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‘Go-to firm’ Bhering Advogados has significant geographical coverage, with offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Curitiba, and maintains close relationships with international and local clients. Among a string of recent successes in IP litigation, it acted for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in trade mark litigation against Koerich Incorporação e Participação; after obtaining a preliminary injunction for the client, the team succeeded in negotiating a favourable settlement. Philippe Bhering is ‘very skilled, responsive and helpful’, and makes ‘a personal investment in doing a good job and providing excellent service’. Karlo Fonseca Tinoco, Pedro Bhering and Isabel Milman are other key figures. The team provides ‘thorough, complete and accurate responses’, and reports ‘new developments in a timely manner’.

Leading IP firm Dannemann Siemsen Advogados is well established in the Brazilian market, and complements its IP practice with ancillary expertise in areas such as franchising, regulatory and consumer law. It had another busy year in 2017, representing numerous clients in complex patent litigation. In one highlight, Eduardo da Gama Camara Junior acted for a US-based multinational company in a patent infringement dispute, in which the Court of São Paulo confirmed the client’s right to enforce its patent and recover damages. Mauricio Teixeira Desiderio specialises in the protection of plant varieties, and Peter Eduardo Siemsen in sports law. Electrical engineer and partner Gustavo de Freitas Morais, Luiz Henrique do Amaral, Marina Inês Fuzita Karakanian and Joaquim Eugenio Goulart are also names to note.

Highly regarded IP boutique Gusmão & Labrunie fields a sizeable team of ‘committed professionals’ who provide ‘a good balance between quality of work and response time’. The practice is split between consultancy and litigation, with specialisms in trade marks, designs, copyright and patents. In a significant case that established the standards for the practice of comparative advertising in Brazil, João Vieira da Cunha successfully represented Spectrum Brands and Rayovac in a lawsuit filed by Procter & Gamble. Also recommended are José Roberto d’Affonseca Gusmão and Jacques Labrunie, who co-founded the firm; Thiago Arpagaus de Souza; Gabriela Lima Silva; and consulting and trade mark practice head Laetitia d’Hanens. Ana Paula Celidonio left in April 2018 and Fernando Eid Philipp has taken up an in-house position; other internal developments included the arrival of several patent specialists and associates.

From its offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Porto Alegre, renowned firm Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property handles the gamut of IP work, with specialisms in areas such as patents, domain names, data privacy, IP licensing and marketing law. The firm’s clients include leading Brazilian and multinational companies across the life sciences, TMT, and food and beverage sectors. João Vianna specialises in the prosecution and filing of patents; Filipe da Cunha Leonardos leads the trade marks department; and Anderson Ribeiro heads the regulatory affairs practice. IP litigation is a particular strength, with Cláudio Roberto Barbosa, Gabriel Francisco Leonardos, Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete and Nancy Satiko Caigawa among the key contacts in this field.

The ‘excellent’ BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a ‘very strong, responsive and practical’ IP team which includes lawyers, scientists and engineers. Its international experience enables it to manage and coordinate the international IP portfolios of its clients, and it also stands out for its strength in data privacy. A range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters feature in its recent workload. Antonella Carminatti and Claudia Schulz attract strong praise, and senior associates José Eduardo Pieri and Pedro Frankovsky Barroso are also key members of the team, often leading on complex transactions.

Highly rated boutique Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello operates from Rio de Janeiro and has a long history in the market, with specialisms including trade marks, industrial designs, technology transfer, advertising, franchising and regulatory law. Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta’s practice takes in cyber law, domain name and copyright matters. Other leading figures in the sizeable team include Eduardo Magalhães Machado, Roberto Vieira de Mello and Gabriela Salerno.

Trench Rossi Watanabe is well versed in high-profile IP matters, both contentious and non-contentious. With its extensive office network, the firm is a popular choice for multinational companies, many of which are leaders in their respective fields. Among its work highlights, Marcela Trigo de Souza acted for Pfizer in a patent infringement case against a Brazilian pharmaceutical company, while Flávia Vasconcelos assisted Unilever in securing "highly renowned" status for several of its trade marks. Flávia Rebello heads the department. Esther Miriam Flesch left the firm in 2017.

Veirano Advogados’ Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira have notable expertise in IP, with complementary experience in IT, media and entertainment law and access to the full-service capabilities of the firm. The team, which includes a number of experienced associates, acts for Brazilian and international companies in areas such as copyright, domain names, patents and advertising.

Daniel Legal & IP Strategy is notable for its strength in the technology and life sciences sectors. Among its clients in the latter is Bristol-Myers Squibb, with Ricardo Nunes and Breno Akherman recently achieving a notable victory for the client in a case concerning prior consent by ANVISA when a federal judge invalidated an administrative decision and ordered ANVISA to re-examine the client’s patent application. Unfair competition, criminal litigation, data protection and privacy are niche areas of expertise. André Ferreira de Oliveira, Andrew Bellingall and Robert Daniel-Shores are names to note.

David do Nascimento Advogados Associados S/C provides ‘great-quality service’, and ‘takes into consideration possible future consequences’. The boutique firm acts for clients in a multitude of sectors, including cosmetics, food and beverages, and technology – many of them with global operations. Ricardo do Nascimento leads on civil and criminal IP litigation. Marcello do Nascimento has ‘great expertise and knowledge’.

