Companies engaged in any form of international business will want to pay particular attention to trademark rules, which can differ from country to country.
Italian inventors can now apply to protect historically or societally relevant trademarks as marchi storici - if they meet specific strict criteria.
While court rulings may have slowed down, the first half of this calendar year has seen some big patent decisions play out in many national high courts.
Traditional searches can adapt by incorporating semantic tools to cover all the bases and ultimately reduce the chances of missing out on substantial prior-art.
As the world races to develop an effective vaccine to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, many discussions have surrounded the impact that patents will have on access to such treatment.
After 50 years, we still cannot help but ask ourselves if having an international application will be enough to lead to a patent in most jurisdictions.
The GI law is a much needed legal and commercial tool to protect the cultural heritage of goods produced and manufactured in the country.
Holistic risk management also has to include awareness of the fine line that divides entrepreneurial freedom from cultural expression.