Italy: Intellectual Property 2018

In this chapter, we shine the spotlight on 48 leading experts on intellectual property in the Italian market. The individuals featured are specialists in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters across the full spectrum of intellectual property rights.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luca Trevisan Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati, Milan
2. Fabrizio Jacobacci Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati, Milan
3. Gabriel Cuonzo Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati, Milan
4. Massimiliano Mostardini Studio Legale Bird & Bird, Milan
5. Giovanni Galimberti Studio Legale Bird & Bird, Milan
6. Mario Franzosi Franzosi Dal Negro Setti, Turin

Bird & Bird is internationally regarded as a leader in the global intellectual property area. The firm tops our research this year, seeing four standout names recognised for their work in the space.
Massimiliano Mostardini is “an outstanding lawyer” who is “widely recognised for his expertise on trademarks and patents”. He is “very well known” in the international IP community and covers a range of sectors in his world-class practice, including life sciences, telecommunications and luxury goods.
Giovanni Galimberti is “one of the best” according to impressed commentators, who rate him highly for his “outstanding” handling of complex IP litigation. He is widely recognised for his experience, and draws praise for the strength of his patent litigation expertise.
Fulvio Mellucci is “an outstanding IP specialist” who impresses market commentators with the depth of his expertise. He boasts more than 30 years’ experience handling a wide range of matters, including patents, trademarks and advertising matters.
Rita Tardiolo is “a brilliant lawyer” who ranks prominently for her top IP and communications practice, receiving wide-ranging endorsements for her clear and professional approach.

Trevisan & Cuonzo Avvocati also boasts an impressive presence in the market for its members’ IP expertise. This year three top practitioners are highlighted.
The “outstanding” Luca Trevisan ranks among the very elite of practitioners in our research. He is one of Italy’s best known IP litigators, and “really stands out” for his work leading multi-jurisdictional patent and trademark disputes.
Gabriel Cuonzo is “one of the best IP lawyers in Italy”, effuses one commentator. Sources are quick to highlight his phenomenal skill as a litigator, noting that he is “excellent in court”.
Julia Holden also impresses in this year’s research, and garners recognition for her strong trademarks practice. She counts many well-recognised brands among her clients, including Superdry, Harley Davidson and Vodafone.

Premier IP boutique Studio Legale Jacobacci & Associati stands out as another top firm in this area, achieving three listings.
“Leading lawyer” Fabrizio Jacobacci is “one of the best” according to peers, thanks to his “extensive knowledge in the field of intellectual property”. He boasts an excellent reputation for his expert handling of a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
Alberto Camusso is “highly recommended” as a “fantastic lawyer”, and receives plaudits for his expertise advising domestic and international clients on their IP enforcement strategies.
Paola Gelato is a widely respected practitioner who garners praise for her deep knowledge of intellectual property. She regularly represents prominent clients in the chemical, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors.

Two superb lawyers from Studio Legale Sena e Tarchini have been recommended for their strong track records handling complex intellectual property disputes.
The “excellent” Giuseppe Sena is an “extremely knowledgeable and proactive” practitioner who is widely considered “a high-end expert on design rights”.
Paola Tarchini is a long-standing fixture in the market and draws praise for her “brilliant” handling of a range of patent and trademark disputes.

Global law firm DLA Piper also impresses, with two leading lights in the field recognised for their expertise.
Roberto Valenti is “a trademarks specialist” who is heralded as “a leading IP litigator”. He also stands out for his expertise handling non-contentious matters, including licensing and transfer agreements.
Gualtiero Luca Dragotti is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region. He stands out for his strength handling complex patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector.

Sources would “definitely recommend” Mario Franzosi at Franzosi Dal Negro Setti, describing him as “an authority in the field”. He is also noted as a “leading litigator”, standing out for his “extraordinary experience” handling international IP disputes.

Giovanni Guglielmetti of BonelliErede receives widespread acclaim for his “exceptional” practice, which covers the full spectrum of intellectual property issues. He is “a leading name in the Italian market” according to one commentator, who commends his skill as a litigator.

Giovanni Francesco Casucci at Dentons “stands out” for his top-tier intellectual property practice and is particularly highly regarded in the field of patent law. He wins praise for his “strategic thinking and commercial acumen”.

Adriano Vanzetti at Studio Legale Vanzetti e Associati is a “very active and knowledgeable” lawyer who is described as “the most highly regarded professional in Italy within the trademark space”.

Gian Paolo Di Santo at Pavia e Ansaldo Studio Legale garners plaudits for his prowess in the field of IP litigation and is recognised as “a strong opponent” by peers. He handles a wide range of IP disputes, including patents, trademarks and design rights.

Cesare Galli at IP Law Galli has litigated in some of the most significant intellectual property disputes of recent years and “really stands out” for his trademarks expertise. One source notes: “He is a very tough litigator with excellent preparation.”

Massimo Cartella at Studio Legale Cartella Manzoni is a “very skilled” expert who is commended for his “impeccable knowledge of trademarks law”.

Nino Di Bella at Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is “a superb lawyer” who impresses with his “excellent client manner”. He counsels clients on the full range of intellectual property issues and particularly stands out for his work in the IT sector.

Pier Luigi Roncaglia at Spheriens is a “leading lawyer” who is widely recognised as a leading trademarks expert. He is highly sought after thanks to his expert handling of complex IP disputes.

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