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Gabriel Cuonzo


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Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property
  • Pharma & Life Sciences Litigation & Regulatory
  • Litigation
  • Business & Commerce

Gabriel Cuonzo is a co-founder of Trevisan & Cuonzo and he is considered by his clients as "the go-to lawyer for challenging cases in Italy". He has a superb reputation for cutting edge multi-jurisdictional IP litigation. With over 30 years courtroom experience, Gabriel has represented many multinational companies before the Italian courts in a broad range of high profile cases with an international dimension: over the years these have included big name clients and landmark cases such as Scott Paper Company v. Kaysersberg (1994), Fujitsu v. Samsung (1997), Rambus v. Micron (2000), TRW v. Koyo (2006), Pronova v. Chiesi (2006), Ciba Vision v. Johnson & Johnson (2007), Angiotech v. Conor (2007), Novartis v. Actavis (2008), Unilever v. Nestlè (2008), Novartis v. Teva (2009), Astrazeneca v. Teva (2011), Biotec v. Novamont (2012). Bogner v. Bencom (2012), Harley-Davidson v. Pirelli (2013), Novartis v. Doc Generici (2014), Boehringer Ingelheim v. Actavis (2014), Seattle Genetics – Takeda v. Arizona State University (2015), Beiersdorf v. Neve Cosmetics (2015), Unilever v. Colgate (2015), Briggs v. Honda (2016), Boehringer Ingelheim v. Teva (2018 and 2021), Heraeus v. Zimmer Biomet (2021). With an excellent understanding of international law and as a skilled linguist, Gabriel takes a pragmatic, solution oriented approach to commercial matters and is often involved in complex, mostly IP driven, international transactions. Gabriel is widely regarded as a leading figure in pharmaceutical litigation and regulatory work.

Gabriel is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is the author of many publications in Italian, English and German law journals in the field of intellectual property and international commercial law. He is a member of AIPPI, IBA, GRUR and INTA.


Italy - Supreme Court (2011)
Italy - Avvocato (1984)


Max-Planck Institute, Munich (1987)
University of Bari (J.D. 1982)


Italian, English, French, German

  • "Gabriel Cuonzo is an institution in the IP world and an exceptional lawyer". The Legal 500, 2024
  • "An acclaimed lawyer who has an impressive track record of handling patent litigation.", Chambers Global, 2023
  • Gabriele Cuonzo – leading light in the field with unparalleled experience and expertise. He has very good instincts. He is one step ahead of adversaries and a charming advocate in court.”, The Legal 500, 2022
  • “Top lawyer with a deep understanding of client needs and broad experience in handling litigation matters”, Chambers Global, 2022
  • "Mastermind of strategy.", Chambers Global, 2021
  • "Gabriel Cuonzo is classed as a first-rate IP litigator who stands out for his deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry". Who's Who Legal, 2020
  • "He has a fantastic legal mind. He is hugely experienced and provides sensible commercial advice”, Chambers Global, 2019.
  • "Continues to receive plaudits for his work in the IP field", Chambers Global, 2018
  • Gabriel Cuonzo is "a valuable practitioner in this space" thanks to more than 30 years’ experience litigating in complex multi-jurisdictional IP litigation. Who's Who Legal: Patents 2018
  • "He is very commercially minded, appreciates the difficulties of resolving disputes in Italy and knows how to navigate you through those challenges. His experience and skills are outstanding", The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, World Trademark Review, 2018
  • "Gabriel Cuonzo is a key name for work in copyright and designs", Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2017
  • The "absolutely impressive" Gabriel Cuonzo remains a leading figure in the IP field. He is particularly skilled in handling cross-border IP disputes. Chambers Europe, 2017
  • "Internationally sensitive" Cuonzo is likewise a "tough litigator with a modern approach", IAM 1000, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2017
  • "One of the best that come out of Italy. Gabriel Cuonzo is recognised in the market for his experience in patent litigation", IP Stars Handbook, Patents, 2017
  • "An experienced litigator who provides good strategic advice and is great in court", WTR,1000 The World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2016 (Ranked Gold Band - Individual)
  • "Gabriel leads the work for us and provides good advice himself, while also organising and distributing the work gathered from all the members in the team", Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars Handbook, 2015
  • "Gabriel is in the driver's seat, with a wealth of experience in cross-border disputes and IP rich transactions", WTR 1000, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015
  • "A broad and strategic approach, encompassing litigation, lobbying and strategic thinking", Chambers and Partners Europe 2015
  • "The strength of the firm can be attributed to its team of IP experts, none held in higher esteem throughout the industry than co-founder, Gabriel Cuonzo", Life Sciences, Legal Media Group, 2014
  • "He is accurate and quick; in complex and important cases he is willing to go the extra mile", World Trademark Review 2014
  • Gabriel Cuonzo wins over clients with his "broad and strategic approach, encompassing litigation, lobbying and strategic thinking", Chambers & Partners, Europe: Your Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers, 2014
  • "He is well-known for his ability to give excellent advice to international clients", Client Choice - International 2014
  • "He is highly specialized, has first hand experience of the most relevant Italian cases in patent litigation and is very business-oriented", Client Choice - International 2014
  • "Luca Trevisan and Gabriel Cuonzo, have between them an incredible amount of experience and both are feted as effective and important practitioners", WTR 1000, The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2013
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