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    The design or model protection has a crucial relevance in respect of a wide range of products in industry, fashion and handicraft.Italian application for the registration of designs (bi-dimensional) and models (three-dimensional) is filed by the author, unless designs or models are created by employees and to the extent that the task is included among their duties; in such case, the employer, without prejudice to the employee’s right to be acknowledged as the author and to have his name entered in the certificate of registration (article 38 of IPC), can obtain the registration.

    Patent provides the owner with a legal mean to prevent others from exploiting the protected invention. There- fore, patent is a very important commercial tool for companies, allowing them to return on the investment in research and development that led to the creation of that new technology.

    Through the protection granted by the registered trademark, the manufacturer, the distributor or the retailer can distinguish their products or services from those of all other traders, consequently increasing commercial re- putation, trustworthiness by the consumers and economic value of the firm.

    Ruling for non-resident companies
    A new form of ruling is available for non-resident companies that intend to invest in Italy.
    The new system, entered into force on October 7th, 2015 (Legislative Decree no. 147/2015) is aimed at provi- ding a framework of certain and stable tax treatment, regarding their investment plan.

    Throughout the year, the taxpayer is required to comply with a set of obligations depending on the category of taxpayer and the tax applicable. It is important to note that, almost all tax returns and fiscal communications must only be sent by electronic filing.
    Compliances relating to direct taxation

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