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IP & Contracts lawyer


Technology Transfer Directorate

Intellectual Property and Contracts Office


Fondazione Istituto Italiano di TecnologiaTechnology Transfer Office - Via Morego, 30
+39 010 71781 894


Marcella is a legal advisor specialized in intellectual property matters for the Technology Transfer at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia since 2012. In this role, she assists IIT in its collaborative research programs with industries and research organizations at the national and international level, with particular reference to defining strategies and initiatives for the exploitation of IIT’s intellectual property. 

Marcella has experience negotiating a wide range of technology transfer contracts with companies and investors, as well as sponsored research agreements, license agreements, option agreements, material transfer agreements, and non-disclosure agreements. She is responsible for providing legal advice on collaborative research agreements and consortium agreements regulating intellectual property between research organizations and industry in large research projects, and for negotiating inter-institutional agreements for the management of IIT patents that are co-owned with other institutions. She also provide legal support for the creation of spin-off companies by assisting to draft related contractual documents and appropriate forms, and, lastly, prepare agreements for sharing know how and patents owned by IIT.

Prior to joining IIT, Marcella worked for the Technology Transfer Office at the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Frascati, Rome. There she provided specialized legal advice for the negotiation and drafting of inter-institutional agreements, research contracts, collaborative research agreements and license agreements. She also worked to support INFN’s spin-off companies by examining and arranging their bylaws and  other corporate documents, and drafting all of the related contracts.

Marcella earned a Master of Laws in 2008 from the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, writing her dissertation in civil law on the contract of mandate. She then worked as legal trainee in Rome, where she acquired legal advising skills, especially with regards to litigation matters. During this time she drafted legal documents and opinions, and participated in hearings before the civil, criminal and administrative courts. Following her traineeship, in 2011 she passed the Bar examination for the Rome Court of Appeal.

In 2012, Marcella participated in a Postgraduate Masters program on “Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer” at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, writing a dissertation on a comparative analysis of the most exploited clauses in research contracts.

Moreover, in July 2013 Marcella obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Law specialized in contracts at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy. Her research focused on analysing the field of research contracts between public authorities and private companies.

From February 2014 to October 2014, she completed an internship at the law firm Jacobacci & Associati, which allowed her to gain further experience in the procedural and substantive aspects of industrial property law, with particular reference to patents for inventions and utility models, designs and copyright.

Marcella has been a member of the Association “Giovani per la Costituzione” for 10 years, for which she has lectured on Constitutional Law at primary and secondary schools within the project “Citizenship and Constitution”. Until 2011, she was the editor for the Labsus Association – Laboratory for subsidiarity, for which she reviewed several essays and articles linked to the principle of subsidiarity as defined in the Italian Constitution. 

Selected Publications

E.M. Impoco, M. Tiraboschi, La ricerca ai tempi delle economie di rete e di Industry 4.0, Giuffrè, 2016.

E.M. Impoco, Riconoscimento del vizio della cosa venduta da parte del produttore e contratto autonomo di garanzia, published on 2010 on the portal of the Legal Encyclopedia Treccani.


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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.