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COMPETENCE 
U.I.B.M. (Ufficio Italiano Marchi e Brevetti) is the department of the Minister for the Economic Development responsible for registering patents, trademarks and designs. 
DURATION/RENEWAL
5 years as from the date of the filing of the application. The right holder may have the term of protection renewed for one or more periods of five years each, up to a total term of 25 years from the date of filing. It is possible to file a renewal application from six months before the expiration date to six months after such date. In this case a proper fee is due. 
RIGHTS
IRD (Italian Registered Design) shall confer on its holder the exclusive right to use it and to prevent any third party not having his consent from using it. The aforementioned use shall cover, in particular,  the  making,  offering,  putting  on  the  market,  importing,  exporting or  using  of  a product in which the design is incorporated or to which it is applied, or stocking such a product for those purposes. 
EXAMINATION
The Office carries out an examination verifying formal requirements of the Italian Design application and other relevant substantial requirements. No examination for the novelty and individual character is provided. 
PUBLICATION
After the examination, the Italian Design application is published in the Bulletin of the Italian Design. The  applicant   may request that the publication be deferred for a period of 30 months from the date of filing the application or, if a priority is claimed, from the date of priority. 
REGISTRATION  
The time required to obtain the registration depend on U.I.B.M. backlog, the average time is 1 year. 
INVALIDITY 
IRD shall  be  declared  invalid  by I.P. Courts where  the IT has been  registered contrary to the provisions of Italian I.P. Code. 
NOTICE 
To inform the public and the competitors, it is recommended to use wording "Italian Design filed" with the application number on the goods/packaging/advertising, and "Registered Italian Design" with the registration number when the design is registered. 
LEGAL ACTION 
Italian I.P. Code consents to start a legal action (ordinary proceedings and/or summary proceedings to obtain description, seizure or summary injunctions) on the base of a design application (Italian or Community Design application).
RECORDAL 
Any change regarding the name and place of business of the owner, assignments, licenses and any action related to IRD has to be entered into Italian Designs register.
PRIORITY 
Italy is part of the Paris convention, and therefore it is possible to claim the priority date of one or more foreign applications filed not earlier than 6 months before the filing date. To claim the priority deriving from a foreign trademark application, it is request a certified copy of such earlier application.
DOCUMENTS FOR FILING

Applicant’s data (Name, address, nationality);

Definition of goods;

Drawings (jpeg file);

Priority document (if claimed);

Power of Attorney, simply signed (60 days from filing).