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

With its main office in Milan and branch offices in Brescia, Parma and Verona, IP LAW GALLI was established as a boutique firm that specialises in IP law and is 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).

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 2020 Professor Galli and Mariangela Bogni obtained landmark decisions in the patent field, particularly regarding biotech and pharmaceutical patents and patents in the chemical and electronics field. In 2015 the firm obtained two of the highest assessments of damages ever issued in Italy for design and geographical indication infringement. In addition, the firm advises major companies on the implementation of the new Italian IP tax regime (the so-called ‘Patent Box’).

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

The expertise of the firm and Professor Galli has been widely recognised at both the 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 the revision of the Italian IP Code and since 2005 he has been a member of the governmental commission in charge of revising the Italian IP rules, including the implementation of the new EU Trademark Directive in Italy. Acting in this role, he played a decisive part in the 2010 reform of the code and in Italy’s participation in the UPC and the unitary patent. He has been 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), which includes 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 IP rules in force in Italy, published by UTET-Wolters Kluwer in 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 new technologies, as well as the technology, media and telecoms, mechanics and electro-mechanics fields.

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

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Via Lamarmora 40
Milan I-20122

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  • Brescia
  • Parma
  • Verona

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