Giovanni Ghirardi

Giovanni Ghirardi


Email [email protected]​

Phone +39 02 720 2521

Fax +39 02 72025252

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

"Giovanni Ghirardi is a patent expert and IP specialist."

Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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 these have resulted in decisions of seminal importance on issues such as FRAND, availability of injunctions in cases involving essential patents, infringement by equivalence, contributory infringement and others.

He 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 on complex IP issues and 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.

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) and praised for his "powerful oratorial skills" (IAM Patent 1000). He is a Member of EPLAW.

Awards and recognitions


Luxury goods (Italy), Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA


Intellectual Property, Leading Individual
Legal 500 EMEA


Intellectual Property (Italy)
Chambers Global


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


Giovanni Ghirardi is really excellent when it comes to communicating with the client. He gives the client a full picture of the matter and makes sure the client has a full understanding of the case.
Chambers Europe

Education and admissions


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

Representative experience

Assisting a U.S. pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement litigation concerning a top-selling cancer drug

Assisting a worldwide producer of medical devices in a patent infringement litigation concerning a TAVI aortic valve and delivery system

Assisting a U.S. company in an infringement action concerning a second medical use patent.

Assisting a U.S. company in an invalidity action concerning an SPC covering the combination of three active principles.

Assisting a U.S. pharmaceutical company in invalidity and infringement proceedings concerning a patent covering detection of anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies.

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

Assisting a Japanese pharmaceutical company in the acquisition of a bio-technological patent owned by an Italian company.

Assisting a French state-owned company active in the field of blood transfusion in a non- infringement action concerning a patent for the separation of factor VIII in blood.

Assisting an Israeli company, a leader in the field of stenting solutions, in a pan-European litigation concerning a patent on a stent design.

Assisting a German chemical company in preliminary injunction proceedings based on two patents relating to the manufacturing process of elastomers.

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

Managing on a worldwide basis the trademark portfolio of a number of companies active in the fashion and luxury fields.

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

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

Advising a U.S. automotive client on the IP aspects involved in the acquisition of an Italian company.

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

Assisting a French pharmaceutical company active in the production of new-generation drugs based on the use of nitric oxide in an action brought by a former employee claiming payment of royalties in the development of a number of the company's patents.

Advising a Brazilian company on the potential risks of confusion arising from the adoption of a colour trademark to distinguish its gas pumps in the E.U

Assisting a U.S. company in a multinational litigation concerning a co-existence agreement pertaining to a trademark. 

Assisting an European leading entertainment company in legal issues relating to their business in Italy including copyright law, broadcasting regulation, advertising and sponsorship matters

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