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Global Guide

Intellectual Property: Patents & Trade Marks — Spain

We do not rank firms for this territory and specialism but we rank individuals.

  • Other Noted Practitioners

    Imogen Fowler

    (Hogan Lovells (Alicante) S.L. & Cia.)

Senior Statesmen

Alberto Bercovitz Rodríguez-Cano

Alberto Bercovitz Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Alberto Bercovitz Rodríguez-Cano of Alberto Bercovitz Abogados is a name that continues to carry great weight in the field of patents in Spain. One peer says: "If I need an expert report or opinion I would go to him - he is a leader and his words are highly valued by everyone."

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Senior Statesmen

Bufete Otero Lastres

From the Chambers Global guide

"Brilliant litigator" José Manuel Otero Lastres of Bufete Otero Lastres receives extensive recognition for his career in Spanish IP. Market sources note his distinguished career as a professor and writer, as well as his patent and design experience.

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Eminent Practitioner

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

"Renowned professor" Gonzalo Ulloa y Suelves is well known in the field of IP. Sources note his experience and academic assessment of cases, which he handles alongside his role as the firm's managing partner. He has experience of contentious and advisory matters relating to patents, trade marks and trade secrets.

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Star Individuals

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

"Definitely an outstanding lawyer," Miquel Montañá leads the department from Barcelona and holds a truly enviable reputation in the field of life sciences IP. He is unanimously considered by both peers and clients to be one of the most relevant practitioners currently active, with one source commenting: "As a litigator, he is experienced and impressive: he prepares well for the cases and is very easy to work with." His recent work includes representing Pfizer in several proceedings.

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Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Global guide

Alejandro Angulo's work focuses on trade marks and he has acted for a number of key names from the sportswear, automotive and perfume sectors. A recent highlight of his work was his assistance to adidas after authorities seized 56,260 items of clothing in Valencia. The goods bore three stripes which infringed the adidas trade mark. Sources comment: "He knows a lot about his subject and adapts well to the client's strategy."

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Elzaburu

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Castán is widely respected for his patent and trade mark work, with sources unanimously agreeing that he is "a great litigator." His recent work includes successfully raising a claim for the Keith Haring Foundation against a company using the artist's famous heart on products alongside the name Madrid. One interviewee notes: "He is very kind to his clients; he treats them well."

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

Luis Fernández-Novoa is considered by many to be a key practitioner within the field of IP, particularly for his work in patents. His practice includes assistance with both contentious proceedings and advisory work. Sources particularly commend his experience as a litigator and he is frequently instructed by large multinationals. Recent mandates have come from clients such as Janssen and SCA.

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Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Global guide

Jorge Grau is very active in advising clients from the food industry on patent and trade mark infringements, with recent mandates including copycat products litigation. He has represented many impressive names from the sector including international giants Nestlé. Sources recognise his market-leading position and say: "He is well known and good in court, and he has a good reputation amongst other lawyers and magistrates."

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Manuel Lobato leads the team and enjoys a tremendous reputation for his academic prowess and handling of patent matters, particularly on behalf of generic pharmaceutical companies. His recent work includes acting for clients such as Econocom, which he assisted with proceedings at the Madrid Court of Appeal. Market commentators describe him as "a very careful guy who tends to study everything in depth," while clients praise his "leadership and litigation skills."

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

José Massaguer is well respected for his work in the fields of patents and unfair competition. One interviewee states: "He's knowledgeable and he's good in court," with another adding: "He is very good on Spanish, German and European patent systems." He typically advises clients such as originator laboratories, food producers and car manufacturers on both patent and trade mark infringements.

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients report that litigator Kiko Carrión is friendly to work with, with other sources adding that he "is skilled, knowledgeable and has good expertise." He is most known for his work within the life sciences sector, where he represents an impressive list of multinational pharmaceutical companies in patent disputes. He also advises on clinical trial contracts and is active in trade mark matters.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ana Castedo has an increasingly glowing reputation for her work on patent and trade mark infringement cases. A client notes: "She is great at staying on top of things and making sure the work is in line with our business goals." She has recently successfully led a trade mark cancellation claim on behalf of American Eagle Outfitters, regarding an unused eagle trade mark owned by Complices.

