Firm Profile > Trevisan & Cuonzo > Milan, Italy

Trevisan & Cuonzo
20121 MILANO

Intellectual property Tier 1

Trevisan & Cuonzo has a primary focus on complex litigation, particularly in the life sciences sector. Described as 'a very strong litigation team for pharmaceutical innovators', the group assists clients with pharmaceutical patents, including those with cross border aspects. The practice also includes lawyers with expertise in technology law. Founding partners Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo are 'tremendously experienced' and co-head the department with UK-qualified practitioner Julia Holden. Donatella Capelli is a patent litigator with experience of Italian and EU courts. Daniela Ampollini is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Gabriel Cuonzo; Julia Holden

Other key lawyers:

Donatella Capelli; Lorenzo Battarino; Federica Bocedi; Daniela Ampollini; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli


‘This is a very strong litigation team for pharmaceutical innovators. They don’t do generic work and they are extremely knowledgeable about the Italian pharmaceutical regulatory system and the interface with intellectual property law. They are easy to work with and work well as part of a global team of litigators with teams from other firms.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is tremendously experienced, knows everyone in the field and has great instincts. He is also extremely easy to work with and kind. Donatella Capelli is a partner and a real powerhouse in the team. She is a superb advocate, works really hard, and her grasp of complex scientific and medical issues is impressive. She drafts excellent briefs. Lorenzo Battarino and Federica Bocedi have both impressed me as excellent associates.’

‘They lead the way in Italy. They have a commercial and collaborative approach’

‘Daniela Ampollini and Gabriel Cuonzo are the best in Italy’

‘The best patent litigation firm in Italy. Decades of experience in this very specialist area make this the go-to firm for serious companies, giving the team an enviable client list and experience to match.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo: the maestro of the courtroom. Seasoned, confident and smart. Few can match him. Daniella Ampollini: charming, considered and great with difficult cases. Achieves spectacular results.’

‘Gabriele Cuonzo is the head of the team in all patent litigation matters in the pharma arena. He is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is very calm and provides sensible advice.’

‘Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is a sharp litigator. He is pleasant to work with and also understands the business implications of litigating patent cases. Gabriele Cuonzo is one of the most experienced patent litigators in Italy, which is a very big plus when deciding on the best litigation strategy. It’s a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

3M Company

Agride’ srl

Heraeus Medical GMBH and Heraeus S.p.A.

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

Arm Limited

Andriani Spa

Sicasov – Societé Coopérative d’Intérêt Collectif Agricole par actions, simplifiée à Capital Variable

Tessilform (Patrizia Pepe)

Industry focus: Food Tier 3

Clients from the food industry turn to Trevisan & Cuonzo for expert advice on IP matters relating to the sector. The team is mostly known for acting for Italian food producers in plant variety rights protection, enforcement of plant breeder’s rights and geographic indications. Vincenzo Acquafredda is an expert in labelling, trade marks and agricultural technology; Daniela Ampollini focuses on multi-jurisdictional litigation. The duo are responsible for the firm's Bari and Parma offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Ampollini; Vincenzo Acquafredda

Other key lawyers:

Luca Trevisan

Key clients


Agride’ Srl

Torrevento Srl

Andriani SpA

Grape & Grape Group Srl

O.P Secondulfo

Nova Siri Genetics S.r.l. (NSG)

Italian Variety Club (IVC)

Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The 'small but dedicated' team at Trevisan & Cuonzo assists multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with copyright and patent disputes. The co-heads of practice are founding partners and experienced IP lawyers Gabriel Cuonzo and Luca TrevisanDaniela Ampollini and Donatella Capelli are also highly regarded patent litigators. A key name at associate level is Luca Pellicciari who has been praised for his 'attention to detail and ability and eagerness to engage with the technical aspects of the case.'

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Cuonzo; Luca Trevisan

Other key lawyers:

Daniela Ampollini; Donatella Capelli; Luca Pellicciari


‘This team has an impressive grasp of the legal and regulatory interface in the pharmaceutical space. They are experienced pharma litigators and exclusively work for innovators.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is a named partner. He knows everyone and has tremendous hands on experience. He is also easy to work with and very kind. Donatella Capelli is a very good partner and operates as Gabriel’s second in command for our team. She is a superb advocate and is impressively quick to grasp complex scientific issues..’

