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Carolina Cordero di Vonzo

Senior Manager


Carolina Cordero di Vonzo is Senior Manager IP Advisory of the Firm's Italy offices.

She has a broad experience on all aspects of intellectual property and unfair competition law with specific focus on trade marks, designs, plant variety rights and copyrights in various industries, particularly in the sectors of fashion and luxury, consumer goods and retail, food and agriculture, industrial design, cosmetics and pharma, art world, hotels and tourism. Carolina assists our clients in shaping, managing and protecting their IP assets and portfolios, designing and implementing off-line and online anti-counterfeiting strategies, drafting and negotiations agreements where IP plays a crucial role.

She has a specific expertise in the agribusiness industry, where she runs the Plant Variety Rights protection unit in our Italian offices and coordinates our EMEA PVR practice. She advises international, European and domestic players in the industry on contracts negotiation and drafting with growers, nurseries, producers' associations and the like, on legal support needed to set up and run licensing schemes and related intellectual property and regulatory aspects, as well as plant variety rights registration, protection, management and strategy.

Prior to joining the Firm, Carolina served as in-house counsel to a large manufacturing group headquartered in Hong Kong, heading the intellectual property team responsible for APAC, EMEA and LATAM.

Practice Focus

Carolina focuses her practice on all aspects of intellectual property, for the following industries: agribusiness, consumer goods, fashion, industrial design, telecom, auctions houses, telecommunications companies, car manufacturers.

Professional Honors

  •  Awarded the APAA Prize in Intellectual Property Law (Best LLM Student of the Year) (2013)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Milan Bar Association

Corporate Responsibility

  • Counselling for Max Neuhaus's estate (2009-2012)


  • Milan~Italy (2011)


  • Universitá degli Studi di Torino (JD)
  • Université Descartes (Paris V, France) (JD) (2005)
  • Universitá degli Studi di Torino (Master in Law) (2008)
  • University of Hong Kong (Master of Laws in IT and IP Law) (2013)


  • Italian
  • English
  • French

Publications and Conferences

  • Speaker, "The Basic Principles of Plant Breeder’s Rights", in Ciopora's First Learners Webinar Series 2023, 1 June 2023
  • Author, "Innovazione varietale, nei tribunali esplodono i casi di contenziosi vegetali", IlSole24Ore, AgriSole, 18 April 2023
  • Interviewed in article by Silvia Marzialetti,"Ortofrutta, varietà speciali contro la crisi climatica", IlSole24Ore, 1 April 2023
  • Speaker, "Business and Licensing Models in the Fruit Space – The Legal and the Business Perspectives", in Ciopora's Academy Workshop, Madrid 2 October 2022
  • Speaker, "Let’s meet in metaverses", Camera di Commercio Italo Cinese, Milan 7 June 2022
  • Author, "Diritti del breeder, associazioni contro la sentenza della Corte UE su varietà vegetali", IlSole24Ore, AgriSole, 14 October 2021