On February 10, 2017, Italy became the twelfth country to ratify the Unified Patent Court (“UPC”) Agreement. Initially Italy objected to the UPC, but subsequently decided to become a participating member state for both the UPC and the European Unitary Patent if the UPC comes into effect in December 2017. Both the UK and Germany will need to ratify the UPC Agreement for it to come into force.
Effective May 18, 2015, a new rule relating to the payment of annuity fees in Italy came into force. According to the new rule, the Italian Patent Office has assigned a revised 15-digit official national application number (DOAN) to all Italian patents, validations of European patents, designs and utility models. The newly assigned DOAN must be referenced when paying renewal fees through the Italian Patent Office’s new system of payment.