The Firm offers assistance, in and out of court, in the field of intellectual and industrial property rights.
In particular, the Firm’s IP practice provides assistance to businesses and professionals in protecting and exploiting their intellectual and industrial property rights, from copyright to trademarks and patents, at national, EU and international level. The Firm’s dedicated team has developed a strong litigation expertise while dealing with IP disputes defending trade secrets, patents, designs, know-how, domain names and all related issues. The Firm assist on a regular basis its clients in the analysis and drafting of contracts for the transfer or license of IP rights and technologies.
The Firm is also particularly active in the field of new technologies and law: Artificial Intelligence, robotics, blockchain e smart contracts. Professor Ruffolo, together with some of the lawyers of the Firm, has been one of the first Italian scholars studying, with a constant and ongoing research activity, the topics of liability derived from the employment of Artificial Intelligence in a wide range of sectors (industrial automation, healthcare, self-driving cars, medical devices), as well as protection of algorithms and related liability for its creator and owner. Therefore, the Firm has the knowledge and expertise to offer qualified and specialized assistance in the field of new technologies in all major sectors.
News and Insights
On September 21, 2020 Prof. Ruffolo will take part as a speaker at the webinar organized by UPA - Utenti Pubblicità Associati, titled “Per niente artificiale. A.I. e nuove frontiere per il business e la comunicazione”.
The book “Intelligenza Artificiale – Il diritto, i diritti, l’etica”, edited by Prof. Ruffolo and published by Giuffrè Francis-Lefebvre, is now available.
As in China, Singapore and South Korea, a contact tracing app is also being developed in Italy. The app will be able, during the so-called "Phase 2" of the health emergency, to monitor the individual's contacts with infected subjects, based on the recording of the position of the individual’s smartphone with respect to other devices.
The European Patent Office (EPO) has recently refused two patent applications in which an Artificial Intelligence system was designated as the -inventor-.
The implementation of various forms of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare is constantly growing, expanding from automated diagnostics, especially as far as radiology is concerned, to the “robo-surgeon” and “smart” prostheses.
The latest issue of the Italian law review “Giurisprudenza Italiana” (issue no. 7/2019) features a vast monographic section on the topic of “Artificial Intelligence and law”, edited by Prof. Ruffolo and Prof. Enrico Gabrielli (University of Rome - Tor Vergata).