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Industrial Property Code (Legislative Decree No. 30 of February 10, 2005, as amended up to Decree-Law No. 1 of January 24, 2012, converted into law with changes by Law No. 27 of March 24, 2012)

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Year of current version:2012
Date of last amendment:January 24, 2012
Date of entry into force of original text:March 19, 2005
Date of Text (Enacted):February 10, 2005
Type of Text:Main IP Laws: enacted by the Legislature
Subject Matter:Competition, Domain Names, Enforcement of IP and Related Laws, Genetic Resources, Geographical Indications, Industrial Designs, Industrial Property, IP Regulatory Body, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Trade Names, Trademarks, Transfer of Technology, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets), Utility Models
Notes:
This consolidated version of the IP Code incorporates all amendments up to January 24, 2012 (see Articles 68(1bis), 201(4 bis) & 203(3) for the amendments made by Decree-Law No. 1 of January 24, 2012, Containing Urgent Provisions for Competition, Infrastructure Development and Competitiveness, which came into effect on January 24, 2012).

The Industrial Property Code (IPC) enacted pursuant to Article 15 of Law No. 273 of December 12, 2002 repeals all previous national IP laws, except the copyright law. It unifies into a single law all intellectual property subject matters, except for copyright and unfair competition covered by specific laws and provisions.

The IPC introduces the following major changes to the previous IP laws :
-providing a new definition of industrial property which expressly includes geographical indications; designations of origin and company confidential information;
-reforming the provisions governing the employees' and university researcher’s inventions;
-providing stronger protection for internet domain names;
-introducing a new definition of counterfeiting and piracy;
-giving a better definition for the jurisdiction of the 12 intellectual property tribunals and reinforcement of criminal sanctions for infringements of industrial property rights;
-entrusting more tasks and responsibilities to the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
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Codice della proprietà industriale (decreto legislativo 10 febbraio 2005, n. 30, aggiornata con le modifiche introdotte dal decreto-legge 24 gennaio 2012, n. 1, convertito con modificazioni dalla legge 24 marzo 2012, n. 27) Codice della proprietà industriale (decreto legislativo 10 febbraio 2005, n. 30, aggiornata con le modifiche introdotte dal decreto-legge 24 gennaio 2012, n. 1, convertito con modificazioni dalla legge 24 marzo 2012, n. 27), Complete document (pdf) [451 KB]

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