Italy Trademark Registration

Italy trademark registration are required register IP protection at Italian Patent and Trademark Office (IPTO). Italian Patent and Trademark Office (IPTO) is the government body responsible for registering IP protection.

 

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Registrable Italy Trademarks

All signs (word, device or shape) capable of being graphically represented and fulfilling the requirements of novelty, distinctiveness and lawfulness are registrable Italy trademarks. Graphically represented sounds, color combinations or a particular shade of color are also registrable.

 

Italy Trademark Classification

The international classification of goods and services (the International Nice Agreement) applies. Applications may include more than one class of goods and/or services.

 

The procedure of Italy Trademark Registration

Once the Italy trademark application for registration has been filed, an application number and an Italy trademark application date are obtained, and from that date the examination of the file starts, which is articulated in different phases.

 

A first formal and technical exam is conducted by the UIBM, which checks that the application meets the formal requirements (articles 148 and 156 CPI) and the absence of the so-called absolute impediments to the registration. For example, a mark that is contrary to good behavior can be refused directly by the office, as well as an offensive mark.

 

Instead, if the mark overcomes this exam done by the office, then it is published in the Italy Official Trademark Gazette, which is public. From that moment anyone who considers himself damaged by the trademark application since he thinks that that trademark is similar to his own pre-existing trademark or because as such it violates his rights can file Opposition to the registration with the UIBM within 3 months as from publication date.

 

If opposition is filed, ad administrative procedure starts in the course of which the person who has applied for the trademark will be able to defend himself in front of who filed opposition against the trademark registration and at the end of this procedure a decision will be issued that will be for the grant or the refusal of the trademark.

 

Instead, if no one files opposition the trademark is granted. To the trademark a grant number and date will be assigned and the holder will be able to obtain the relative certificate of registration.

 

Italy Trademark Duration and Renewals

Once the Italy trademark registration is complete, the trademark protection is valid for 10 years running from the filing date. An indefinite number of renewals is possible for subsequent 10-year periods.

 

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