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Javier Fernández-Lasquetty

Elzaburu

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Fernández-Lasquetty is recommended for his expertise in copyright and licensing matters, including in related fields such as data protection. Sources comment that his "knowledge of IP is vast" and that he is "a very good lawyer who has new business know-how." He is instructed by clients such as Viacom.

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Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Global guide

Javier Huarte is known for his representation of generic companies, with market commentators describing him as "a tough, technically prepared litigator." His recent work includes successful patent challenges for key international pharmaceuticals companies. One client enthuses: "He managed to translate the case into business sense - he put himself in our shoes."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients really appreciate Jorge Llevat's availability and swift response to queries and say: "He has a clear view and logical judgement, and he finds it easy to gain new technical knowledge." His primary focus is on advertising disputes and both trade mark and patent issues for companies from the food industry and the technology sector. Sources also note his English skills.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

João Miranda de Sousa divides his time between Spain and Portugal, where he is head of the firm's Portuguese offering. Clients repeatedly praise his services, saying: "He is really nice to work with, he has a lot of obligations but he is always available, easy to talk to and he can put himself in the client's shoes, adapting really well to every different circumstance." He is an expert in trade mark and design matters.

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Trade mark and unfair competition specialist Montiano Monteagudo is known for his academic expertise in the field. He advises clients from sectors such as technology, consumer goods and finance. One client describes him as "just so skilled" and "very easy to work with."

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

Jesús Muñoz-Delgado has a broad IP practice and is particularly recommended for his expertise in trade mark litigation. In recent times he has handled a criminal and civil case for Nintendo regarding the importation of counterfeit products. Sources say: "He is an extremely good litigator," adding: "He is a very thorough guy."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Global guide

Carolina Pina enjoys tremendous feedback from market sources for her all-encompassing IP practice, gaining particular praise for her work in copyright. She impresses both clients and peers with her proven experience in running strategic mandates for large multinationals. She is described as "an incredibly accessible lawyer who is easy to talk to and to negotiate with," and a client states: "She has been consistently impressive since I first started working with her."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Barcelona-based Carles Prat's practice includes advising on e-commerce matters, trade mark infringement and trade mark prosecution. Sources praise his practical approach and one interviewee states: "We like how he gives his opinions and the way in which he explains things. You know he has studied the case and has spent time on even the smallest detail."

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Abril Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Ignacio Temiño receives praise for his expertise in trade mark legislation and also for his litigation skills. He acts on some of the department's biggest cases, with recent mandates including terminations of licensing agreements and online piracy. One interviewee speaks highly of his personality and adds: "He has really broad knowledge of IP matters, technically he is very good and he has good client attention."

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Miguel Vidal-Quadras Trias de Bes

Amat & Vidal-Quadras

From the Chambers Global guide

Miguel Vidal-Quadras Trias de Bes of Amat & Vidal-Quadras is described by peers as "quick, witty and very proficient in patent law." He is specialised in pharmaceutical patents and trade marks, and is well versed in all manner of instructions related to them, including infringement and damages claims. Clients hugely appreciate his technical expertise and dedication to cases.

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HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Global guide

Laura Alonso is well respected for her trade marks practice and for handling portfolios and prosecution for some of the world's biggest international brands. She regularly appears before EUIPO, WIPO and the Court of Justice in Luxembourg to defend her clients' interests.

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Elzaburu

From the Chambers Global guide

Enrique Armijo Chávarri is known for his academic expertise and technical approach to mandates including parallel import disputes and patent enforcement. Sources commend his work in trade marks and describe him as "a really good practitioner who is very specialised."

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Jausas

From the Chambers Global guide

Experienced practitioner Josep Carbonell of Jausas is known for his patents work. He impresses market commentators with his hard work, and one interviewee states: "His capacity for reasoning and understanding is really notable – he really gets the nature of the invention, sees it all very quickly and can transmit that."

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

New head of department Eduardo Castillo "knows what he is doing in court and is good when it comes to procedures." He focuses on patent litigation on behalf of well-known multinationals from the pharmaceutical industry, which he combines with patents work for clients from other sectors.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Antonio Cueto is well respected among peers for his practice, which includes patent infringement, trade secrets protection and trade mark and design matters. His recent work includes representing MUSAAT in an antitrust claim in which the client suffered damages after being boycotted for not joining a price-fixing cartel.

