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Maria Paola Pace Napoleone


Italian Patent Attorney

European Patent Attorney


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 Paola has focused primarily on filing and prosecuting procedures for patent applications in the fields of life sciences and chemistry in general.

Before joining the IP sector, she spent about 20 years as a researcher in academic labs and in industry, both big pharma and CRO. As a medicinal chemist, she was part of teams working on antiviral, anticancer and cardiovascular drug discovery projects and delivering two approved drugs to the patients. She further acquired experience in the Scientific Project Management for integrated and multi-stakeholders research projects. She is author of over 40 scientific publications and inventor in 7 patent families.

She deals with procedures relating to national, European and other foreign patents, provides patentability, infringement, FtO and due diligence opinions. She also gained technical-legal experience for assisting clients in drafting and analyzing license agreements, term-sheets, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements and the like.  


Maria Paola Pace Napoleone speaks English and Italian and has been active in the field of IP since 2011.

Area of expertise: chemistry, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, nanotechnology

Qualifications & authorizations

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Italian Patent Attorney (IT)
  • Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University “La Sapienza”, Rome; post-doc in Organic Chemistry, Iowa State University;
  • Master in Intellectual Property Management, Università di Bologna “Alma Mater Studiorum”;
  • European Patent Litigation Diploma, Politecnico di Milano.

Awards & memberships

  • EPI
  • Italian Industrial Property Consultants Institute (Patents)