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Intellectual Property

CBA provides assistance in relation to patents for inventions, utility models, know-how, trademarks, design and intellectual property.

A large number of entrepreneurial activities ranging from industry, to fashion and luxury, to sportswear, to banking and publishing businesses have recourse to our advisory services.

CBA is engaged in the action against Italian-sounding brand names and is the legal service provider of the sole Italian and German institution (Italian Sounding e.V.) for the opposition to counterfeited Italian products, especially in the food and beverage industry.

The strength of CBA’s IP Department lies in the planning and management of domestic and international IP disputes, both in a legal setting – before all levels of Italian and international administrative and judicial authorities (including private authorities, such as the Jury of Design) – and in out-of-court proceedings.

Our professionals boast well-rooted experience in contractual assistance concerning intellectual property products and works. Besides traditional paper publishing, entertainment industry, and architecture, they also advise on complex outsourcing projects for the development of proprietary or licensed software, combined with databanks and the subsequent maintenance and assistance services in connection therewith, such as software deployment contracts, service level agreements, in both the manufacturing and banking sectors, as well as the military or civil defence.

In particular, CBA’s IP practice specializes in transfer of technology, R&D agreements and joint development agreements on specific projects, or in cooperation with universities, engineering schools, or research institutes, in addition to the drafting and negotiation of sale agreements or license, distribution, franchising, merchandising, sponsorship and advertising agreements, in the light of the specific sector regulations.

The Firm has also outstanding expertise in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, in the area of parallel import as well as in the procedures related to custom seizures under EU regulations no. 1383/2003 and 608/2013, and interim measures during trade fairs.

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