Pavia e Ansaldo

Gian Paolo Di Santo

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Head of the IP department at the firm. Has been involved in some of the most important Italian IP cases of recent years and is recognised as one of the country’s most renowned IP experts – both by his peers and by leading Italian and international legal directories. Key clients include leading players in the life sciences (Genentech, Accord-Intas, Ethypharm), fashion (Ralph Lauren), IT (Synchronoss, Micron) and manufacturing (Hormann, IKOI, Trime) sectors. Has an exemplary track record representing art foundations and artists in copyright matters. His broad expertise encompasses all areas of IP including patents, trademarks, copyright and design. He is a leading expert in niche areas such as pharmaceutical market and data exclusivity, trade secrets, unfair competition, licensing, advertising and labelling. Skilled litigator with a strong transaction-related IP expertise, he is a go-to lawyer for assistance in sectors with a high level of technological innovation requiring the management and enforcement of complex IP portfolios both in Italy and abroad.


In-house counsel in Pirelli Group. Joined Pavia e Ansaldo in 1981. Partner since 1991.

Professional Memberships

American Chamber of Commerce; AIPPI; LES; IBA.


Bologna University (Law Degree cum laude), 1978. Admitted before Italian Supreme Court. Languages: Italian, English