Monica Riva is Co-Head of the Intellectual Property department and is based in Milan. Over a period of 20 years, Monica has garnered experience in all areas of intellectual property, including Patents, Trademarks and other distinctive marks, Supplementary Protection Certificates, Copyright and related rights, Design, Software, Geographical Indications, Know-How and Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition, Defamation in the press, image rights, name rights, and portrait rights, misleading advertising and improper commercial practices, Information Technology, e-commerce and selective distribution, and franchise and licensing agreements. She has advised clients in a wide range of sectors, including fashion and luxury goods, finance and insurance, industry, food and beverages, software, publishing, life science and pharmaceuticals. Among her particular specialisms is advice to clients on the full range of litigation matters (at interim and substantive hearings, and in arbitrations), including matters with international and cross-border implications and where the issues impinge upon multiple practice areas. In addition to her litigation work, Monica also advises on transactional matters, in connection with joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, the drafting and negotiation of licensing agreements, technology transfers, distribution and franchising, the development of new IT platforms, and software development and maintenance. Monica graduated cum laude in industrial law at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, and subsequently gained a research doctorate at the Università degli Studi di Parma, her thesis receiving first prize from the Lewis Gaze Memorial Scholarship established by MARQUES, the European brand-owners' association. She is a member of AIPPI, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, and she has since 2004 been a member of the editorial team for Giurisprudenza Annotata di Diritto Industriale, leading IP-law review.
She is the author of a large number of publications and commentaries in the field, and regularly appears at seminars, conferences and conventions. Monica is cited in the major law directories, including Chambers and Partners, Patent 1000 and WTR 1000, the latter describing her as "focused, well-prepared, and a tough litigator" (WTR 1000, 2019). Chambers and Partners mentions interviewees describing her as "very intelligent and pragmatic" (2020) and praises Monica for her "focus on clients' needs and strong commercial approach”, offering “particular ability in IP-related litigation, including unfair competition” (2019). Other quotes say that "Monica has a strong ability to consider all the different parameters, and to expose facts and considerations in a clear and simple manner." (Chambers Global e Europe 2018) and that she has an “extremely analytical mind and impressive drafting skills. She puts in the time to understand the way her clients think – and shapes her strategies accordingly”. (IAM Patent 1000, 2018).
Inter alia, in 2018, she has been awarded as “Best Litigator IP Lawyer of the Year” by Legalcommunity and as “Best Practice Digital-IP Lawyer” in 2019. Monica Riva has been awarded as “Fashion Lawyer of the Year” by Legalcommunity IP & TMT Awards 2020 for the following reason “In addition to the many activities in the area, she has been appointed mentor in the start-up program of an important Italian Bank. In this area she follows start-up and innovative SMEs that focus mainly on fashion and fashion-IT”.