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Pier Luigi Roncaglia

Partner

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pierluigi.roncaglia@spheriens.com

Education

Università degli Studi di Bologna, Juris Doctor

Qualifications

Member of the Italian Bar, admitted to practice before the Italian Supreme Court and the other Superior Courts

Languages

English
French

Pier Luigi Roncaglia

Partner

Pier Luigi is a founder and the managing partner of the firm. He has extensive experience in litigation and extrajudicial matters, as well as in strategic advice in all areas of intellectual property. Pier Luigi regularly assists clients in complex negotiations and disputes both domestically and internationally, as well as in the planning of comprehensive anticounterfeiting programs. He represents clients in civil, criminal and administrative proceedings before all of the Italian courts as well as the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Italian PTO (Patent and Trademark Office) and the EUIPO (European Intellectual Property Office).

In 2009, Pier Luigi and a group of close associates founded the law firm Siblegal, which later changed its name to Spheriens. Previously, Pier Luigi was of counsel for many years with the consulting firm SIB (Società Italiana Brevetti), and from 1996 to 2008 headed its Florence office, where he established and grew its legal department.

Pier Luigi routinely holds lessons at Harvard Law School’s Fashion Law Lab and at the Master course in Luxury Goods Management – EMLUX organized by the Università Cattolica of Milan, as well as at the LL.M in Intellectual Property Law organized by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and the Università degli Studi of Turin. From 2002 to 2013 he was adjunct professor of IP law in the department of economics of the Università degli Studi of Florence.

Pier Luigi handles the legal aspects of intellectual property protection for Altagamma Foundation and since 2000 has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Italian IP law review Giurisprudenza annotata di diritto industriale, for which he contributes notes and comments. Pier Luigi is also a member of the Advisory Board of The Trademark Reporter® and of the EU Subcommittee on Non-Traditional Marks of INTA (International Trademark Association), as well as of other important national and international IP organizations such as ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association), FICPI (Fédération International des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle), SISPI (Società Italiana per lo Studio della Proprietà Intellettuale), MARQUES (Association of European Trade Mark Owners), AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) and AIPLA (American Intellectual Property Law Association). Pier Luigi was, furthermore, a member of the Board of Directors of INTA from 2009 to 2011, Editor in Chief of The Trademark Reporter® from 2012 to 2013 and a member of the Advisory Board of Harper’s Bazaar Anticounterfeiting Alliance.

Publications

“La Confondibilità tra marchi tra realtà e finzione”, Le Corti Fiorentine, 1/2017;

“La Confondibilità tra marchi: una panoramica”, Le Corti Fiorentine, 3/2015;

“Getting the Deal Through – Trademarks 2015 Questionnaire”, 2014;

“Getting the Deal Through – Trademarks 2014 Questionnaire”, 2013;

“Getting the Deal Through – Trademarks 2013 Questionnaire”, 2012;

“Getting the Deal Through – Trademarks 2012 Questionnaire”, 2011;

“Trademark Functions and Protected Interests in the decisions of the European Court of Justice”, The Trademark Reporter®, 101/2011;

“La nuova tutela penale dei titoli di proprietà industriale”, Rivista di Diritto Industriale, 2010;

“Getting the Deal Through – Trademarks 2010 Questionnaire”, 2009;

“Getting the Deal Through – Trademarks 2009 Questionnaire”, 5th Edition, “Law Business Research Ltd”, 2008;

“Trademark Litigation Strategy Roundtable. Best practice in devising a litigation strategy”, World Trademark Review, 13/2008;

“Recent Developments in IP litigation in Italy”, “The Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Practitioners”, Managing Intellectual Property, 2008;

“Landlord Liability in Italy”, “Open a new front in the war on fakes”, Managing Intellectual Property, 2008;

“Enforcement: Perfecting the System”, “Italy 3rd edition: IP Focus 2008”, Managing Intellectual Property, 2008;

“Capacità distintiva e confondibilità ai fini della tutela penale”, VV. AA., Il Diritto Industriale, 1/2007;

