The patent is a proprietary title that gives its owner the right to enjoy the benefits, economic and otherwise, deriving from an invention in an exclusive way. For the sorting, the latter is configured as a method, an industrial manufacturing process, a machine, an instrument or a technical application of a scientific principle that possesses the following requisites: lawfulness, novelty, originality and possibility of industrial application. Only in the presence of all these requirements, the invention can be patented. For assets subject to patent protection, the State guarantees the owner an exclusive use of up to twenty years of his discovery, asking in exchange that he disclose the invention so that it can become part of the common technological heritage.
The advisors of the GD D’Alto consultancy firm offer assistance in all the phases that lead to the issue of a patent, in full compliance with the relevant legislation which provides that any professional assistance in education and filing can be supported by registered authorized agents in the reference registers held by government offices or those in charge in the case of memoranda of understanding. According to the European Patent Convention, the process provides for a unified procedure for filing, examination and granting of the certificate. Even after its publication, the patent application confers the same rights as the granted patent or, at least, the same rights as the contracting state would confer on it. The application can be filed by any natural or legal person at the European Patent Office in Munich, at the department of The Hague, at a branch agency of that department or, if the legislation of the Contracting States allows it, at the the Central Industrial Property Service. The filing can be preceded by a preventive international search, which represents a feasibility study, and requires you to designate the State in which you intend to assert the title. Following the examination procedure, the application can be rejected or accepted, resulting in the issue of the European Patent. However, to preserve its effectiveness at an international level, the owner must comply with the requirements of the laws of the individual states. The consultants of the GD D’Alto studio also offer assistance and advice regarding the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), which tends to unify the filing procedure with the possibility of making a single filing through an international application, valid for a certain number of states. This is a procedure that allows you to postpone the moment in which you have to decide where to enforce the patent title.
Our patent services include:
- prior art searches and related patentability opinions
- study, drafting and filing of Italian, European and international patents
- filing of utility models in Italy and abroad
- surveillance services by topic, owner or technology sector
- management of patent titles for the purpose of maintenance / renewal
- assistance in licensing, transfer or acquisition of patent rights
- plant varieties
- know-how protection
- patent landscapes
- software protection