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Massimiliano Mostardini

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Bird & Bird LLP

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Intellectual Property


Massimiliano is currently the Chairman of Bird & Bird as well as the founder of Bird & Bird Italy and co‑head of the Italian Intellectual Property Group.


Massimiliano is considered a leading innovative lawyer at national and international level.

He regularly advises clients, including public institutions on domestic and pan-European Intellectual Property litigation relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, advertising and unfair competition. In addition, he advises on non-contentious IP/IT/TMT and regulatory matters such as licencing, R&D, MTA, clinical trials, software agreements and IT, maintenance, outsourcing, including disruptive technologies, pre clearance advertising, data protection. He also manages big trademarks portfolios. He operates in the life science, media, IT, internet, telecommunications, food and luxury goods sectors.

He is often invited to speak at national and international conferences in the trade secrets, software, biotech, including rare diseases, charities, start up, incubators, cloud computing and crowdsourcing sectors.


Italian and English


Massimiliano is member of American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Licensing Executives Society (LES), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), European Patent Lawyers (EPLAW), International Trademark Association (INTA) and Italian Society for the Study of Intellectual Property (SISPI) AND Italian Intellectual Property Working Group (Ipyard).


Massimiliano graduated cum laude from the University of Milan and has practisied law since 1990. He is a lecturer at the San Raffaele University and the author of several publications on licencing, product liability, copyright, the transfer of technology, and inventors awards.


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Intellectual property and M&A are key areas of Bird & Bird’s contentious activity, which also includes high-profile arbitration. In recent highlights, the group represented Industrias Afrasa in a damages claim following the successful outcome of a proceeding before the Italian Antitrust Authority that ascertained the abusive conduct of a global chemical company in the Italian market of fosetyl-aluminium-based fungicides; the group also defended Italian public transport company Azienda Trasporti Molisana (ATM) in two lawsuits related to exceeding state aid received for public transport services and infrastructures. Practice head Edoardo Courir and Giovanni Galimberti are the key contacts. IP and life science expert Massimiliano Mostardini is another name to note.

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Intellectual property

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Massimiliano Mostardini - Bird & Bird

Within: Intellectual property

Bird & Bird’s ‘outstanding’ team focuses on commercial IP, IP disputes, and portfolio management, as well as antitrust-related IP matters and is thereby highly experienced in assisting with patents, trade marks, designs, trade secrets, copyright and database rights. Recent highlights include defending Italian cured ham producer Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele against a Brazilian food import and distribution company before the Court of São Paulo regarding the protected designation of origin for Prosciutto di San Daniele. Massimiliano Mostardini is ‘without doubt one of the best IP advisers’ and Giovanni Galimberti is also recommended.

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Healthcare and life sciences

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Massimiliano Mostardini - Bird & Bird

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Luxury goods

Within: Luxury goods

Bird & Bird specialises in IP-related matters, including copyright, unfair competition, trade mark disputes and data protection, as well as in corporate and M&A, employment and tax issues. The practice assisted Italian fashion group Stefanel with its debt restructuring process and recapitalisation. IP and corporate specialists Massimiliano Mostardini and Alberto Salvadè are recommended.

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Massimiliano Mostardini - Bird & Bird

Within: TMT

Bird & Bird’s recent highlights include advising Italian major software and digital industry company TeamSystem on a number of issues, including trademarks, copyright and unfair competition, and assisting Aeroporti di Roma with antitrust and regulatory matters regarding the provision of e-communication services to travellers. IP specialist Massimiliano Mostardini and Rome-based counsel Federico Marini-Balestra, who is an antitrust expert, are recommended.

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