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Giovanni Ghirardi


Giovanni Ghirardi
English, Italian, French
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

A true litigator with a passion for new and cutting-edge technologies, Giovanni has been at the forefront of some of the most complex cases in the patent field. Most of which resulting in decisions of seminal importance on issues such as FRAND, availability of injunctions on infringement cases involving essential patents, contributory infringement and others.

Often referred to as the technology 'geek' of the Italian office, Giovanni is a partner in the firm's Milan office and a member of our Intellectual Property team. In addition to patents, Giovanni focuses on trademarks, unfair competition, copyright and design, and he is particularly sought after for litigation with cross-border implications, often involving complex pan-European issues.

Having graduated cum laude at the University of Milan in 1993 (and having obtained a LL.M. in European Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1998), he was somewhat surprised to learn from major directory Chambers Europe (in 2008) that some of his clients had praised him as the best 'young' lawyer in Italian IP. 

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 situation as a key strength (Chambers Global 2014). 

Over the years, he has learnt that listening carefully to what clients have to say and being practical in his advice is a key to success. He is now listed in all major legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000, WTR 1000 and others notable publications, where he has been recently described as brilliant at court proceedings (Chambers Global 2015).

Giovanni Ghirardi is described by sources as 'brilliant at court proceedings.'

Chambers Global 2015

Representative experience

Assisting a manufacturer of smartphones in a pan-European litigation concerning essential patents.

Assisting a pharmaceutical company in a litigation concerning a patent on an immunological process for detecting tissue transglutaminase (tTG).

Assisting a biotech company in a patent litigation concerning a kit for the diagnosis of Polycythemia Vera.

Assisting a multinational company that designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, software, and personal computers in trademark infringement proceedings.

Advising a French pharmaceutical company in the rebranding of one of its core products.

Assisting an Israeli producer of rattan-like furniture in a design litigation against one of its competitors.

Advising a manufacturer of chemical products in an enforcement action concerning two patents for the production of biaxally-oriented polypropylene films.

Assisting an Israeli company in a pan-European litigation concerning a patent on a stent design.

Advising on the IP-related issues arising from a contract for the purchase of sub-marine cables and assets from an Italian company.

Assisting a Danish company active in the fashion field, in an invalidity action concerning the company's core trademark.

Assisting a global leader in mobile communications in declaratory non infringement actions brought against a competitor.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., London School of Economics, 1998
  • Law degree (cum laude), University of Milan, 1993


  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)


Giovanni Ghirardi is a patent expert and IP specialist

Legal 500 EMEA


Giovanni Ghirardi has a gift for weaving persuasive narratives around the facts of a case. The erudite Milan maestro – who speak and lecture regularly – is at the cutting edge of case law developments in Italy and vital cogs within Hogan Lovells’ compelling transoceanic IP practice.

WTR 1000 2017


Giovanni Ghirardi is flying high; armed with an LLM in European law (obtained from the prestigious London School of Economics), he is the man to consult on trademark conflicts with pan-European implications

WTR 1000 Edition


Giovanni Ghirardi is described by sources as 'brilliant at court proceedings'

Chambers Global


Giovanni Ghirardi is praised for his ‘in-depth legal knowledge'

Legal 500 EMEA


Top-flight litigator Giovanni Ghirardi uses every weapon in his legal arsenal to achieve the right results

Patent 1000


Clients note Giovanni Ghirardi's ability to provide a "clear global view" of a situation as a key strength. He often takes the lead on cross-border patent and trade mark infringement

Chambers Europe


Giovanni Ghirardi has built a thriving practice over the years

World Trademark Review

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