The group’s lawyers advise and assist technology and industrial companies in evaluating, securing and exploiting intellectual property assets, with a particular emphasis on patents. Over the years Carnelutti’s IP department has gone from strength to strength to become the extensive practice area which is today both in consultancy and litigation for clients wishing to protect their patents from infringement, as well as in connection with the development of an international patent portfolio.
Group lawyers also provide legal assistance to companies needing to develop internal policies and procedures aimed at safeguarding the acquisition of "know-how" or other secret intangible assets and helping to protect such rights.
Carnelutti’s intellectual property group assists clients in developing and deploying a portfolio of strategic intellectual property assets, exploiting those assets by negotiating, drafting and implementing technology licenses and consultancy and development agreements. In addition, the group offers legal advice on the various options for protection of design rights and "made in Italy" products available under both European (EU) and Italian law.
Trademarks and Domain Names
Carnelutti's IP lawyers handle a wide variety of matters that relate to trademark infringement and to domain name disputes, especially when unfair competition behaviours are involved. With specific regard to trademarks, the IP department has acknowledged expertise on filing procedures for trademark recognition, auditing and the development of international portfolios. The firm's professionals are also skilled in handling all types of litigation before the special courts and tribunals with reference to national, community and international trademarks.
Carnelutti’s intellectual property group provides copyright advice to a wide range of clients in the online, entertainment and communications industries, including e-commerce companies, Internet technology companies, website operators, broadcast and satellite television networks and television producers.
The firm's IP lawyers review and pre-clear advertising copy and represent parties in advertising disputes before the Authority supervising on the fairness of advertising messages in the Italian market. Additionally, Carnelutti represents its clients on issues arising from the unfair use of advertising by their trade competitors.
The firm's intellectual property lawyers work proactively on behalf of clients to monitor and maintain a watching brief on the Italian market, preventing counterfeiters from damaging the legitimate interests of Carnelutti's clients by coordinated action across the whole internal European market.
The firm's specialists have focused on judicial processes for the protection of IP rights before the Italian courts, with special regard to using the framework of criminal jurisdiction and administrative regulations on the subject.
IP Auditing and Transactions
The analysis of IP assets, conducting negotiation rounds regarding IP rights, and assisting clients to find better business solutions has become a major practice areas for the firm's IP lawyers.
The firm's clients are also able to call upon Carnelutti's lawyers for advice on key aspects of data protection with regard to their business operations and compliance with data protection laws.