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Jul 30, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 12/12)
Italy
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Grants for Registering CTM and IR


The Italian Ministry for Economic Development is providing non-returnable grants to companies who wish to register their trademarks abroad as Community trademarks (CTM) or international designated trademarks (IR). The announcement was published in the Italian Official Journal No 105 of 7 May 2012.

a) A grant of 80% of costs incurred up to a maximum of EUR 4,000 per CTM application filed, up to a maximum grant per company of EUR 15,000 for applications filed for registration of CTMs with the OHIM after the publication of the call.

In order to access the grants companies need to have carried out at least one of the following activities:
- Filed an application for registration with the OHIM for a new trademark;
- Filed an application for registration with the OHIM for an owned trademark registered or filed nationally;
- Filed an application for registration with the OHIM for a trademark acquired from a third party that was already registered or filed nationally.

b) A grant of 80% of costs incurred up to maximum of EUR 4,000 (EUR 5,000 with a 90% grant if designating China or Russia) for each application for an international trademark designating a single country, and EUR 5,000 (EUR 6,000 with a 90% grant if designating China or Russia) for applications designating two or more countries. The maximum grant per company is EUR 15,000.

Measure b) is available to companies that on the date of filing of the application own a trade mark registered at Community or national level, including those who have acquired such marks from third parties, or who have already filed an application for a national or Community trade mark: grants are available for extension of the said marks by means of the WIPO procedure and are also available for subsequent designations.

Resources for both measures will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis in accordance with the chronological order of applications made (considered filed as of the moment of submission of the online form) while funds last. Only costs incurred between 7 May 2012 and the date of filing of the application will be eligible.
Grant applications may be made as of 4 September 2012.

The following expenses are eligible for reimbursement: design of the new trade mark; prior art searches and assistance in the application process; assistance for purchasing of trademarks filed or registered at national level; assistance for the licensing of the trademark; filing fees.

For further information on the grant and forms, please click here

Source: Rapisardi Intellectual Property, Italy