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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.

Hogan Lovells Studio Legale assisted US-based worldwide supplier of drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management technologies Dana with IP matters related to the acquisition of 80% of the global power-transmission and fluid-power businesses of Brevini Group. The group also advised Austrian design company Gebruder Thonet Vienna on the protection of its design furniture pieces and related copyright issues. Giovanni Ghirardi and Luigi Mansani are the names to note.

Clients predominantly seek Trevisan & Cuonzo’s ‘high-level services’ in high-profile international IP litigation, while copyright law represents a specific area of strength. Recent highlights include acting for Nokia (Microsoft Mobile) and Sony in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in a matter concerning whether a decree issued by the Italian Ministry of Culture on the ‘fair compensation’ for acts of private copying is valid under EU law; and assisting apparel manufacturer and seller Tessilform with trade mark protection, advertising and distribution-related issues of the development, marketing and launching of fashion brand Patrizia Pepe. The ‘very experienced’ Gabriel Cuonzo and Luca Trevisan are recommended.

BonelliErede’s expertise spans patents, trade marks and domain names as well as cross-border IP litigation. Practice head Giovanni Guglielmetti advised Italian comics publishing house Sergio Bonelli Editore on an agreement with Platinum Studios concerning media and consumer products rights on the comic character Dylan Dog. Procter & Gamble and Jack Daniel’s are other notable clients.

DLA Piper’s ‘great’ IP team successfully represented Italian clothing manufacturer and retailer Franklin & Marshall in a dispute against the Franklin & Marshall College related to the use of the trade mark Franklin & Marshall for clothing products in Italy. Other key clients include Bacardi, Mondelēz and Alpinestars. ‘Outstanding team coordinator’ Roberto Valenti is recommended alongside Gualtiero Dragotti, who is strong in copyright litigation. Associate Sara Balice is now with Herbert Smith Freehills.

Jacobacci focuses on the protection of patents and trade marks, handling both contentious and advisory work. Historical clients include BayernPharma and Hugo Boss. Fabrizio Jacobacci is the name to note.

The ‘excellentNctm Studio Legale is renowned for its contentious and non-contentious trade marks and copyright work, which focuses on industries such as fashion, media and telecoms. The practice advised Gucci on copyright matters concerning the creation of the new fall and winter 2017 collection, and assists Sky International, which owns the Sky TV trademark portfolio in Italy, with the protection of its brands. Paolo Lazzarino is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and Lorenzo Attolico is also recommended.

Orsingher Ortu – Avvocati Associati is ‘excellent’ in contractual advice, provision of IP and IT solutions, patent, trade mark and copyright litigation and arbitration as well as in mapping and assessing intangible and technological assets. The practice assists Ferrari with brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting, and defended Yahoo! in contentious proceedings initiated by broadcasters such as Mediaset and RTI regarding alleged contribution to copyright infringement through search engines powered by the client. Media and technology experts Matteo Orsingher, Fabrizio Sanna and Domenico Colella are strongly recommended.

Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati specialises in trade marks and other distinctive signs, appellations of origin and geographical indications, patents, designs and models, unfair competition and copyright. The client roster includes companies from the biotech, pharmaceuticals, electronic, luxury goods and food sectors. Adriano Vanzetti is highly recommended.

Franzosi Dal Negro Setti is strong in complex international IP litigation, as well as in drafting legal opinions, licence agreements, technology transfer matters and IPR assignment agreements. Mario Franzosi is the key contact.

Mondini Rusconi Studio Legale focuses on copyright, trade marks, unfair competition, advertising and privacy rights, particularly in the areas of technology, media and telecoms. The practice assisted Paris-based music publisher Premiere Music with its plagiarism claim involving a very popular song written by the French musician Gilbert Montagné. Enervit and Kiko are other notable clients. Giorgio Mondini is the name to note and associate Omar Cesana is also recommended.

