About Me

I am a partner here at Bird & Bird, where my work is centred on intellectual property. My main focus is on non-contentious activity and on negotiation, draft and review of IP-related contracts in the life sciences and retail & consumer sectors.

In the life sciences & healthcare sector, I assist Italian and international companies and research institutes on the drafting and negotiation of patent/know how licence agreements and patent/know how assignment agreements, collaborative research agreements, sponsored research agreements and regulations of co-ownership of IP rights, as well as material transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements. I also advise clients with reference to the management of the relationship with employees who are authors of certain inventions. In the last year I have developed a considerable synergy with the corporate department of the firm, offering to clients (both VCs and start-ups) multi-disciplinary support and assistance to meet clients' needs.

On the retail & consumer side, I have a considerable expertise in franchising agreements and management of the relationships of the clients with their franchisees. I also deal with the draft and negotiation of trade mark licence, trade mark assignment and co-existence agreements, as well as of sponsorship agreements. Additionally, I assist clients dealing with issues involving compliance with Consumer Protection Law.

I am a native Italian speaker and am fluent in English. I contributed to the opening of the Italian office in 2003.
  • Establishment of a joint venture between a major Italian pharma company and a small Italian biotech company focused on the discovery of novel molecules for application as human vaccines.
  • Assisting a major French VC focused on life sciences in the establishment of an accelerator in Italy; the assistance included the design of the business model.
  • Drafting the franchising agreements for a leading company in the tyre market.
  • Establishment of a contractual joint venture between a major Italian hospital and a well known charity for the collaboration of research related to rare diseases.
  • Assisting primary research institutes in the negotiation and execution of collaborative research agreements with foreign pharmaceutical companies.
  • Drafting the IP and spin-off internal regulation for a primary Italian hospital.


  • Università degli Studi di Milano, Law


  • Ordine Degli Avvocati di Milano (Milan Bar Association) in 2001
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Transactions specialist Claudia Ricciardi: "She understands both the client and the counterparty's viewpoints, and envisages practical solutions that drive negotiations. Her expertise, skill and profound legal knowledge also bring about new research agreements and licensing opportunities."

IAM Patent 1000 2021

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