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Our Italian practice focuses on high-value and high stakes technology and intellectual property advice in both contentious and non-contentious situations.

It is truly international with UK, India, Ireland and Italy qualified solicitors based in our Milan office integrating with our wider global network. Many of our lawyers have obtained second qualifications abroad or have degrees in scientific disciplines.

We have a proven track record of dealing with complex issues for listed companies and household names in consumer products, hi-tech, media, telecoms, manufacturing and industrials, energy, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and retail and fashion. Our aim is to minimise our clients’ exposure to risk and offer solutions to clients involved in disputes that are practical, competitive and commercially focused.  

360° IP assistance

Our award-winning team assists clients in relation to the exploitation and protection of valuable IP assets patents including patent enforcement and protection, trademarks, passing off and brand protection, design, copyright, trade secrets, data protection and cybersecurity, unfair competition, misleading advertising, comparative advertising and product liability.  The team's expertise spans a range of industries, working with household names in the life sciences, TMT, food, luxury fashion, energy and food sectors. 

Life Sciences and healthcare

We are universally recognised market leaders in guiding clients through this highly regulated sector. With a track record of the highest profile patent litigation cases in the country, we also advise on regulatory matters, including in relation to clinical trials, pricing and reimbursement, product life cycle management, routes for obtaining marketing authorisations, data exclusivity provisions, supplementary protection certificates, orphan designations, advertising and licensing, good manufacturing practice and compliance certificates. We also have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating international contracts for use in the industry, including technology transfer, licence and clinical trial agreements.

Dispute resolution

As accomplished litigators, we are experts in in representing and defending clients in contentious IP-led cases or matters involving IP assets, often acting as coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdictional cases. We have specialist arbitration practitioners who can deal with other types of disputes.

We draw on this experience to advise on the IP aspects of corporate transactions as well as the commercial arrangements for IP assets, such as licensing and distribution contracts, technology transfer agreements, IP asset assignment agreements and co-existence agreements.  


"Global giant Herbert Smith Freehills operates in virtually all technical areas and jurisdictions; no matter is too complex, far reaching or niche for the firm’s combined might."

"Laura [Orlando] has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the healthcare sector in Italy from a regulatory, as well as a pure IP, angle. Immensely responsive, she is always on hand to explain the Byzantine complexity of Italian law to outsiders. She is also great with clients and excels in cross-border instructions"

"Of counsel Pietro Pouché has a taste for international arbitration, having honed his skills in China and the United States. His expertise crosses multiple sectors, making him a man for all seasons."

IAM Patent 1000 2019

"Herbert Smith Freehills is valued for its  ability to address commercial issues in an entrepreneurial manner"

LEGAL 500 - EMEA 2018

"Shining bright in cross-border litigation, the team also has a knack for getting signatures on the bottom line of IP deals and monetising assets to the max. 'Among the best IP lawyers in Italy, they have a keen grasp of the commercial issues and tailor optimum strategies around them.'”

WTR 100


Market recognition for our services

  • Best IP Lawyer of the Year 2019 at the Legal Community IP & TMT Awards in Italy – Laura Orlando
  • Food Lawyer of the Year 2019, Top Legal Industry Awards– Laura Orlando
  • Italy's 50 most influential lawyers of 2018, Legal Community MAG – Laura Orlando
  • International Client Choice Awards, Intellectual Property (Patents), Italy – Laura Orlando (2018) and Sebastian Moore (2019)
  • Biomedical Lawyer of the Year 2018, Italian Top Legal Awards – Laura Orlando
  • Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year 2018, Legal Community IP&TMT Awards – Laura Orlando
  • Upcoming IP Lawyer of the Year 2017, Legal Community – Pietro Pouche.
  • Upcoming IP Lawyer of the Year 2018, Legal Community – Sara Balice
  • International Client Choice Awards, Healthcare & Life Sciences for Italy, 2015 – Laura Orlando
  • IP Stars, Managing Intellectual Property – Laura Orlando and Sebastian Moore
  • Recommended Individual, 2019, IAM Strategy 300 – Laura Orlando


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31 January 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills Energy Partner Lorenzo Parola recognised as “Energy Lawyer Of The Year”

09 December 2019


12 November 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills' Laura Orlando Named In Top 50 Business Lawyer's Ranking By Italy's Legal Community

13 August 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills named to Law360's Global 20 list for 6th consecutive year