Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

Spheriens is an IP boutique firm, focusing on trademark litigation and prosecution, both domestically and internationally. It also handles anti-counterfeiting programmes and proceedings before all of the Italian courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Italian PTO and the EUIPO.

Intellectual property in Italy


ADVANT Nctm’s IP team is reputed for its patent, trade mark and copyright work within the entertainment and fashion industries. Lorenzo Attolico is experienced in handling patent agreements and advising clients on Italian IP regulations. Paolo Lazzarino specialises in intellectual and industrial property matters, including managing litigation cases. Roberto Cesaro and Luca Guidobaldi are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Attolico; Paolo Lazzarino

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Cesaro; Luca Guidobaldi; Francesca Romana Florio


‘Responsive and very collaborative in their approach to work. I do feel that they are an extension of our team whenever I work with them. Their advice is practical and commercial as well as technically reliable.’

‘Luca Guidobaldi is an excellent lawyer. I know that I can rely on him. He is quick to respond, honest and clear in his evaluations and always keeps me in the loop. I never have to chase for a response! Lorenzo Attolico does a great job heading the team. He looks after his team and is keen to allow them to take the lead, although I know he is there for back up if needed. Again, responsive and considered.’

‘The team is led by partner Paolo Lazzarino. They are a highly skilled and well managed group of IP Professionals.’

‘Partner Paolo Lazzarino is the primary partner we work with. He is readily available, highly skilled and knowledgeable in the field of IP. He is very easy to work and communicate with. He is a valued member of our extended team.’

Key clients

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.


Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Canon Inc.)

Sony Interactive Entertainment Italia

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Unieuro S.p.A.

Sky International AG

Sony Music Entertainment USA

Mou Limited

Belmond UK

Weetabix Limited

T.R.B. International (Vilebrequin)

Opocrin S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Automobili Lamborghini in several IP litigations that ended successfully for the client.
  • Advised Sony Music Entertainment in relation to a complex litigation claim concerning a de-branding and trademark exhaustion case against BasicNet.
  • Assisted Unieuro in relation to interim proceedings involving patent rights before the Court of Genoa.

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie

Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie is experienced in all areas of intellectual property, showing considerable strength in the fashion and leisure sectors. Lorenzo De Martinis specialises in the protection and enforcement of rights, while Francesca Gaudino’s expertise lies in handling legal issues emerging from cutting edge technologies.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo de Martinis; Francesca Gaudino

Other key lawyers:

Paolo Galli; Silvia Asioli; Carolina Cordero di Vonzo; Chiara Venturini

Key clients

Sky Italia

Warner Bros




Bottega Veneta

Officine Rigamonti


Giuffrè Francis Lefevbre S.p.A.


Work highlights

  • Assisting Sky Italia on the relevant IP related aspects and issues.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has a global reputation for its expertise in IP law, acting in cross-border litigation and arbitration cases. The Italian team covers every facet of IP and is renowned for its expertise in brand protection and patent litigation. The ‘bright and well-preparedGiovanni Galimberti specialises in disputes relating to the infringements of trade marks within the food sector, while Massimiliano Mostardini advises on non-contentious IP matters and regulatory issues. Rome-based Arturo Leone is an expert in advertising law, and Antonella De Gregori and Claudia Ricciardi are experienced in handling IP contracts and design-related matters. Edoardo Bàrbera and Rita Tardiolo are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Giovanni Galimberti; Massimiliano Mostardini; Arturo Leone

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Ricciardi; Edoardo Bàrbera; Rita Tardiolo


‘The team is very attentive to the client’s needs and ready to search and discuss customized solutions. Remarkably, it also the ability to coordinate also with its correspondent IP teams abroad, in order to cover also foreign or transnational issues.’

‘Commitment, accuracy, timely delivery, collaboration.’

‘The Bird & Bird IT team are very knowledgeable and are routinely able to provide commercially useful and detailed advice with a very quick turnaround.’

‘Giovanni Galimberti and the others are a wonderful team with an ability to get straight to the points that matter. It is easy to have complete faith in the work they produce.’

‘Scrupulous, affable and steely. Isn’t that what you need from an IP lawyer?’

Key clients



Ferrovie dello Stato

Fondazione Telethon

Istituto Nazionale Genetica Molecolare -INGM




Medoilanum Group

Pirelli Foundation

San Raffaele Hospital


Snaidero Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Sisvel Group on setting up and exploiting its international strategy to license and enforce different standard essential patents (SEPs) portfolios.
  • Advised the transferors, San Raffaele Hospital, IRBM and INGM, in connection with the agreement for the sale to Antios Therapeutics of patents relating to fourth generation HBV capsid assembly modulators (CAM) for the treatment of chronic HBV.


BonelliErede has experience of handling contentious IP litigation and matters involving new technologies. The team advises domestic and international companies across the food, biotech, and fashion industries, with Giovanni Guglielmetti providing guidance on false advertising and privacy. Tommaso Faelli leads the team, specialising in IP issues including patents and data protection, while also heading the digital transformation focus practice. Associates Giulia Pasqualetto and Pasquale Tammaro are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tommaso Faelli

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Guglielmetti; Giulia Pasqualetto; Pasquale Tammaro


‘The team is very capable in all areas of IP and related matters, from the most traditional to the newest topics. They are up to speed with case law and the most recent innovations in terms of laws and regulations. They can provide advise also for other jurisdictions, not only with the help of best friends network.’

‘Fast, accurate and immediately applicable opinions: Giovanni Guglielmetti and Pasquale Tammaro.’

Key clients


Ineos Automotive

Milano Cortina 2026




Philip Morris

H&H Health and Happiness

Sentinel CH

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Milano Cortina 2026 Foundation – the national committee organising the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Italy in 2026- regarding the IP/IT and Digital profiles.
  • Represented and defended Piaggio & C. successfully in the first patent infringement proceedings brought by Piaggio against Peugeot and other dealers before the Court of Milano.
  • Assisted Mario Schifano’s heirs in the Supreme Court case against the M.S. Multistudio Foundation for having published a “catalogue” containing 24 thousand works by the artist.

Bresner Cammareri Intellectual Property – BCIP

Bresner Cammareri Intellectual Property – BCIP is a boutique IP firm which assists clients across the fashion, media and internet services industries. The ‘very knowledgeableDavide Bresner specialises in global anti-counterfeiting programmes and complex litigation, while the ‘detail-orientedEmanuele Cammareri handles trade mark and copyright law matters.

Practice head(s):

Davide Bresner; Emanuele Cammareri

Other key lawyers:

Ilaria Ferrarini; Federico Vismara


‘Strong organisational and networking skills. They always follow instructions precisely, and in return provide precise instructions. Davide Bresner in particular speaks very good English.’

‘Davide Bresner is particularly strong in anti-counterfeiting and has a good global network. Emanuele Cammareri is detail-oriented and deals with actions before the EUIPO.’

