Lydia Mendola

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Lydia Mendola is experienced at handling an array of copyright, trade mark and advertising matters. She often assists clients in the fashion, technology and media sectors.”
Lydia is a partner of Portolano Cavallo since 2018. She joined the firm in 2016 as counsel, with responsibility for the Intellectual Property practice.

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), of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and of the Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs) network, where she is in the organizing committee of the Italy Chapter.

Lydia is ranked by Chambers Global 2024 and by Chambers Europe 2024 for Intellectual Property (Band 5), by The Legal 500 EMEA 2024 as a “Leading Individual” for Intellectual Property, by IAM Patent 1000 2024 in the “Individuals: Litigation” category (Bronze), and by WTR 1000 2023 (World Trademark Review – The world’s leading trademark professionals) in the “Individuals: enforcement and litigation” category (Band 3).

She is also ranked as a “Patent star” and “Trade mark Star” 2023 (for the eigth year in a row) and among the “Top 250 Women in IP 2022” by IP Stars – Managing IP.

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

After earning her Law Degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Lydia was awarded a Ph.D in “International Economic Law” by the Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi of Milan, 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

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

Leading the department, Lydia Mendola draws upon her time at top law firms to protect and monetise her patrons' portfolios. With a formidable presence both in and outside the courtroom, she crafts protective strategies, establishing herself as a key resource for stakeholders in media, technology, fashion and the life sciences.”
IAM PATENT 1000 2024
In patent litigation and enforcement, practice head Lydia Mendola is the key contact; she routinely handles complex disputes for violations of trademarks and patents, design and copyrights."
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