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Europe Guide

Intellectual Property: Patents & Trade Marks — Spain

Senior Statesperson

Alberto Bercovitz Rodríguez-Cano

Alberto Bercovitz Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Bercovitz Rodríguez-Cano of Alberto Bercovitz Abogados continues to receive plaudits for his long-standing experience of IP and competition law. He is also a renowned university professor and has a proven track record of assisting with legislative drafting. Peers refer to him as "an authority" in the field and an "excellent lawyer who is very well known for copyright."

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Senior Statesperson

José Manuel Otero Lastres

Broseta Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Senior figure" José Manuel Otero Lastres of Broseta Abogados has a noteworthy reputation among peers for his experience of patents and design rights. Sources describe him as a "relevant name" in academia but also note his esteemed career as an "excellent lawyer" in the IP sector.

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Eminent Practitioner

Gonzalo Ulloa y Suelves

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gonzalo Ulloa y Suelves is recognised as one of the most experienced lawyers in the IP sector. He handles a range of contentious mandates relating to trade marks and patents, and offers additional expertise in trade secrets and image rights matters. Sources describe him as "a very commercial lawyer" who provides "strategic and big-picture oversight."

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Star Individuals

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as the "best expert in Spain for patent litigation," Miquel Montañá is highly regarded by clients and peers alike for his contentious IP practice. He has long-standing experience of representing clients in the life sciences industry. One client enthuses: "Miquel is one of a kind: a unique individual with charisma and legal knowledge that always stand out."

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Band 1

Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very skilled"Alejandro Angulo is a leading IP expert and is involved in patent, trade mark and design litigation. His impressive client portfolio includes LVMH. Clients recognise his expertise in the area, with one noting: "He is top-quality, extremely creative and very intelligent." Another adds: "What I really appreciate is that he has great communication skills, he explains the situation very well. The analysis is very thorough and he's also business-oriented."

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Band 1

Elzaburu

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market observers describe Antonio Castán as "technically perfect" and "a very reputed and respected attorney across all IP matters." He focuses on litigation and has acted on landmark cases concerning patents, trade marks and copyrights. Another source adds: "He is marvellous - one of the best."

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Band 1

Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jorge Grau is described by market peers as "one of the most expert Spanish trade mark lawyers," and his practice extends to patent infringement and unfair competition litigation. He has represented international household names such as Cointreau in complex contentious matters and is praised by sources for his "very good technical and practical knowledge."

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Band 1

Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Huarte is an expert litigator and has acted for some of the most significant names in the pharmaceutical industry. His recent highlights include successfully representing Teva in patent infringement proceedings. Clients say: "He is one of the most outstanding IP litigation lawyers in Spain. I feel extremely confident working with him; he's straightforward, has an academic overview and deals with international issues very well." Another client adds: "He personalises his advice to you and is realistic in terms of aims and deadlines."

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Band 1

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very well respected"Manuel Lobato is admired for his profile in trade mark and patent litigation. He regularly advises life sciences and technology companies on the commercial and regulatory aspects of IP. One client describes him as "very focused, accurate and understanding," and adds: "It's very easy to work with him and I can be confident that he will give me an answer as soon as he can. Having this kind of response time is great for me."

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Band 1

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe José Massaguer as "a complete lawyer" and highlight his "incredible prestige" and "very solid practice." He specialises in patents and trade marks work and advises clients from a diverse range of industries, such as food and beverages, utilities and life sciences. Sources speak highly of his litigation practice.

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Band 1

Jesús Muñoz-Delgado

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Jesús Muñoz-Delgado as "really very thorough from a technical point of view" and "incredibly prestigious as a trade mark litigator." He offers particular expertise in trade mark enforcement, strategy and litigation and also advises on unfair competition issues. Clients comment on his "good technical knowledge and sound advice," highlighting his "understanding of current issues."

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Band 2

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kiko Carrión advises life sciences clients, including Merck Sharp & Dohme, Teva and GlaxoSmithKline, on patent litigation. He also assists with trade mark actions and licence agreements. He is described as "an excellent guy in the courts and a great litigator" by a client who goes on to add: "When it comes to the administrative side, he is equally strong and very hands-on when it comes to putting together the documents."

