Italy Desk

Berggren´s Italy Desk provides the benefits of a one-stop-shop for clients who are active in the Italian market. The Italy Desk includes Berggren’s own Italian expert Mariella Massaro who has 15 years of prior experience as an IP attorney-at-law in Italy. Mariella handled both transactional and litigation matters for a wide variety of businesses, from high-tech to iconic design and fashion companies.

The Italy Desk addresses the needs of our clients in matters related to intellectual property, commercial agreements, company law and data protection by coordinating the work of selected local professionals and attorneys whose expertise best suits the requirements of each project.

In collaboration with Berggren’s International Client Relations team, the Italy Desk also provides assistance to clients located in Italy that are interested in expanding into the Nordic region to take advantage of its dynamic and robust innovation ecosystem.

Our Italy Desk expert Mariella Massaro regularly attends major business and IP conferences in Italy and abroad and she is a frequent public speaker and author of publications on innovation and intellectual property.



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16.11.2021 | Mariella Massaro
License to kill (software) bugs: CJEU issues landmark decision in C‑13/20
12.06.2021 | Mariella Massaro and Robert Alderson
Nordic countries dominate the European Innovation Scoreboard again
9.06.2021 | Mariella Massaro and Robert Alderson
German Constitutional Court Clears Path for Ratification of European Unified Patent Court Agreement


  • Mariella Massaro, License to kill … (software) bugs: Coming soon in CJEU decision C-13/20, March 2021, Lexology

  • Mariella Massaro (co-author), At a glance: registering designs in European Union, May 2021, in Lexology 

  • Mariella Massaro, Focus on AI Inventorship, Berggren Blog, 31 March 2020  

  • Mariella Massaro, Focus on GDPR and Research, Berggren Blog, 21 February 2020 
  • Mariella Massaro (co-author), Tutela repressiva del know-how (Judicial protection of know-how), in La tutela del know-how. Diritto industriale, del lavoro, penale e responsabilità civile (Know-how protection. Industrial property, Labour law, Criminal law and Torts), Milano, 2012.
  • Mariella Massaro (co-author), Contraffazione per equivalenti (Infringement under the doctrine of equivalents), in La riforma del Codice della Proprietà Industriale (The reform of the Industrial Property Code), Milano, 2011.  
  • Mariella Massaro, Falsa rivendicazione di conformità a norme tecniche e concorrenza sleale (False claim of compliance to technical standards: commentary on a decision of the Milan Court of Appeal, 18 March 2006), in Giurisprudenza Italiana, 2006, pag. 1867.  
  • Mariella Massaro, Conversione di brevetto nullo (Conversion of an invalid patent: commentary on a decision of the Italian Supreme Court, Section I, 8 July 2004, n. 12545), in Giurisprudenza Italiana, 2005, pag. 1436.   
  • Mariella Massaro, Contraffazione per equivalenti di brevetto per invenzione: la prima sentenza della Cassazione (Infringement under the doctrine of equivalents: commentary on a decision of the Italian Supreme Court, Section I, 13 January 2004, n. 257), in Giurisprudenza Italiana, 2004, pag. 1681.   
  • Mariella Massaro, Parole straniere descrittive e marchi d’impresa (Foreign descriptive words and trademarks: commentary on a decision of the Turin Court of Appeal, 28 December 2002), in Giurisprudenza Italiana, 2003, pag. 1881. 
  • Robert Alderson, Due Diligence Basics for Pharmaceutical Companies: a U.S. Perspective", presentation at the seminar “Monopolio Brevettuale e Concorrenza  nel settore farmaceutico” (Patent Monopoly and Competition in the pharma sector), Pharma Education Center, Milan, 12 April 2012
  • Robert Alderson, The Continuing Uncertainty of Patent-Eligible Subject Matter in the United States, presentation at the AIPPI seminar “Alcune Eccezioni alla Brevettabilità in Europa e negli U.S.A.” (Some exceptions to patentability in Europe and in the U.S.), Milan, 13 April 2018
  • Mariella Massaro, Recenti sviluppi sulla tutela del software nel sistema brevettuale e nel diritto d’autore (Recent developments in the protection of software: patent and copyright law, presentation at the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Brescia, Italy, May 2017  
  • Robert Alderson, Instructor at the Corso di Perfezionamento in Gestione della Proprietà Industriale (Advanced Course in IP Management), Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche (Pharmaceutical Science Department), University of Milano, Academic Year 2017 – 2018
  • Mariella Massaro, La tutela del software come opera dell'ingegno e segreto industriale. Le licenze free e open source (Software protection as a copyright and a trade secret. Free and open source licenses), presentation at the seminar “I prodotti della ricerca in computer science” (Research results in computer science), National Research Council (CNR), Genoa (Italy), May 2016
  • Mariella Massaro, Copyright protection of software. Free and open source licenses, presentation at the Technology Transfer Days, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genoa, Italy, March 2014
  • Mariella Massaro, Free and Open Source Software, presentation at the University of Brescia, Italy, May 2013