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Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients and peers alike commend Beatriz Diaz de Escauriaza's business sense and leadership skills. A source also notes: "She showed great skill at presenting the case in court, revoking the arguments of the opposing party." She regularly advises clients from the pharmaceutical sector and is a specialist in both patents and trade marks.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

German lawyer Burkhart Goebel has a good reputation for his handling of key mandates from multinational companies, with typical work of his including trade mark portfolio management and litigation. Many of his clients include German entities.

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González-Bueno & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

Litigator Carlos González-Bueno of González-Bueno & Asociados frequently appears in court in trade mark disputes. His clients value his service, and one observes: "He knows the product as if it were his own and you don't have to explain everything; it's like dealing with someone from your own company."

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BALDER

From the Chambers Global guide

BALDER's Patricia Koch is described by market commentators as having "an in-depth knowledge of customers' needs, an open mind and a great ability to provide new ideas and solutions." Her focus is on patent and trade mark litigation, through which she has worked for leading names from several industries including fashion and energy.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

Sofia Martínez-Almeida is described by clients as a "superb professional who has solid expertise, sympathy and dedication." She is also commended for her proactive approach to matters. Her main area of activity is in trade mark cases, where she acts for a broad spectrum of clients.

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Intangibles Legal S.L.P.

From the Chambers Global guide

Sergio Miralles of Intangibles Legal S.L.P. divides his time between providing pure IP advice and assisting with related matters coming from the world of TMT. One source says: "He is an easy-going, client-driven person who is reliable and responsive - you get this good feeling, you can trust Sergio."

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Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Dulce Mª Miranda Naranjo of Deloitte Abogados primarily handles patent matters on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, but she also takes on litigation concerning other types of IP infringement. Sources state that "she has been very active in patent prosecution and litigation."

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees say that Ingrid Pi "is skilled at finding any fact and creating a logical argument based on carefully reviewed evidence." She receives praise for her knowledge of related areas such as technology and for her litigation skills. She has noted experience in the plant and life sciences sectors.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly regarded trade mark specialist Enrique Sánchez-Quiñones is recommended for his "first-rate protection of brands and closeness to the client." His practice includes defending the interests of clients such as famous individuals and fashion houses, and he has experience in handling unfair competition cases.

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BomhardIP

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources agree that Alicante-based Verena von Bomhard of BomhardIP "is very experienced and doing great work." Her practice spans all aspects of trade marks, from strategy and filing to enforcement and disputes. She frequently appears in Luxembourg at the European Court of Justice and General Court. She is qualified to practice in Germany.

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Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD)

From the Chambers Global guide

Oscar Alegre of Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) is recognised for his work in licensing and spin-offs. He acts for a range of companies, with particular experience in handling mandates on behalf of clients from the life sciences sector.

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BAYLOS ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources highlight María Baylos of BAYLOS ABOGADOS' extensive experience in IP disputes and also note her expertise in prosecution. Market feedback confirms her reputation in the area and activity in contentious trade mark cases.

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

Interviewees indicate that Isabel Carulla is "a really hard worker and one of those lawyers who never misses the detail." Her practice largely consists of patent litigation, in which she acts for some of the department's key pharmaceutical clients.

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Herrero & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

"Classic IP litigator" Juan Casulá is described by peers as "technically very good." His recent work includes trade mark disputes in the hospitality industry and a patent invalidity claim. He also advises on agreements and contracts.

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CMS

From the Chambers Global guide

Blanca Cortés impresses with her excellent client treatment. She is instructed by an enviable list of national heavyweights including Iberdrola. "She listens, takes care of her customers and is very easy to work with," says one source. Her broad IP practice includes design, unfair competition and advertising matters.

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Global guide

Litigator José Mariano Cruz advises on trade mark, copyright and patent cases for clients, most notably those from the pharmaceutical industry. One client notes: "His skills and knowledge are very high, and he is practical and efficient."

