Porta, Checcacci & Associati
Porta, Checcacci & Associati

Porta, Checcacci & Associati S.p.A., in short PCA, is an Italian IP firm focusing on the practice of Intellectual Property. Founded in 1991 and based in Milan, PCA has been offering technical-legal advice for many years to national and international customers for a better exploitation and a more effective protection of exclusive rights in the field of patents, designs, copyrights, trademarks, domain names, licenses, or a combination thereof.



As far as trademarks are concerned, 2017 was a record year for filings and Italy ranked 4th behind Germany, USA and China. The number of applications was 146.418 with an increase of 8% compared to 2016 and of these 53% concerned "word” marks, i.e. without graphic connotation. Of course, the number of applications granted is lower, about 130.000. The number of oppositions is constant, about 18.00 (source EUIPO). 

Fraudulent invoices concerning EU trademarks – Sentences to prison

In Sweden, on the last December, twenty people were sentenced by the Court of Appeal for sending fraudulent invoices concerning EU trademarks. The false invoices appeared to be from the OHIM (now EUIPO) and were sent to several EU trademarks applicants in different countries. 

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