Intellectual property, Internet law and Unfair Competition

The Practice has played a pivotal role in the development of specific cases law and jurisprudence concerned with audio-visual media, effecting a shift in legal, social and factual perceptions regarding the illicit dissemination of contents under copyright protection through digital means.

Over the years, the Firm has assisted leading companies in the field of audio-visual media, helping them with the difficult task of preventing copyright infringement on the Internet, involving the main market operators and referring these matters to the authoritative Specialized Corporate Sections of the courts of Rome, Milan and Turin. The most important legal publications about copyright law have recorded the decision taken in recent years, creating a new legal literature within the bigger sector of the intellectual property.

This Department deals with any issues relating to the protection of intellectual and industrial property (such as copyright and related rights, trademarks, distinctive signs and patents), no matter the context (either online or offline) in which such issues arise, and it has extensive experience in all matters relating to “IP & Media LAW”.

In particular, it deals with (i) liability of social network service providers, linking services, peer to peer services (etc.); (ii) liability of intermediaries (mere conduit, caching, hosting); (iii) apps for smartphones; (iv) domain names; (v) advertising services on the web; (vi) services provided by e-commerce and online market operators; (vii) issues relating to computer forensic.

It also handles any issues relating to unfair competition.

In these areas, the Firm assists its Clients both before court and out of court (either before the ordinary or the administrative authorities).

Lastly, it also deals with the protection, management and promotion of cultural heritage and modern and contemporary art, assisting operators in the art sector with, inter alia, contracts, commercial transactions, litigation relating to right of resale, the authenticity of art-works, the protection of the author’s moral rights and rights of economic exploitation. The Firm works in close contact with notaries and accountants that specialise in the inheritance and donation of art properties, as well as in tax relating to acquisitions and sales both in Italy and abroad.

Head of department: Avv. Alessandro La Rosa