ItalyA year in intellectual property – and a look to the future

In recent years some key changes have been made to the Italian IP legislation, including: • the introduction in 2003 of 12 specialised IP courts, which have exclusive competence in IP matters; • the enactment in 2005 of the IP Code, which collected all the relevant IP laws into a single code and introduced some major improvements; and • the implementation of the EU IP Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC) in 2006, which amended both the Copyright Law and the new IP Code.

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