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Top-tier IP firmBird & Bird stands out for its ‘excellent legal and technical skills’ and ‘strong business acumen’. The group is led by ‘one of Italy’s best IP attorneys’, Massimiliano Mostardini, and the highly recommended Giovanni Galimberti. Recent highlights include assisting Edwards Lifesciences with anti-counterfeiting proceedings and acting for L’Oréal in connection with IP issues concerning the opening of a new store. Other key clients include Actavis, Ferrero and Telecom Italia. Roberto Camilli is now a partner.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale’s ‘experienced’ IP team impresses clients ‘with the ability to grasp complex issues’ and gives ‘very clear advice’. Luigi Mansani, whose ‘deep experience shows in every matter he takes care of’, advised Gousson Consultadoria e Marketing on the €415m sale of the Roger Vivier trade mark to Tod´s Group. Giovanni Ghirardi defended Bristol-Myers Squibb against revocation claims brought by Teva Pharmaceuticals concerning the validity of an Italian supplementary protection certificate for Atripla, an HIV medication. The group also assisted SabMiller with IP aspects of its €2.55bn sale of Peroni.

A ‘first choice for IP matters’, Trevisan & Cuonzo provides ‘top-quality advice and an excellent level of service that is simply striking’. The ten-partner practice routinely advises domestic and international blue-chip clients such as Philips, Unilever and Beiersdorf on the full spread of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Recent work includes numerous trade mark and patent litigations, assisting 3M with trade mark protection matters and advising Tessilform on copyright and licensing issues for its brand Patrizia Pepe. Julia Holden is ‘a pioneer in the IP field’, Vittorio Cirulli Irelli provides ‘strategic advice’ and Gabriel Cuonzo is ‘very experienced’.

BonelliErede’s IP practice is ‘excellent in every aspect’, covering the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border matters. The group continues to assist fashion company Valentino with IP rights enforcement and recently defended Gillette against a claim brought by Kelemata related to an alleged breach of a global trade mark coexistence agreement. Giovanni Guglielmetti has ‘a thorough knowledge of IP law’.

DLA Piper’s IP group demonstrates ‘efficiency and excellence’, particularly in a contentious setting. Recent cutting-edge matters include representing Alpinestars in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation regarding motorcycle airbag technologies and advising J.A. Henckels on the IP due diligence relating to the acquisition of Ballarini. The ‘very responsive and commercial’ Roberto Valenti jointly heads the practice with Gualtiero Dragotti.

Franzosi Dal Negro Setti’s highly regarded IP team covers the whole array of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, but particularly stands out for its patents expertise and life sciences sector knowledge. Mario Franzosi heads the practice.

IP powerhouse Jacobacci has longstanding experience and expertise in the registration of trade marks, patents and designs for clients such as GlaxoSmithKline and BayerPharma and shows equal competence in contentious matters, where past achievements include representing Bayer Animal Health as plaintiff in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation with a Merck Group subsidiary. Fabrizio Jacobacci is the key contact.

Lorenzo Attolico heads the team at Nctm Studio Legale, which has ‘excellent knowledge’ and ‘great communication skills’. The group attracts contentious and non-contentious mandates from high-profile clients such as Gucci, Universal Music Publishing and Nike. The ‘knowledgeable’ Paolo Lazzarino recently represented Vodafone in a licensing dispute.

Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati’s ‘very strong IP practice’ fields ‘some of the country’s best litigators’ and ‘knows every single detail of IP law’. Recent work includes representing Anheuser-Busch in a litigation related to the Budweiser trade mark. Adriano Vanzetti has ‘endless knowledge’ and Stefania Bergia ‘always has the best possible strategy to defend her client’.

IP Law Galli has longstanding experience in intellectual and industrial property matters, but is particularly well known for its expertise in biotechnology patents. Cesare Galli is the name to note.

Mondini Rusconi Studio Legalecombines deep IP knowledge with practical sense’, particularly in the context of copyright law. The team successfully represented KIKO as plaintiff in copyright infringement litigation with Wjcon. Giorgio Mondini, Fabio Ghiretti and Giacomo Bonelli are all ‘top lawyers’, along with the ‘scrupulous and helpful’ Silvia Mondini and ‘great litigator’ Anna Carabelli.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati has a particularly impressive client roster in the TMT sector, where it also gives ‘excellent advice’ on IP issues. Recent highlights include defending ItaliaOnline against an Oscar trade mark infringement claim brought by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Matteo Orsingher is ‘a star for copyright advice’.

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato has been mainly handling patent and trade mark protection and represented Eni as plaintiff in preliminary injunction proceedings against Effebi following alleged trade mark infringements. Margherita Barié is recommended.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s IP group has particular clout in the fashion industry and is adept at assisting high-profile clients such as H&M and Brioni with trade mark, patent and designs matters. Roberto Jacchia is the key contact.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners’ ‘very skilled’ IP team is headed by the ‘very experiencedNino di Bella, which recently advised Digicom on patent infringement proceedings related to a system for geolocation in gaming equipment.

At LGV Avvocati Studio Legale, the ‘exceptional’ Simona Lavagnini recently defended Yahoo! in copyright infringement litigation brought by RTI. Other key clients include Microsoft and Samsung Engineering.

Martini Manna Avvocati has ‘significant experience and in-depth knowledge’ of the entire range of IP issues and recently assisted Perform Media Channels with a licensing agreement. Luigi Manna ‘goes out of his way to help’.

Pavia e Ansaldo’s IP practice provides ‘a high level of service’. ‘Efficient’ practice head Gian Paolo di Santo recently defended Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics against an infringement claim brought against it in relation to a vaccine production process.

Studio Legale Floridia has longstanding experience in advising on the whole array of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Giorgio Floridia is the name to note.

Tornato Prado Avvocati’s ‘very proactive’ IP team has been acting for Peugeot Motocycles Italia in a patent and design infringement case against Piaggio. Alberto Tornato and Daniel Hazan are ‘very experienced’.

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