RIGHTS DERIVING FROM A PENDING PATENT APPLICATION
The granting of an Italian national patent occurs approximately 2 and a half years after the filing date of the application.
However, the resulting exclusive rights can be enforced even if the application is pending.
In particular, the owner of a patent application can prevent third parties from exploiting the solution and to this aim initiate legal action or seek precautionary measures:
- following its publication, which occurs after 18 months from the filing date or priority date.
- prior to publication if third parties have been informed.