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IP boutique Dannemann Siemsen Advogados has a long history as one of the country’s signature firms for IP advice. With much of its work coming from abroad, the firm has specialist English, French and German departments. It also has specialist sector capabilities, with IT and technology a particularly fast-growing area. Pharma sector clients include Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson. Areas of niche expertise include Mauricio Teixeira Desiderio’s knowledge of plant varieties, and Peter Eduardo Siemsen’s sports law practice. Other names to note include Luiz Henrique do Amaral, Gustavo de Freitas Morais and highly-rated practice head José Antonio Faria Correa.

The ‘reliable and proficient’ team at Gusmão & Labrunie has a market-leading practice. It recently defended Danone in a case brought by Vigor concerning the Danone Grego yoghurt pot, which allegedly resembles the Vigor Grego pot. José Roberto Gusmão and Fernando Eid Philipp led advice to BRF Brasil in litigation against Seara Alimentos claiming trade mark infringement and unfair competition due to an advertising campaign causing an undue association between the Sadia and Seara trade marks. Other clients include Du Pont, Jaguar Land Rover, L’Oréal and Unilever. Name partners Gusmão and Jacques Labrunie are recommended along with the ‘available’ João Vieira da Cunha, Ana Paula Celidonio and Laetitia d’Hanens.

Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property is an IP heavyweight with a wide-ranging practice. João Vianna is the name to note for patents; Filipe da Cunha Leonardos is a trade mark expert; Gabriel Francisco Leonardos and Cláudio Roberto Barbosa are recommended for litigation; and the firm also has a fourth department dedicated to licensing. Recent work includes acting for a tyre manufacturer in litigation against a competitor, which used inaccurate information to compare the two companies’ products in an advertising campaign; a luxury fashion brand in counterfeiting litigation, after a group of stores did not cease to sell products despite having negotiated a settlement agreement; and a foreign home-improvement and garden supplies retailer on data protection matters.

A ‘service-focused’ firm, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a 14-strong IP department which acts for a solid roster of domestic and international clients. Antonella Carminatti led a successful defence of L’Oréal in litigation filed by Industria e Comercio de Cosmeticos GHF concerning the use of the expression ‘color show’ on nail polishes. Another recommended partner, Claudia Schulz, advised Ambev on entering into a joint venture with Whirlpool for the development and sale of a beverage production machine using a capsule-dispensing method, including the streamlining of licensing and sub-licensing agreements.

Bhering Advogados is ‘very responsive’ and ‘reliable’, and provides ‘cost-effective advice’. Now 30-strong, the team grew with three lateral hires including Karlo Fonseca Tinoco, who joined from MT Advogados Associados in December 2015. He specialises in the French market, while Philippe Bhering is part of a thriving German desk, and founding partner Pedro Bhering is part of a team dedicated to the US market. The group provided freedom-to-operate analyses to numerous clients, such as BASF and MAN Truck & Bus; negotiated a technology transfer agreement for Renault; and advised the Warner group on trade mark matters.

One of the best options for a multinational company aiming to do business in Brazil’, Demarest Advogados handles the full range of IP work for a broad client base. It assists Light – Serviços de Eletricidade in relation to patent matters, and PSA Peugeot Citroën with trade mark and industrial design matters. Tatiana Campello, a ‘natural leader and excellent presenter’, has recently handled patent prosecution work for ICM, relating to renewable energy technology. Marcelo Inglez de Souza is ‘trustworthy and very available’.

Rio de Janeiro-based boutique Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello has a long history in the IP field, and is recognised as ‘a solution-oriented representative in litigation’. Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta, Eduardo Magalhães Machado and Roberto Vieira de Mello are highly recommended.

With a strong international network, Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, associated with Baker & McKenzie advises major international clients such as AbbVie, Caterpillar, Gillette, H&M, HSBC and Unilever. Its work in 2015 included trade dress and trade mark infringement matters, and technology transfer agreement instructions. The ‘committed’ Flávia Rebello advised a multinational beverage company concerning the non-payment of inter-company royalties for IP rights licensed to subsidiaries in Brazil. Marcela Trigo de Souza and Flávia Vasconcelos are also recommended.

Veirano Advogados has an ‘excellent’ IP department, with strong litigation capabilities. Advertising, franchising and technology transfer expert Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira, who regularly acts on IT-related IP matters, are recommended by clients and peers alike. Clients include multinationals such as Pfizer, Nokia and Tag Heuer.

While best known for trade mark litigation, Daniel Advogados is increasingly active in contractual matters, and counterfeiting and patent litigation. It recently advised AbbVie on cancelling mailbox patents, and defended CNH Latin America in litigation brought by Brazilian companies concerning the alleged improper use of patented technologies in harvesters and seeders. André Ferreira de Oliveira heads the department, and is recommended along with Andrew Bellingall, who ‘presents arguments and opinions clearly and concisely’, and Robert Daniel-Shores, ‘an up-and-coming young partner with experience in international trade mark matters’.

