Changes in the Italian Patent System.

Direct national entry for the grant of an Italian patent or utility model will be possible for PCT applications filed on or after 1st July 2020. The Italian national phase must be requested within a 30 month-deadline from the international filing date or priority date. An examination will take place according to national proceedings.

The national entry requires the filing of a request and an Italian translation of the full text of the international application as published (the description, claims, abstract and drawings). Filing documents in a language other than Italian is not admitted. However, the Italian translation might be filed within a non-extendable term of two months as of the date of filing of the request for entry.

 

It is possible to postpone the above 30-month term for the filing of the request to open the Italian national phase by 2 months under the “further processing” procedure, provided an additional fee is paid

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