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# PATENTS

Patents

A patent is a legal title, granted by the State, which confers on its holder a monopoly of limited duration, of a maximum of 20 years. It consists in the exclusive right to realize, to have realized by others, to use, and to offer for sale the found object of the patent itself. The prerequisites for an invention to be protected by the exclusive right of design conferred by the patent are: the novelty (in the sense that the found must not already be present in the known technique), the originality (in the sense that it must be the result of an inventive effort and not of the mere application of obvious measures to the normal scope of the expert technician of the branch), the industriality (in the sense that it must be suitable to be produced in an industrial form and in a repetitive way), and the lawfulness (in the sense that the found must not offend consolidated moral principles, and be in violation of special norms specifically concerning the biology and the life of the human race).

With a patent it is possible to protect an invention: a new product or a process that solves a technical problem in an original way by giving the right to forbid competitors to implement the invention in the countries where it has been granted or recognized.

This exclusive right conferred by the patent is limited to the territory of the granting State; the patent must therefore be applied for in each of the States in which protection is sought.

The consultancy provided by our study ranges from the evaluation of the patentability of any innovation or new technical solution, to the drafting of patent applications for industrial inventions and utility models, to assistance in the practices for the extension abroad up to the granting, to assistance in the administrative prosecution of both active and passive oppositions, as well as in the drafting of FTOs (Freedom To Operate) as well as in the analysis of pre-breevet strategy and in maintaining the post-registration title.

Also in relation to patents, our structure performs accurate translations from external applications or non-European patents for filing or validation in Italy.