Nuove varietà vegetali


The application of right of the new plant variety, written in Italian, must be filed with the Camera di Commercio (Chamber of Commerce) or sent by mail to the Italian Patent and Trademark Office.
It must contain the following indications:

  • identification of the applicant (manufacturer) and of the representative (if any)
  • the proposed name and indication, in Italian and in Latin, of the genus and species to which the variety belongs
  • the name and nationality of the author of the plant variety
  • any claim of priority.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • the description of the variety
  • the photographic reproduction of the variety
  • any information and documentation deemed of use to examine the application
  • the manufacturer's declaration (under art. 165 of the IPC) with regard to the novelty of the variety and the existence of any third party rights
  • the documents proving the claimed priority
  • proof of payment of the necessary fee.

The Italian Patent and Trademark Office ascertains the formal regularity of the application and the documents attached to it and fulfils the requirements provided by Interministerial Decree MISE - MIPAAF (Ministry of Economic Development - Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies) of 16 May 2012.

The MIPAAF, after variety testing, issues a binding decision on the substantive requirements of validity of the right, making use of the Advisory Commission under art. 170, comma 3 bis IPC.

The Italian Patent and Trademark Office is responsible for issuing the certificate of right.


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