‘I enjoy working with this firm. They are very active and provide a good service. They know the Italian market and are very practical.’

Key clients

Planet Farms Holding S.p.A.

Volvo Group Italia S.p.A.

FRVR Limited

Datatex AG

Terflor S.r.l.

Brofind S.p.A.

Rocket Milano S.r.l.

Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP

Centrotecnica S.r.l.

Wega Macchine per Caffè S.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Advised Planet Farms Holding S.p.A. in widening its IP portfolio through filing trademark applications and resisting to actions brought by direct and indirect competitors.
  • Assisted Volvo Group Italia S.p.A. in the whole process of locating the signs which are both more suitable for the business strategy of the company and less likely to be opposed as subject to Italian trademark applications.
  • Assisted in a trademark infringement dispute against a hotel, which sued for allegedly using its trademark as a geotag.

Carnelutti Law Firm

Carnelutti Law Firm’s IP department specialises in patent and trade mark infringement within the manufacturing and healthcare industries. The head, Margherita Barié, is experienced in representing both domestic and international clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Associate Giulia Panigazzi is a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Margherita Barié

Other key lawyers:

Giulia Panigazzi

Key clients

Aliante / Morato Pane S.p.A.


Bormioli Luigi S.p.A. and Bormioli Rocco S.p.A.

Cherry 106 S.p.A. and Cherry S.r.l.

Dreamcos International S.r.l.

Faram 1957 S.p.A.

Faram Tech Lab S.r.l.

International Nutrition Research Center Inc

Iziwork S.p.A.

Medifarma S.r.l.

Medi-Market Italia S.r.l.

Mondadori Libri S.p.A.

Open Fiber S.p.A.

Pepper’s Ghost S.r.l.

Sipcam Oxon S.P.A. and Sipcam Italia S.P.A.

Tommy Holding Srl

Work highlights

  • Represented the Italian company Faram 1957 S.p.A., a furniture manufacturer, in managing the entire trademark portfolio of the group.
  • Assisted the client Medi-Market (para-pharmacies) in registering the trademark in Italy and Belgium after opposition by the Municipality of Milan for using a trademark in breach of regulations stating that a green cross may indicate only pharmacies only.
  • Assisted Sipcam Oxon and Sipcam Italia S.p.A. in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Syngenta Limited, Syngenta Crop Protection AG and Syngenta Italia S.p.A. before the Court of Milan, concerning the alleged counterfeiting of two patents on processes for the preparation of a fungicidal chemical.

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario

CBA Studio Legale e Tributario has expertise in drafting transnational electronic contracts and managing IP rights worldwide. Mattia Dalla Costa is ‘client-oriented’, specialising in IP driven M&A transactions and structuring technology transfer deals. Barbara Sartori brings experience in matters concerning trade marks and patents, while Alessia Ferraro is likewise highlighted as a key member.

Practice head(s):

Mattia Dalla Costa; Barbara Sartori

Other key lawyers:

Luca Tramontin; Alessia Ferraro; Anna Iorio


‘CBA’s Intellectual Property team is robust and client-oriented team.’

‘Client-oriented Mattia Dalla Costa and associate Alessia Ferraro have been very helpful in advising a client in a design-infringement case with implications in several jurisdictions.’

‘An effective use of remote meetings and multi-language skills.’

‘Barbara Sartori experience, correctness, integrity and availability.’

‘Excellent service -commercial and pragmatic advice.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Glaxo Smith Kline’s group in the complex sale of its Italian industrial site to two different pharmaceutical companies (Dobfar Spa and Aptuit Srl) and in the negotiations for the realisation of a new manufacturing site.
  • Assisted Iren Mercato in several electric-mobility projects.
  • Assisted TELESPAZIO and E-GEOS in the litigation proceeding against EGEOS GmbH- CBA won the court case against the German company- with the dispute concerning the infringement of Telespazio Spa and e-Geos Spa’s rights on trademark, domain name and company name as well as due to unfair competition.


Chiomenti’s IP team covers contentious and non-contentious matters relating to patents and trade marks. The department has expertise in data protection and assisting clients with IP issues in all M&A activities. Of counsel, Paolo Bertoni, has extensive experience in handling trade marks, trade secrets and licence agreements, while of counsel Anna Gardini specialises in complex cross-border litigation and negotiating IP-focused agreements. Senior associate Sara Molina is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Bertoni; Anna Gardini

Other key lawyers:

Sara Molina


‘Quick, precise advice (intellectual property law).’

‘Paolo Bertoni, practical advice, very clear and up to the point.’

Key clients


Artemide S.p.A.

Casoni Fabbricazione Liquori S.p.A.

Coronet S.p.A and Veroverde S.r.l..

Design Holding

Eagle Pictures S.p.A.

Ed. Mus. Acqua Azzurra s.r.l. in liquidazione

Firriato S.r.l.

Henkel Italia S.r.l.


Mediobanca Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A.


Nock Nock S.r.l.

Pomellato S.p.A.

Re-Company SA

Unipol S.p.A.

Manifattura Riese S.r.l.

Teclumen S.r.l.

Musetti S.p.A.

Italia Trasporto Aereo S.p.A. (ITA AIRWAYS)

Work highlights

  • Advised Ed. Mus. Acqua Azzurra in liquidation in numerous proceedings originating as a result of the decisions of the company regarding the management of the library and the pending litigation between the company and (i) Sony Music Entertainment Italy and (ii) Battisti’s successors as well as the well-known co-author Mogol.
  • Advised ITA – Italia Trasporto Aereo, the new national airline, in various complex agreements concerning its trademarks and domain names and also on pre-litigation matters.
  • Advised Henkel Italia S.r.l. in IP transactional and litigation matters.

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani

De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani’s IP team is ‘highly specialised’ in patent litigation, advising clients from the pharmaceutical, luxury and fashion industries. The firm’s clients includes Rolex and Merck Sharp & Dohme. Roberto A. Jacchia’s knowledge of IP law helps the group assist businesses with contentious and transactional matters, while Silvia Doria provides expertise in cross-border disputes. Maria Cristina Franchini heads the litigation team. Associates Giulia Beneduci, Camilla Pozzi and Alisa Pestryakova are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Roberto A. Jacchia


Other key lawyers:

Maria Cristina Franchini; Silvia Doria; Giulia Beneduci; Camilla Pozzi; Alisa Pestryakova


‘A wealth of experience in patent litigation, notably in the life sciences field.’

‘At De Berti Jacchia you always find lawyers with experience in their field of expertise, particularly in IP and counterfeiting. De Berti Jacchia has a long standing and good reputation in this field.’

‘For us and our clients it is likewise important, that we work with friendly, practical people who understand the need to balance the commercial requirements with the legal ones – and that is exactly what they understand doing.’

Key clients

Merck Sharp & Dohme, Merck & Co.