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana Castedo is described as "very responsive and engaged" by clients that instruct her on contentious IP matters. Sources note that she "quickly grasps the client's business and perspectives" and commend her "understanding of technical themes." Her recent work includes cross-border patent and trade mark litigation for multinational clients from the technology and retail industries.

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Band 2

Javier Fernández-Lasquetty

Elzaburu

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "really reliable" and "commercially oriented" Javier Fernández-Lasquetty receives plaudits for his "great framework of IP knowledge." He is particularly well regarded for his expert knowledge of copyright, digital licensing and protection. One client is grateful for his ability to provide a "balance between commercial awareness and legal technical knowledge."

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Band 2

Luis Fernández-Novoa

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Luis Fernández-Novoa is well respected for his IP practice, with sources noting: "He is able to give a level of expertise that most strictly legal minds can't." He specialises in litigation and has a particular focus on patent work. He acts for significant clients from the retail, life sciences and technology industries.

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Band 2

BALDER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Specialised patent litigator Patricia Koch  handles cases for high-profile clients in the retail and technology industries. Sources praise her "long-standing experience" in the field and describe her as "a heavyweight in patent litigation."

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jorge Llevat is renowned for his long-standing experience in assisting a range of domestic and international clients with patent and trade mark disputes. Interviewees praise his outstanding technical knowledge, particularly in trade mark proceedings.

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Band 2

João Miranda de Sousa

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

João Miranda de Sousa heads the firm's Portugal practice and divides his time between Lisbon and Madrid. He is described by sources as "a great practitioner" who offers "technical knowledge and commercial awareness." He is praised for his "very strong trade mark practice" and his recent work includes advising BBVA on IP enforcement and strategy. He also handles litigation in the design and trade mark fields.

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Band 2

Montiano Monteagudo

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Montiano Monteagudo regularly advises domestic and multinational clients on a range of IP matters. He offers particular expertise in unfair competition and trade mark misappropriation issues. Market sources make reference to his "prestige as an academic" and note that he stands out for the breadth of his IP practice.

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Band 2

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ingrid Pi is well respected for her "very focused" patent practice. She also assists clients with advisory and contentious matters related to unfair competition and software infringement. She typically advises clients from the life sciences sector. One source enthuses: "She's very thorough and very involved in her cases."

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Band 2

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Carolina Pina as "business-oriented" and say that she is "incredibly complete – her knowledge extends to all areas of IP." She is experienced in copyright and trade mark litigation and often acts for multinational clients such as Infonis and Google. Other sources add: "She's great in court."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carles Prat leads the firm's Barcelona IP practice and handles the contentious and transactional elements of trade mark matters for domestic and multinational clients. One client praises his "effective services and high level of technical knowledge."

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Band 2

Abril Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Temiño has over 20 years of litigation experience and his broad practice encompasses trade mark, patent and copyright issues. One source praises his "in-house experience and in-depth expertise," adding: "It's easy to talk to him and find solutions – he doesn't make things seem like issues or problems."

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Band 2

Miguel Vidal-Quadras Trias de Bes

Amat & Vidal-Quadras

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Miguel Vidal-Quadras Trias de Bes as "a fantastic lawyer" who is "prominent in patent litigation." His practice also covers trade mark matters and he has noteworthy experience of matters affecting the pharmaceutical and technology industries.

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Band 3

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laura Alonso heads the Madrid office's brand protection and prosecution team and is praised by peers as "outstanding in trade mark prosecution work." She also acts for high-profile clients on design protection and unfair competition matters in courts throughout the EU.

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Band 3

Enrique Armijo Chávarri

Elzaburu

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Experienced IP adviser" Enrique Armijo Chávarri handles patent and trade mark enforcement and unfair competition matters for an impressive roster of domestic and global clients. He has litigated before courts in Spain and throughout Europe.

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Band 3

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Eduardo Castillo focuses on patent litigation but also specialises in unfair competition matters. He regularly acts for significant clients from the life sciences and technology industries on patent disputes.

