Ultimately, the first reason to register a trademark is to protect one’s identity. Valuing a trademark through registration means defending one’s business from unfair interference by competitors and protecting one’s associates and/or customers by avoiding unnecessary dispersion. In addition, while the trademark for commercial enterprises – in terms of taxation – is expensive, it is tax-free for non-profit organisations. Let’s see how.
The exemption from registration fees reserved for npos
Normally, the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM), when registering trademarks, requires the payment of considerable fees, i.e:
- 101.00 € – registration fee including 1 class;
- 34.00 € for each additional class;
- Trademark filing fee – € 42.00 online;
- Fees for representative office 34.00 €.
By contrast, NPOs (ONLUS) are entitled to specific concessions and elections. Here we review them by category
Exemptions reserved for npos (voluntary associations, social cooperatives, sports federations)
NPOs (ONLUS) are exempt from paying trademark registration fees. Quoting the UIBM “NPOs (ONLUS) do not pay government concession tax (art. 18 legislative decree 460/1997; art 13 bis Table annex B dpr 641/1972) and stamp duty (art. 17 legislative decree 460/1997; art 27 bis Table annex B dpr 642/1972)”.
This exemption applies exclusively to:
- NPOs (ONLUS) that are registered in the single registry office at the Ministry of Finance – Regional Revenue Agency (art. 10 paragraph 1 letter a) and art. 11 of Italian Legislative Decree 460/1997)
- De jure NPOs (ONLUS di diritto), so called because they are exempt from registration with the single registry of NPOs (art. 10 paragraph 8, legislative decree 46/1997), i.e:
- Voluntary Associations registered in the register kept by the Regional Government (Art. 6 Law 266/1991).
- Social Cooperatives registered in the appropriate regional register (Law 381/1991).
- Sports federations and sports promotion bodies recognised by CONI.
NPOs (ONLUS) not included in the above-mentioned catalogue are exempt from paying only the government tax, thus incurring the cost of the €42.00 stamp duty. Reference is made to:
- Amateur sports clubs and associations.
The tax exemption can only and exclusively be requested for the registration of a trademark on national territory. For international registration, the fee must be paid to the competent authority, i.e. the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation).
By relying on the Canella Camaiora Law Firm, the fee exemption will be calculated by the professional who will take care of the preliminary consultation and registration of the NPO’s trademark.