Category Archives: Patents & Inventions

Private investigations and unlawful processing of personal data: when is it a crime?

unlawful processing of personal data

With sentence n. 2243 of January 20th 2022, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation retraced the changes to the types of crimes rendered by art. 167 of the Privacy Code (Legislative Decree 196/2003), clarifying in which cases the unlawful processing of personal data is now considered a criminal offence. The case concerned the investigation activities […]

Limitations and partial invalidity of a patent

partial invalidity of a patent

In a recent order (no. 3339 of December 1st 2021), the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation stated that a limitation of a patent, due to the lacking of inventive character of the main claim, implies  its partial invalidity. As in the case under exam, the limitation of the patent occurs when the main claim – […]

Unfair competition infringing trade secret and know how must be proven

unfair competition

The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, with the recent order no. 37362 of November 29th 2021 ruled on the infringement of trade secrets, subtraction of know-how and in particular on the evidence of unfair competition ex art. 2598 of the Italian Civil Code. The issue rises from a first instance ruling before the Court of […]

The new Italian Patent Box: 110% extra deduction

italian patent box

The Italian Patent Box once again changed its shape. By the publication of the 2022 Budget Law (law n. 234 of December 30th 2021) in the Gazzetta Ufficiale of December 31th 2021, the Italian Patent Box regime saw the introduction of relevant updates, partially modifying the Law Decree n. 146 of 2021, the so-called “Financial […]