Trevisan & Cuonzo > Milan, Italy > Firm Profile

Trevisan & Cuonzo
20121 MILANO

Italy > Intellectual property

Trevisan & Cuonzo is considered to be ‘one of the most sophisticated Italian patent boutiques’. The ‘excellent’ team has noted expertise in multi-jurisdictional patent cases, with a ‘well-deserved reputation’ for dealing with complex IP cases and a great grasp of the life sciences market. Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo jointly lead the team, which comprises a number of widely recognised professionals, including highly appreciated Daniela Ampollini, who is noted for her ‘tireless work and dedication’ and is particularly well known for her work in the pharma sector.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Gabriel Cuonzo


‘Top-tier patent litigation and regulatory team in Italy. Decades of experience on leading cases, but with excellent younger partners also emerging in the team.’

‘Daniella Ampollini is a star. She is an absolute delight to work with and thoroughly knowledgeable. Not only does she have the full picture in Italy, but she is able to grasp how the strategy needs to fit with parallel litigation in multiple other jurisdictions. Gabriel Cuonzo has also been impressive for many years, often working in conjunction with Daniela.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is very well known. Donatella Capelli is discrete but provides very good work, comes up with her own understanding of the case to adapt the arguments the most to the Italian judges. Lorenzo Battarino is very active too.’

‘Trevisan & Cuonzo deserve their reputation as a go-to firm for IP in Italy. They provide good strategic direction and thinking and have seen and done it all before.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo brings great gravitas and nuanced strategic thinking to the table, drawing from his vast experience. Daniela Ampollini is noted for her tireless work and dedication, and is particularly well known for her pharmaceutical work for innovator companies.’

‘Leading firm in the Italian IP scene. Has a very well-deserved reputation for dealing with the most complex and ground-breaking IP cases – and they deliver. Unparalleled breadth and depth from life sciences to tech fields, and also from partner and down the associate ranks.’

‘Gabriele Cuonzo – leading light in the field with unparalleled experience and expertise. He has very good instincts. He is one step ahead of adversaries and a charming advocate in court.

‘Daniela Ampollini is excellent. She can assess the situation correctly, make an appropriate strategy, has a network with other capable experts, makes a thorough research and is a reliable negotiator. Gabriel Cuonzo is also excellent. He has a precise insight, foresee an outcome accurately and is a tough negotiator.’

Key clients

3M Company

Boehringer Ingelheim


Heraeus Medical GMBH and Heraeus S.p.A.

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

Xiaomi Inc

Arm Limited


Tessilform (Patrizia Pepe)

California Table Grape Commission (CTGC)

Work highlights

  • Assisting 3M on a broad and successful enforcement program to actively protect 3M’s trademark rights in Italy.
  • Successfully represented Boehringer Ingelheim before the Court of Appeal of Milan for patent rights covering the active ingredient of a blockbuster product for respiratory diseases.
  • Assisting 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.

Italy > EU and competition law Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo's competition law practice regularly acts in proceedings before the Italian and EU antitrust agencies, as well as in private enforcement actions before the Italian courts; and the team works closely with the firm's widely respected IP litigation department. Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is competition law head, Luca Trevisan leads the EU Law practice, and of counsel Mario Libertini is a leading name for EU and Italian competition law.


Very complete team with complementary skills.

They listen to clients, and try to propose the best possible strategy while delivering on time.

An excellent team that is characterised by strong tactical awareness and superb client service, as well as excellent legal and procedural awareness – a pleasure to work with.’

Trevisan & Cuonzo has a competition team which specialises in issues for tech companies, often where there is an IP angle (as the firm is a top-ranked IP litigation practice).

Brilliant lawyers with an excellent team spirit – a great firm that I have been working with for many years.

Professionals at the service of the client – a young and flexible team that is very proactive and with in-depth knowledge.

Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is a true collaborator and an excellent team player, as well as being on top of his game in dealing with the authorities when necessary – shrewd and experienced.