“Marchi: capacità distintiva e confondibilità”, Minutes of the Meeting held in Milan, 15-16 September 2006;

“A European success story – Roundtable: Community Trademark”, World Trademark Review, July/August 2006;

“Le sanzioni penali e amministrative nel Codice della Proprietà Industriale”, VV. AA., “Il Codice della Proprietà Industriale”, Quaderni di AIDA, 11/2004;

“Famous and well-known marks”, Frederick Mostert and VV.AA., INTA, New York, 2004 (and subsequent updates);

“La tutela penale del marchio: nuovi sviluppi alla luce delle più recenti pronunce di legittimità e di merito”, VV. AA., “Studi di Diritto Industriale in onore di Adriano Vanzetti”, 2004;

“Handling of counterfeit goods: a hands-on problem for the Italian criminal system”, The Trademark Reporter®, 92/2002;

“Recent developments in Italian case-law concerning counterfeiting”, ECTA Newsletter, 45/2002;

“La tutela penale del marchio”, VV.AA., “Il Futuro dei marchi e le sfide della globalizzazione”, 2002;

“Le nuove leggi civili commentate”, Commento al decreto legislativo 8 ottobre 1999, n. 447 “Disposizioni in materia di marchi d’impresa per l’applicazione del protocollo relativo all’intesa di Madrid sulla registrazione internazionale dei marchi”, 2001;

“Nozione di confondibilità e tutela della funzione suggestiva del marchio”, VV. AA., “Segni e forme distintive, La nuova Disciplina”, 2001;

“Should we use guns and missiles to protect famous trademarks in Europe?”, The Trademark Reporter®, 88/1998.

Speeches

“The European Perspective”, McCarthy Institute Symposium 2019, NYU School of Law, February 1, 2019;

“Trademark enforcement in the EU and main differences with the U.S.”, NYC Bar Association – TM Committee, New York, 13 November 2017;

“La Confondibilità tra marchi: una panoramica”, Le Corti Fiorentine, Florence, 4 November 2016;

“European Trademark Reform: What’s Different and Why Does It Matter?”, AIPLA 2016 Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 28 October 2016;

“Fashion & Intellectual Property”, lecture at Polimoda, Florence, 7 April 2016;

“3D Marks in the EU – Age of Extinction”, “Trademark Law and its Challenges 2015”, The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology – University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, 26 September 2015;

“The presumption of validity of Community Trademarks and the burden of proof in invalidity proceedings’ and the issue of acquired distinctiveness through use for 3D marks”, ECTA Annual Conference, Hamburg, 12 June 2015;

“Speak Your Mind: Public Speaking Gets Personal”, INTA Annual Meeting, San Diego, 4 May 2015;

“Counterfeiting”, Trademark Administrators Conference, Charlotte, 14-16 October 2012;

“La tutela dei marchi celebri”, Fondazione Forense Bolognese, Bologna, 21 June 2012;

“La tutela penale della proprietà industriale”, Modena, 21 April 2011;

“La nuova tutela penale dei titoli di proprietà industriale”, Lucca, 9 June 2010;

“Fragrance and Fashion Industry Breakout Session”, INTA Annual Meeting, Boston, 24 May 2010;

“Proprietà intellettuale e tutela della forma”, seminar “Tutela dell’azienda – diritto d’autore, marchi e modelli”, Florence, 10 May 2010;

“La nuova tutela penale dei titoli di proprietà industriale”, Sanremo, 30 April 2010;

“Il processo penale. Poteri della persona offesa/parte civile nei procedimenti aventi ad oggetto la contraffazione dei segni distintivi”, AIPPI, “Proprietà intellettuale e strumenti di tutela processuale”, Florence, 23 November 2009;

“Industry Breakout-Luxury Goods and Their Problems” (moderator), INTA Annual Meeting, Seattle, 20 May 2009;

“Il made in Italy nel diritto penale”, SISPI “Informazione sull’origine dei prodotti e disciplina dei mercati”, Rome, 6-7 June 2008;

“Forum Shopping in the EU: Where to Enforce My Trademark Rights?”, INTA Annual Meeting, Berlin, 21 May 2008;

