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Trevisan & Cuonzo
20121 MILANO

Italy > Intellectual property

Noted for its focus on high-stakes disputes, Trevisan & Cuonzo maintains a leading position in the market due to its expertise across all spheres of IP litigation, where it routinely assists clients from the life sciences, electronics, fashion and consumer goods sectors. Luca Trevisan is one of the leading names, especially in the commercial, intellectual property and product liability fields, while Gabriel Cuonzo is noted for his expertise in pharmaceutical-sector litigation and regulatory work. Other key practitioners include Donatella Capelli, known for handling complex pharmaceutical, mechanical and electronic patent cases, and Daniela Ampollini, whose practice spans both contentious and non-contentious work, including clearance analysis and commercial agreements especially in the life sciences field. Litigation expert Vittorio Cerulli Irelli notably represents clients in electronics, mechanical and chemical patent cases and antitrust matters, areas in which Luca Pellicciari is also well versed.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Gabriel Cuonzo

Other key lawyers:

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


‘As a long time client of Trevisan & Cuonzo, I always rely on the team and their stellar work and counsel.’

‘Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is extremely knowledgeable in patent litigation matters. He knows the courts and relevant judges and can give very specific advice. His expertise in all things concerning FRAND – not only on a national basis but on a global scale – is outstanding. He is an excellent lawyer and an exceptional speaker at IP-related conferences. He is a very approachable person and very easy to work with.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is an institution in the IP world and an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Julia Holden specifically stands out as an expert in trademark law in addition to being very business savvy and a tough negotiator.’

‘Large team of lawyers specialised in IP, including both junior and highly experienced counsels.’

‘I have been working with Giulia Affer for several years. She has shown great availability and experience in managing the case. Her advice was both realistic and sound.’

Key clients




Boehringer Ingelheim

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

3M Company

British American Tobacco

Tessilform (Patrizia Pepe)

California Table Grape Commission (CTGC)

Arm Limited

Illumina, Inc.

Xiaomi Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented AutoStore in the first cases filed before the Milan local division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
  • Acted in a patent case for Boehringer Ingelheim, obtaining a damages award of nearly €13m.
  • Assisted Chanel against one of the largest Italian drugstores to stop the marketing, promoting and advertising of products bearing the CHANEL trademark outside the CHANEL selective distribution system.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Trevisan & Cuonzo is noted for its expertise in litigation assistance connected to the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices sectors - all areas in which managing partner Gabriel Cuonzo is highly experienced. Donatella Capelli is well-versed in patent litigation and regulation, while Daniela Ampollini assists foreign and domestic clients in IP matters with a focus on the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Luca Pellicciari supports clients through the regulatory aspects concerning pharmaceutical production and Federica Bocedi is also of note.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Cuonzo; Donatella Capelli; Daniela Ampollini; Luca Pellicciari

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo keeps abreast of developments in the food industry, both domestically and internationally and assists clients in protecting and enforcing their rights against fraudulent activity. Its clients include leading producers of a wide range of food products, including specially protected grape varieties and new plant and cereal varieties in which it has deep expertise. The group also advises on IP including patent protection and related corporate/commercial issues. Alongside Luca Trevisan, Vincenzo Acquafredda leads the food practice and advises food companies in a wide range of matters, including those related to labelling, trademarks and food technology.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Vincenzo Acquafredda

Key clients

RK Growers S.r.l.

Molino Casillo

California Table Grape Commission

Italian Variety Club

Nova Siri Genetics S.r.l.

Andriani SpA


Agride’ Srl

Agricolt Brandoni di Tommaso Brandoni & C. s.n.c.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Casillo Group in the patenting of an innovative “upcycling” process which, starting from durum wheat milling waste, allows to obtain wheat oil, deoiled wheat germ and deoiled wheat bran.
  • Assisted the California Table Grape Commission, which exclusively manages a licensed portfolio of world-famous seedless table grape varieties (worldwide protected) in a massive regularisation programme for hundreds of growers who have decided to self-declare their plantations as illegal.
  • Advised Andriani Spa on foodstuff labelling, functional food, novel food and assisted in drafting a contractual architecture for a corn supply chain, certified and traced with blockchain technology.