Rolex SA and Rolex Italia SPA


Glaxosmithkline Group and Glaxo Smith Kline Italia

Brownie Textiles y Confecciones Brownie SL and Grupo Textil Brownie SL (Grupo|Brownie)

Culligan Group


Rizzani De Eccher

STS Oberholz GmbH

SKS365 Malta Limited

Omnivision Italia Srl and Omnivision GmbH

NAME Architecture

Sugar Music SpA

Rai Com

Chargeurs Museum Solutions

Imperial Brands

Egis Pharmaceutical PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) since 2000 in enforcing its patents and defending its active principles in Italy, in various contentious cases in the Italian IP Courts.
  • Represented Rolex SA and its Italian subsidiary ROLEX ITALIA since the early 1970s, enforcing the renowned ROLEX trade mark against infringements, counterfeiting and unfair competition as well as defending the integrity of its selective distribution network in Italy.
  • Advised Rai Com on the package of interrelated contracts between a company of the RAI Group, the national broadcasting company, and other parties relating to a patent pool.


Dentons covers litigation and transactional IP issues, displaying a strong presence in the media and pharmaceutical industries. The department has a criminal law division, which allows cases involving counterfeiting and the seizure of infringing goods to be handled in-house. Federico Fusco has 15 years of experience in complex litigation relating to trade marks and patents.

Practice head(s):

Giangiacomo Olivi

Other key lawyers:

Federico Fusco; Camilla Rosi


‘Camilla Rosi has been a great resource for our work.’

‘Apart from having an excellent knowledge on the IP subject, the team is very quick to pick up on business scenario and peculiarities, which facilitates the dialogue and allows us to move faster in the desired direction. That is not common to all the law firms and being business savvy understanding client’s needs is highly appreciated.’

‘Responsiveness, flexibility and adjustment are always present while working together, being able to pull in foreign colleagues when necessary for an additional sanity check or opinion, providing their availability also in mid-August for the benefit of the deal.’

‘IP Practice partner – Federico Fusco has an excellent presence and excellent capability to pick up on business scenarios. Timely response.’

‘Very high capabilities.’

‘Kindness, preparation not only in law also in technical aspects (patents).’

‘Great listening skills, attention and care to the client needs (customer focus), excellent analytical approach, quick response.’

‘Constant team-work and continued exchange of thoughts to reach the optimal solution for the client. Camilla Rosi from both the IP and the contractual points of view is just great with respect to the proximity to her client and in providing her unquestionable expertise’.

Key clients

Officina Comunicazione

Moro Kaiser



Newron Pharmaceuticals

Warner Bros


Rigamonti Salumificio


Coca Cola

Motorola Solutions

Work highlights

  • Assisted Motorola Solutions in relation to the IP & Technology aspects in the context of the acquisition of the entire share capital of Videotec S.p.A., a global provider of ruggedized video security solutions based in Italy.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s IP team is renowned for its multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and copyright expertise. The firm has in-depth experience of assisting clients, such as Lamborghini and Diesel, in the structuring of operations regarding minting and the sale of NFTs. Gualtiero Dragotti specialises in patent cases and the protection of innovation, while Roberto Valenti focuses on soft IP and the life sciences industry. Elena Varese is noted for her ‘high quality advice’ on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Associate Laura Gastaldi has also been noted.

Practice head(s):

Giulio Coraggio

Other key lawyers:

Gualtiero Dragotti; Roberto Valenti; Elena Varese; Laura Gastaldi


‘The team is very knowledgeable and fast in their reply. Advice is always clear and business oriented, even for complex multi-jurisdictional/practice matters. They always manage to add value and to be solid business partners and trusted advisors.’

‘Elena Varese stands-out for the high quality of her advice in a wide variety of matters both in IP and advertising and contentious/non-contentious work. She anticipates our needs, has a great business acumen and always provide tailored solutions also for the most complex issues. She conveys confidence and enthusiasm: it is a pleasure to work with her.’

‘The professionals of the various teams work well and give a satisfactory final result, even if they could be, in some sectors, more reactive and provide feedback more promptly.’

Key clients



Peri SE


Assicurazioni Generali



Pernod Ricard

Wind Tre

Me contro Te



Manolo Blahnik




Epo Fashion




Work highlights

  • Assisted Nikon Corporation in disputes against parallel importers and companies selling on the European market goods that are not meant for it, according to EU and Italian legislation.
  • Assisted Nike in multijurisdictional litigations regarding enforcement of different IP rights and unfair competition rights over iconic shoe models both in civil and criminal proceedings.
  • Established and refined the appropriate remedies to prevent and cure the trade secret misappropriation often carried out by employees leaving.


The EY TAX & LAW ITALY IP team works closely with other EY legal, tax and technology departments. Daniele Caneva has extensive experience in handling IP contracts and portfolio management, while Elena Carpani stands out for her advertising and media expertise. Giovanni Gasucci focuses on patent and trade mark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Daniele Caneva

Other key lawyers:

Elena Carpani; Giovanni Casucci


‘Worldwide network of lawyers.’

‘Giovanni Casucci- high standing lawyer with a strong determination and results in litigation.’

‘We work with Giovanni Casucci mainly; his strengths lie in problem approach and solving them, Mr Matteo’s strength is on analysis before the legal approach. Giovanni is also a very good lawyer in judgment discussion.’


Key clients

Danieli Officine Meccaniche Spa


Philippe Starck


Panotec Srl

Numero 8 – SUN68

Cesari Srl


FPT Industrie Spa


Ferrero – Soremartec

Maurizio Cattelan


Work highlights

    Franzosi Dal Negro Setti

    Franzosi Dal Negro Setti is a boutique IP firm, possessing in-depth experience in dealing with the Chinese market. The heads, Vincenzo Jandoli and Federica Santonocito, specialise in matters ranging from unfair competition to the protection of technology. Agata Sobol provides expertise in patent litigation, while associates Martina Dani and Michele Loconsole are also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Vincenzo Jandoli; Federica Santonocito

    Other key lawyers:

    Agata Sobol; Martina Dani; Michele Loconsole; Gianluca Pojaghi; Alice Pezard


    ‘Great IP experience – results orientation – strong cooperation with customer and tailored support.’

    ‘Professor Franzosi is a genius of IP despite his age – the Partner Vincenzo Piccarreta has great experience in litigations.’

    ‘I have worked with Mr. Jandoli at many different cases and have always appreciated his excellent strategic thinking, in addition to a very vast experience and deep knowledge of very different aspects of the case law. Mr. Jandoli is also very good in understanding the underlying technical aspects of patent cases.’

    Work highlights

      Gattai, Minoli, Partners

      The Gattai, Minoli, Partners IP department’s expertise lies in technology law applied to medical devices and financial services. The ‘outstandingLicia Garotti specialises in cross-border transactions and litigation involving patents and trade marks. The firm also has extensive knowledge of assessing IP rights related to tech driven projects in M&A transactions.

