Lydia Mendola
At Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale, Lydia Mendola is a staunch defender of rights in the media and technology industries. She also has asset commercialisation down to a T.”
WTR1000 2020

Lydia joined Portolano Cavallo in April 2016, serving in the capacity of Intellectual Property counsel. She became partner in 2018.

Relying upon her 21+ year professional experience, Lydia assists Italian and foreign clients in matters of Intellectual and Industrial Property, in court proceedings, with particular focus upon disputes for violations of trademarks and patents, design and copyrights, as well as in the extrajudicial context of corporate transactions and commercial agreements.

Furthermore, Lydia counsels businesses on consumer protection and advertising, and has honed deep knowledge of the digital/media & technologylife sciencesfashionand food & beverage sectors.

Lydia is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and of the Licensing Executives Society (LES).

In 2020, Lydia is ranked by The Legal500 EMEA as a “Next Generation Partner” for Intellectual Property and by WTR1000 (World Trademark Review – The world’s leading trademark professionals), who defines her as a “staunch defender of rights in the media and technology industries”.

Lydia has also received an individual recognition as “Best in Copyright” at the Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2020.

For the fifth year in a row, she was recognized in the “IP Stars (“Patent star” and “Trade mark star”) Category in the “Managing Intellectual Property Survey” publication by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

After earning her Law Degree from the State University of Milan, Lydia was awarded a Ph.D in “International Economic Law” by the Bocconi University, defending a dissertation on “Exhaustion of intellectual property rights in the framework of the TRIPs Agreement. Interests of intellectual property rights owners and the principle of free circulation of goods”.

Prior to joining Portolano Cavallo, Lydia worked at top Italian and international law offices, leading for 8 years the Intellectual Property Team at Allen & Overy.

Foreign languages: English (speaking proficiency).

Lydia is a member of the Milan Bar Association (2008003647) and is admitted to represent clients before the Supreme Court of Cassation.

“Portolano Cavallo offers a wide range of IP services, with the main areas of focus for the practice including trademarks, patents, design and copyright. The team takes up intellectual and industrial property cases too, both from an IP and IT perspective. The practice is led by Lydia Mendola.
Captain of the side Lydia Mendola dominates in dispute proceedings and can whip up a licence agreement in no time at all; with over 18 years of experience, she knows how to extract commercial value from intangible asset portfolios.”
WTR1000 2019
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