ITALY - opposition proceeding now active

From the 1st of May 2011 is now possible to file opposition against Italian trademark application and Italian portion of International Registration before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office.

As regards the Italian trademark applications, the opposition can be filed within 3 months from the publication in the Italian Bulletin. While for Italian portion of International Registrations published in the WIPO Gazette, the 3 month period will start from the first day of the month subsequent to the month of publication in the OMPI Gazette.

Starting July 2011 then, the publication of Italian trademark application filed from May 2, 2011 will start. For International Registration designating Italy, it will be possible to file opposition against trademarks published in the first OMPI Gazette of July 2011.