      Practice head(s):

      Licia Garotti

      Other key lawyers:

      Marco Galli; Vittoria Omarchi; Sara Maria Guglielmo; Costanza Sandrucci; Rossana Cereda; Leone Cei


      ‘The team brings international experience, excellent communication skills and a clear service attitude to the table.’

      ‘Licia Garotti is my go-to patent litigator for Italy. Always excellent to work with.’

      ‘Licia Garotti and Stefano Ferrero are great.’

      ‘Intellectual property practice provides tailor made services, and with a proactive approach, gives legal advice to improve the value of your business properly protecting IP. Very responsive to client’s requests.’

      ‘The partner of the practice, Licia Garotti is an outstanding lawyer, well-prepared and responsive to clients’ needs.’

      Key clients

      Fremantle Media Group Ltd.

      ABI Associazione Bancaria Italiana

      ABI Lab Centre of Research and Innovation for Banks

      ItaliaNFT S.r.l.

      Cariplo Factory

      Clessidra Private Equity SGR

      Bancomat S.p.A.

      Banca Generali S.p.A.

      Patrick Tuttofuoco

      General Medical Merate S.p.A.

      I.M.S. Giotto S.p.A.

      Skin First S.r.l.

      Reevo S.p.A.

      Amebe S.n.c

      Global Thinking Foundation

      Roberto Cavalli S.p.A.

      Verisure Italy S.r.l.

      Virgin Active S.p.A.

      IO.T Solutions S.p.A.

      IQVIA Solutions Italy S.r.l.

      SIFI S.p.a.

      TMP Group IT S.r.l.

      U-Earth Biotech Ltd

      TeamSystem S.p.A.

      Boschetti Alimentare S.p.A.

      Work highlights

      • Assisted Italia NFT in the development of a disruptive business model relating to the minting and sale of NFTs incorporating works of art, through the analysis of legal issues related to regulatory profiles and European and national legislation on data protection, consumer law and new technologies.
      • Assisted Bancomat, owner of the Bancomat and PagoBancomat circuits and of the innovative BancomatPay service, in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and in the negotiation of subsequent agreements with SIA – now NEXI (“MoU”).
      • Assisted Fremantle Media Group Ltd, a company active in television production and distribution, in intellectual property related matters emerged in the context of the acquisition of a majority stake in the share capital of Lux Vide.

      Gianni & Origoni

      Gianni & Origoni has expertise in contentious and transactional IP matters, showing strength within the art industry. The team represents major artists and museums, including Richard Serra and the Global Art Exhibition, with Massimo Sterpi advising on issues concerning patents and trade marks. The firm focuses upon modern IP developments; Nino Di Bella and Raffaello Stefano De Marco bring knowledge on software issues and new technologies to the department. Counsel Vanessa Franchini is also noted.

      Practice head(s):

      Massimo Sterpi

      Other key lawyers:

      Nino Di Bella; Raffaello Stefano De Marco; Vanessa Franchini; Francesca Fosson; Francesco Cerciello


      ‘The firm has a practical approach that make the collaboration very easy. They are skilled, and they know very well the media industry. In terms of participation to the activities, they are skilled and pragmatic. They are very skilled both in drafting agreements and litigations.’


      Key clients

      LR Trust

      Richard Serra

      Salvatore Ferragamo

      Ferrari Spa

      Bottega Veneta


      Poste Italiane Spa

      Esselunga Spa


      Ideal Standard International NV

      Entertainment One Ltd.



      Ferretti Yachts Group



      Lega Calcio Professionisti Serie A (Italian Football League)

      Gordon Matthew Sumner (“Sting”)

      Philip Morris

      Roberto Cavalli

      Sky Italia

      TBS Crew S.r.l. (Chiara Ferragni)

      TIM S.p.A.


      Wind Tre

      DSQUARED2 Group

      Ravensburger GmbH

      Work highlights

      • Assisted TIM in the drafting and negotiation of an agreement with DAZN for the distribution of the audio-visual rights concerning Serie A football matches.
      • Assisted DSQUARED2 in an infringement proceeding before the Court of Naples for the enforcement of the client’s trademark “ICON” used by the defendant on apparel.
      • Assisted bdtronic GmbH and bdtronic Italia in both preliminary proceedings and proceedings on the merits before the Milan Court concerning trade secret and patent infringement in the field of impregnation machines.

      Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria

      Greenberg Traurig Santa Maria’s IP team handles contentious and non-contentious issues, showing strength in the fashion and luxury sectors. The head, Luigi Fontanesi, has in-depth experience in drafting, negotiating, and setting up domestic and international franchising, while associate Camilla Di Fonzo is an expert in licensing contracts. Associate Bertone Biscaretti di Ruffia is also noted.

      Practice head(s):

      Luigi Fontanesi

      Other key lawyers:

      Camilla Di Fonzo; Bertone Biscaretti di Ruffia

      Key clients

      Gruppo Cimbali

      Villa d’Este

      Anytime Fitness


      Linaire srl

      Traent s.r.l.

      Art Partner

      IP Soft

      Bracco Foundation

      Gabbanelli Accordions & Imports, LLC

      Bracco Group

      Pikdare S.p.a.

      Siirtec Nigi S.p.A.

      Biofer S.p.a.

      Retrofete, Inc and Mint Showroom

      SoftHrod S.r.l.

      Kalfire B.V.

      Work highlights

      • Advised US gym franchise Anytime Fitness in a franchise agreement with Italian Fitness, drafting and reviewing franchising agreements, reviewing shareholder agreements and advising on trademark and competition issues.

      Herbert Smith Freehills

      Herbert Smith Freehills specialises in all areas of IP law and is the ‘go-to firm’ for patent litigation in the life sciences sector. The head, Laura Orlando, is ‘pragmatic’, consistently advising companies in the pharmaceutical, food and fashion industries on all IP-related issues. Pietro Pouché handles trade mark and copyright issues for big name clients, while of counsel Sara Balice assists with trade marks and unfair competition. Associates Martina Maffei and Spartak Kodra are noted as key members. Senior European trademark & design attorney, Annamaria Algieri, joined the firm from DLA Piper in November 2022.

      Practice head(s):

      Laura Orlando

      Other key lawyers:

      Sebastian Moore; Pietro Pouchè; Sara Balice; Martina Maffei; Spartak Kodra; Emily Bottle


      ‘Pietro Pouche is an excellent marketer and works very hard to match clients and contacts to create synergistic relationships. He is an excellent person to have on your team.’

      ‘Laura Orlando and the team at Herbert Smith Freehills are our go-to firm in Italy for any trade mark or IP related matters. Commercial-minded and responsive, they always work to a very high standard. Laura is brilliant and has a clever way of looking at things – it’s never solely legal advice; she offers a wise, interdisciplinary approach.’

      ‘Laura Orlando and the team are all extremely experienced at litigation. Laura has assisted us on major trade mark cases regarding our key products, but this is highly confidential and not to be published please. The entire team is very strong.’

