The suspension of terms announced by the Italian Patent and Trademark Office last March 11, 2020 has been extended by Italian decree 18/2020.


The suspension concerns all terms, including mandatory, for the activities originally due between 23 February 2020 and 15 April 2020, such as opposition activities.


With regard to annual activities and renewals due in the period from January 31 2020 to April 15 2020, the term is extended to June 15, 2020



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Close to our clients remotely. In compliance with the sanitary rules to contrast the COVID-19 emergency, De Simone & Partners does not stop and confirms to be active and to regularly comply with all the activities on behalf of its clients.


Italian Patent and Trademark Office

The Italian Patent and Trademark Office suspended the terms expiring between 9 March and 3 April 2020 with the exception of the peremptory terms of the opposition to trademark registration procedure, referred to in Article 176 of Italian Industrial Property Code (IIPC), and of the notified appeals, referred to in Article 147, paragraph 1, of IIPC. There is no need for specific requests from the interested parties. Once the suspension period is over, the terms start to run again for the remaining part. 


Starting dates and deadlines of some of UIBM incentives have been postponed

Marchi+3 (for trademarks): new starting date for sending applications is 6 May 2020 at 9am (instead of 30 March 2020)

Disegni+4 (for designs): new starting date for sending applications is 22 April 2020 at 9am (after being already postponed from 27 February to 19 March)

Proof of Concept 2020 (valorization of IPRs owned by universities and research centers): the deadline (expiration date for sending applications) has been postponed to 20 April 2020 at 12pm (after being already postponed from 27 February to 19 March)


Court proceedings

All civil and criminal hearings scheduled between March 9 and 22 have been adjourned and will be re- scheduled to a date after March 22, 2020. 

All procedural deadlines for civil and criminal proceedings are suspended until March 22 and are automatically postponed after such date. 


Please do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification.








Dennemeyer Group announces the acquisition of the well-established Italian IP law firm De Simone & Partners. Continuing Dennemeyer’s glocal approach – having a local presence with a global reach – the De Simone brand will remain the face of the Italian market while serving as a gateway to Dennemeyer’s international legal and administrative backbone. Dennemeyer’s remarkable capabilities in digitalization and cutting-edge technology will be the force behind the De Simone brand. Jointly, the two businesses will serve their clients’ needs in Italy and the rest of the world.

The company’s management will remain unchanged after the acquisition and consists of Avv. Domenico De Simone, Founding Partner, Dr. Ing. Maria Augusta Fioruzzi, Managing Partner, Dr. Olga Capasso, Head of the Patent Department and Dr. Massimo Cimoli, Head of the Trademark Department. Dr. Robert Fichter, Managing Director of Dennemeyer & Associates S.A., will join the board, ensuring international development and integration.

 Also, De Simone & Partners’ head office remains at the iconic building located at 20, Via Bellini, in Rome.

Aippi London 2019

Olga Capasso shall attend the AIPPI 2019 Word Congress at London Sept 15-18. As to Italian representative of the AIPPI Biotech Committee Olga shall participate to the joint meeting with the Pharma Committee.

 The Congress shall give the chance to authors to celebrate the publication of the Antibody Patenting: A Practitioner's Guide to Drafting, Prosecution and Enforcement 2019 Wolters Kluwer Edt. wherein Olga drafted the chapter related to Italy.