Firm profile submitted by Licks Attorneys
THE FIRM : Founded in 2011, Licks Attorneys is a Brazilian law firm providing global companies with services in complex litigation, IP prosecution, strategic counseling, regulatory, policymaking, antitrust, government contracts and tenders, privacy and cyber security, criminal and compliance. Licks Attorneys’ senior partners have been working together for more than 15 years. The team span generations, offering decades of experience to tackle any technological, legal and business challenges the firm’s clients face.
Offices: In addition to the professionals based in the main office in Rio de Janeiro, Licks Attorneys expanded activities to Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre., besides having a branch office in Tokyo, which provides closer proximity to the clients based in Asia.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Litigation: Licks Attorneys’ litigation team understands the risks associated with strategic litigation and the importance of blending legal skills and technical know-how to form an acute vision of the idiosyncrasies of each individual case. The firm represents clients before state and federal courts, as well as arguing appeals before the Brazilian Supreme Court and Superior Court of Justice. The firm’s success rate stands above competitors’ and is involved in the most significant lawsuits in Brazil. It is the most proactive firm assisting clients to successfully expedite patent examination before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office.
Prosecution: Licks Attorneys’ prosecution services are fully integrated with litigation and transactional areas. It is able to assist clients in the entire lifecycle of any IP assets, from branding and innovation processes to registration, from licensing and enforcement to due diligence and sale of IP rights both in Brazil and across the world. The firm’s prosecution team has the technical background and expertise in handling administrative proceedings with regards to patents, industrial designs, trademarks, copyrights and clinical research validation and drug registration. It handles matters in diverse areas such as chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, mechanics, electronics and telecommunications.
Counseling & Transactional:
Food & Drug Law: Licks Attorneys provides assistance covering the full range of regulatory issues that clients may face, from clinical trials to post-market safety and enforcement of data package exclusivity rights. The team includes health professionals and lawyers with backgrounds in the food and drug industries, who are and up to date with all news and events affecting the industry, providing a qualified and multidisciplinary approach for its clients.
Antitrust & Competition Law: Licks Attorneys has broad experience in defending clients in antitrust investigations initiated by the Brazilian authorities. The firm’s priority in such cases is to provide a comprehensive defense that focuses on a deep understanding of the specific facts and legal grounds related to regulation and IP affairs.
Unfair Competition: Brazilian law guarantees local and foreign companies a wide range of remedies against acts of unfair competition, including against false advertising, unauthorised use of know-how and trade secrets, trade-dress infringement, passing-off and a vast array of other unfair trade practices. The firm’s lawyers are experienced in assisting companies of all sizes in the defense against unfair competition acts or, on the other hand, to assist when an unmerited unfair competition claim is made against its clients.
Licensing & Technology Transfer: The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BRPTO), is deeply involved in the area of licensing and technology transfer. The firm’s professionals are fully trained to best advise clients and to negotiate, draft and register (where appropriate) patent and trademark license or technology transfer agreements before the BRPTO and the Brazilian Federal Bank.
Governmental Contracts & Tenders: Licks Attorneys provide assistance for companies intending to participate in public bids. This includes the provision of advice and the preparation of documents to be presented. The firm has experience in disputes challenging requirements for procurement, and the final results of the proceedings before the administrative authorities and the Brazilian Judiciary. The firm assists clients with their regulatory compliance rights and with the development of public-private partnerships ensuring noninfringement of their intellectual property rights.
Privacy & Cyber Security: Licks Attorneys can handle data privacy and cyber security issues, with a level of commitment and knowledge that differentiates its practice in the Brazilian market. The firm’s expertise in technology and internet legal matters allows it to bring a hands-on business experience to clients and to provide strategic advice on all aspects of data protection and information policy in Brazil, including data privacy compliance, cyber security and handling legal remedies and consequences in case of potential data breaches.
Criminal & Compliance: The firm has a dedicated practice area the area of criminal law and compliance with a highly qualified team of professionals that can provide support in any type of criminal proceedings initiated through Brazilian authorities, and act as a liaison with police authorities, criminal prosecutors and customs authorities in assisting clients in case of incidents and investigations.
LANGUAGES: Portuguese, English, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish.