Lydia Mendola
Lydia Mendola enters the rankings on the back of positive feedback from her clients, who describe her as a 'problem solver, smart and with a positive attitude.' She is experienced handling an array of copyright, trade mark and design proceedings."

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), 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 and Europe 2021 for Intellectual Property (Band 5), by The Legal500 EMEA 2021 as a “Next Generation Partner” for Intellectual Property, and by WTR1000 2021 (World Trademark Review – The world’s leading trademark professionals) in the “Individuals: enforcement and litigation” category (Band 3).

For the sixth year in a row, she is ranked among the “IP Stars” 2020/21 (“Patent star” and “Trade mark star”) in the “Managing Intellectual Property Survey” by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

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

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.

Lydia Mendola heads up the intellectual property practice at Portolano Cavallo. She represents clients in court proceedings, with a particular focus on infringements of trade marks, patents, designs and copyrights. In addition, Mendola is experienced in handling corporate transactions and commercial agreements. Her team is particularly recognised for its knowledge of the digital, technology, life sciences and fashion industries.”
Lydia Mendola quickly grasps business realities and always comes prepared. She is super-bright, intuitive and fully considers a brand’s commercial interests when providing guidance.”
WTR1000 2021
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