      Key clients


      Millennium Pharmaceuticals


      Bormioli Rocco

      Rubinetterie Bresciane Bonomi



      Achilles Vaccines

      De Beers

      Treasury Wine Estates









      Ama Composites


      Eli Lilly

      SOS Villaggi dei Bambini Onlus Italia

      Work highlights

      • Advised Millennium, Janssen and the US Government on a patent dispute relating to the validity of two patents protecting the product Velcade (bortezomib).
      • Assisted C&M Book Logistics/Ceva in relation to drafting and negotiating a complex IT framework agreement for an innovative logistics and distribution centre for publishing products.
      • Advised Sanofi, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, on the defence of patent invalidity actions for its blockbuster treatment for multiple sclerosis, Aubagio® (teriflunomide).

      Hogan Lovells International LLP

      Hogan Lovells International LLP handles national and international IP matters, exhibiting particular strength in legal aspects of trade marks. The Italian team advises global brands on trade mark clearance searches and enforcement application issues across 215 jurisdictions. Luigi Mansani’s 25 years of experience enables him to deal with complex topics arising within the IP sector, while Giovanni Ghirardi has consistently advised big multinationals in seminal patent litigation. Alessandra Pannozzo and Maria Luce Piattelli are also important team members, covering IP topics ranging from intricate procedural claims to anti-counterfeit actions. Associate Maria Luigia Franceschelli is noted for her IP work in the fashion and luxury sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Luigi Mansani

      Other key lawyers:

      Giovanni Ghirardi; Alessandra Pannozzo; Maria Luce Piattelli; Maria Luigia Franceschelli; Mark Bosshard; Francesco Banterle


      ‘Hogan Lovells’s attorneys are exceptional in that they provide excellent service to their clients both in the area of case management before the court and on the more purely technical issues. In particular, HL attorneys study together with patent attorneys the cases and try to understand all aspects of them in order to be able to defend/attack the patent titles in the best way.’

      ‘I personally have worked with Luigi Mansani, Giovanni Ghirardi, and Alessandra Pannozzo. They are all excellent lawyers with above-average legal skills. They are passionate about the cases they work on and are always available to the client, to whom they always try to respond in a timely manner.’

      Key clients

      Eli Lilly

      Molteni & C.


      Gebrüder Thonet Vienna



      Richard Ginori


      Antonio Marras

      Bally Schuhfabriken AG

      Ermanno Scervino


      BNP Paribas

      CNP Assurances

      FCA Italy

      Work highlights


        Jacobacci is a boutique IP firm, operating primarily in the pharmaceutical and high-tech sectors. Fabrizio Jacobacci specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to intellectual property and competition law, while Alberto Camusso routinely assists major international clients with enforcement strategies.

        Practice head(s):

        Fabrizio Jacobacci; Alberto Camusso

        Other key lawyers:

        Luca Ghedina; Barbara La Tella; Massimo Baghetti; Daniela Gervasio; Lauren Rose Keller


        ‘Emanuela Truffo is a fantastic litigator and has forced the courts to recognize our IP rights.’


        Key clients


        Bayer AG, Inc.

        HP Italy srl

        Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

        Doka GmbH

        Guala Group

        Bancomat S.p.A.

        PERI SE

        AM.VI. S.r.l., Fashioneast S.àr.l

        Vittoria Assicurazioni S.p.A.

        Chiquita Brand LLC

        HP Enterprise Services Italia S.r.l.

        Fedrigoni S.p.A.

        Sun World International LLC


        Work highlights

        • Represented our client, Mylan Inc., in litigation over the validity and infringement of a formulation patent for an ophthalmological product for the treatment of intraocular hypertension, owned by a competing pharmaceutical company.
        • Represented AM.VI. S.r.l. and Fashioneast, the owners of the John Richmond brand trademark portfolio, which includes a figurative trademark for “RICH JOHN RICHMOND”, as well as the fashion designer John Richmond, personally.
        • Represented a major insurance Group, Vittoria Assicurazioni, which is also a leader in the real estate sector, in a series of actions against different defendants in the Courts of Rome, Milan, and Catania.

        LCA Studio Legale

        LCA Studio Legale’s IP team offers a comprehensive service, with a particular focus on trade mark and copyright matters. The team's head, Gianluca De Cristofaro, has expertise in advertising law and data protection, advising national and foreign clients. Giulio Vecchi’s arrival from Chiomenti strengthens the department as he arrives with specialist knowledge of e-commerce and tech-related matters.

        Practice head(s):

        Gianluca de Cristofaro

        Other key lawyers:

        Giulio Vecchi; Federica Furlan; Matteo di Lernia


        ‘Innovative approach. Gianluca De Cristofaro is a leader in the Italian IP industry.’

        ‘Availability and pragmatism.’

        Key clients

        Alcantara S.p.A.

        Canali S.p.A.

        Cosmic S.r.l.

        Golden Goose

        Heinz Italia S.p.A.

        Hic Mobile

        Max Mara S.p.A

        Moncler S.p.A.

        Pikdare (owner of PIC trademark – Artsana Group)


        Roth Capital Partners, LLC


        Unes Maxi S.p.A.

        Work highlights

        • Undertook an IP due diligence exercise on the key patents and technology underpinning Genenta Science’s NASDAQ IPO, which was essential to the success of the IPO.
        • Acted for Edizioni musicali Acqua azzurra, a music publisher in liquidation proceedings, to manage the copyrights of the two music artists, Lucio Battisti and Mogol, such as in the use of the song La collina dei ciliegi as soundtrack of the true crime movie La Scuola Cattolica.
        • Assisted Moncler, the famous fashion brand, in responding to a claim of copyright infringement raised by a video maker and his producer in relation to Moncler’s video short for its Winter 2021 advertising campaign; and, separately, in negotiating several synchronization rights licence agreements to use songs in digital events and advertising.

        Legance - Avvocati Associati

        The Legance - Avvocati Associati IP department advises on intellectual and industrial property rights across the fashion, banking and pharmaceutical industries. Paolo Marzano and Monica Riva both head the team, bringing in-depth experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, including trade mark and patent issues. Jacopo Gaffer specialises in the protection of brands and design.

        Practice head(s):

        Paolo Marzano; Monica Riva

        Other key lawyers:

        Jacopo Graffer; Gabriella Rubino; Gianpaolo Locurto


        ‘Legance Law firm offers a wide range of professional legal advisors with the highest expertise.’

        Key clients


        Allitude S.p.A. former Phoenix Informatica Bancaria S.p.A.

        Alviero Martini

        Amplifon S.p.A.

        Arvedi Group

        Assicura Agenzia S.r.l.

        Avia International

        Baxter S.r.l.

        Camst S.p.A.

        Careermap4me S.r.l.

        C.M.T. Compagnia Manifatture Tessili S.r.l. (Camomilla Italia)

        Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament

        Consorzio Volontario di tutela vini doc Salaparuta et al.