‘The best patent litigation firm in Italy. Decades of experience in this very specialist area make this the go-to firm for serious companies, giving the team an enviable client list and experience to match.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is the maestro of the courtroom. Seasoned, confident and smart. Few can match him. Daniela Ampollini is charming, considered and great with difficult cases. Achieves spectacular results.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo has provided excellent strategic oversight and inspires confidence, based on his unrivalled experience of complex patent cases. Luca Pellicciari has been extremely hands-on and really impressed in terms of attention to detail and ability and eagerness to engage with the technical aspects of the case. His advice, responsiveness and quality of his legal submissions has been excellent. Luca is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is a class act. Luca Pellicciari is clearly going places.’

‘They represent many of the world’s leading life sciences companies and have a small but dedicated team. They are head and shoulders above the competition’

Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

The team at Trevisan & Cuonzo is experienced in trade mark and design litigation. It also advises clients on commercial contracts with a particular focus on distribution systems. The team is led by experienced IP lawyers Julia Holden and Lia Puntieri.

Practice head(s):

Julia Holden; Lia Puntieri

Key clients

Luciano Barbera Srl

Tessilform SpA (Patrizia Pepe)

Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

The retail team at Trevisan & Cuonzo is led by commercial and IP experts Gabriel Cuonzo, Luca Trevisan and Julia Holden. The firm assists clients producing fashion, jewellery, healthcare and household appliances with distribution and trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Cuonzo; Luca Trevisan; Julia Holden

Key clients

Tessilform (Patrizia Pepe)


3M Company

EU and competition law Tier 4

Trevisan & Cuonzo's experience includes assisting businesses with proceedings before the Italian and EU antitrust agencies, as well as with private enforcement actions before the Italian courts. Name partner Luca Trevisan, of counsel Mario Libertini and Vittorio Cerulli Irelli are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli

Other key lawyers:

Mario Libertini; Virginia Bellucci; Roberta Stasi; Giulia Varallo


Very strong legal knowledge.

A strong practice that has particular expertise in IP-related issues.

The team is approachable and hard working.

Solidity, attention to clients’ needs, and ability to propose solutions of benefit to the client, also from a cost-saving point of view.

Luca Trevisan is outstanding.

Luca Trevisan is appreciated for his proactivity, lateral thinking, excellent negotiation skills, and ability to immerse himself in business realities by offering 360-degree views.

Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is an excellent lawyer who is a tremendous team player. For him, the client’s interests and needs come first and he works extremely hard to ensure that no other considerations upset that focus. He is a pleasure to work alongside.

Key clients

Industria Chimica Emiliana SpA

Prodotti Chimici e Alimentari SpA

Nokia Italia SpA (Now Microsoft mobile)

Supermatic SpA

Serim SpA

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

Sony Mobile

Industry focus: TMT Tier 5

Trevisan & Cuonzo handles IP matters as well as providing technology advice relating to GDPR, privacy and protection and assistance with data and media law in relation to electronic publishing and multimedia licensing. Technology patents are a core focus of the team, which is led by Luca Trevisan, Gabriel Cuonzo and Vittorio Cerulli Irelli.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Gabriel Cuonzo; Vittorio Cerullli Irelli


‘State-of-the-art firm, prepared and available for instructions on new and sensitive issues.’

‘Competent and reliable professionals as well as very fast in resolving doubts and problems related to communication, technologies, privacy etc.’

Key clients

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

Arm Limited

The firm: Trevisan & Cuonzo, established in 1993, is one of the leading independent Italian law firms, working with some of the most technologically advanced and innovative businesses and industry leaders around the globe. The firm delivers client focused, industry specific, commercially aligned legal expertise covering a wide range of industrial sectors including electronics, chemical, automotive, food and nutrition, life sciences, telecommunications,  agribusiness, media and entertainment, information technology and sports. The firm has established a commanding reputation both domestically and internationally for its success and in-depth business and industry knowledge in intellectual property, commercial and product liability litigation. The firm has a network of offices in Milan, Rome, Parma and Bari.

Main areas of practice
Intellectual property: The primary focus of the IP team is high profile litigation with an international dimension. The group has earned a commanding reputation for its sustained success in IP litigation, winning landmark cases since the firm opened in 1993. The intellectual property team delivers strategic and commercial advice on the procurement and exploitation of IP rights as well as high quality advocacy in the enforcement and defense of IP rights before the Italian and European courts.

Life sciences: The firm acts for some of the most well-known pharmaceutical and biotech businesses in the protection of blockbuster and cutting-edge pharma products as well as medical devices. The firm also has a strong pharmaceutical regulatory practice.

