Elisabetta PAPA

Partner - BoA member - Head of patents

Elisabetta Papa


Practising since 1999, Elisabetta has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for, and provided advice to, major research organisations, universities and multinational companies as well as Italian and foreign medium-sized companies.

Her practice has focused in particular on biomechanic and biomedical patents. She is part of SIB’s Nano Bio Team, a multidisciplinary group of experts that deals with drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications concerning new technologies, particularly in the nanotechnology platform.

Elisabetta is enrolled with the Register of Court-Appointed Experts on Industrial Property of the Court of Rome and acts as ex-parte expert in patent litigation. She is a technically qualified judge at the Unified Patent Court.

Elisabetta teaches European Patent practice and strategies in courses leading up to European Patent Attorney qualification exams organised by the Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (R. Schuman University, Strasbourg). She is a former member of the EPO’s EC-III examination committee in charge of marking D papers during the qualifying examination for European Patent Attorneys (EQE).


Elisabetta is an experienced speaker and moderator at international intellectual property events.


Italian and European patents in the field of mechanics, biomechanics and biomedical appliances.
Court expert in patent litigation.


Member of the Ordine dei Consulenti in Proprietà Industriale (Italian Industrial Property Consultants Institute), of the Collegio dei Consulenti in Proprietà Industriale (Italian section of FICPI), of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office, of AIPPIFICPI, AIPLA (co-chair Intellectual Property Practice in Europe Committee), EPLIT and of the Italian Professional Engineering Institute; enrolled with the Register of Court-Appointed Experts on Industrial Property of the Court of Rome; technically qualified judge at the Unified Patent Court.

Member of the European Patent Practice Committee (Mechanics Subcommittee) of the European Patent Institute.


Who’s Who Legal: Global Leader and Italy Leader, Patents, 2017-2023.
Managing Intellectual Property IP Star Italy 2014-2023.
Managing Intellectual Property Top 250 Women in IP 2020-2023.
Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2014-2023.
Intellectual Asset Management Global Leaders 2020-2023.
Expert Guides Patents 2021.
Expert Guides Women in Business Law 2020-2022.
Leaders League IP Attorneys 2021-2023.
Best Lawyers® Italy 2023-2024.


Italian and European Patent Attorney, Community Design Attorney. European Patent Litigator (qualified to represent clients before the Unified Patent Court).


Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, La Sapienza University of Rome.
PhD in Bioengineering, University of Bologna.
European Patent Litigation Certificate – Diploma in Patent Litigation in Europe, Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle, University of Strasbourg.