Italy Botti & Ferrari Srl

Botti & Ferrari is ranked as one of the top IP boutique firms in Italy. Its professional team includes eight European and Italian patent attorneys and an Italian patent agent, whose different technical skills cover practically all technical domains. Two trademark specialists – an attorney at law and an EU trademark attorney – complete the professional team of Botti & Ferrari.

Most of the European patent attorneys of Botti & Ferrari have obtained the patent litigation in Europe diploma from the University of Strasbourg. Moreover, two have been substantive examiners at the European Patent Office (EPO).


Botti & Ferrari’s aim is to offer a high-quality service in patent, trademark, industrial design, copyright, licensing and industrial property litigation counselling. This service is provided to a diverse clientele, including small and medium-sized enterprises, multinationals, start-ups, universities and other public research entities. The firm’s professional staff are experienced in the drafting and prosecution of European and US patent applications, the drafting of licence agreements and litigation counselling. The presence of experts in technical fields including electronics, mechanics, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, polymers, food science and biotechnology, as well as in the legal field, enables Botti & Ferrari to offer its clients assistance in all technical and legal areas.

Services include:

  • state of the art, validity and infringement-related patent searches;
  • preparation of legal opinions on patent validity and infringement;
  • drafting, filing and prosecution of national and international patents;
  • trademark availability searches;
  • trademark-related legal opinions (validity and infringement);
  • preparation, filing and prosecution of national and international trademark applications;
  • representation in procedures before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, the EPO and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO);
  • preparation, filing and prosecution of oppositions and appeals before the EUIPO and the EPO;
  • industrial property portfolio audits and assistance in due diligence procedures; and
  • drafting of licence agreements and assistance in related negotiations and litigation.

Areas of specialism

In addition to these activities, Botti & Ferrari’s professionals focus on patent litigation, providing technical assistance and cooperating with the most renowned Italian attorneys at law in the IP field. In addition to acting as ex parte experts, some of them – in particular Mario Botti, Rinaldo Ferreccio, Paolo Gerli and Umberto Zambardino – often act as technical experts appointed by the courts.

The professionals of Botti & Ferrari have been involved in many important litigations in Italy on behalf of major companies from the United States, Japan, Korea and Germany, particularly in the fields of electronics, mechanics, chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry. Often such litigations have been carried out in parallel with corresponding litigations in other countries, particularly in Germany, so Botti & Ferrari’s professionals are used to interacting with foreign colleagues conducting these parallel litigations.

This skill, coupled with the qualification achieved through the patent litigation in Europe diploma, makes Botti & Ferrari’s professionals particularly well prepared for facing litigation in the forthcoming Unified Patent Court.

Moreover, the presence of former EPO examiners among the professionals of Botti & Ferrari has favoured the development of a high level of skill in prosecuting European patent application and handling oppositions and appeals before the EPO. This level is shared by all of the firm’s professionals, who consistently work according to the set standard.

International experience

Botti & Ferrari has a high number of foreign clients which entrust the firm with filing, prosecution and litigation tasks. Foreign clients trust Botti & Ferrari for its technical skill and the linguistic competence of its professionals. All of our professionals are fluent in English and many are also fluent in or have a sound knowledge of German and French.

Botti & Ferrari is a founding member of Eurattorneys EEIG, together with a German and a Swiss IP firm. All member firms’ work in or received from Japan, South Korea and China is handled through Eurattorneys EEIG.

Main address

Via Cappellini 11
Milan 20124

Contact details

T: +39 02 6704 275
F: +39 02 6703 250

Professional contacts

Barbara Ferrari, Partner

Other offices

Bologna, Brescia

Recommended individuals at this firm

Rinaldo Ferreccio

Mario Botti


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