Litigation and arbitration: With a globally minded approach to complex cross border litigation the firm is well suited to high caliber disputes. Its fierce and proactive contentious team are known for their precise execution of litigation matters. The firm’s lawyers also have solid experience acting as mediators in IP and commercial disputes.

Competition/antitrust: The firm’s competition lawyers have extensive expertise in all competition matters including cartel investigations, abuses of dominant position, unfair commercial practices and damages actions before the Courts. The firm’s particular focus lies in technology intense industrial sectors, where the team has received international recognition for handling multiple leading cases that have shaped the interface between competition law and IP in Italy. The experience of the antitrust team in navigating issues related to competition law and FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) patent licensing is second to none in Italy.

Product liability: Trevisan & Cuonzo delivers in-depth legal advice and representation in all areas relating to product liability. It has won significant high-profile product liability cases before the Italian courts and has solid expertise in consumer law and safety legislation. The firm is particularly active both in automotive and household domestic product liability.

Advertising: In order to deliver expertise and assistance in this dynamic fast-moving consumer product industry, the firm has established a dynamic team; experts both in legal clearance advice and in the defense of a wide range of clients before the Italian Advertising Authority preventing misleading and unfair advertising.

Information and communication technology: Technologically innovative businesses are at the heart of the client base. From complex IT transactions to assistance with new technology start-ups, the team – with its IP know-how – is in an optimal position to guide clients through a complex legal framework to ensure freedom to operate for the most technologically advanced businesses. The firm regularly assist some of the world’s leading mobile device businesses in a variety of high-profile contentious matters, from ISP liability, to ICT and IP related antitrust issues.

Corporate and commercial: Trevisan & Cuonzo’s corporate and commercial practice consists of experienced multi-disciplinary professionals committed to assisting clients in achieving their business and financial objectives. It delivers innovative, comprehensive and specialized legal advice in all aspects of domestic and international business. The firm’s corporate and commercial lawyers offer a wide spectrum of services, including contract drafting and negotiation, due diligence reviews, company formations, litigation services and expert advice on complex cross-border transactions. Clients benefit from the team’s collective expertise and experience drawn from complementary practice areas.

Entertainment, publishing and multimedia: Trevisan & Cuonzo provides all-round legal assistance to global and domestic clients in the sectors of broadcasting, music, print & digital publishing and multimedia technologies. The firm assists with pre-publication rights clearance, drafting of commercial contracts and any IP related disputes. The team has acquired a substantial experience in TV-format cases, disputes regarding personality rights, defamation, plagiarism and unfair competition in the media field.

Sports law: The team provides comprehensive legal services in all relevant aspects of the sport industry, from sports-related transactions – such as sponsorship, marketing, license agreements, event and brand ambassador contracts – to litigation before both courts and arbitration tribunals. The firm advise football teams, sports federations, sponsors and event organizers as well as professional sportsmen including footballers, cyclists and other athletes.

Photo Name Position Profile
Avv Vincenzo Acquafredda  photo Avv Vincenzo Acquafredda Intellectual Property LawCommercial LawAgri – Food LawLaw of Contracts
Avv Giulia Affer  photo Avv Giulia Affer Commercial and IP LitigationProduct LiabilityIP Rights
Avv Daniela Ampollini  photo Avv Daniela Ampollini Intellectual Property LitigationPharmaceutical Regulatory and LitigationNon-contentious & transactional IPAdvertising Law
Avv Donatella Capelli  photo Avv Donatella Capelli Patent LitigationTrademark LitigationPharmaceuticals and Biotech Patent LitigationAdvertising Litigation
Avv Vittorio Cerulli Irelli  photo Avv Vittorio Cerulli Irelli IP LitigationAntitrust
Avv Gabriel Cuonzo  photo Avv Gabriel Cuonzo Intellectual PropertyCommercial and Corporate LawPharmaceutical Litigation and Regulatory
Avv Francesca Ferrero  photo Avv Francesca Ferrero Corporate Commercial LawIntellectual Property LawCommercial LitigationLabour Law
Avv Julia Holden photo Avv Julia Holden Intellectual Property LawTrademark Protection and EnforcementCopyright LawCounterfeiting and Piracy Work
Avv Lia Puntieri  photo Avv Lia Puntieri Trademark LitigationData Protection & PrivacyCopyright and Internet LawNon Contentious Intellectual Property
Avv Luca Trevisan  photo Avv Luca Trevisan Intellectual Property LitigationProduct Liability LitigationCommercial LitigationAntitrust
Number of lawyers : 30
Staff : 10

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.