Avv Gabriel Cuonzo > Trevisan & Cuonzo > Milan, Italy > Lawyer Profile

Trevisan & Cuonzo
20121 MILANO

Work Department

IP Department


Intellectual Property
Commercial and Corporate Law
Pharmaceutical Litigation and Regulatory


Gabriel Cuonzo is a co-founder of Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati and he is considered by his clients as “the go-to lawyer for challenging cases in Italy”. He has a superb reputation for cutting edge multi-jurisdictional IP litigation. With over 30 years courtroom experience, Gabriel has represented many multinational companies before the Italian courts in a broad range of high profile cases with an international dimension: over the years these have included big name clients and landmark cases such as Scott Paper Company v. Kaysersberg (1994), Fujitsu v. Samsung (1997), Rambus v. Micron (2000), TRW v. Koyo (2006), Pronovo v. Chiesi (2006), Ciba Vision v. Johnson & Johnson (2007), Angiotech v. Conor (2007), Novartis v. Actavis (2008), Unilever v. Nestlè (2008), Novartis v. Teva (2009), Astrazeneca v. Teva (2011), Biotec v. Novamont (2012). Bogner v Bencom (2012), Harley-Davidson v Pirelli (2013) and Novartis v Doc Generici (2014), Seattle Genetics – Takeda contro Arizona State University (2015), Beiersdorf contro Neve Cosmetics (2015), Unilever contro Colgate (2015), Briggs contro Honda (2016), Boehringer Ingelheim contro Teva (2018).  With an excellent understanding of international law and as a skilled linguist, Gabriel takes a pragmatic, solution oriented approach to commercial matters and is often involved in complex, mostly IP driven, international transactions. Gabriel is widely regarded as a leading figure in pharmaceutical litigation and regulatory work.


Italian, French, English and German




Max-Planck Institute, Munich (1987)
University of Bari (J.D. 1982)

Lawyer Rankings

Italy > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

Trevisan & Cuonzo‘s ‘top-class‘, ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeable‘ healthcare and life sciences team, led by name partners Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo, is very strong in IP and patent litigation. The ‘impressive, sensible and very responsive‘ Luca Pellicciari is another key team member. The ‘incredibly thorough and detail-oriented’ Donatella Capelli is a strong trade mark litigator with over 10 years’ experience of pharmaceutical and biotech litigation, who also advises on competition law and antitrust issues. Many of the firm’s clients are global brands from the pharmaceutical sector, whose matters draw on the team’s multijurisdictional assistance and knowledge of EU law.

Italy > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

Gabriel CuonzoTrevisan & Cuonzo

Trevisan & Cuonzo receives high praise as a boutique with ‘considerable’ experience in life sciences patent litigation and for its knowledge of the Italian healthcare system, which allows the team to provide sector-specific and commercially relevant patent litigation assistance. The firm’s lawyers advise on cases involving trade secrets, unfair competition, patent infringement or revocation matters. Co-founder Gabriel Cuonzo has decades of court experience and enjoys a ‘strong reputation’, while fellow co-founder Luca Trevisan is a ‘seasoned star.’ Julia Holden is jointly qualified as an English solicitor and Italian attorney, while Giulia Affer is also well regarded.

Italy > Industry focus: TMT

Name partners Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo head the technology, media and communications team at Trevisan & Cuonzo. The firm assists clients, especially in the media and entertainment areas, with privacy and GDPR compliance, as well as negotiating supply agreements. Disputes also feature in its workload, with recent work including a matter involving accusations of plagiarism in the music business before the Supreme Court. Lia Puntieri and Giulia Affer, who stands out for her ‘excellent professional skills‘, are also noted.

Italy > Industry focus: Retail

Trevisan & Cuonzo‘s retail team, which is headed by Gabriel Cuonzo, Luca Trevisan and Julia Holden, covers a diverse range of practice areas. Areas of expertise include M&A, IP and commercial agreements. Many of the firm’s clients are in the fashion, jewellery, healthcare and home design sectors. Head of the commercial department Francesca Ferrero is noted for her diverse expertise in corporate and commercial law, IP, commercial litigation and labour law. Recent highlights include acting for 3M in a broad and successful enforcement programme to actively protect the company’s trade mark rights in Italy.

Italy > Industry focus: Food

Well respected for its ‘extensive‘ knowledge, the team at Trevisan & Cuonzo works for clients in the food industry, providing assistance with IP and trade mark matters in Italy and abroad. Headed by Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo, the practice is particularly experienced in bringing cases before courts relating to the protection of different food varieties (especially fruit, vegetable and cereal varieties). Vincenzo Acquafredda, head of the Bari office, is also known for his expertise in food law, which he brought to bear on a matter for Sicasov, a French cooperative which defends breeders’ rights over their plant creations.