06. Press

“Italian Law – The Economist”

* SIR – While it is generally true that Italy’s judicial system is slow (bar the courts of Milan and Turin) and needs reforming, the same cannot be said for intellectual property, or IP (“Justice denied?”, July 19th). The sentence attributed to an anonymous diplomat, according to whom companies do not export products to Italy in order to avoid counterfeiting, runs against well-documented facts.

In 2003 specialised IP divisions were set up to decide civil actions relating to trademarks, patents, copyright and unfair competition. Urgent issues are now typically examined and granted quickly—normally in a few days where trademarks […]

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