Boutique firm David do Nascimento Advogados Associados S/C has a ‘very approachable and proactive’ team covering the full spectrum of IP work. The ‘very skilled’ Marcello do Nascimento filed proceedings on behalf of a sports fashion brand following the seizure of over 50,000 items of clothing infringing the client’s trade mark. Ricardo do Nascimento and David do Nascimento are the other partners in the team, which includes a further 20 lawyers and IP agents.

Rio de Janeiro-based Di Blasi, Parente & Associados is a highly-rated boutique with notable strength in litigation and a wide-ranging client base including names such as Coca-Cola, Tetra Pak and Volkswagen do Brasil. Gabriel Di Blasi and Paulo Parente Marques Mendes head the practice.

Porto Alegre-based Guerra IP provides ‘sound, efficient and cost-effective advice’ and covers the full range of IP matters. Along with Ricardo Pinho, president of the intellectual property association ABAPI, and IT expert Flavio Leonardos, Cristina Guerra, Alberto Guerra, Rosane Tavares and Patricia Lusoli are highlighted by clients as excellent practitioners. A recent highlight was advising Airbnb on a co-existence agreement with Banco do Nordeste regarding the BNB marks.

IP boutique Luiz Leonardos & Advogados has a team of six senior partners. Luiz Leonardos is very highly rated, and Marcelo de Oliveira Müller is a ‘very engaged’ practitioner. The firm is regularly instructed by large domestic and international clients.

At Pinheiro Neto Advogados, the ‘available, technical and intelligent’ André Zonaro Giacchetta handles Alpargatas’ IP portfolio, which includes the Havaianas brand, and also LG Electronics’ portfolio. José Mauro Machado has recently acted in numerous unfair competition matters, and a geographical indication case. The team is also active in transactional support.

At Siqueira Castro Advogados, Eduardo Ribeiro Augusto and Márcio Costa de Menezes e Gonçalves are the key lawyers for IP work. In 2015, the group successfully represented Nextel in an action against a company using expressions of property, and acted for SKY Brasil in litigation against five individuals who had published confidential information. It also acted in an unfair competition case, in which the undue use of the label ‘patented product’ was prohibited.

IP boutique Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados covers the full range of services for a strong client roster including Dell and Nestlé. Name partner Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia comes highly recommended.

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for numerous cosmetics companies, and recently advised a subsidiary of Estée Lauder on registering trade mark licence agreements. Other clients include Hyundai, Mitsubishi Motors and Sumitomo Metals. The four-partner team includes Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and Andreia de Andrade Gomes, who has niche experience in fashion and design law.

Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados is highly rated for IP litigation, and recently acted for Microsoft in relation to the illegal use of software. It also represented Konica Minolta in trade mark infringement and unfair competition litigation brought against a company which sold refurbished copy machines as the client’s products. Alexandre da Cunha Lyrio leads the team.

KLA – Koury Lopes Advogados is experienced in the IP aspects of M&A transactions and in acquisitions of IP rights. Tania Liberman led the defence of Wikimedia in litigation filed by a musician seeking the removal of her profile page from Wikipedia on the ground that it included allegedly false information.

Levy & Salomão regularly acts for artists and publishers. Key lawyer Simone Lahorgue Nunes is experienced in live events and artists’ and athletes’ agreements, and has recently advised numerous clients, including Counterweight Productions, on audio-visual content production matters.

Practice head Elton Minasse and senior associate Carla Castello are the names to note at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. The group successfully defended E! and HBO in a lawsuit brought by a screenplay writer alleging infringement of copyright. Other clients include Nissan, Sony and Warner Brothers. Since publication, Carla Castello has left the firm.

An expert in IT-related advice, Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio, Vainzof Advogados Associados handles IP matters relating to unauthorised database access and online trading. Renato Opice Blum and Juliana Abrusio are recommended.

Quickly building a strong market presence, Provedel Advogados delivers ‘consistent high-quality services at competitive rates’. The group handles SABMiller’s entire IP enforcement and prosecution portfolio, and successfully represented Arnold Schwarzenegger in litigation concerning the use of the ‘Arnold’ trade mark. Other clients include Gilberto Gil, Honda and Vale. ‘Extremely competent’ founding partner Leticia Provedel is recommended along with Patricia Franco, who joined from Daniel Advogados in January 2015.

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados provides ‘precise, objective and fair’ advice, and key lawyer and associate Luiz Felipe Di Sessaquickly understands a client’s needs and provides straight answers’. He manages Dama Comércio de Alimentos e Promoções’ entire IP portfolio, and also recently advised Whirlpool on the IP aspects of a joint venture with Ambev.

IP boutique Vilage Brazil Intellectual Property has foreign offices in London and Miami, in addition to its 22 domestic offices. The ‘professional’ Sonia Carlos Antonio is recommended.

ZCBS – Zancaner Costa, Bastos e Spiewak Advogados acts for clients in the defence, pharma and biotechnology sectors, as well as in media and IT. Drawing on a strong Israeli practice, the group advises Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on a broad range of IP matters, including trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and unpatented proprietary know-how. Lead partner Benny Spiewak is ‘business oriented and straightforward’.

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