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Full patent examinations in Italy lead to a stronger, if slower system

Lucia Vittorangeli of Bugnion looks at the introduction of real patent examinations at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office and the knock-on effects on divisional applications, searches and utility models

The Italian Patent and Trade Mark Office (IPTO) has for some years been trying to get to grips with two major challenges. Firstly, to overcome the arrears of patent applications filed before July 2008, on which no prior art searches...

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