Botti & Ferrari SpA

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Botti & Ferrari takes full advantage of more than 24 years of experience in intellectual property to deliver a tailored service that meets its clients’ legal and business needs. Of the ensemble, patrons enthuse: “Botti & Ferrari is a great firm for non-contentious matters that capitalises on a commercially driven mindset to provide top-quality work. Keen to establish longstanding relationships with clientele and colleagues, it maintains a respectful and professional approach to all cases.” Bringing its services to patrons’ doorsteps, the outfit operates out of three key locations: Milan, Bologna and Brescia. Representing the practice are electrical engineering expert Mario Botti and medicinal chemistry ace Rinaldo Ferreccio. With extensive experience as court-appointed technical counsel, the duo are a safe bet for early-stage searches to validity and infringement cases and, in the case of Botti, even assistance during licensing agreements. 

Firm Profile

Botti & Ferrari SpA is ranked as one of the top IP boutique firms in Italy. Its professional team includes 11 European and Italian patent attorneys; (some of them being also patent agents for San Marino and Switzerland) and one Chinese patent attorney. Our professional team is skilled in all of the major technical fields, practically, covering all technical aspects, such as: electronics, mechanics, chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, polymers, food science and biotechnology.

Three EU trademark attorneys, complete the team.

Most of Botti & Ferrari’s European patent attorneys have obtained the patent litigation in Europe diploma, which enables them to represent B&F’s clients before the upcoming Unified Patent Court (UPC). One of our attorneys has been selected as a technical Judge of the new UPC.

Moreover, among the European patent attorneys, two of them have been substantive examiners at the EPO. The presence of former EPO examiners among the professionals has fostered the development of high-level skills in the entire firm’s professional team in prosecuting European patent applications and handling procedures before the EPO.

Botti & Ferrari aims at offering high-quality services in all the aspects of IP. These services are offered to all types of clients, including small and medium-sized enterprises, multinationals, start-ups, universities, and others. The firm’s professional team is experienced in drafting and prosecuting European and US patent applications, drafting licence agreements, and litigation counselling.

Major services

Patents evaluation and prosecution

  • state of the art, validity, and infringement-related patent searches
  • preparation of legal opinions on patent validity and infringement
  • drafting, filing, and prosecuting national and international patents
  • representation in proceedings before the Italian Patent and Trademark Office, the EPO, and the Swiss Office
  • preparing, filing, and prosecuting oppositions and appeals before the EPO
  • drafting licence agreements and assistance in negotiations and litigation

Trademarks evaluation and prosecution

  • trademark availability searches
  • trademark-related legal opinions (validity and infringement)
  • preparing, filing, and prosecuting national and international trademark applications
  • representation in proceedings before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
  • preparing, filing, and prosecuting oppositions and appeals before the IPTO and the EUIPO
  • drafting licence agreements and assistance in related negotiations and litigation

Intangible asset evaluation

  • estimation of economic value and assessment
  • licensing and assignment of rights
  • due diligence
  • technology transfer
  • licensing and merchandising
  • sponsoring

Defence and maintenance

  • oppositions
  • watch service
  • enforcement
  • legal and contractual advice
  • renewal and yearly fees
  • customs surveillance
  • reassignment procedures

Protection of IP rights online

  • web watch
  • registration of domain names
  • surveillance of domain names
  • reassignment procedure and negotiation aimed at the acquisition of domain names

Botti & Ferrari’s professionals are highly skilled in patent litigations, providing technical assistance and cooperating with the most renowned Italian attorneys-at-law in the IP field. They act as ex parte experts and also as technical experts appointed by the Court, for the major Italian Courts.

Botti & Ferrari’s professionals have been involved in many important litigation proceedings in Italy on behalf of major companies from the United States, Japan, South Korea, and Germany, particularly in the fields of electronics, mechanics, chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry. Often these proceedings have been carried out in parallel with corresponding litigations in other countries, particularly in Germany; therefore, Botti & Ferrari’s professionals are used to creating a powerful and effective synergy with foreign colleagues in multiple litigations.

These skills, along with the qualification achieved through the patent litigation in Europe diploma, make Botti & Ferrari’s professionals particularly well prepared in facing prosecution and litigation in the UPC, which is entering into force this year. Recognising the importance of the new UPC tool in the IP Law scenario, Botti & Ferrari founded the UPC Lawyers and Attorneys network (UPCLA®) with other outstanding European IP Firms.

The firm works for a lot of foreign clients that entrust the firm with filing, prosecution, and litigation tasks. Foreign clients value Botti & Ferrari for the technical skills and linguistic competence of its professionals. All of the firm’s professionals are fluent in English, and many of them are also fluent in or have a sound knowledge of German and French.

Botti & Ferrari is also a founding member of Eurattorneys EEIG, along with a German and a Swiss Firm. The network handle cases from/to Japan, South Korea, and China.

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