Tuesday, October 10 2023   \  Published by Hogan Lovells.

Italy: Major changes to Intellectual Property Code come into force

Italy: Major changes to Intellectual Property Code come into force

Today, 23 August 2023, major revisions to the Italian Intellectual Property Code become effective. The changes are aimed at streamlining procedural aspects of registering and enforcing IP in a digital age and at strengthening IP protection for certain rights. Major changes concern university staff inventions, Italian double patenting regime, and the introduction of a temporary protection for design. In this article we delve into the key modifications.

Italian intellectual property framework: the IPC and the Amendment Law

The Italian intellectual property framework is mainly set out in the Italian Intellectual Property Code ("IPC"). Aspects of the IPC which relate to registered and unregistered intellectual property rights (excluding copyright), have been substantially amended by Law No.102 of 24 July 2023 (the "Amendment Law"), which comes into force today, 23 August 2023.

The primary objectives of the Amendment Law are twofold: first, to streamline intellectual property registration and enforcement procedures, including through digitalization; and second, to strengthen intellectual property protection, in particular for those rights critical to preserving Italian intangible assets and to fostering Italian companies' ability to compete on the market. Read more

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