Demarest Advogados provides a broad range of IP services to its clients, which include household-name international and Brazilian companies. ‘Incredible lawyer’ Tatiana Campello ‘thinks about all the factors that might affect a situation’ and ‘makes things happen by turning thoughts into action’; and the ‘very committed’ Marcelo Inglez de Souza provides ‘valuable insights’. Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha is active in IP litigation, and senior associate Julia Davet Pazos specialises in IP and data protection.

IP is a core focus at boutique firm Di Blasi, Parente & Associados, which is instructed by life sciences, energy, sports and entertainment companies, among others. The firm stands out for the strength of its IP litigation practice, though its work also includes a range of non-contentious matters. Gabriel Di Blasi and Paulo Parente Marques Mendes are leading figures in the team, which comprises IP attorneys, agents and technical experts. Eriça Tomimaru’s expertise covers patents, unfair competition and anti-piracy.

Based in Porto Alegre, Guerra IP draws on several decades of experience in the market. Its services span copyright, patents, trade marks and technology transfer agreements, with Ricardo Pinho a key name in the latter field. IP litigation is another strength. Other contacts include Cristina Guerra, Alberto Guerra and Rosane Tavares.

Licks Attorneys stands out for its strong life sciences practice, although its client base extends beyond this sector. Recent highlights include representing Merck Sharp & Dohme in trade mark infringement proceedings, with Eduardo Hallak and a team prevailing in securing usage of the trade mark BRAVECTO in Brazil. Otto Licks is ‘innovative and technically strong’. Ana Carolina Corrêa, Felipe Mesquita and Nuno Carvalho are other key partners.

Dedicated IP firm Luiz Leonardos & Advogados has a long history in the Brazilian market, and its practice takes in patents, trade marks, anti-counterfeiting, plant varieties, and food and drug law. Key names include Luiz Leonardos, Gustavo Starling Leonardos and Ana Paula Jardim, who heads the patent department.

Murta Goyanes Advogados ‘always strives to provide commercial advice at a reasonable cost’. It has expanded its trade mark prosecution practice in recent years, attracting instructions from Brazilian and international companies in a multitude of sectors. The team also handles a busy workload of patent prosecution, domain name registration, copyright and entertainment law matters alongside a range of IP litigation. Antonio Murta Filho and Luiza Duarte Pereira are ‘commercially minded with an appreciation of the complexities of the law’. Marcelo Goyanes and Luis Henrique Porangaba draw on 20 and 15 years’ IP experience respectively.

‘Top-notch’ firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados maintains a busy IP practice which is active in traditional areas including patents and trade marks as well as having expertise in data privacy and protection. André Zonaro Giacchetta is representing MasterCard in an ongoing copyright dispute concerning one of its products. José Mauro Machado co-heads the team. IT and IP specialist Larissa Maria Galimberti Afonso made partner in 2018.

Silveiro Advogados continued to work with longstanding clients and also picked up several new clients across the sports, medical devices and financial services sectors. Rodrigo Azevedo leads the team, which is particularly adept in IP litigation and crisis management. In other recent work, the team assisted an international conglomerate in relation to branding matters and trade mark protection.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados excels in IP litigation and enforcement, with recent work including representing a company in the sports clothing segment in two lawsuits involving counterfeit products. Practice heads Eduardo Ribeiro Augusto and Márcio Costa de Menezes e Gonçalves led the advice. Daniel Pitanga was promoted to partner in 2018.

IP boutique Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados services a broad client base of local, regional and international companies. In addition to its extensive IP practice, it also assists clients in competition, regulatory and commercial law matters. Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia is the firm’s founder and managing partner.

Full-service law firm TozziniFreire Advogados advises large companies – domestic and international – on IP matters, in areas such as trade mark and patent prosecution, and licensing, franchise and technology transfer agreements. It also has niche expertise in fashion law; in recent work, Andreia de Andrade Gomes assisted a Brazilian fashion company on the expansion of its brand worldwide. Marcela Waksman Ejnisman’s practice takes in IP, technology and cybersecurity.

Tania Liberman heads the IP team at KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados, which provides a ‘very fast and accurate’ service. She and Maria Cristina Junqueira are defending a Brazilian company in litigation concerning an industrial design. Associate Fernando Bousso joined Felsberg Advogados in 2018.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Fabio Kujawski has a strong IP and IT practice, and is well versed in transactional and contentious work. The IP team includes several experienced senior associates and counts Netflix, Twitter and SOMOS Educação among its clients.

Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio, Vainzof Advogados Associados acts for medium-size and large companies, many of them with global operations. Several of its partners have significant experience in IP, including Renato Opice Blum, Juliana Abrusio and Marcos Bruno, and data protection is a particular strength.

Souto Correa Cesa Lummertz & Amaral Advogados provides ‘consistently excellent and timely service at a fair price’. It recently expanded its IP team with the hire of new associates and patent consultants, and it also picked up a number of new clients. Leticia Provedel heads the practice and is recommended.

The IP, life sciences and technology department at SPLaw has carved out a niche representing Israeli companies and pharmaceutical sector clients. Founding partner Benny Spiewak is the name to note.

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