Registration of designs and models starts with filing the application with the Ufficio Italiano Brevetti e Marchi (Italian Patents and Trademarks Office) (U.I.B.M.) directly or through the Chamber of Commerce. The application must be presented on special forms and accompanied by:
- a description (not compulsory)
- one or more drawings or photographs with description, if any
- payment receipt of government fees
Once filed, the application is examined by the U.I.B.M., which grants registration after verifying that the design or model complies with the requirements of law. As an average, three years elapse from the filing date.