Specialist divisions have been introduced into twelve Italian courts to deal solely with matters relating to intellectual property. The specialist divisions will feature in the courts located in most of the main Italian cities, namely Bari, Bologna, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan. Naples, Palermo, Rome, Turin, Trieste and Venice.

The courts will decide disputes relating to national and community trade marks, patents, design and copyright as well as any competition matters connected with the protection of intellectual property rights.

It is hoped that the establishment of these specialist intellectual property divisions will play a key role in helping such court proceedings in Italy to become more efficient and thus more cost effective. Further, it will help to guarantee that parties are treated fairly and can come to expect a greater uniformity in decisions because the Judges will be specialist intellectual property Judges with specific experience and technical knowledge.

Italy has shown itself once more to be acutely aware of the problems connected with the protection of intellectual property rights and to be directly and actively involved in creating a more efficient system so that intellectual property matters can be dealt with more efficiently and successfully in the future.

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