In view of the precautionary measures taken by the Italian government to stop the spread of Covid-19, the decree of the Ministry of Economic Development of 11.03.2020 has suspended the time limits in proceedings under the jurisdiction of the Italian PTO.

In particular, with the exception of time limits related to either proceedings for oppositions to registration of Italian trade marks or appeal proceedings, all time limits in proceedings before the Italian PTO (and concerning Italian IP rights) which expire in the period between March 9 and April 3, 2020 are suspended.

At the end of this period of suspension, such time limits will begin to run again for the remaining part.

See the notice at the Italian PTO website and the Ministerial decree (only in Italian language).

Andrea Scilletta