Registering innovative patents or marks in Italy avoids those risks connected to the infringement of copyright and intellectual property of inventions. In order to promote innovative startups, the Government has launched a billionaire economic measure to sustain and value those businesses whose activity is based on a new patent. The measure is called Marchi+3 and its purpose is financing the consulence of patent and trademark experts who support businesses during the different phases of a patent registration procedure, whether it be a national, international, EU or foreign patent.
A voucher to finance the services of expert consultants on patenting process and trademark registration
In order to ensure essential and quality patent registration services for Italian businesses, the Government has established the institution of national lists – compiled by the Order of Industrial Property Consultants and the National Lawyers’ Council – of qualified and competent consultants in the fields of industrial property and lawyers able to assist in all patent registration procedures. The advice of these professionals can be financed by start-ups through the ‘3i Vouchers’.
Invitalia manages ‘Marchi +3’. Here is how to apply patent examiner
Now that you found out about Invitalia’s vouchers, let us examine together how they work. The incentive managed by Invitalia harnesses the process of creation and innovation within businesses, financing the consulence of experts in the different stages of the patenting process.
How to apply, available funds and qualified consultants
The ‘3i Voucher’ (Invest in innovation) is an economic measure for patenting processes and patent registration in favour of innovative startups. The measure consists in the issue of a voucher for the purchase of consultancy services for patenting. 3i Vouchers are managed by Invitalia, the National Agency for Inward Investment and Economic Development.
Here is how 3i Vouchers work, how to apply and who the qualified consultants are
3i Vouchers finance consultancy services for patenting process:
- consultancy services to verify patentability of an invention;
- consultancy services related to the research of preventive priorities;
- consultancy services for preparation and presentation of patent application and deposit at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office;
- consultancy services related to the deposit overseas of a national patent request.
Once the voucher has been granted by Invitalia, the business proceeds to pay for services rendered directly to the subject that supplied the services related to the patent registration.
The patenting experts lists for the Vouchers’ management
The lists of experts in patenting processes are compiled by the Order of Industrial Property Consultants, and for lawyers specifically by the National Lawyers’ Council. Inscription in these lists is a necessary condition for offering services payable by Marchi+3 voucher to innovative startups. Governmental investments in innovation give space to new innovative initiatives by those willing to do business, and to in-depth education for lawyers and expert consultants. After proving their competence, these subjects – as professionals or associate firms assisting the startup – can benefit from the 3i Voucher in support of the patents area.