According to the Council of Ministers (press release accessible here), the reform is intended to strengthen and modernize IP protections in Italy and to ensure that in Italy IP titles (i.e., patents, designs, and trademarks) are made more accessible in terms of cost, complexity, and time.
With that in mind, the Proposal consists of 31 articles, divided into three chapters: (i) strengthening Italy’s competitiveness and protection of industrial property; (ii) administrative simplification and digitization of procedures; and (iii) coordination provisions.
The first chapter mainly focuses on patents, geographical indications and designations of origin, and designs exhibited at trade shows. For patents, the aim is to strengthen the technological and digital competitiveness of Italian enterprises and national research centers, strengthening the patent protection system to foster investment and technology transfer of inventions from the world of research centers.
For trademarks and designations of origin, the Proposal is designed to strengthen the protection of Italian and European geographical indications and designations of origin. This will make the food industry more competitive—of great interest for Italian products—by extending the trademark registration prohibition to cover all signs that are evocative or imitative of geographical indications and designations of origin protected under Italian or European law.
In addition, to avoid “pre-disclosure,” the Proposal introduces temporary protection of Italian designs exhibited at trade fairs or other official exhibitions under certain conditions.
The second chapter is mainly devoted to the simplification and digitization of certain activities before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office.
Finally, the third chapter is devoted to coordination provisions.
The Proposal will now go through the ordinary legislative procedure before the Italian Parliament.