        Dai Optical S.r.l

        Elie Saab

        Emerson Electric

        Eon Reality Italia Srl

        Eusphera S.R.L.

        Europa Investimenti

        GB Pharma Spa

        Gioelleria Luigi Verga

        Gruppo Italcer

        Guardian News & Media Ltd

        Hearst Magazines S.r.l.

        Hippocrates Holding Spa

        Iliad S.p.A.

        Interactive Advertising Bureau Italia – Iab


        Marino Bus

        Mezzacorona S.c.a.

        Molteni and Unifor

        MyInvenio s.r.l.


        Niko Romito

        Nosio S.p.a.

        OCS Spa

        Ostinelli Seta

        Quadrivio – Made in Italy Fund

        Riva Del Garda Fierecongressi S.p.A.

        Rock Jam Production

        Uga Nutraceutical S.r.l.

        Work highlights

          LGV Avvocati Studio Legale

          LGV Avvocati Studio Legale’s IP team is specialised in all IP sectors, with a heavy focus upon copyright and new technologies. Simona Lavagnini is an ‘outstanding professional’, whose experience extends to litigating on behalf of software houses, trade marks and patents. Luigi Goglia advises international clients on cases including licensing and contractual matters of IP law, while Tankred Thiem handles cross-border litigation. Associates Alessandro Bura and Brenda Villa are also key members.

          Practice head(s):

          Simona Lavagnini; Luigi Goglia; Tankred Thiem

          Other key lawyers:

          Alessandro Bura; Brenda Villa


          ‘Luigi Goglia’s law firm is absolutely very high quality and professional firm in the field of intellectual property protection. Their ability to quickly understand the customer’s needs and the timing with which to conclude a deal is incredible.’

          ‘We worked with Luigi Goglia, Brenda Villa, Simona Lavagnini. All of them have incredible knowledge of IT intellectual protection and in English. We had several calls with counterparties etc. really top. They were always available at any time via Whatsapp, zoom and email.’

          ‘Knowledgeable in copyright law; innovative; good understanding of complex technical questions, responsive and flexible; fair pricing.’

          ‘Business oriented, fast responding, very practical and problem solving, extensive knowledge and experience in the IP practice.’

          ‘Partner Simona Lavagnini is an outstanding professional. She is a brilliant lawyer, capable to understand the client’s needs and to provide useful recommendations. She is always available to respond quickly and concretely on different issues. Exceptional team leader.’

          ‘This practice can deal with all different kinds of IP, including patent litigation matters and has competence in not only assessing legal aspects, but also technical aspects of a case. We rely on this firm in many cases and have always been exceptionally happy with their work.’

          ‘Mr. Tankred Thiem, who is partner of the firm, is also a German citizen and is not only an Italian, but also a German attorney-at-law. He is a perfect link for German, Austrian and Swiss clients into Italy. He has legal and technical competence and has an exceptional ability to find practical solutions for difficult situations.’

          ‘I have been working with LGV Avvocati for more than 10 years. As a trademark attorney and my colleagues patent attorneys, it happens that we need to provide our clients the name of a law firm in IP litigation since according to Italian law, trademark and patent attorneys cannot act as litigators. I chose LGV Avvocati because of their extensive expertise in the trademark, patent, design and copyright field.’

          Key clients

          Biesse Spa

          Evergreen Bios Srl

          GPQ Srl

          Gioielli di Valenza S.p.A.


          Value+ S.r.l.

          Keywords Srl




          Work highlights

          • Assisting Sky Italia in relation to its exclusive rights for the broadcasting of the Italian football championship.
          • Assisting the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in anticounterfeiting Court proceedings.
          • Advised GPQ, holder of various patents in the field of cosmetics and medical device, in setting up enforcement campaign and IP value.

          Martini Manna Avvocati

          Martini Manna Avvocati is a boutique IP firm providing tailored advice to clients in the entertainment, life science and fashion industries. The two heads, Elena Martini and Luigi Manna, specialise in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Margherita Stucchi recently joined as a partner from LGV Avvocati Studio Legale, bringing experience in advertising law and new technologies.

          Practice head(s):

          Elena Martini; Luigi Manna

          Other key lawyers:

          Margherita Stucchi; Rocco Lanzavecchia

          Key clients

          Alma Biotech s.r.l.

          Pharmagest Italia Srl – Pharmagest Interactive SA

          Cefriel S.c.a.r.l.

          Lindt & Sprüngli International AG

          Vitra Group

          PHI Industrial Acquisitions

          Orbital Cultura (Nexi group)

          DAZN Group

          Holistic Travel Limited

          Aste Giudiziarie In Linea S.p.a.

          Luxury Cosmetics d.o.o.

          Levico Acque s.r.l.

          Consorzio Kiwi Passion

          Lebowski s.r.l.

          Racecourse Media Group (RMG)

          Sarzi Amadè s.r.l.

          Work highlights

          • Advised DAZN Ltd in Italy on its anti-piracy programme, and drafted and negotiated the licence agreements for the archive contents of several Italian Serie A football clubs.
          • Assisted Fruitsworldwide in preliminary injunction proceedings for plant variety infringement.
          • Assisted Lebowski s.r.l., the movie production company owned by the famous Italian actor Riccardo Scamarcio, in drafting and negotiating the product placement agreements for its new movie.

          Mondini Bonora Ginevra Studio Legale

          Mondini Bonora Ginevra Studio Legale has expertise in handling all IP related matters, especially complex software and artificial intelligence issues. Giorgio Mondini specialises in the protection of intellectual rights, while Carlo Ginevra possesses 20 years of experience in advising clients on patent infringement and trade mark litigation. Giacomo Bonelli is an expert in IP protection within the media and entertainment industries, whereas Fabio Ghiretti is knowledgeable on matters in the music and fashion industries.

          Practice head(s):

          Giorgio Mondini; Carlo Ginevra

          Other key lawyers:

          Giacomo Bonelli; Fabio Ghiretti; Silvia Mondini; Anna Carabelli; Francesca Milani; Valeria Giugliano; Andrea Marchetti


          ‘Very accurate.’


          Key clients

          Wise Music Group

          EFFE 2005 Gruppo Feltrinelli S.p.a.

          Heirs of Gio Ponti

          Work highlights

          • Assisted on intellectual property, marketing and advertising matters and contract drafting, to a multinational company headquartered in Paris (France), that has developed a full range of cutting-edge cosmetic products inspired to aesthetic medicine.
          • Assisted on an ongoing basis to the Feltrinelli publishing group in connection with a wide range of IP issues, from the launch of online content sharing platforms to the registration of publishing titles, from the drafting of copyright contracts to the organisation of prize events.
          • Advised the heirs of the worldwide famous Italian designer Gio Ponti, in several IP matters regarding the use of his design on different items, such as clothing and furniture, which is still today protected by copyright.

