IP Law Galli

Founded and headed by Cesare Galli (full professor of IP law at Parma University Law Faculty) since 2004, IP Law Galli operates mainly in the field of IP law, with specific experience in pharmaceutical and biotech patents, technology, media and telecommunications and cross-border litigation.

With its main office located in Milan and branch offices in Brescia, Parma and Verona, IP Law Galli was established as a boutique firm, highly specialised in IP law and characterised by the personal imprint of its founder, Professor Galli. The firm has constantly maintained its strong reputation thanks to its highly professional, closely coordinated team. The firm has extensive know-how in patent litigation, strategies and transactional matters (eg, licence agreements and international technology transfer). The firm’s lawyers have been involved in a number of important patent litigations in Europe, often dealing with cross-border problems (Professor Galli has also authored key essays on this issue).

In 1999 Professor Galli obtained the first Italian decision on biotech patents. In 2004 he obtained the first Italian decision assessing the validity of a computer-implemented invention patent. Similarly, between 2009 and 2017, Professor Galli and Mariangela Bogni obtained several landmark decisions in the patent field on behalf of prominent multinational companies – with regard to biotech and pharmaceutical patents in particular, as well as in the chemical biotech and electronic fields. In 2015 the firm also obtained two of the highest assessments of damages ever issued in Italy, for design and geographical indicator infringement, respectively. In addition, the firm is advising major companies on the implementation of the new Italian IP tax regime known as Patent Box.

Professor Galli and his team were deeply involved in the process that led to Italy taking part in the Unified Patent Court Agreement in 2013 and the enhanced cooperation on the unitary patent in 2015. Professor Galli also assisted the Italian delegates in drafting the Rules of Procedure for the Workings of the Unified Court and coordinated leading conferences on this issue.

The expertise of the firm and Professor Galli has been widely recognised at both domestic and international level. In 2004 Professor Galli was invited by the Parliamentary Commission of Productive Activities of the Italian Chamber of Deputies to participate in a team aimed at making observations on the new Italian IP Code. Since 2005 he has been appointed as a member of the governmental commissions for the revision of the Italian IP Code and now for implementing the 2015 EU Trademark Directive in Italy, making a significant contribution to the 2010 reform of the code and Italy’s participation in the development of the Unified Patent Court and the unitary patent. He was a member of the Permanent Advisory Board of the High Commissioner for the Fight against Counterfeiting since 2006 and is now a member of the Italian Governmental National Anti-counterfeiting Council (which replaced the board). In 2009 he was appointed as a member of the Sub-group on the Legal Framework of the European Commission Counterfeiting and Piracy Observatory (now the EU Intellectual Property Office European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights). He also cooperates with Indicam, Confindustria and the Anti-counterfeiting Research Centre of Milan in their activities relating to IP rights protection.

Professor Galli and Dr Bogni regularly contribute to Italian and international IP law reviews. Professor Galli also writes for leading Italian financial newspapers, such as Il Sole 24 Ore and Italia Oggi. The firm also issues a newsletter twice a year (in Italian and English), including complete updates on developments in IP legislation and relevant case law.

Professor Galli is also the author of numerous publications in the IP law field, including the most well-known commentary on all IP rules in force in Italy (4,000 pages), published by UTET-Wolters Kluwer (2011).

The firm’s clients include large multinational and domestic industrial groups working in the pharmaceutical, food and chemical sectors, and Italian firms operating in cutting-edge fields such as new technologies, as well as technology, media and telecommunications, mechanics and electro-mechanics.

The firm specialises in both patent litigation and out-of-court field strategy, including licence agreements and international technology transfers.

Contact details

IP Law Galli
Via Lamarmora 40
Milan I-20122

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Brescia
  • Parma
  • Verona

Sample client list

  • AtlasCopco
  • Biomet
  • Cama
  • Dompè
  • Dover
  • EG
  • LG
  • Menarini
  • Pirelli
  • Sandoz
  • Teva
  • Vorwerk

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