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    • Patrícia Paias - VdA Vieira de Almeida
    • Mariana Costa Pinto - Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L

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Garrigues Portugal’s ‘trustworthy, proactive’ team assisted Vorwerk with filing a preliminary injuction to stop the sale of a kitchen appliance that infringed the client’s Thermomix patents. Other highlights include advising Decathlon on claiming damages caused by the illegal reproduction and distribution of a piece of its sports equipment. ‘Proactive, empathetic’ managing partner João Miranda de Sousa ‘permanently adapts strategies to a client’s needs and objectives’. Senior associates Isabel Bairrão and Francisca Ferreira Pinto, who is ‘very swift in providing answers’, are also recommended.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ advice is ‘always timely and complete’. The group is highly recommended for patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector, and recently represented a fashion retailer in unfair competition and design infringement disputes. Senior associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is a trade mark expert who ‘works seamlessly’ with the client and provides ‘well-reasoned strategy’. Managing associate Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is another name to note.

PLMJ provides ‘fabulous service’; its advice on copyright, design right and trade mark infringement cases ‘helps navigate stakeholder relationships’. The group successfully represented Humberto Delgado’s son in a search and seizure order aimed at preventing the publication of a novel written by his father while in exile. Other clients include Carhartt, Microsoft and Samsung. The ‘experienced, wise and positiveAna Teresa Pulido is ‘a very good listener and clear communicator’ and jointly heads the team with Manuel Lopes Rocha.

VdA Vieira de Almeida’s intellectual property group is ‘very aware of changes and trends in the market’. With strong expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, it represented AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Daiichi Sankyo and Novartis in patent arbitrations. Advising technology sector clients is another mainstay of the practice. António de Magalhães Cardoso, António Andrade and managing associate Patrícia Paias, who has ‘a wealth of experience’, are the names to note.

In 2017, Abreu Advogados hired ‘professional and experienced’ practice head Manuel Durães Rocha from PMBGR – Trocado, Durães Rocha & Associados as well as of counsel César Bessa Monteiro and three associated partners from pbbr - Sociedade de Advogados RL. Associate partner Ricardo Henriques, is ‘an excellent strategist’ and led representation of TAG Heuer in a trade mark prosecution case.

Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L has ‘a highly skilled team’, well known for handling IP-related disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. It is representing Actavis and Teva in mandatory arbitrations brought by originator companies concerning the alleged infringement of generics. Ana Rita Paínho is ‘very calm and confident’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable about nuances of the Portuguese court system’. Also recommended are managing partner Teresa Anselmo Vaz and ‘friendly, diligent and well-prepared’ senior associate Mariana Costa Pinto.

BMA - Baptista, Monteverde & Associados is highly rated for handling contentious matters in the IP area. Its international client portfolio includes pharmaceutical sector clients, fashion retailers and technology companies. ‘Outstanding professionalPaulo Monteverde and Filipe Teixeira Baptista are recommended.

The ‘responsive, very knowledgeable’ team at CMS is ‘able to provide prompt replies to complex requests’. It recently acted for Energias de Portugal and Galp Energia on brand protection as well as copyright matters. Stand-out practitioners are José Luís Arnaut and managing associate João Paulo Mioludo.

Cuatrecasasanticipates the legal implications of all decisions’. The IP group advised research foundation Champalimaud on patent matters and assisted the Portuguese Tennis Federation with copyright, data protection and trade mark matters. ‘True leader’ Leonor Chastre is recommended along with managing associate Ana Costa Teixeira.

Clients are ‘very impressed’ with SRS Advogados’ services. The firm’s IP team is representing Luz Saúde in trade mark litigation, and also acts for Boehringer Ingelheim, Ropar Footwear and cement manufacturer Secil. ‘Very knowledgeable and professional’ Gonçalo Moreira Rato leads the group, which includes of counsel João Machado de Barros and managing associate Raquel Cuba Martins.

DLA Piper ABBC’s ‘very responsive’ team advised Grupo Multipessoal on industrial property rights protection and handled some trade mark work. João Costa Quinta heads the team.

The ‘attentive, diligent’ team at Caiado Guerreiro & Associados provides ‘quick and efficient’ advice. Contentious work included representing Fénix Lusitana in a trade mark infringement case. Ricardo Costa Macedo is ‘very accurate, committed and clear’.

With ‘outstanding business acumen and the highest levels of integrity and professionalism’, the ‘client-driven’ group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is ‘always looking for the best solutions from a practical perspective’. It recently advised Dart Industries on the protection of trade marks and copyrights. ‘Very experienced’ senior associate Gonçalo Paiva e Sousa acts as arbitrator in several pharmaceutical patent cases.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.’s ‘knowledgeable’ Belén Granados assisted the Interpublic Group of Companies with managing several EU and domestic trade marks.

CCA Ontier provides ‘very pragmatic and precise advice’, for example to Netflix on IP rights or, in a separate matter, to Invisalign on two IP infringement proceedings. Filipe Mayer ‘instils confidence with his professional approach’.

At Coelho Ribeiro e Associados, the team provides ‘excellent response times’. The group represented a foreign pharmaceutical company in trade mark litigation and advised a technology company on the protection of trade secrets. The ‘always available’ Jaime Medeiros and Mónica Oliveira Costa are recommended.

FCB Sociedade de Advogados regularly handles trade mark filings for clients such as Cabify. Senior associate Margarida Roda Santos heads the group.

Linklaters is representing Pfizer in patent infringement disputes. Carlos Pinto Correia leads the group.

Helga Lopes Ribeiro heads the group at MGRA, RL, which acted on licensing transactions and technology transfer agreements for IT, pharmaceutical and engineering companies. Clients include Coca-Cola and Royal Dahlman.

Raposo Bernardo advised clients such as Flying Tiger Copenhagen and Royal Caribbean on the full range of IP matters. Sónia das Neves Serafim ‘always gives her best’.

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