With particular focus on the technology sector, Studio Professionale Associato a Baker & McKenzie is highly adept at assisting with transactional IP matters, trade secrets/know-how and information management and protection, as well as non-contentious and contentious trade mark and design issues. The practice provides ongoing advice to Spanish clothing brand Disegual on civil and criminal litigation concerning trade mark, copyright and design infringement in Italy. VF Group is another key client. Lorenzo De Martinis and Carlo Demichelis, who joined as of counsel from Jacobacci in Janury 2017, are the names to note.

Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato’s recent highlights include assisting ENI in interim proceedings against a fuel distribution management company concerning the latter’s alleged unlawful use of certain trade marks held by ENI and unfair competition. Lush and Honda are other key clients. Margherita Barié is the main contact.

Clifford Chance’s areas of strength are copyright and patents, advertising and unfair competition, know-how, software and patent box matters. The client base includes Fendi and Mazars. Counsel Monica Riva is the key contact.

The ‘very supportiveDe Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani frequently assists Merck with the enforcement of its patents before the Rome and Milan IP courts. The client base also includes Staedlers and Gewiss. Roberto Jacchia and Matteo Biondetti are recommended.

Studio Legale Floridia is strong in contentious and non-contentious trade mark and patent matters. Giorgio Floridia is the key contact.

Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners advised publisher De Agostini Editore on matters related to the ownership of economic exploitation rights and trade mark rights over the famous children’s fiction character Heidi. Daikin Air Conditioning and Adidas are other notable clients. Nino Di Bella is the name to note.

IP Law Galli assists clients with judicial and extrajudicial matters related to patents and life sciences, trade marks, designs, domain names, unfair competition, appellation of origin, protection of classified information, advertising and marketing. Cesare Galli is the key contact.

LCA Studio Legale’s recent highlights include assisting Vodafone Italia with a claim filed by the well-known Italian rappers Fedez and Rovazzi for alleged unauthorised use of their names and images; and advising football club Parma Calcio on the management and protection of its trade mark portfolio. Gianluca De Cristofaro and Monia Baccarelli, who joined from Studio Legale Improda in January 2017, are recommended.

LGV Avvocati Studio Legale’s key highlights included assisting Arcade with its acquisition of a quote of the capital share of Italy-based company Easysnap Technology, in order to acquire patent rights over a single dose pouch. Samsung and Microsoft are other key clients. Simona Lavagnini, Luigi Goglia and Tankred Thiem are recommended.

Martini Manna Avvocati specialises in the technology and media sectors. The practice advised Perform Media Channels, a UK-based company active in sport content commercialisation across digital platforms, on the licence agreement regarding Italy’s Serie B football league match rights, and on its participation in the licence tender concerning the online broadcast of Serie A football league and Serie A basket league matches. Elena Martini is ‘very keen and quick’ and Luigi Manna is ‘experienced and endowed with strategic intelligence’.

Osborne Clarke is active in contentious IP matters as well as in brand management, copyright and trade marks, patents and licensing. The client portfolio includes Sony Music Entertainment Italy and MSC Cruises. Federico Ferrara and Gianluigi Marino, who joined in spring 2017 from an in-house position, are the names to note.

Pavia e Ansaldo represented Synchronoss Technologies as the claimant in litigation against a main competitor concerning trade secrets, software and unfair competition. The client portfolio also includes Ralph Lauren and textile group Lectra. Gian Paolo Di Santo is ‘well prepared’.

Portolano Cavallo specialises in IP transfer, licensing, prosecution, advice on trade marks, patents, copyright and domain names. The ‘very precise, technical, responsive, smart and proactive’ Lydia Mendola is recommended. The recommended life sciences expert is Marco Blei, who joined as associate in February 2017 from BonelliErede.

Santa Maria – Studio Legale Associato’s recent highlights include assisting Bracco with IP, licensing and regulatory issues related to the sale of its pharma division to biopharmaceutical group Dompé, and advising French electronical business Sonepar on IP-related aspects of its acquisition of the Italian company Sacchi. Luigi Fontanesi is the key contact.

Tornato Prado Avvocati’s recent highlights include defending industrial and medical gas company Rivoira against patent infringement claims brought by Linde Medicale before the Court of Milan. Peugeot Motocycles and Japan Tobacco International are other notable clients. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive’ Alberto Tornato and Daniele Hazan are recommended.

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