The special issue dedicated by Il Sole24ore to the best law firms operating in Italy, sees our firm present again in this edition in the Intellectual Property and TMT category.

A heartfelt thank you to the clients and professional colleagues who sent in recommendations in our favour.

In Dario Aquaro’s article, published in the Privacy and Technology section of the special, Francesca La Rocca expresses her view on the issues surrounding intellectual property and metaverse. The rules on the subject are there and must be interpreted, studying and getting to know the new forms of virtual reality. Similarly to what happened in the past with the internet and social networks.

The e-commerce directive on the liability of service providers, for instance, has been applied extensively by case law to social networks and can also apply to the metaverse.

With regard to counterfeiting, it is also necessary to remember the importance of the principle of territoriality of IP law, which only applies in countries where a trade mark is registered. To combat counterfeits, even in the virtual worlds, it is therefore decisive to understand where the offence was committed and which defences can be used.