Tavola Rotonda “La Difesa del marchio nella realtà quotidiana. Gli esperti a confronto. … Strumenti, normative e azioni efficaci per contrastare il fenomeno della contraffazione”, Global Refund, Milan, 11 December 2007;

“Best Practices for Enforcing your Registered and Unregistered IP Rights”, Conferenza INTA “IP Rights Enforcement: Protecting Product Configuration in Europe and Beyond”, Rome, 4-5 December 2006;

“Infringements in Cyberspace” e “Developing a Global Strategy” (moderatore), INTA, “IP Rights Enforcement: Protecting Product Configuration in Europe and Beyond”, Rome, 4-5 December 2006;

“Capacità distintiva e confondibilità ai fini della tutela penale”, SISPI, “Marchi: capacità distintiva e confondibilità”, Milan, 15-16 September 2006;

“Case Law Harmonization in Europe”, ECTA Annual Conference, Warsaw, 9 June 2006;

“The Risky Business of Tying your Brand to an Individual”, INTA Annual Meeting, Toronto, 8 May 2006;

“Le sanzioni penali e amministrative contro la pirateria”, AIPPI, “Il progetto di novella del CPI”, Milan, 17 February 2006;

“Contraffazione e Strumenti di tutela: lo stato dell’arte”, Seminario sulla contraffazione organizzato dal Dipartimento per gli Affari di Giustizia (Ministero della Giustizia) “Vero o falso? La lotta alla contraffazione”, Ischia, 29 September 2005;

“European Union Case Law Review”, INTA Annual Meeting, San Diego, 18 May 2005;

“Tavola Rotonda sul Codice dei Diritti di Proprietà Industriale”, Indicam, Milan, 7 March 2005;

“Il ‘dopo Diaw Papa’: ombre, luci e prospettive della tutela penale del marchio”, Indicam, “Le leggi son, ma chi pon man ad esse?”, Milan, 28 February 2005;

“International Review of Case Law” (), INTA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 5 May 2004;

“Le sanzioni penali e amministrative nel Codice della Proprietà Industriale”, AIPPI, “Il Progetto di Codice della Proprietà Industriale”, Milan, 5 February 2004;

“Gestione della proprietà intellettuale come asset aziendale e il problema della contraffazione”, “Proprietà Intellettuale e Competitività delle PMI nel comparto tessile abbigliamento nei paesi del bacino del mediterraneo”, Prato, 11 December 2003;

“Protection of shapes and colors under E.U. trademark law”, FICPI Open Forum, Prague, 10 October 2002;

“La tutela penale del marchio”, SISPI, “Il Futuro dei marchi e le sfide della globalizzazione”, Parma, 12 October 2001;

“Limitazioni al diritto all’uso esclusivo del marchio”, Seminario sulla lotta alla contraffazione e la tutela dei diritti di proprietà intellettuale, Rome, 22 June 2000;

“Nozione di confondibilità e tutela della funzione suggestiva del marchio”, SISPI, “Segni e forme distintive, La nuova Disciplina”, Milan, 17 June 2000;

“La tutela del marchio di rinomanza”, Forum Institut für Management “Problemi attuali in tema di marchi”, Milan, 18 February 2000;

“Le modifiche al Regolamento sul divieto di immissione sul mercato europeo di merci contraffatte”, Forum Institut für Management “Il marchio comunitario”, “Il nuovo sistema dei marchi in Italia”, Milan, 7-8 October 1999;

“Should we use guns and missiles to protect famous trademarks in Europe?”, FICPI Open Forum, Florence, 21-24 October 1998;

“Controlling global counterfeiting and gray market goods”, “International Trademark Protection and Enforcement Conference”, CLE International, Palm Beach, 23 June 1998;

“Legislative and Case-law developments in Italy”, ITMA (Institute of Trade Mark Agents), London, 19 March 1998;

“Likelihood of confusion and likelihood of association: are we truly no longer confused?”, “International Trademark Protection and Enforcement Conference”, CLE International, Santa Monica, 5 December 1997.