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Paolo Gerli

European Patent Attorney

Paolo Gerli

He deals mainly with the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and has experience of opposition and appeal procedures, including hearings in a foreign language. He writes patentability and freedom to operate opinions and throughout the years has gained extensive expertise in patent litigation. He collaborates in various IP training courses and/or seminars, both as a lecturer and as the promoter and creator of new courses with practical-managing format.

Education

He graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies in 1985 at the University of Turin (Italy). In 1998 he qualified as a European Patent Attorney and as an Italian patent agent. In 2005, he was admitted to practise before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). In 2006 he was entered in the register of technical experts of the Court of Milan. In 2009 he acceded to the list of WIPO experts active in IP Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration, etc). He is also a member of the International associations AIPPI and FICPI.

Professional experience

In the past twenty years he has dealt with the patent granting procedure mainly in the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic fields. He has been, first, Examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO), and then patent attorney at Notarbartolo & Gervasi in Milan, holding each position for about ten years. As a consequence, he has a deep knowledge of the internal practices and procedures of the EPO; at the same time, the experience gained as a patent attorney has afforded him good connections with Italian and foreign companies that invest in R&D and file patents. He has experience in the management of the patent portfolios of large pharmaceutical and chemical companies. Also, he has experience in following through enforcement procedures in patent litigation, in the role of technical expert. As of 2008, he works at M.Zardi & Co.

Languages: Italian, English, French, Dutch, German.

Email: pgerli@zardi.ch