Maria Balestriero

Of Counsel
Maria distils intricate details of the matter, making it accessible for non-technical parties, to ensure a shared understanding among all involved."
IAM PATENT 1000 2024
Maria joined Portolano Cavallo in 2022 as of counsel.

She focuses on patents, in particular in the Life Sciences sector, where she assists pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution both in Italy and in complex transnational cases in various sectors, including the chemical-pharmaceutical and biotechnology fields, as well as telecommunications, design, fashion, and luxury goods.

She has successfully worked on numerous cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union, as well as administrative procedures before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO), and the Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM).

Maria also assists clients with licensing, technology and knowhow transfers, privative transfers, distribution, coexistence, confidentiality, and protection of trade secrets.

Maria’s experience also includes trademarks, design, industrial secrets, unfair competition, and copyright.

Maria graduated from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan in 2000. At the same time, she also earned a master’s degree in intellectual property from the Intellectual Property Center – IPC, Verona (currently offered by PoliMi Politecnico di Milano as the trademarks and patents course).

She earned an advanced university degree in patent litigation in Europe at the CEIPI (Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle), University of Strasbourg, France, with a focus on litigation before the Unified Patent Court.

She currently serves as secretary of the IP and Antitrust Commission of the Milan Bar Association and is a member of the Unified Patent Court group. She is also a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Italy, the European Patent Litigation Association (EPLIT), and the Chiefs in Intellectual Property (ChIPs) network.

She has been ranked in the IAM Patent 1000 2024 in the “Individuals: Litigation” category (Bronze).

She has co-authored numerous publications, including most recently the chapter on Italy for the second edition of the Global Competition Review, The Guide to Life Sciences. She has written widely and incisively on the Unified Patent Court.

Before joining Portolano Cavallo, Maria worked for a leading industrial property consulting firm.

Languages: English, French

Maria is a member of the Milan Bar Association (18729) and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Cassation. She is also registered and admitted to practice before the Unified Patent Court.

Also a go-to for the life sciences, Maria Balestriero has always been interested in deeply understanding technical issues and explains them in the simplest and clearest way in her briefs and before the judge, with the support of pertinent case-law citations and convincing arguments."
IAM PATENT 1000 2024
Driven, hardworking and time-effective life sciences expert. She demonstrates in-depth-know-how of IP law, particularly relating to spin-off companies and public institutions.”
IAM PATENT 1000 2023
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