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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Our Intellectual Property team assists Italian and international companies across a number of sectors on a broad range of IP related issues. Our experts have significant experience of assisting clients with litigation – national, international and cross-border cases – as well as with non-contentious matters. In addition to enforcement, our team advises on licensing, contracts, in particular regarding patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, know-how, domain names, unfair competition, customs, Made In, EC marks, dual use, intellectual property crimes and art law.

Our team is unique on the market in that it has a practical knowledge of advising on new technologies: software, digitalisation, the Internet, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and cybersecurity.

The firm has represented clients before the Supreme Court, the Italian Patent and Trademark Office Appeals Commission, the Court of first-instance and the European Court of Justice. The team have also authored numerous articles and publications and are regularly called to speak at national and international conventions. The team are registered members of international intellectual property associations.

PEOPLE

Nicola Romano

Position: Partner
Email: nromano@quorumlegal.com
Categories: Partners
Languages: Italian and English
Office: Rome and Milan

BIOGRAPHY
Nicola is an expert in corporate, commercial and real estate, including advising on domestic and international litigation and arbitration. He advises both Italian and international clients on their corporate, commercial and real estate transactions.
He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).
Admitted to Rome Bar Association.
Admitted to Supreme Courts Bar.
Graduated in law at Rome’s “LUISS-Guido Carli” University (maxima cum laude, 1994).
Nicola has authored numerous articles and publications and is often called to speak at conferences and seminars.
Described by Legal500 as “Highly skilled”.

ASSOCIATIONS
Ordine Avvocati Roma    IBA

Nicola Romano

Partner

Roberto Sparano

Position: Partner
Email: rsparano@quorumlegal.com
Categories: Partners
Languages: German, Italian, English, French
Office: Rome

BIOGRAPHY
Graduated cum laude in law from Naples Università Federico II.
Roberto has worked from London, Brussels and New York, gaining important international experience with leading law firms. He collaborated with the Italian Communications Authority, advising on competition in the TMT sector, M&As, private equity and finance.
He provides legal advice in relation to complex corporate projects, both distressed and cross border, and to private equity and venture capital investments. Roberto assists clients with setting up alternative property and asset investment funds. He assists start-ups and innovative SMEs in relation to investments and fund raising, including crowdfunding, initial coin offering and private placements.

PUBLICATIONS
– “ISP competition gets hotter”, in International Technology Law Review, 9/2001
– “New ADR for the Communication Market”, in International Technology Law Review, 10/2001
– “Pay per View Television Merger in Italy”, in International Technology Law Review, 11/2001
– “International Encyclopedia of Laws: Cyber Law”, in the Italian Section, Kluwer, 2008
– “La Società Europea: mito o realtà”, in Il Nuovo Diritto delle Società, 10/2003
– “La conformità del nuovo diritto societario italiano al piano d’azione diretto alla modernizzazione del diritto societario ed al rafforzamento della corporate governance all’interno dell’Unione Europea”, in Le Società, IPSOA, 2/2004
– “La Corporate Governance in Germania e nel Regno Unito”, in Il Nuovo diritto delle Società, 20 aprile 2005
– “Il nuovo Regolamento CE relativo al controllo delle concentrazioni tra imprese”, in www.altalex.it, 2004
– “Profili Legali delle Operazioni di MLBO”, in Halley Ed., 2006
– “Con la Brexit nell’immediato cambierebbe poco. Gli effetti si vedranno tra due anni”, in Milano Finanza, 10 giugno 2016
– “Crowdfunding, Si Cambia! o Forse No” in Invice, agosto 2016
– “Equity Crowfounding, Una Nuova Rivoluzione? In AziendaBanca, marzo 2017
– “Le architetture blockchain meglio del Gold Standard (Blockchain Architecture is the new Gold Standard)” con Sara Alivernini, in Invice, giugno 2017
– “La nozione di Controllo in Concorrenza, mercato e diritto dei consumatori”, in Trattato Omnia, Kluwer, 2018
– “Are We Bust? An Italian Question (and Answer)”, in Global Banking & Finance Review, settembre 2018

ASSOCIATIONS
Ordine Avvocati di Napoli

Roberto Sparano

Partner

Monia Baccarelli

Position: Partner
Email: mbaccarelli@quorumlegal.com
Categories: Partners
Languages: Italian and English
Office: Milan

BIOGRAPHY
Monia is an expert in IP: national and cross-border enforcement, licensing, contractual and out-of-court assistance with respect to patents, designs, trademarks, copyright, know-how, customs monitoring, made in, criminal industrial rights, Art law and new technologies (software, digitalisation, IoT, AI and cybersecurity).  Monia represents clients before the Supreme Court, the Italian Patent and Trademark Office Appeals Board, in first instance proceedings and the European Court of Justice. She is a professor in the Master in Arts Management at Cattolica University and is often called to speak at seminars and event son IP related topics.

PUBLICATIONS
– “Privacy Requirements” for professionals and companies, co-author, Giuffrè 2019
– “Trademarks 2018”, ICLG International Comparative Legal Guides
– “Copyright in Europe: comparing systems”, TeLex Anie 2015
– “The limitation of patents in proceedings: comments and new defence strategies” TeLex Anie 2014
– “Trademark legislation in China, the USA and Made In Italy” TeLex Anie 2007
Conferences and seminars
– “Smart IP – Applying intelligence to patenting, licensing and enforcing IP on new technology” Monaco 2019
– “Trade secrets in industrial and criminal law and in employment: convergence or contrast?”, Turin 2018
– “Artificial Intelligence and the law”, Spazio Chiossetto 2018
– “Robots, the IoT and new technologies, protecting IP 5.0” AIPLA Milan 2018
– “Liability for hosting according to law and case law”, Milan 2017
– “Italian fashion style and intellectual property: a winning union on the global market”, Triennale Milano 2016
– “The compensation of damage: IP litigation”, INDICAM Milano 2016
– “EUROPA & the USA: Discovery and privacy in industrial processes”, Court of Milan 2016 and Court of Turin 2017
– “The trade secret Directive”, UNION Madrid 2015

AREAS OF ACTIVITY
Intellectual Property

ASSOCIATIONS

Ordine Avvocati Roma UBIM  Union IP   American Intellectual Property Law Association

Monia Baccarelli

Partner

Lorenzo Scapellato

Position: Senior Associate
Email: lscapellato@quorumlegal.com
Categories: Associates
Languages: Italian and English
Office: Rome

BIOGRAPHY
Graduated in law at Rome’s “La Sapienza” University (2001).
Master’s for lawyers in the IT and communications sector – A. C. Jemolo Institute, Rome (2002).
Lorenzo is an expert in corporate, commercial and IP, including advising on domestic and international litigation and arbitration. He advises both Italian and international clients.
Admitted to Rome Bar Association for Rome (2004).

ASSOCIATIONS
Ordine Avvocati Roma

Lorenzo Scapellato

Senior Associate

Chiara Tognini

Position: Junior Associate
Email: ctognini@quorumlegal.com
Categories: Associates
Languages: Italian and English
Office: Rome

BIOGRAPHY
Graduated in law from Pavia’s Università degli Studi (October 2019) with the thesis in Law, science and new technologies entitled “Authors, counterfeits and copies: copyright in the digital era”.

AREAS OF ACTIVITY
Intellectual Property

Chiara Tognini

Junior Associate

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