On August 23, 2023, the amendments to the Industrial Property Code arranged by Law No. 102 of July 24, 2023, published in the Official Gazette on August 8, 2023, came into force. From a substantive point of view, there are three topics of particular interest:

  • The rule on the relationship between geographical indications and designations of origin and trademark registrations.
  • The recognition of the independence of the Italian patent from the unitary patent and the European patent valid in Italy with which the former possibly coexists.
  • The abolition of the Professor’s privilege in the case of an invention achieved by the researcher employed in the field of public research.

After all, the revision affects several rules of the formal procedures for obtaining and maintaining intellectual property rights. It is, moreover, noteworthy that in a perspective of enhanced protection of intellectual property rights, the preclusion of precautionary measures other than description in the case of counterfeits exhibited at trade fairs is deleted.