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 18+ 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 2018, the IP practice has been ranked by WTR1000 and by Legal500 EMEA 2018 – Intellectual Property (Italy – Tier 4) and Lydia has been defined by clients as “very precise, technical, responsive, smart and proactive”.

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.

Traditionally strong in the TMT sector, Portolano Cavallo is increasingly adept at assisting clients from the digital, life sciences and fashion sectors with IP transfer, licensing, protection and enforcement. Lydia Mendola, who was made partner in April 2018, leads the team.
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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