          Nunziante Magrone

          Nunziante Magrone’s IP team advises clients on rights relating to industrial property and advertising law. The firm has three offices across Milan, Rome and Bologna, with Niccolò Ferretti bringing expertise in litigation regarding trade marks and patent disputes, and Nunziante Magrone specialising in assisting pharmaceutical companies. Luca Ferrari provides counsel to companies on IP contract disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Niccolò Ferretti; Pietro Ilardi; Luca Ferrari

          Other key lawyers:

          Roberto Mazzeo; Emanuela Gaia Zapparoli


          ‘The team worked very hard to understand our product, our business, and our IP. All of them are very focused on what they do and always want to find as much information as possible. They find always the best way to reach their goal.’

          ‘Emanuela Gaia Zapparoli is great support.’

          ‘NM has done an excellent job not only for issues on the territory of Italy but also far beyond. I call NM the legal hub for all our legal procedures world-wide.’

          ‘I have worked with Niccolò Ferretti who has shown himself to be a very intelligent and knowledgeable lawyer. He is capable to analyse the legal situation very well and reflects with very practical (smart) solutions. Thanks to him we won (almost) every procedure.’

          ‘The team and in particular Niccolò Ferretti are professionals with a problem-solving attitude and very business oriented. They provide practical solutions and communication with them is simple and straightforward. The fees are also well parameterized to the quality standard of the services offered.’

          ‘Niccolò Ferretti is always very responsive to any request, available at any time and sensitive to customer needs. His advice is always very valuable and balances goals and expenses very well. His lateral thinking is the way out for any difficult situation.’

          Key clients

          Croce Rossa Italiana ADV

          Skylab Studios S.r.l.

          Trillytech S.r.l.

          Medinaction S.r.l.

          Road to Green

          IMAC S.p.A.

          Teo.Rema S.r.l.

          Eufoton S.r.l.

          Axel Weinbrecht GmbH

          Bonacina 1889



          International Brand Consulting IBC

          Morgan Tecnica

          Work highlights

          • Advised on a case which established that, for patent holders in Italy, the application for limitation of their patent, presented in Court, is a road of no return, as once the limitation faculty has been exercised it will no longer be allowed to return to the original extension of patent protection.
          • Assisting the Red Cross organisation in Italy on five judicial procedures in order to prevent the use of counterfeiting trademarks used by its competitors.

          Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati

          Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati’s team is experienced in all facets of IP law, including contractual advice, patent litigation and IT solutions. The firm advises Italian and international companies on IP deals and transactions, along with performing due diligence regarding intangible and technological assets. Matteo Orsingher has expertise in contentious and non-contentious intellectual and industrial property matters. Fabrizio Sanna specialises in data protection and e-commerce laws, and Ludovico Anselmi is experienced in litigation and transactional support. Associate Davide Graziano is also noted.

          Practice head(s):

          Matteo Orsingher; Fabrizio Sanna

          Other key lawyers:

          Ludovico Anselmi; Davide Graziano


          ‘In depth knowledge, value for money efficiency and speed. Sound business judgement.’

          ‘Fabrizio Sanna, rising star in the market, solid and wide legal and business knowledge, can be also a business partner.’

          Key clients


          Condé Nast




          New Wave group


          The Walt Disney Company

          Twentieth Century Fox





          F.C. Internazionale Milano

          Work highlights

          • Assisted Pollini successfully before the EU Court of Justice (T-69/21) for the confirmation of the decision of the EUIPO board of appeal which rejected the application for registration of the EU trade mark filed by a competitor.
          • Assisted ITV (UK broadcaster) in proceedings before the Italian Supreme Court for a complex trade mark case.
          • Representing Discovery successfully against Canal before the Italian Patent and Trademark office on the invalidity of a client’s key trade mark.

          Osborne Clarke

          Osborne Clarke’s IP department specialises in advising companies within the music and entertainment industries. The firm is instructed by giants of the sectors, including Sony Music Entertainment and Opera Co-Pro, assisting them with copyright and advertising issues. Federico M Ferrara has expertise in trade mark and patent infringement, while senior associate Marialaura Boni and associate Alessandra Corigliano are also standout names.

          Practice head(s):

          Federico M Ferrara

          Other key lawyers:

          Marialaura Boni; Alessandra Corigliano

          Key clients

          APA – Audiovisual Producers Association

          Binda Italia S.r.l.

          Cinica S.r.l.

          EMI General Music Publishing S.r.l.

          EMI Music Publishing Italia S.r.l.

          Sony Music Publishing Italy S.r.l.

          Grifols Italia S.p.A.

          Havas Group

          Opera Co-Pro Ltd.

          PDU Italia S.r.l.

          Re-Forme S.r.l.

          Sony Music Entertainment Italy S.p.A.

          Wyler Vetta S.r.l.

          Work highlights

          • Advising APA, an Italian association that brings together 47 of the country’s leading independent television production companies, on a range of matters, including discussions with the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage Activities and Tourism (MIBAC) over updating private copying levies.
          • Assist Re-Forme, a well-known cosmetics company, on registering trademarks for some of its key products, as well as representing our client in a dispute with Warner Bros relating to the use of the letter ‘S’ in a form allegedly similar to the Superman ‘S’ on one of its products.
          • Represent Sony Music, one of the world’s largest record companies, in copyright proceedings against Edizioni Musicali Acqua Azzurra and three other defendants for damages resulting from their unlawful actions which, Sony claims, jeopardised its ability to exploit its rights in the original recordings of a series of Lucio Battisti’s tracks.

          Pavia e Ansaldo

          Pavia e Ansaldo’s IP team represents international life science companies, such as Genentech, in a range of IP litigation. The firm is also instructed by major fashion brands, including Polo Ralph Lauren. Gian Paolo Di Santo has in-depth expertise of corporate and regulatory matters, while Gabriele Girardello offers 15 years’ experience in advising on IP rights and patent dispute claims. Arianna Paternicò specialises in advising large banking groups on all IP elements relating to the equity crowdfunding sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Gian Paolo Di Santo

          Other key lawyers:

          Gabriele Girardello; Arianna Paternicò

          Key clients


          Accord / Intas group

          Polo Ralph Lauren

          Synchronoss Technologies

          Ethypharm group

          Lectra Group

          IKOI S.r.l.

          GPI S.p.A.

          Hörmann group

          Micron Group

          Techdow Pharma Italy s.r.l.

          Trime S.p.A.

          Owenscorp S.p.A.

          Work highlights

          • Represented the iconic brand Polo Ralph Lauren in one of the most remarkable and complex actions to protect fashion brands in Italy of recent years, now resulting in a criminal case and two civil cases now pending against dozens of parties.
          • Represented Proras in its landmark case in front of the Supreme Court concerning infringement by equivalents and in the follow-up case in front of the Court of Appeal of Bologna, which in May 2022, finally awarded 600.000 Euro to Proras for damages plus 100.000 Euro of legal expenses.
          • Assisted SDA Bocconi with preparation of all contracts aimed, among other complex provisions, at governing the management of IP rights for the creation of online products which are a core part of its on demand online programs business following Covid.