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Band 3

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Cueto is described by one commentator as "a brilliant professional and one of the best litigators I've ever known." He assists with a range of IP matters spanning trade marks, patents, designs, copyrights and unfair competition. His recent work includes advising clients from the retail and manufacturing industries on trade mark infringement cases. One client notes: "We highly appreciate his work both on patent issues and as an excellent litigator."

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Band 3

Salvador Ferrandis

Salvador Ferrandis IP Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources recommend Salvador Ferrandis of Salvador Ferrandis IP Legal for his broad IP practice, which covers trade mark, patents, designs and unfair competition matters. He is an expert arbitrator and offers additional expertise in advisory and contractual matters concerning licences and e-commerce infringement. One client describes him as "very responsive and a seasoned litigator," before adding: "We felt confident that he could provide the best representation at trial. He also provides straightforward advice."

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dual-qualified Burkhart Goebel assists with multi-jurisdictional IP disputes involving Spain and Germany. He is highly regarded by peers for representing a number of domestic and international clients in design, trade mark and unfair competition proceedings.

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Band 3

Carlos González-Bueno

González-Bueno & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Expert litigator"Carlos González-Bueno of González-Bueno & Asociados is well regarded for his work on behalf of clients such as Mattel. His practice spans trade mark registration, protection and defence and sees him acting before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office and the Community Trademark Office. One client enthuses: "He is a great communicator, strategic and able to address really practical considerations on a very tight timetable. He also offers very solid advice."

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Band 3

Intangibles Legal S.L.P.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergio Miralles of Intangibles Legal S.L.P. receives considerable recognition for his advisory and contentious practice in IP and TMT. He represents Spanish and international clients in copyright, patent and trade mark proceedings and offers additional expert advisory work regarding contractual matters and data protection. Interviewees affirm his market status as a "strong practitioner" offering a "very high level in IP" matters.

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Band 3

Dulce Mª Miranda Naranjo

Deloitte Legal SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dulce Mª Miranda Naranjo of Deloitte Legal SLP assists key names from the pharmaceutical industry with litigious matters relating to patents and trade marks. She also advises clients on software and image rights agreements. She has also been appointed by the WIPO as a member of its Arbitration and Mediation Center.

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Band 3

Enrique Sánchez-Quiñones

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources hold Enrique Sánchez-Quiñones in high regard for his expertise in the protection of designs and trade marks. He has a particular focus on industrial property rights and has experience of handling matters with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office.

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Band 3

Verena von Bomhard

BomhardIP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees recognise Verena von Bomhard of BomhardIP as "a very influential person" thanks to her extensive experience in the prosecution and enforcement of EU trade marks and designs. She is qualified to practise in Germany and is adept at handling enforcement and proceedings before the General Court and the ECJ. One impressed commentator notes: "She is certainly a great professional and is very visible in the trade mark and design field - for strategy and enforcement."

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Band 4

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raúl Bercovitz enters the rankings due to impressive market feedback. Sources commend his active practice in trade mark, industrial design and patent litigation. He also advises on contract negotiation, technology transfer and licensing issues. One source observes: "He worked closely with us to prepare the whole process. I really appreciate his availability and he is excellent at the strategy and execution of arguments."

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Band 4

Jausas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Josep Carbonell of Jausas assists with IP rights strategy and enforcement. He advises domestic and multinational clients on their brand portfolios and offers additional expertise in negotiating licence agreements and contracts. One impressed client notes his "ability to understand technical questions when you are talking about patents," and goes on to add: "His intellectual capabilities are impressive and he is a hard-working lawyer."

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Band 4

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Litigator Isabel Carulla is described by one source as "a remarkable lawyer." She handles contentious trade mark and patent work for clients mainly from the technology and pharmaceutical industries.

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Band 4

José Mariano Cruz

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Litigation partner José Mariano Cruz acts on patent and trade mark issues for a range of clients across the pharmaceutical, industrial and retail sectors. His recent work includes advising Kering on the protection of IP rights and litigation strategy.

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Band 4

Marta Delgado Echevarría

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jones Day's Marta Delgado Echevarría has a varied practice that includes patents, copyright, designs and trade marks issues. She regularly handles contentious and advisory mandates for clients in the luxury goods and life sciences industries. One client notes: "She is fantastic finding a real solution when we need legal support," and another adds: "She was loyal and effective in her advice and offers a good balance of legal expertise and business knowledge."

