Trademark Registration in Italy
Registration of a trademark in Italy requires to file an application with the Italian competent authority (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi).
The trademark registration procedure is formed of the following main steps:
- Checking the availability of the trademark in Italy. This report will inform upon the probability of the trademark registration to be successful. The Examination looks for characteristics of the trademark application but also for similarity to other registered Italian trademarks. Also the examination looks into the “confusion” which might be created by the trademark with other intellectual property registered in Italy, including but not limited to copyright or geographical origin denominations.
- Filing the actual application for the registration of the Trademark in Italy with the Italian competent authority (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi).
- Obtaining the confirmation of the successful registration of the trademark in Italy and subsequently obtaining of the Italian Trademark Registration Certificate.
It is possible to request trademark protection throughout the European Union (from Italy), meaning that a trademark can be registered, transferred, withdrawn, invalidated or expire and its use can be protected throughout the whole EU Community.
Registration of an EU trademark can be applied for at the Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM, based in Alicante, Spain).
Office for the Harmonization in the Internal Market https://oami.europa.eu/
Any natural or legal person from any country in the world may file an application for an EU trademark.
The applications can be filed either directly at the OHIM or at any of the national patent and trademark offices of the 27 Member States of the European Community or the Benelux Trade Mark Office.