Author: Michele Capecchi

Michele Capecchi, a registered lawyer and member of the Florence Bar Association, holds a master of laws in American law and international legal practice from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He writes on general legal issues for TF and will consider relevant inquiries sent to and for upcoming articles. Author of the book 'Legal Advice for Expats in Italy' published by The Florentine Press.
April 30, 2015

Can you trademark a tweet?

In my two previous articles on intellectual property ( and, I encouraged copyrighting and trademarking. However, not everything that we post on our webpages or social media can be protected as a copyright or a trademark. You simply do not own everything you post online,
April 2, 2015

Who owns the hashtags?

In the March issue of The Florentine, I outlined the key means of protecting your business’s intellectual property (see the article here). Here, I discuss a specific aspect of safeguarding your business’s distinctiveness: using social media to promote your company’s services and image, in
March 5, 2015

Protecting your intellectual property

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice and should not substitute for counsel. The information is based on the opinion of an independent expert and does not claim to be complete or definitive.  A remarkable number of promising students attend Florence’s fashion
September 11, 2014

Does Italy really have a new “get-divorced-quick” law?

In recent days, there have been countless articles in countless Italian newspapers about the "new" divorce law, which supposedly allows a childless married couple to separate by going directly to the registrar who married them, without the need for a lawyer or a judge.   How true is it?  
April 3, 2014

Home sweet home

The Internet is an amazing resource for all those wanting to rent an apartment without the assistance of a real estate agency. However, while the adventure of finding the perfect place for a short- or long-term stay can be rather exciting, the technicalities of both renting and renting out
March 14, 2013

Let’s talk about visas: Part II

Many foreigners have brilliant business plans and are willing to invest time and money in lucrative ideas in Italy. Some would like to start an import/export business in food, fashion or another of Italy’s signature sectors. Others hope that a self-employment permit is an easier solution
September 27, 2012

The IVIE tax

  This spring, I wrote an article about the new property tax owed by the owners of real estate property in Italy, called the Imposta Municipale Unica (IMU; see TF 166). Then, just a few days ago, a foreign resident presented me the following problem: ‘I don’t have real estate property in Italy, but I […]
June 21, 2012

Getting unhitched

Statistics show that in Europe-and Italy, in particular-marriages between people of different nationalities are increasing. Accordingly, the number of international separations and divorces is also increasing. As you can imagine, this is not the happiest aspect of law that I have written about for The Florentine, but it
May 24, 2012

A guide to the IMU

Notwithstanding the global economic crisis, for many investing in property, or ?bricks and mortar' as we say in Italian, has been until now one of the most attractive forms of investment, especially in Italy. In our countryside, as well in the historical centers of our beautiful region, it is still
March 15, 2012

The Costa Concordia conundrum

Have you ever had a bad experience during a so-called all-inclusive travel package? All-inclusive travel packages are a service offered by travel agencies, through which, for a pre-set price, all transportation (flight, ship, train), accommodation, food and other services are covered. Increasingly, however, tourists are frustrated