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Jones Day

From the Chambers Global guide

Marta Delgado Echevarría of Jones Day receives praise for her language abilities and is also recommended for her experience of having worked with global brands. One client enthuses: "We appreciate her close and pleasant treatment, her availability and the speed with which she gives her advice." She has noted expertise in IP litigation covering patents, copyright and plant varieties.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Cristina Duch is known in the field for her specialism in trade mark matters. She acts for clients from several industries, including food and fashion. She typically receives mandates such as trade mark recovery, enforcement of rights and logo redesign.

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Salvador Ferrandis IP Legal

From the Chambers Global guide

"Very well known and a skilful litigator," Salvador Ferrandis leads the team at Salvador Ferrandis & Partners. He has a varied practice that includes trade mark, patent and unfair competition mandates. He has recently acted for companies such as L’Oréal.

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Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Global guide

Andrea Garcés's practice spans patents, trade marks and copyright matters, as well as film distribution rights. She is experienced in representing clients' interests in both civil and criminal proceedings.

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Blas A. González Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Blas Alberto González of Blas A. González Abogados is recommended for his expertise in both trade mark and patent mandates. Sources note his experience as a judge and are impressed by his hard-working approach, saying: "He has very good technical skills and a strong background."

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Abril Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos González Valdés is described by market sources as "positive and creative" in his approach to the mandates he handles, which include both patent and trade mark issues. Interviewees also note his "clear experience" in the field.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Global guide

José Miguel Lissén is recognised within the market for his work for French clients and his language abilities. His work spans rights, trade secrets and licence agreements, and market commentators praise his skills as a tough opponent in court.

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Global guide

Montserrat López-Bellosta is known and well regarded for her IP litigation work in the life sciences sector. Market commentators say that she is "very devoted to her clients."

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Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Global guide

New addition Ignacio Marqués makes it into the rankings following impressive market feedback. Sources say: "He is the kind of lawyer who cares about knowing the technical aspects to patent litigation," and: "He thinks very quickly and has rapid reactions before the court." He focuses on patent litigation.

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BAYLOS ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Global guide

Pedro Merino Baylos of BAYLOS ABOGADOS is described by sources as "a true gentleman in every way and a very good lawyer." His practice includes litigation in patent or trade marks cases, and he is also well versed in unfair competition issues and copyright matters.

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Carlos Navarro Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos Navarro of Carlos Navarro Abogados is a recognised litigator who handles patent mandates. His experience also includes non-contentious assistance as well as other areas of IP, including trade marks and copyrights.

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Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle

From the Chambers Global guide

Eva Ochoa enjoys solid feedback this year for her work on behalf of fashion and clothing companies, food and drinks manufacturers and perfume houses. She has strong experience of trade mark and unfair competition cases.

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Pellisé Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

David Pellisé's name is well known in the field and is recommended by peers for his practice. He typically handles a variety of IP mandates, including patent litigation, where he has represented clients both within Spain and at a European level. He is the managing partner of his own firm, Pellisé Abogados.

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Herrero & Asociados

From the Chambers Global guide

Mariano Santos is active in handling international work. One source enthuses: "He is a true professional: he has a client-centred focus, is always on his e-mail and he eats, sleeps, drinks and breathes this industry." He has particular knowledge of technology transfer matters, as well as international portfolio registration and licensing.

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Rebés & Ferrer Advocats

From the Chambers Global guide

Ana Soto Pino of Rebés & Ferrer Advocats frequently acts for clients on IP disputes, with experience in cases involving unfair competition, data protection and patents issues. Sources describe her as "a very good litigator."

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Fornesa Abogados

From the Chambers Global guide

Sources remark that Carlos Valls of Fornesa Abogados "has clarity, organisation of mind and is a person who understands things very quickly." He typically represents clients in trade mark and patent infringement mandates, with recent instructions including assisting Beats Electronics with anti-counterfeiting actions.

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Up and Coming

Amat & Vidal-Quadras

From the Chambers Global guide

Clients speak highly of industrial and intellectual property specialist Oriol Ramón Sauri of Amat & Vidal-Quadras, saying: "Oriol is prudent, thinks a step ahead and doesn't give you false hope." He is active in contentious matters, including infringement proceedings and damages claims.

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