If you have decided to set up a business in Italy then you may need to register your trademark in the country in order to protect it from illegal usage. A trademark can be represented as a combination of colors and letters, words, figures or anything that is created to distinguish a company or a product/service from competitors.
A registered trademark
Only the owner of a trademark can use it or give the right of usage to certain business partners or other persons. If a trademark is registered, it can’t be used without the consent of the owner. Other companies are not allowed to use the same trademarks as those already registered.
After registration of a trademark in Italy, it is valid for ten years and then it needs to be renewed. A trademark can be registered either by a legal entity or a person. If it is not used after its registration in a term of five years, a trademark can be invalidated by a third party request.
Types of trademarks in Italy
There are three main types of trademarks in Italy: for products, companies and services. If you want to register a trademark in Italy, you must be sure that it is new and not similar to others already used in the country, so it requires a thorough research. The trademark you choose should not contain elements that are against the law or moral and it must respect the copyright laws.
The registration process
The registration process takes place at the Patent and Trademark Office in Italy that owns a website where you can find all the information you need regarding the documents and procedures. It is worth to be noted that after registration at the Patent and Trademark Office, you can you your trademark in Italy as well as in San Marino and Vatican.