What is a patent?

A patent is a legal right that gives the owner an exclusive right to exploit an invention, in a specific territory, and for a specific period (20 years). Being an exclusive right, it allows the patent holder to prevent others from producing, selling, or using the patented invention without the authorization; this authorization is [...]

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What is patentable?

Patentable inventions may consist of: • new products; • new processes or methods for manufacturing new or existing products; • new uses of existing products; These inventions can be protected in Italy with two types of patents: • patent • utility model A patent is the most widespread form of protection for an invention, [...]

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What is Intellectual Property?

Intellectual Property is a set of legal rights that protect the creations of the mind such as inventions, literary and artistic works, names, images and designs. Intellectual property is divided into two categories: Industrial Property: includes inventions (patents), utility models, trademarks, designs and industrial models (designs); Copyright: includes literary and artistic creations, and software. [...]

Why is Intellectual Property important for companies?

In the 1970s, the value of companies was strongly related to tangible assets (e.g. production plants, machinery, factories, etc.) which represented more than 80% of corporate value, while intangible assets only accounted for the remaining 20%. Today that ratio has been reversed. A company’s intangible assets, such as trademarks, patents, copyright, employee know-how and [...]

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