INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTYAs a founder member of the European Union, Italy is at the forefront of European IPR developments and has some of the most modern and up-to-date intellectual property practices in the world. Recent innovations include introducing new measures to combat counterfeiting, protection for internet-related intellectual property, merging and simplifying patent and trademark rules, and the advent of online filing options for claims. In this context, ACCOMPLY advises clients on all aspects of IP law as well as help clients protect their copyrights and trademarks, handle domain name disputes, and prosecute patents that relate to technical and business processes, software, and hardware. We provide strategic IP advice and representation throughout the life cycle of a product or service, from research and development, marketing, and licensing to the enforcement of relevant rights.

Copyright, Trademarks, Patents & Design
ACCOMPLY provides advices on intellectual property law, focusing on Copyright, Trademarks, Patents and Design areas including professional services to private and public businesses for their intellectual property matter in Italy and worldwide. Our practice includes all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, design, including counselling, assignment and licensing providing a full range of contentious and non-contentious legal advice. We help our clients, register, protect and capitalize on their intellectual property. We work with our client to help them handle their acquisition of intellectual property rights and the enforcement of those rights. We advise on all aspects of branding from assisting at concept phase, copyright and database ownership as well as infringement matters. We also draft assignment and licensing agreements to support co-branding and similar ventures. Copyright protected works of authorship include literary works, motion pictures, musical works, sound recordings, software, data bases, architectural works, and drawings amongst others. Key services of ACCOMPLY include: Trademark, copyright and design protection advice, commercial advice including drafting commercial agreements. is dedicated to protecting the ideas and innovations that drive businesses around the worldwide. We also represent clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce and domain name.

Media TV & Movies Communication
Our lawyers have knowledge of Italian and international regulation on Media TV & Movies Communication. Unlike boutique entertainment and media firms, we are able to utilize the many areas of expertise throughout our firm, to coordinate our resources to tackle the many issues that entertainment and media industry clients face, such as licensing, infringement, compliance, contract negotiations, or copyright and trademark counselling and taxation.
Our media team advises businesses and personalities including media operators, financiers and regulators in the fields of publishing, film, video, broadcasting, cable TV, programming, live performance, music, advertising, marketing and PR. The Firm has developed a very strong experience both in TV and movie business, providing a highly qualified assistance in every phase of development, management and exploitation of any media/movie-related project. Namely, Accomply can assist its clients in every issue related to media compliance and administrative work necessary for TV licences, terrestrial, cable, digital and satellite, video on demand, web casting and radio. We provide the full range of services needed by television including in advertising, sales, consumer protection and disclosure requirements, political, campaign and issue advertising. We represent print publications, cable television operators and broadcast stations regarding newsgathering and content issues such as access to news and shield laws, obscurity and indecency laws, and licensing and syndication. The depth of our knowledge of this sector combined with our international reach enables us to provide commercially focused advice to clients working in this sector. Our expertise in communications and media gives us a particular strength in advising on all aspects of digital media. We also act for financial institutions and other investors, including private equity houses, in their investments into media, movie and music related businesses in relation to production finance; production services including agreements with principal cast and crew, script clearances, music licences and location agreements; international sales and distribution; international co-productions; employment and employee benefits and incentives, contractual work; artist recording agreements; publishing agreements; producer agreements; licence and label agreements; distributor agreements; management agreements; tour agreements; public performance agreements.

Entertainment & Gaming
As some of our lawyers have worked in the Entertainment & Gaming industries, we bring unique insights to our clients because we understand the entertainment business from the inside. Our lawyers advise in such matters providing cost effective expertise and timely professional service to its clients in the motion picture, television, music, and multimedia industries. We have background and experience in all phases of feature film, television, video, music, infomercial, and multimedia development, financing, production, and distribution. Italy has recently experienced a significant deregulation and privatization of the gaming industry whether terrestrial or on an online basis providing a new legal framework for gaming operators, whilst at the same time never foregoing high levels of player protection. At ACCOMPLY we have a long-lasting experience in all aspects of gaming licensing and enforcement procedures, whether at domestic level or internationally, combining this approach with an in-depth knowledge of the business industry and of the specific needs which are required by gaming operators such as betting, casinos, poker rooms, gaming platforms or related marketing strategies.

