The patent box regime was introduced in Italy with the Legge di Stabilità 2015 and has been subject to amendments over subsequent years. The aim of this regime is to provide for tax relief on income deriving from intangible assets like industrial patent and intellectual property designs and models.

The original regulation provided for the obligation to undergo a ruling procedure by the Italian tax authority to identify methods of determining the qualified income deriving from the direct use of intangible assets (in the case of indirect use of intangible assets, this ruling was not mandatory).

Published in: ITR – International Tax Review – 30 ottobre 2019