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Giovanni Ghirardi

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Ghirardi Giovanni

Giovanni Ghirardi
Ghirardi Giovanni
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Giovanni Ghirardi is a stylish, knowledgeable partner. He is clear thinking and gets great results.

The Legal 500, 2024

A true litigator with a passion for new technology and innovation, Giovanni Ghirardi has been at the forefront of a substantial number of cases in the patent, trademark and design fields. Many of these resulted in decisions of seminal importance on issues such as infringement by equivalence, the role of prosecution history in patent construction, contributory infringement, validity and infringement of SPCs, co-existence agreements, and others.

Giovanni navigates multinational and local clients through matters related to pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, chemicals, consumer goods and fashion, combining his litigation skills with a deep knowledge of these industries.

He is particularly sought after for litigations with cross-border implications, often involving complex pan-European issues and before the newly established Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Easy to reach and straightforward in talking, Giovanni is appreciated for his clear communication style and for his ability to provide a clear global view of a legal situation. He has learnt over the years that listening carefully to what clients have to say and being practical in his advice is a key to success.

Giovanni is regularly listed in all prominent legal directories such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IP Stars (Managing IP), IAM Patent 1000, and World Trademark Review 1000. 

He is recognized by clients as a notable practitioner in the Intellectual Property market and praised for his powerful oratorial skills and deep knowledge of the law.

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Giovanni Ghirardi is a great lawyer who is able to provide the highest-quality legal advice whilst having a clear perspective of what the internal needs are and business standpoints of the client

Chambers Global, 2022

Representative experience

Assistance to a leading pharma company in infringement proceedings concerning an SPC covering the combination of three active principles 

Assistance to a leading pharma company in infringement proceedings involving one of the company's core patents for the treatment of cancer

Assistance to a worldwide producer of medical devices in a pan-European patent litigation concerning a TAVI aortic valve and delivery device 

Assistance to a leading pharma company in a litigation against generic companies concerning the eligibility of their generic drugs to obtain reimbursement from the Italian Health Authority

Assistance to a tobacco industry technologies provider in a dispute involving alleged trade secrets misappropriation, patent infringement and unfair competition for the filing of divisional patents

Assistance to a leading chemical company in urgent search proceedings based on a patent for the cold sterilization of beverages

Assistance to a leading multinational technology company in the management of their Italian IP portfolio 

Assistance to a leading e-commerce platform company in the management of their trademark portfolio 

Assistance to a leading biotech company in the pan-European enforcement of their SPCs and process patents against biosimilars 

Assistance to a worldwide technology company in various IP matters concerning copyright, artificial intelligence and software issues 


  • LL.M., London School of Economics, 1998
  • Law degree (cum laude), University of Milan, 1993
  • EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers Association)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES) Italia


Shortlisted as Practitioner of the year

EMEA Managing IP Awards

Hall of Fame, Intellectual Property

The Legal 500 EMEA

2020 - 2024
Band 2, Intellectual Property

Chambers Global

2019 - 2024
Band 2, Intellectual Property

Chambers Europe

2019 - 2024
Gold Band for Enforcement and Litigation

World Trademark Review 1000

2021 - 2024
Trademark Star

IP Stars (Managing IP)

2019 - 2023
Patent Star

IP Stars (Managing IP)

2019 - 2023
Silver Band for Patent Litigation

IAM Patent 1000

2019 - 2023