Michele Ferrante

Managing Partner at Ferrante Intellectual Property

Michele Ferrante is an entrepreneur and a visionary business leader. He has successfully advised corporations on all issues arising under IP law and has provided strategies that maximise the value of their IP assets.

Mr Ferrante’s multijurisdictional practices in London, Paris and Milan allowed him to identify issues that Italian companies were facing internationally in the 1990s. As an entrepreneur, Mr Ferrante acknowledged China’s worthwhile future growth in the IP field and in 2004 he opened his first firm, S&F, in China. His visionary approach laid out the path for Ferrante Intellectual Property law firm, an award-winning practice that has been named the leading Chinese IP firm by various prominent magazines in the industry.

Mr Ferrante’s main clients include companies from automotive, luxury fashion, healthcare and beverage industry. His most recent win involves a luxury fashion company – in this case, the court recognised the high reputation trademark status and considered, for the first time, the post-registration use as a determining element to trademark similarity. This unprecedented judgment highlights Mr Ferrante’s keenness to protect his clients’ trademarks and strategically prevent future infringements to his clients’ IP assets in China.

He is an active speaker, lecturer, moderator and panellist at INTA, European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), and other conferences. Since 2017, Mr Ferrante has been consistently appointed lecturer on China’s IP landscape by the business school of Il Sole 24 ORE the most influential economic newspaper in Italy. He is a prolific author on a broad range of topics relating to IP law in China; he contributes to the EU-China IPR Dialogues, and ECTA Anti-counterfeiting Committee publications. In 2017, Mr Ferrante contributed to A Practical Guide to Protection from Online Infringement with a chapter related to China.

Mr Ferrante has been acknowledged as an exceptional legal professional by the WTR 1000, Legal 500, and International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards. He speaks fluent Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Professional associations

  • ECTA
  • INTA
  • Italy Chamber of Commerce - China

Firm details

Ferrante Intellectual Property
Unit 31
Level 16
Nexxus Building
No 41 Connaught Road Central
Hong Kong

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