‘Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is a lawyer I would recommend without hesitation; he is knowledgeable, personable and committed. Within the past year, I have recommended him to a major client in the tech sector.

Key clients

Industria Chimica Emiliana



OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co

Sony Mobile

Organizzazione di Produttori Giuliano

Work highlights

  • Representing OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co in a complex, multi-jurisdictional patent and competition law litigation against a renowned patent assertion entity.
  • Represented Industria Chimica Emiliana (and its subsidiary Prodotti Chimici e Alimentari) before the Italian Antitrust Authority.
  • Assisted O P Giuliano, an organisation of fruit and vegetable producers, which is involved in an antitrust case before the Italian Competition Authority for alleged unfair commercial practices.

Italy > Industry focus: Food Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo is active in the Italian and European food law space from an IP perspective, protecting and enforcing client’s rights, including in connection to food fraud. Manufacturing, marketing and labelling expertise complete the offering. The team is jointly led by Vincenzo Acquafredda and Daniela Ampollini. Through the project 4Agrinnovation, the group advises on the protection of new plant varieties and plant breeders' rights.

Practice head(s):

Daniela Ampollini; Vincenzo Acquafredda

Key clients


Agride’ Srl

Andriani SpA

Grape & Grape Group Srl

Nova Siri Genetics S.r.l.

Italian Variety Club

California Table Grape Commission

O.P. Giuliano S.r.l

Work highlights

  • Assisting the California Table Grape Commission with the enforcement in Italy of the patent rights on new seedless table grape varieties established by the US Department of Agriculture.
  • Assisting Andriani S.p.A. in negotiating and drafting commercial contracts, especially partnership agreements involving patented machinery used in gluten-free pasta production lines.
  • Successfully assisted O.P. Giuliano S.r.l., an organisation of fruit and vegetable producers, involved in an antitrust case before the Italian Competition Authority for alleged unfair commercial practices.

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Life sciences work is core to Trevisan & Cuonzo‘s IP practice, which is experienced in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device litigation, as well as life sciences regulatory work. The practice co-heads are IP and life sciences specialist Gabriel Cuonzo; Daniela Ampollini, who advises Italian and international pharmaceutical companies on biotech products; and pharmaceutical company expert Donatella Capelli. At associate level, Luca Pellicciari regularly assists with significant pharmaceutical and biotech cases.

Other key lawyers:


The firm is well known in the Italian market and has been trustworthy for many years.

I have worked with them on several cases. I particularly enjoyed working with them on a co-ordination case where they provided quality work.

T&C has an excellent team for handling complex litigation in international settings.

Among the best IP attorneys in Italy.

Gabriel Cuonzo is very well known and Donatella Capelli provides very good work, coming up with her own understanding of the case so as to adapt the arguments to Italian judges.

Gabriel Cuonzo is very experienced and has a strategic mind.

Donatella Capelli is very engaged – an excellent fighter in court.

Work highlights

  • Represented Boehringer Ingelheim before the Court of Appeal of Milan in relation to patent rights covering the active ingredient of a blockbuster product for respiratory diseases.
  • Successfully represented Industria Chimica Emiliana (and its subsidiary Prodotti Chimici e Alimentari) before the Italian Antitrust Authority.
  • Acted for Heraeus Medical and Heraeus in proceedings concerning violations of valuable trade secrets.

