Intellectual Property since 1882
Sep 29, 2020
Hosting Italy's online Women in IP Global Networking Event 2020
We are very excited to host Italy's Women in IP Global Networking Event 2020, taking place online on Zoom® on 29 September 2020 at 5 pm Italian time (CEST). Organised by the Women IP Law Subcommittee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the Women in IP Networking Event is a unique and memorable moment bringing together women worldwide who are intellectual property practitioners or whose business it is to be involved with intellectual property issues. The theme of the Italian event is "Innovation and intellectual property in the realm of sports".
Sep 04, 2020
Italian government names Milan as official candidate in race for UPC central division
Last night the Italian government chose Milan as the official candidate in the competition to host the central division of the Unified Patent Court currently based in London that will have to be reassigned following the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union as well as from the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The government chose Milan over Turin, which was supported by one of the parties in government, by reaching a compromise which will result in Turin hosting the seat of the Italian Institute for Artificial Intelligence. "The choice of Milan as candidate for the third central division of the Unified Patent Cour"?, reads the government's official statement,"is a strategic decision, intended to stregthen Italy's contribution to the development and growth of the European Union".
Mar 15, 2020
COVID-19 we're fully operational
In order to protect the health of our workers and communities, most of our employees are now working from home with remote access to the firm's database management system. A small group is working from office premises, limiting physical contact and keeping a safe distance from each other as required by government measures.
Sep 18, 2019
CJEU ruling offers broader options to EU trademark owners suing for online infringement
According to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union in case C-172/18European Union, trademark holders can bring actions against online advertisements and sales of infringing goods before the courts of each EU member state in which consumers are targeted, as an alternative to actions in the EU member state in which the defendant is based
Jul 16, 2019
From PCT application to Italian patent: new direct route confirmed
Applicants will soon be able to obtain patent protection in Italy directly via an international PCT application. Italian Law No. 34/2019 - in force since 30 June 2019 - has confirmed Legislative Decree No. 34/2019 which had recently introduced an important change in the procedure to obtain an Italian patent via an international PCT application. So far, the only way to obtain patent protection in Italy by means of an international PCT application was via a European patent which would then be validated in Italy. By amending the Italian Industrial Property Code, the new legislation has now also made it possible to obtain an Italian patent via an international PCT application by opening an Italian national phase directly.
Jul 04, 2019
SIB ranked in Patent 1000 2019, 4 partners recommended for patent prosecution work
The 2019 edition of IAM Patent 1000 ? The World's Leading Patent Professionals lists SIB Societą Italiana Brevetti as well as partners Antonio Mario Pizzoli, Elisabetta Papa, Claudio Germinario and Emanuele Concone for patent prosecution. According to Patent 1000, The patent attorneys at Societą Italiana Brevetti seem to perform even better when faced with especially complex patent conundrums; supplementary protection certificates, plant breeders' rights and multi-jurisdictional pharmaceutical litigation are all handled adroitly and with minimum fuss by the firm's renowned practitioners.
Nov 29, 2018
Italy finalises implementation of EU Trademark reform package and Unified Patent Court Agreement
The Italian government has issued two legislative decrees that finalise the implementation into national law of the so-called EU Trademark reform package, of EU provisions on the unitary patent and of the Unified Patent Court Agreement. Specifically the Italian government's Council of Ministers of 20 November 2018 approved two legislative decrees concerning intellectual property rights. Both decrees will come into force after publication in the Italian Official Journal.
Nov 15, 2018
Republic of San Marino joins Hague system for international design registration
As from 26 January 2019 it will be possible to designate the Republic of San Marino in applications for the registration of international designs.The Republic of San Marino, a city-state in the Marche region on the eastern coast of Italy, deposited its instrument of accession to the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs on 26 October 2018.This latest accession means there are now 70 states which can be designated in an international application for design registration.