          Portolano Cavallo

          Portolano Cavallo’s IP practice is particularly strong in the media, fashion and entertainment industries. Maria Balestriero’s arrival in February 2022 has attracted clients from the life sciences sector, signalling the firm’s increased activity in patent litigation claims. Lydia Mendola heads the group, and primarily specialises in advising on disputes for violations of trademarks and patents. Chiara Marchisotti is experienced in assisting clients in the film and digital industries on IP issues.

          Practice head(s):

          Lydia Mendola

          Other key lawyers:

          Maria Balestriero; Chiara Marchisotti; Francesco Tognato; Irene Picciano; Ernesto Apa; Donata Cordone


          ‘Fantastically responsive, helpful, pragmatic and sensible advice, rooted in experience and knowledge.’

          ‘Portolano Cavallo law combines firm knowledge, experience and energy of all its members to offer high quality legal advice.’

          ‘I’ve been working for 15 years with Ernesto Apa and I can assure that Ernesto is the best external lawyer you can work with. Ernesto is extremely well-prepared and business oriented.’

          Work highlights

            Simmons & Simmons

            Simmons & Simmons specialises in IP matters, showing considerable strength in the life sciences and TMT sectors. The team is regularly involved in international litigations and advises on non-contentious judicial issues. Stefania Bergia has extensive experience in patents and trade marks, while Giulio Enrico Sironi’s expertise lies in copyright and unfair competition. ‘Very good’ associate, Anna Colmano, has 16 years of experience in IP law, with associate Stefano Vignati also noted.

            Practice head(s):

            Stefania Bergia; Giulio Enrico Sironi

            Other key lawyers:

            Anna Colmano; Stefano Vignati


            ‘Worldwide networks of lawyers in different sectors.’

            ‘Giulio Enrico Sironi and Anna Colmano leading lawyers for intellectual properties matter with a pragmatic approach.’

            ‘My experience is linked to the IP team of Simons & Simons Italy. The team dedicated to patent and trademark matters is very effective, organized and thoughtful. This allows them to offer excellent service.’

            Work highlights

              Trevisan & Cuonzo

              Trevisan & Cuonzo’s ‘in-depth knowledge of patent litigation’ has garnered its notable international reputation. The firm is active across all IP litigation spheres, particularly within the pharmaceutical industry, due to Gabriel Cuonzo’s expertise on pharmaceutical litigation and regulatory work. Luca Trevisan’s experience in managing multi-jurisdictional trademark and patent disputes has bolstered the portfolio of international clients. Luca Pellicciari's notable clients include British American Tobacco and Boehringer Ingelheim. Daniela Ampollini has also been hailed as ‘the best patent litigation lawyer in Italy’, due largely to her successful work within the pharma sector.

              Practice head(s):

              Luca Trevisan; Gabriel Cuonzo

              Other key lawyers:

              Donatella Capelli; Daniela Ampollini; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli; Lia Puntieri; Vincenzo Acquafredda; Giulia Affer; Francesca Ferrero; Julia Holden; Luca Pellicciari; Lorenzo Battarino; Alice Fratti


              ‘The team has very good legal skills and commercial understanding to solve complex matters. Highly recommended team.’

              ‘Luca Trevisan and Giulia Affer- both are exceptional and always available.’

              ‘Italy is a challenging jurisdiction for patent litigation, but Mr. Trevisan and Mr. Cuonzo stand out in the market as responsive and successful.’

              ‘Daniela Ampollini is the best patent litigation lawyer in Italy. Gabriel Cuonzo and Luca Trevisan are highly experienced too.’

              ‘They are well prepared and look at the facts and details from every angle. They look at a case from all aspects of the Italian law and bring in angles of attack which may be unique to that jurisdiction and I never would have thought of myself, this strengthens our case and brings value to the case.’

              ‘Giulia Affer – Main and first contact for our cases. Never late with any delivery and super detailed and spot on in arguments raised. Always makes herself available with short notice for urgent matters. I feel she truly cares about me as a client and does her utmost to deliver the best possible work product.’

              ‘Dedicated and hard-working team. They really know how to pull out all the stops in case of urgencies. Smart, experienced lawyers with good commercial sense as well as IP expertise. Great at collaborating with the in-house team. Good partners.’

              ‘In-depth knowledge of Italian patent litigation experience (acquired over years of experience); exceptional negotiation skills and capabilities.’

              Key clients


              Boehringer Ingelheim

              OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

              3M Company

              Xiaomi Inc.

              British American Tobacco


              Arm Limited

              Illumina, Inc.

              Tessilform (Patrizia Pepe)

              Heraeus Medical GMBH and Heraeus S.p.A.

              California Table Grape Commission (CTGC)

              Work highlights

              • Assisted Xiaomi, Oppo and other smartphone manufacturers in complex parallel patent cases – concerned different multiple standard essential patents – against a renowned, highly aggressive non-practicing entity.
              • Represented Parmalat S.p.A. successfully before the Supreme Court for the protection of the “Santal” trademark.
              • Assisted Heraeus Medical GMBH and Heraeus S.p.a. in Italian proceedings against his main competitor in a case concerning a violation of valuable trade secrets and involving a number of complex international private law, unfair competition law and international res judicata issues.

              Withers Studio Legale

              Withers Studio Legale’s IP department has expertise in technology matters, assisting clients within the fashion and sports industries. The head, Jacopo Liguori, is experienced in handling complex cross-border litigation and transactions, while Carlo Alberto Demichelis specialises in the management of anti-counterfeiting at an Italian and global level. Associates Veronica Muratori and Davide Leiballi are also noted.

              Practice head(s):

              Jacopo Liguori

              Other key lawyers:

              Carlo Alberto Demichelis; Veronica Muratori; Davide Leiballi


              ‘Proactive approach, engagment capacity, increase of expertise inside the team so they are able to cover all the IP issues.’

              ‘Carlo Alberto Demichelis: extremely well known in the sector with a prestigous reputation, he is able to propose tailor made services to client. Jacopo Liguori and Veronica Muratori: always available to give their support also in emergency situations. Davide Leiballi: highly skilled.’


              Key clients

              Aspesi SpA



              Novak Djokovic

              Miko Srl

              Raquel Diniz

              Daniel Lee


              EXEL Industries SA


              Work highlights

              • Represented the brand portfolio of BeautyNova- Italy’s third largest player in the beauty industry.
              • Assisted Miko, a leading company in the automotive components sector, in a litigation involving an alleged greenwashing case by their main competitor and successfully obtained the dismissal of the investigation before the AGCM and won the appeal in the injunction proceedings.
              • Advised Novak Djokovic on issues involving his IP portfolio, various instances of brand protection, and the management of several contracts involving the use of his image.