Senior Counsel at Legance – Avvocati Associati
Monica Riva is co-head of Legance - Avvocati Associati’s IP department and is based in Milan.
Over a period of 20 years, Ms Riva has garnered experience in all areas of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and other distinctive marks, supplementary protection certificates, copyright and related rights, designs, software, geographical indications, know-how and trade secrets, unfair competition, defamation in the press, image rights, name rights and portrait rights, misleading advertising and improper commercial practices, information technology, e-commerce and selective distribution, and franchise and licensing agreements. She has advised Italian and international clients in a wide range of sectors, including fashion and luxury goods, finance and insurance, industry, food and beverages, software, publishing, life sciences and pharmaceuticals.
Among her particular specialisms is advice to clients on the full range of litigation matters (at interim and substantive hearings, and in arbitrations), including matters with international and cross-border implications and where the issues impinge upon multiple practice areas. In addition to her litigation work, Ms Riva also advises on transactional matters, in connection with joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, the drafting and negotiation of licensing agreements, technology transfers, distribution and franchising, the development of new IT platforms, and software development and maintenance.
Ms Riva graduated cum laude in industrial law from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and subsequently gained a research doctorate at the University of Parma, her thesis receiving first prize from the Lewis Gaze Memorial Scholarship established by MARQUES, the European brand owners’ association.
She is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and she has since 2004 been a member of the editorial team for Giurisprudenza Annotata di Diritto Industriale, a leading Italian IP law review.
Ms Riva has authored a large number of publications and commentaries in the IP field, and regularly speaks at seminars, conferences and conventions.