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Industrial Property Code (Legislative Decree No. 30 of February 10, 2005)

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Year of current version:2005
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, Geographical Indications, Industrial Designs, Industrial Property, IP Regulatory Body, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Patents (Inventions), Plant Variety Protection, Trade Names, Trademarks, Undisclosed Information (Trade Secrets), Utility Models
Notes:
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) Codice della proprietà industriale (decreto legislativo 10 febbraio 2005, n. 30), Complete document (pdf) [1077 KB] Codice della proprietà industriale (decreto legislativo 10 febbraio 2005, n. 30), Complete document (htm) [5006 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

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