Giovanni Ghirardi

Giovanni Ghirardi


Email giovanni.ghirardi@​

Phone +39 02 720 2521

Fax +39 02 72025252

LanguagesEnglish, Italian, French

Practice groupIntellectual Property

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

Chambers Global 2015

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 infringement by equivalence in pharma patents, file wrapper estoppel, contributory infringement, compulsory licences, FRAND, etc.

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 life science, trademarks and unfair competition. 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.

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).

Awards and recognitions


Industry Focus: Luxury Goods
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

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)

Related Knowledge

3D Printing

Representative experience

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

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

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

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

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