Italy > Industry focus: Luxury goods Tier 3

With particular expertise in the clothing, wine, hi-tech products and automotive sectors, Trevisan & Cuonzo can boast a prestigious luxury goods client portfolio. The practice has longstanding experience in assisting luxury goods clients with protecting their brand images, and advising businesses on the expansion and enforcement of their rights. The principal advisers are IP specialists Julia Holden, a jointly qualified England and Wales solicitor and Italian attorney, Lia Puntieri and Francesca Ferrero.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail Tier 3

Trevisan & Cuonzo‘s retail team has strong capabilities in the IP sector, thanks to the expertise of practice heads Gabriel Cuonzo and Luca Trevisan. The team's workload includes advising on mergers, store openings and disputes over trademarks, designs and unfair competition. Julia Holden leads the international marketing group.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Cuonzo; Luca Trevisan

Other key lawyers:


‘Deep knowledge of the trademarks and patents sector’

‘Very good at finding solutions and looking for all possible angles of a case to ensure nothing is left out. They are also courageous in voicing their opinion and taking a stand.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting 3M with a broad and successful enforcement programme to actively protect 3M’s trademark rights in Italy.
  • Assisting Tessilform SpA (Patrizia Pepe) in several issues, including trademark protection, advertisement, copyright, licensing, distribution and agency, as well as pre-litigation and litigation work.
  • Assisting DDM in many retail issues at an international level, including the draft and negotiation of distribution agreements and agreements with its suppliers, subcontractors and shop-in-shop arrangements.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT Tier 5

Trevisan & Cuonzo has a ‘multidisciplinary team able to deal with all aspects of technological-legal matters.’ The team is particularly apt at managing privacy and digital development matters, as well as regulation, compliance, e-commerce, data protection and general commercial matters. Luca Trevisan  and Gabriel Cuonzo lead the Milan-based team; Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is their counterpart in Rome.

Practice head(s):

Luca Trevisan; Gabriel Cuonzo; Vittorio Cerullli Irelli


‘Multidisciplinary team able to deal with all aspects of technological-legal matters.’

‘Giulia Affer: excellent hard and soft skills.’

‘Although the team is small, the performance is excellent, which makes it cost-effective for a client.’

‘Gabriel Cuonzo is excellent. He has a precise insight and is a tough negotiator.’

Key clients

OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. Ltd

Arm Limited

Sony Mobile

Xiaomi Inc

OnePlus Technology Co., Ltd.


Work highlights

  • Representing OPPO Guangdong Mobile Communications Co. in a complex patent infringement action brought by one of the most active patent assertion entities in Europe.
  • Representing Sony Mobile in proceedings before the Italian Supreme Administrative Court.
  • Assisting ARM Limited in filing a trademark opposition before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office against a trademark application which is confusingly similar to the well-known trademark ‘ARM’.

Italy > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Trevisan & Cuonzo acts for multinationals, medium-sized corporates and non-profit organisations on a diverse array of corporate, commercial contract and M&A affairs; examples include relevant disputes, licensing and distribution deals, product liability and merger due diligence.

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.

Vincenzo Acquafredda photoAvv Vincenzo AcquafreddaIntellectual Property LawCommercial LawAgri – Food LawLaw of Contracts
Giulia Affer photoAvv Giulia AfferCommercial and IP LitigationProduct LiabilityIP Rights
Daniela Ampollini photoAvv Daniela AmpolliniIntellectual Property LitigationPharmaceutical Regulatory and LitigationNon-contentious & transactional IPAdvertising Law
Donatella Capelli photoAvv Donatella CapelliPatent LitigationTrademark LitigationPharmaceuticals and Biotech Patent LitigationAdvertising Litigation
Vittorio Cerulli Irelli photoAvv Vittorio Cerulli IrelliIP LitigationAntitrust
Gabriel Cuonzo photoAvv Gabriel CuonzoIntellectual PropertyCommercial and Corporate LawPharmaceutical Litigation and Regulatory
Francesca Ferrero photoAvv Francesca FerreroCorporate Commercial LawIntellectual Property LawCommercial LitigationLabour Law
Julia Holden photoAvv Julia HoldenIntellectual Property LawTrademark Protection and EnforcementCopyright LawCounterfeiting and Piracy Work
Lia Puntieri photoAvv Lia PuntieriTrademark LitigationData Protection & PrivacyCopyright and Internet LawNon Contentious Intellectual Property
Luca Trevisan photoAvv Luca TrevisanIntellectual 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.