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources praise Cristina Duch as "very good at trade marks." Her recent mandates have included design protection strategy, sponsorship agreements and trade mark enforcement work for significant clients in the retail and food industries. Other interviews regard her as "very nice and a strong lawyer."

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Band 4

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Garcés heads the IP department at Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor and has extensive experience of representing IP clients in the criminal and civil courts. She regularly advises on trade mark portfolio protection and offers additional expertise in trade mark licensing and publishing agreements. One interviewee enthuses: "We would highlight her great professionalism and standing, as well as her agility and proactive attitude towards the clients she represents. My opinion of her is excellent, I really would recommend her."

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Band 4

Blas Alberto González

Blas A. González Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Blas Alberto González of Blas A. González Abogados advises international rights holders on complex cross-border IP disputes. He has acted for Orangina Schweppes and Universal Music on copyright, trade mark and parallel imports issues. One source mentions his experience in the judiciary and affirms: "He is naturally good at litigation."

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Band 4

Carlos González Valdés

Abril Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Expert litigator Carlos González Valdés focuses on trade mark law but also handles patent issues. One client describes him as "very experienced in the field, quick and efficient." His recent work includes representing Industrial Farmaceútica Cantabria in trade mark litigation.

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Band 4

José Miguel Lissén

ABG Patentes SL

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Miguel Lissén of ABG Patentes SL advises clients on advisory and contentious matters concerning designs, trade marks and patents. He has particular expertise in the fields of technology and telecoms. He also regularly assists clients in the life sciences industry with licence agreements.

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Band 4

Grau & Angulo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Marqués has a "very good practice" that spans a broad range of advisory and contentious IP matters. He focuses on patent litigation but also handles trade mark, copyright, design and unfair competition issues. He boasts an impressive client portfolio, which includes key names in the entertainment and manufacturing industries.

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Band 4

Sofia Martínez-Almeida

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sofia Martínez-Almeida is an experienced litigator and acts for clients on civil and commercial proceedings relating to designs, trade marks and unfair competition. She increasingly advises clients on online and digital issues.

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Band 4

Pedro Merino Baylos

BAYLOS ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Merino Baylos is commended by interviewees for his "strong practice" and "prestige in the market." He is active in patent and trade mark litigation. He also has extensive experience of handling unfair competition matters, primarily in the civil courts.

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Band 4

Carlos Navarro Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Navarro of Carlos Navarro Abogados frequently advises clients from the media, fashion, technology, food and music industries on a broad range of IP mandates. His practice encompasses patent, trade mark and copyright issues, and he is also instructed on unfair competition and image rights matters.

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Band 4

Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eva Ochoa of Pintó Ruiz & Del Valle is a popular choice for luxury brands. She has experience of litigating in the civil and criminal courts on cases concerning trade marks, industrial designs and unfair competition. One interviewee describes her as "active and efficient in trade mark litigation," and another adds: "She moves quickly, knows what we want and understands the business conditions we are working in."

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Band 4

Pellisé Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

David Pellisé of Pellisé Abogados receives recognition for both his advisory and contentious work relating to IP. He regularly assists Spanish and international clients and is described as "active and well known in the patent field."

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Band 4

Oriol Ramon Sauri

Amat & Vidal-Quadras

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rising in the rankings this year, Oriol Ramon Sauri is highly regarded by clients for his "good knowledge of the legal environment and of law in practice." The same client adds: "He understands our industry too; there is no need to explain things to him, which saves a lot of time and money." He handles contentious industrial and intellectual property issues, including patent litigation, and often acts for clients in the pharmaceutical sector.

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Band 4

AUGUSTA ABOGADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Valls heads the IP department at AUGUSTA ABOGADOS and is described by sources as "diligent and extremely knowledgeable." He focuses on patent, design rights, unfair competition and data protection litigation. He regularly represents clients in pre-litigation mandates and proceedings at the Arbitration Court of Barcelona.

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Newly appointed partner Josep Montefusco has a broad-ranging IP practice. He acted for Samsung on trade mark protection strategy and copyright work involving the development and launch of several mobile apps. One source says: "He is really very strong – a great lawyer."

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