Foreign trademarks

An Italian trademark obviously provides protection limited to Italy's national borders.
To expand the protection abroad, the Italian registration application needs to be extended, filing corresponding registration applications in those countries where the exclusive right to use the trademark is to be acquired.
Such applications can be filed within 6 months from the filing date of the corresponding Italian registration application, with the possibility to claim priority right for this.
This is possible for countries that are signatories to the Paris Convention and the WTO (World Trade Organization), i.e. practically all industrialized countries.

The right of priority establishes the date of validity of the patent applications in the other country as of the date of filing the corresponding Italian application.
The application procedure can be carried out individually for each State, or following the unified registration procedures according to the main international conventions on trademarks :
the European Community Trademark and the International Trademark.

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