Foreign companies investing in the Italian market can rely on the same legal protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) granted to Italian companies. These rights extend to all the key areas - patents, trademarks, copyright, and designs - that companies are used to enjoying in their home countries.
The foundations of this legal certainty rest on Italy's membership of and respect for all the leading international agreements on IPR. Italy is at the forefront of European IPR developments and has some of the most modern and up-to-date intellectual property practices in the world.
Recent innovations include introducing new measures to combat counterfeiting, protection for internet-related intellectual property, merging and simplifying patent and trademark rules, and the advent of online filing options for claims.