Carlo Piana is a lawyer admitted to the Milan Bar in Italy, admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and focused on Information Technology and Telecommunication Law. His specialisations include Technology Transfer, Licensing Free/Open Source Software, digital rights and competition issues in the IT sector (where he has been active in some of the most relevant recent cases of world relevance). His clients include exclusively enterprises – from SMEs to large global corporations – in the IT and Telecommunication field, public authorities (such as regional and provincial governments) and non profit entities. He also assists pro bono groups and developers in the Free Software field. He is a representative agent for European Trademarks.
As part of his outreach activities, Carlo has serverd for more than ten years as General Counsel of Free Software Foundation Europe, is a core member of the Freedom Task Force legal project and member of the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Open Law, Technology and Society. He has represented FSFE and the Samba Team in the EU antitrust workgroup server and browser market cases and contributed to the debate surrounding the standardization of digital document formats in ISO. He serves also in the Open Source and IP advisory of the United Nation’s Technology Innovation Laboratories
Carlo is a recommended expert in Italy and Europe for issues pertaining to Free Software by the FTF and is the President of the Board of EuroITcounsel, a quality circle of European lawyers specializing in IT &TLC law. He has been named in the Who’s Who Legal almost every year since 2010 in the Information Technology section.