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Garrigues Portugal stands out for its experience in intellectual property disputes, and defended clothes retailer Cofemel in a copyright and unfair competition case brought by G-Star Raw. ‘Trustworthy, proactive and empathetic’ managing partner João Miranda de Sousa leads the team. At senior associate level, Isabel Bairrão is ‘very competent’ and Francisca Ferreira Pinto is ‘on top of relevant developments’.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides ‘efficient, sound and prompt advice at reasonable costs’, and is recommended for handling patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. Elsewhere, Carlos Osório de Castro is advising Cristiano Ronaldo on image rights. At senior associate level, Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is ‘extremely versatile and comprehensive’, providing ‘thoughtful and well-reasoned’ advice on trade mark matters, and Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is also recommended.

Trade mark infringement cases constitute a significant portion of the practice at pbbr – Pedro Pinto, Bessa Monteiro, Reis, Branco, Alexandre Jardim & Associados, which ‘foresees potential problems’. Clients include pharmaceutical company Alcon, and winery Opus One. Ricardo Henriques and César Bessa Monteiro Jr provide ‘speedy and pragmatic advice’, and founding partner César Bessa Monteiro is also recommended.

PLMJ, Law Firm provides ‘smart, quick and effective’ advice on copyright, design right and trade mark infringement cases. Recent matters include patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. Clients include Bacardi, Samsung and Toshiba. Ana Teresa Pulido and Manuel Lopes Rocha are the practice co-heads.

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s ‘creative’ team is highly regarded for patent expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. Clients include AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Shionogi and Novartis; the firm successfully represented the latter in mandatory arbitration concerning the withdrawal of infringing products from the market. António de Magalhães Cardoso and managing associates António Andrade, Margarida Sameiro and Patrícia Paias are recommended.

Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados – Sociedade de Advogados, R.L is highly regarded for handling IP-related disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. The team is representing clients, including Actavis and Teva, in mandatory arbitrations. Managing partner Teresa Anselmo Vaz and Ana Rita Paínho are noted.

BMA – Baptista, Monteverde & Associados frequently handles contentious matters, and successfully obtained an out-of-court agreement with a company that had partially reproduced the client’s trade mark. Paulo Monteverde and Filipe Teixeira Baptista are the key names.

Providing ‘prompt replies to complex requests’, the team at CMS advised media company Meo on the transfer of 307 trade marks from PT Comunicações in the context of Portugal Telecom’s restructuring. José Luís Arnaut is ‘reliable, dynamic and knowledgeable’, and ‘diligent and professional’ managing associate João Paulo Mioludo is recommended for trade mark matters.

The ‘experienced and detail-orientedLeonor Chastre leads the team at Cuatrecasas, which provides ‘premium-quality’ advice. It has strong experience in the IT sector and advises Microsoft on software licensing agreements. Other clients include Samsung and the Portuguese Tennis Federation.

SRS Advogados advises clients such as cement manufacturer Secil on the worldwide management of IP rights. The ‘hardworking and pragmaticOctávio Castelo Paulo is a TMT expert, of counsel Gonçalo Moreira Rato is ‘very business-minded’ and managing associate Raquel Cuba Martins is also noted. João Machado de Barros joined from his own firm as of counsel in 2016.

Caiado Guerreiro & Associados handles a range of services including advice on trade secrets and plant variety rights, and has specialist experience in patent infringement cases pertaining to generic medicines. Ricardo Costa Macedo is ‘proactive and available’.

The ‘very responsive’ team at DLA Piper ABBC advised Science4you on trade mark registration procedures. João Costa Quinta leads the group, which was bolstered by of counsel Pedro Simões Dias’s arrival from an in-house position.

Led by Carlos Pinto Correia, Linklaters has niche expertise in sport-related matters and frequently advises on the IP aspects of corporate transactions. The firm recently handled patent infringement disputes for Pfizer.

APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira De Sousa, S.P., R.L. assisted Mediabrands Portugal with questions pertaining to copyright ownership of work created by its agencies. Belén Granados is the name to note.

TMT specialist firm CCA Ontier advised media group Cofina on the licensing of a Brazilian TV show. Recent work has also included a number of trade mark filings. Practice head Filipe Mayer ‘instils confidence through his professional approach’.

Coelho Ribeiro e Associados is particularly strong in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, and represented a pharmaceutical company in litigation concerning veterinary medical products’ trade marks. Jaime Medeiros and Mónica Oliveira Costa are recommended.

Led by senior associate Margarida Roda Santos, FCB Sociedade de Advogados is very active in trade mark filings, with notable strength in the pharmaceutical sector and cross-border work involving Angola. CGI is a client.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s team provides ongoing copyright and unfair competition advice to Dart Industries. The ‘experienced’ Gonçalo Paiva e Sousa joined from J. E. Dias Costa.

MGRA, RL conducted an analysis of Pollet Water Group’s IP assets for a potential merger, and handled numerous disputes concerning trade secret misappropriation, trade mark ownership and IP enforcement for other clients. Helga Lopes Ribeiro is noted.

Raposo Bernardo’s Sónia das Neves Serafim ‘always gives her best’. She advised Retail Europark Fund on the prevention of copyright conflict in multiple commercial parks.

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