Volunteer Spotlight: Giulio Martellini

Published: October 1, 2019

Nina O’Sullivan Mishcon de Reya LLP London, UK

For Giulio Martellini (IP Skill, Italy), being part of INTA means “feeling that I belong.” Indeed, throughout his career, Mr. Martellini has valued the opportunity to work alongside an international community of people who share his dedication to the development of trademark law and practice and also love to have a good time.

Mr. Martellini has been working in the intellectual property profession for nearly 20 years, qualifying as an Italian and European Union trademark and design attorney in 2000. Having previously served on INTA’s Trademark Office Practices Committee (TOPC), he is currently Chair of the Academic Committee.

Across the breadth of INTA committee projects, Mr. Martellini particularly enjoyed working on the INTA Board of Directors’ resolution on the Dependency Period in the Madrid System while simultaneously serving as the Subcommittee Chair of the TOPC, Madrid System Subcommittee, calling it a “wonderful experience.” His work with the TOPC allowed him to focus on one of his favorite trademark law topics and gain valuable insight into how INTA works as an organization.

International registrations have been a recurring theme throughout Mr. Martellini’s career. Since 2005, he has lectured on international registrations at the World Intellectual Property Organization. Mr. Martellini characterizes his day-to-day work as that of a “very classic” trademark attorney, preparing filing strategies, dealing with oppositions and cancellations, clearing new trademarks, and working on transactions and the occasional domain name case. Besides working with INTA, he also dedicates his time to the trademark group of the Italian Professional Association for Patent and Trademark Agents (Ordine dei Consulenti in Proprietà Industriale).

Like many practitioners, he identifies the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) as a key emerging issue in trademark law. He highlights particularly the impact AI will have on the profession and its engagement with trademark offices.

A keen swimmer and skier, Mr. Martellini also takes full advantage of the cultural highlights that Torino, Italy, has to offer, including an excellent theater season and art exhibitions. He enjoys cooking and traveling, but most of his free time goes to his family, spending as much time as possible with his wife and his two-year-old son. As a wine lover, he takes much enjoyment from his luck in having worked on a number of trademark matters in the wine field.

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