Claudia Ricciardi joined Bird & Bird in April 2003; she primarily focuses on intellectual property and information technology, copyright, telecommunications and advertising law.

Before joining Bird & Bird, Ms Ricciardi worked for three years in the IP department of Andersen Legal and for some months at the Studio Legale Tributario associated with Ernst & Young.

Her experience includes: advising on issues relating to trademarks and patents, drafting deeds and opinion, and in particular, advising in judicial proceedings related to trademarks and patents; drafting and review of trademark licence and transfer agreements; patent licence agreements, know-how licence agreements, domain-name transfer agreements, franchising contracts, software development and licence agreements, distribution and supply agreements, advertising agency agreements, outsourcing contracts and internet-related contracts (general conditions for access and use of websites, and lease of advertising spaces); legal advice in the course of the realisation of websites, with specific reference to the examination of the various issues connected to the supply of products and services through the web; and due diligence relating to immaterial goods (trademarks, patents, etc.).

Ms Ricciardi is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in English.