The procedure for obtaining a trade mark registration in Italy isÂ through an examination procedure administered by the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi-UIBM) and the followingÂ three steps:
- Application and UIBM Examination:Â once the application has been filed an examiner from UIBM performs anÂ examination which includes a review onÂ absolute grounds for refusal, a consideration ofÂ the classification and whether the trade mark is descriptive or not. Please note that UIBM will not examine relative grounds for refusal (ie trade marks already filed and registered as well as other third party earlier rights).
- Publication and third party Opposition:Â The second part of the procedure is the publication of the application as referred to above. It is published forÂ three-months. The ÂOppositionÂ procedure is a procedure that starts before UIBM when a third party requests the Office to reject an Italian trade mark application citingÂ a previous trademark right (Italian or Community). When an opposition is filed, the proceedings will include an exchange of observations from both the opponent and the applicant (the ÂpartiesÂ). After considering these observations, and if an agreement has not been reached between the parties, the Opposition Division of UIBM will decide either to reject the contested application totally or in part. If the opposition is not well founded it will be rejected. If the Italian Trademark Application is not totally rejected, and provided there aren’t other oppositions pending, it will proceed to registration.
- Registration:Â Following 2 aboveÂ the Italian Patent and Trademark Office,Â will register the mark.
How much does it cost?
The costs of a trade mark registration in Italy starts atÂ EUR 192.
Official Fees:Â EUR 192Â for the trademark registration in one class of goods/servicesÂ Â + EUR 34,00Â for each additional class if your application coversÂ more than one classÂ of goods/services.