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Vanzetti e Associati is a boutique IP firm specialized in trademarks and other distinctive signs, appellations of origin and geographical indications, patents, designs and models, unfair competition, copyright, software, IT and entertainment law. Our clients are companies engaged in the biotech, pharmaceuticals, electronic, luxury goods and food business.

The firm: Vanzetti e Associati is highly specialized in IP law, with a focus on trademarks and domain names, patents, competition law, copyright and designs. The firm was founded in 1965 by Adriano Vanzetti, full professor in Intellectual Property law at Università Cattolica of Milan from 1974 to 2005, and Emeritus Professor from 2006 to 2018.

Areas of practice: The firm's main areas of practice include trademarks and domain names, patents, appellations of origin, copyright and related rights, and designs. In the area of trademarks the firm has successfully protected, both before the ordinary courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, the trade marks and names of leading fashion and food and beverage companies, car manufacturers and wine producers. The firm has a particular experience in the field of the protection of highly reputed trademarks in which it has obtained many leading decisions.

In the patent field, the firm has a vast experience in the mechanics, electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology. In this sector the firm has been involved in most of the leading Italian cases of biotechnology patents and has obtained the first Italian decisions on the merits in the field of biotechnology inventions. The firm will be able to assist clients before the Unified Patent Court, should the UPCA finally come into force.

The firm is also specialized in the protection of industrial design and passing off and in particular has developed broad experience in the field of the protection of non-registered community designs.

In the field of appellations of origin, the firm is particularly specialized in domestic and EU legislation, and in the provisions of the Lisbon Agreement and other international conventions.

The firm also has broad experience in the field of competition and antitrust law. It is particularly active in protecting clients against unfair competition and in non-competition agreements and was involved in cases regarding misleading and comparative advertising, industrial secrets and employee poaching (obtaining landmark decisions in these last two fields), trade disparagement and misappropriation. In this last area the firm has been involved in one of the largest compensation cases ever in Italy. The firm also assists clients in "lookalike cases" for the packaging industry and for "pantograph copying" of products, in which it has obtained some innovative decisions.

The firm has this year opened a software, IT, art and entertainment law department.

Furthermore, the firm represents companies, associations and other bodies in major corporate cases with particular reference to shareholder-company relations. Moreover, the firm advises in the commercial law field, particularly in the areas of banking and insolvency.

Vanzetti e Associati assists foreign clients in national and international arbitrations and in complex transnational disputes. The firm works closely with all major Italian and foreign IP firms.

  • Contact
  • Michelle Vanzetti
  • Number of lawyers: 10
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Member
  • INTA
  • LES

Above material supplied by Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati.

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