IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Italy

Despite the significant hurdles that Italy has encountered as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the IP landscape remains vibrant. One dominant storyline concerns the rollercoaster that is the Unified Patent Court (UPC): following a meeting of the UPC Preparatory Committee in late 2020 concerning the effects of the United...

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Despite the significant hurdles that Italy has encountered as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, the IP landscape remains vibrant. One dominant storyline concerns the rollercoaster that is the Unified Patent Court (UPC): following a meeting of the UPC Preparatory Committee in late 2020 concerning the effects of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the system, Italy has formally submitted its proposal for Milan to take London’s place and host the life sciences seat of the Central Division Court on a permanent basis. If the proposal is approved, the country’s status as a patent hub will be cemented and new opportunities will open up for clients and lawyers alike. On a general level, litigation is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with FRAND and biosimilar disputes generating a significant share of the overall caseload. Meanwhile, on the non-contentious front, practitioners report healthy patenting activity across a diverse range of industries. The main conversation piece here is that innovators looking to protect their creations in Italy can now obtain protection directly through an international Patent Cooperation Treaty application, rather than going through the European system first. This will save them time and costs, which should correlate to an uptick in applications going forward.

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