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo assists clients in contentious and non-contentious activities across the luxury goods sectors, with a particular specialty in IP protection matters. It is well acquainted with counterfeiting cases as well as trademark and design litigation. Daniela Ampollini, advises on all aspects of IP law for domestic and international clients, while Francesca Ferrero focuses on judicial and extrajudicial matters relating to IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Ampollini; Francesca Ferrero

Work highlights

  • Assisted Chanel against one of the largest Italian drugstores, to stop marketing, promoting and advertising products bearing the Chanel trademark outside the Chanel selective distribution system.
  • Assisted Tessilform SpA (Patrizia Pepe) with several issues, including trade mark protection, advertisement, copyright, licensing, distribution and agency, as well as pre-litigation and litigation work.
  • Assisted and advised a renowned fashion designer with respect to a designer agreement with a well-known historical brand of haute couture.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo advises a wide range of clients, from multinational corporations and retailers to NPOs and private clients. The firm provides a broad range of advice, including M&A, dispute resolution and unfair competition. Within the practice, Daniela Ampollini assists clients by advising on contentious and non-contentious IP law. Lia Puntieri compliments this with her expertise in trademark law for retailers in cosmetics, fashion and electronics. Francesca Ferrero advises clients on internet sales, franchising, distribution, loyalty programmes and licensing.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Ampollini; Lia Puntieri; Francesca Ferrero

Work highlights

  • Assisted 3M with an enforcement programme to actively protect 3M’s trade mark rights in Italy.
  • Assisted Tessilform SpA (Patrizia Pepe) with several issues, including trademark protection, advertisement, copyright, licensing, distribution and agency, as well as pre-litigation and litigation work.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 4

Trevisan & Cuonzo’s competition team is equipped to advise on all antitrust proceedings before the Italian and EU antitrust agencies, as well as on private enforcement actions. Numerous clients from the telecommunications, television, food, pharmaceutical, and bank industries routinely turn to the expertise of EU and Italian competition law specialist Mario Libertini. The Rome office is chaired by antitrust specialist Vittorio Cerulli Irelli, while head of the EU Law practice Luca Trevisan is noted for his expertise in high-stakes commercial, antitrust and intellectual property litigation, with focus on the technology intensive sectors. Virginia Bellucci is an expert in handling proceedings in the telecommunications sector concerning claims for damages for infringement of the competition rules.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Industria Chimica Emiliana SpA

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications



Work highlights

  • Assisted Unilegion to bring a follow on action against the members of the corrugated cardboard cartel, recently fined by the Italian Competition Authorities.
  • Assisted OPPO in ongoing negotiations for FRAND licenses over key patent portfolios held by leading SEP holders.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 4

Trevisan & Cuonzo is a popular choice among companies in the IT sector, which seek the team's advice on a range of TMT-related matters, including privacy issues and data protection, regulatory and compliance matters, and e-commerce. The team also concentrates on patent and copyright litigation, where it routinely represents clients from the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Seasoned patent litigator Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is a key contact, as is Luca Trevisan, who brings experience in commercial and intellectual property law.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli

Key clients

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd




Work highlights

  • Assisted OPPO in negotiations for FRAND licenses over key patent portfolios held by leading SEP holders.
  • Represented AutoStore in the first cases filed before the Milan local division of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) for patents concerning certain aspects of the automatic storage and retrieval system applied in high-tech warehouses.
  • Obtained a landmark precedent where an Italian judge granted an injunction against the creator of NFTs displaying images of a football player.

Trevisan & Cuonzo – Diversity Statement

Trevisan & Cuonzo is formed by a group of lawyers committed to excellence in the practice of law with the highest ethical standards and operates as a single independent partnership.

We take seriously the need to diversify. Solutions to complex problems often require innovative approaches so a “diverse” team is most likely to provide the right assistance. We are strongly committed to the advancement of women attorneys and to achieving a male/female balance, thus approximately half the fee earners and staff are women.

Recruitment policies are based on objective and meritocratic criteria but the firm also looks to hire a varied mix of lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the inclusion of different perspectives and ideas, Trevisan & Cuonzo is able to put together the best matched team of lawyers for any matter.

The firm believes its clients benefit from this approach.

Social Commitment – Supporting Arts

We are committed to make a positive impact on the social community we belong to. We assist local no profit organisations and regularly sponsor and host cultural events in our in-house event location Brera.Hub.