Sports & Tourism
In the Sport & Tourism sectors we have assisted in hotel, leisure and entertainment complex transactions across Italy and throughout the world. We have represented hospitality and restaurant clients in commercial disputes and represented many facets of the industry in regulatory matters. Our experienced attorneys in the leisure group are supported by lawyers throughout the firm’s practice areas such as corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities, public finance, intellectual property, litigation, arbitration/ADR, labour and employment, real estate and tax. Our lawyers specialized in sport law provide legal advice to clients in organized sport federations and associations. They inform and assist other clients such as sport professionals and agents in every legal aspect of the business such as intellectual property licensing, labor and employment negotiation and sponsorship or other contract drafting. Additionally, the group has significant experience in providing assistance in the development, finance, management, advertisement of international sport events and endorsement of foreign trainers, entertainers and athletes in Italy.

Advertisement & Marketing
In the sectors of Advertisement & Marketing our key services include specialized assistance with advertising of all aspects of above and below the line advertising, marketing and promotional activities, internet advertising, domestic and international regulation, voluntary codes and industry practice; rights acquisitions and clearances; licensing, brand protection and passing off; terms of engagement; production arrangements. Sponsorship, advising sponsors and sports rights holders on sponsorship deals involving: venues; competitions/events; organisations; teams and indvidual endorsements. We take a proactive approach in helping our clients quickly and efficiently clear advertisements and commercials for compliance purposes. We provide guidance relating to general advertising terms and usage, as well as strategic advice relating to compliance with specific industries and targeted audiences. Our lawyers have negotiated merchandising licenses and agreements for a variety of entertainment and sports-related properties, such as endorsement and sponsorship deals, branded media and sponsor funded productions, clothing companies and marketing campaigns. We also represent performers, producers, promoters and associated recording, broadcasting and merchandising companies for the production of fairs, festivals, concerts, sporting, charitable fund raising and other special events.

New Technologies & E-Commerce
Our lawyers in the New Technologies & E-Commerce sectors represent all sizes of computer and information-related businesses, our technology lawyers handle various areas of law relating to the development and use of computer hardware and software as well as online business. Our internet legal services range from domain name protection, privacy issues and on-line publishing matters. For our information technology clients, we offer services for protecting e-business from the development to distribution. This includes litigation and contract negotiation; merger and acquisition due diligence and security and privacy initiatives. Our software and business methods team of lawyers apply their technical and business backgrounds to assisting clients with internet technologies and business to business and business to consumer. ACCOMPLY has a long history in representing manufacturers, marketers and commercial users of computer hardware including GPS Navigation Systems and software, providing all kinds of legal, regulatory and tax assistance. We work daily with the matters that are vital to the computer industry, from employee raiding to IP/trade secret protection to strategic alliances, joint development agreements, licensing and outsourcing. With a long history working with established companies and start-ups, we are deeply involved in the intricacies of the IT business world, including areas such as: Click-wrap agreements, Counterfeiting, Cyber-piracy Cybersquatting, E-commerce, Network security Privacy concerns, Search engine paid listing policies. The firm addresses the full panoply of legal issues associated with websites, from initial development to exciting re-launch, from content acquisition to linking and framing. Website operation is international publishing, which raises potential jurisdictional and substantive law issues from multiple jurisdictions. Through our international offices and relationships with firms around the world, ACCOMPLY provides relevant legal review as appropriate for client websites.

Privacy Data
The collection, use, and sharing of personally identifiable information, Privacy Data, both online and offline, is a challenging and changing area of the law. ACCOMPLY advises clients on the requirements of privacy laws and regulations in Italy and abroad, helps prepare and implement privacy policies, drafts agreements with business partners to ensure compliance, and assists in the implementation of these policies as issues arise. We regularly draft and update terms and conditions of use and privacy policies. We advise clients on ways to minimize the risks of potential liability from infringing or defamatory materials that may appear on their sites. If our clients are victims of such problems on third-party sites, chat-rooms, or message boards, we take appropriate court action or work with local law enforcement to remove such materials as soon as possible.

Health Care & Biotechnology
In addition, following the continued growth of the Health Care & Biotechnology markets, operators have become increasingly aware of the related legal issues. In our experience the main legal issues can be concentrated in four groups: patentability of biotech inventions, drafting of contracts, litigation, and ownership rules of inventions. We are proud to provide our clients with well-rounded representation in both traditional and innovative business transactions, litigation, and health care regulatory issues.

New headquarter office in London!
Accomply Global is pleased to announce the opening of its new headquarter office in London, 55 Old Broad Street to spearhead expansion to Europe, the US, the Middle East and the far Far East.
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