Sep 26, 2018
Directive on copyright in the digital single market: the amendments approved by the EU Parliament
The EU Parliament has approved amendments to the proposal for a directive on copyright in the digital single market: what has changed, and how long will it take for the directive?s text to be finalised? The proposed EU directive on copyright in the digital single market aims to modernise EU copyright provisions bringing them up to date with the evolution of digital technology, and also to harmonise national copyright regimes
Mar 12, 2018
Cambodia recognises European patents: agreement in force as from 1 March 2018
As from 1 March 2018 Cambodia recognises European patents: the number of countries that can be designated in a European patent application climbs to 43. An agreement on the validation of European patents between the European Patent Office(EPO) and the Cambodian Minister of Industry and Handicraft came into force on 1 March 2018. The agreement makes it possible to validate in Cambodia European patent applicationsfiled on or after 1 March 2018.
Feb 07, 2018
IP Stars survey ranks SIB in Tier 1 for trademark prosecution
The IP Stars trademark rankings for 2018 have just been published on the IPStars website. The survey ranks SIB in Tier 1 for trademark prosecution. We are also shortlisted for two Managing IP Awards: Italy Trademark prosecution and Italy Patent prosecution. SIB is the only Italian firm to have been ranked in Tier 1 for trademark prosecution in Italy by the Managing IP global survey (now known as IP Stars) for 13 years running
Jan 16, 2018
Italy implements unitary patent laws and ratifies UPC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities
A new law has empowered the Italian government to enact the provisions of the EU unitary patent regulation and of the Unified Patent Court Agreement; Italy has also recently ratified the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the Unified Patent Court.
Mar 10, 2017
Spanish parliament wants to reconsider joining unitary patent.
On 7 March 2017 the Spanish parliament's committee for the economy, industry and competitiveness approved a motion requesting the government to examine the possibility of joining the unitary patent system. According to the press, the motion was supported by all parties except the government party, the Partido Popular.
Feb 07, 2017
IP Stars 2017 Ranks SIB in Tier 1 for trademark prosecution.
Managing Intellectual Property's IP Stars 2017 ranks our firm in Tier 1 for trademark prosecution. We are the only Italian IP firm to have received this recognition for 12 years running. IP Stars rankings are based on independent research based on publicly available information and on information from firms and their clients through interviews, emails and online surveys.
Oct 19, 2016
Italian Parliament has authorized ratification of Unified Patent Court Agreement
Yesterday evening the Italian Parliament definitively approved the bill authorising Italy to ratify the Unified Patent Court Agreement. The parliament's lower house had passed the bill on 14 September 2016 and yesterday the upper house did the same.
Sep 16, 2016
Italian Parliament's lower house passes ratification of Unified Patent Court Agreement
Yesterday the Italian Parliament's lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, approved the draft law on ratification of the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPC Agreement), with 302 votes in favour, 108 against and 25 abstentions. A passage through the upper house is though necessary for final approval.
Apr 13, 2016
When is counterfeiting also unfair competition? The Milan district court?s ruling in Thun
In a case involving imitations of the well-known Thun ceramic gift items, the Milan district court holds that the continual and systematic imitation of Thun's business choices and initiatives, coupled with the reproduction of the elements of its designs that enable the public to recognise them as originating from that company, amounts to unfair competition as well as counterfeiting of registered designs and copyrights.
Apr 01, 2016
Italian Supreme Court rules on consumers' right of refund for unwanted preinstalled software
The Italian Supreme Court has confirmed that the buyer of a PC who does not accept the terms of the license for preinstalled software has the right to be refunded of the software's price.
Mar 11, 2016
SIB receives 2016 Italy firm of the year MIP award for IP prosecution
Societą Italiana Brevetti received the Italy firm of the year 2016 award for IP prosecution last night at the Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards event in London.
Feb 29, 2016
Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee publishes court fees
There will be no cost associated with opting out of the UPC's jurisdiction, and a 40% discount on court fees for micro and small enterprises.