a business person can use and distribute a certain intellectual property, such as literary works, architecture, cinema, etc. Many countries in Europe and worldwide have signed the Berne Convention for protecting the copyright on their territories.
When you have a problem regarding Italy’s intellectual property rights, you should address it to the local Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office that the local Chamber of Commerce manages. Intellectual property rights are protected abroad by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
When you need more information and legal assistance for intellectual property rights issues, you may contact our Italian lawyers. They can represent you in front of Italian courts, and they will provide tailored legal services for your company.
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