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The firm

Founded by Cesare Galli in 2004, IP Law Galli specialises in all branches of IP law and also covers general commercial and competition law. Having its main office in Milan and branch offices in Brescia, Parma and Verona, the firm came into being as a boutique firm specialising in patent and trade mark litigation and strategies. The firm is characterised by the personal imprint of its founder, Professor Galli, who instructs a highly professional team which is able to move in a prevalently international context.

The firm has maintained its strong reputation by implementing a firmly market-oriented approach aimed at enhancing the procedural instruments in order to reach positive results in the shortest terms. The firm’s clients include large industrial groups working in the food and chemical sectors and firms operating in cutting-edge fields such as design and new technology, as well as leading firms in the fashion, mechanics, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors.

The firm has been involved in key cases in Europe concerning all branches of IP law and often tackles cross-border problems. Professor Galli obtained the first Italian final ruling on biotech patents in 1999 and the first Italian ruling on the validity of a computer-implemented invention patent in 2004. Between 2009 and 2017 Professor Galli and Mariangela Bogni obtained landmark decisions in the patent field, particularly regarding biotech and pharmaceutical patents, SPCs and patents in the chemical and electronics field.

In 2005 the firm obtained and successfully enforced the first ex parte orders ever granted in Italy for the seizure and description of secret documents and computer files stolen by former employees. Similarly, in 2006 the firm successfully handled the first Italian case concerning the protection of unregistered trade marks under the new IP Code against parasitical exploitation and lookalikes. Between 2005 and 2017 the firm secured key decisions on the extended protection of renowned trademarks, including Ferrari, Blumarine and Bulgari.

In 2011 Professor Galli successfully represented Assoluce before The European Court of Justice in Flos v Semeraro, which concerned the Italian rules on copyright design protection. In 2015 the firm obtained an important decision on geographical indications, winning protection for Emmentaler’s indications of origin and generous compensation in damages. The firm also secured key decisions in the design field for top clients Kartell and Flou in Italy and China.

Areas of practice

IP Law Galli advises clients in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, including technology transfer, licensing, agency and distribution agreements. The firm has also advised important international publishers in the copyright field and has been chosen by prominent international companies for co-ordinating the strategies of defence of their famous trade marks worldwide.

Similarly, the firm advises major companies on the implementation of the new patent box tax regime, which in Italy includes trade marks (Professor Galli has also been included in the panel of experts which advises Confindustria on this issue). The firm also provides clients with specific expertise on the Chinese market, due to a wide network of correspondents in China and the extensive knowledge of Chinese law by some of the firm’s team members (Professor Galli has also been involved in the IP key project).

The expertise of the firm and of Professor Galli have been widely recognised at both domestic and international levels. Since 2005 Professor Galli has been a member of the governmental commission in charge of revising Italian IP rules. Acting in this role, he played a decisive part in the 2010 reform of the code and in Italy’s participation in the Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent, and recently in the implementation of the 2015 TM Directive in Italy and of the 2016 Trade Secrets Directive. In 2009 he was appointed as a member of the sub-group on the legal framework of the EU Observatory on the infringement of IP rights.


  • Other offices
  • Brescia
  • Parma
  • Verona
  • Number of lawyers: 10
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Above material supplied by IP Law Galli.

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