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Copyright

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A leading firm in the area’, Baker McKenzie is well-known for handling complex copyright disputes and regulatory matters. It is advising a global corporation on copyright negotiations connected to the provision of services and applicable tariffs. José María Méndez, Carles Prat and Cristina Duch are recommended.

Bird & Bird’s ‘top-notch copyright team’, which is led by the ‘reputedManuel Lobato, was recently strengthened by the addition of Antonio Cueto, who joined from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. Raul Bercovitz led a team representing Mediapro, as the claimant, in a dispute against a pirate website pertaining to infringement of intellectual property rights and unfair competition. Group CT and Lexmark are also clients.

Clifford Chance’s team has extensive expertise acting for clients in enforcing IP rights under copyright legislation. The ‘impressive’ Miquel Montañá, who heads the practice, led advice to Banco Santander on multiple project finance operations for the production of several films and television series with an approximate value totalling €20m. Other work included successfully representing Ciber, as the respondent, in a dispute pertaining to the client’s implementation of enterprise resources planning software. Recently appointed partner Josep Montefusco and senior associate Juan Cuerva de Cañas are also noted.

A top practice for copyright matters’, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s ‘impressive’ team is ‘very attentive to details and client’s business needs’. The group assists Nike with all commercial and IP issues including online marketing and e-commerce and advises Sony on the negotiation of contracts regulating its films interests with local distributors. Eduardo Castillo leads the practice. Jesús Muñoz Delgado, Sofía Martínez and Ibán Diez are other key contacts.

Uría Menéndez’s team is representing a household-name media corporation in litigation concerning the ownership, licensing and infringement of a television series format. Clients include Telefónica, Microsoft and Sony Mobile. Montiano Monteagudo leads the practice.

Cuatrecasas’ team was strengthened by the arrival of Álvaro Bourkaib from Uría Menéndez; he jointly heads the team with Albert Agustinoy. Highlights included advising Ibex 35-company Merlin Properties, on its rights over iconic building Torre Agbar (now Torre Glories) in Barcelona, which concerns rights over the building as a work of art and the legal implications of the use of its image as a commercially valuable product. Jorge Llevat and Jorge Monclús are also noted.

Elzaburu handles copyright disputes for leading corporations drawn from a variety of industries. Clients include El Corte Inglés, McDonald’s, Swarovski, Ikea and Mapfre. Practice head Antonio Castán, Enrique Armijo, Carlos Morán and Colm Ahern are the names to note.

At Garrigues, practice head Carolina Pina is defending Spotify against claims filed alleging failure to pay royalties for online phonograms. João Miranda de Sousa and Antonio Muñoz are also noted.

Boutique firm Grau & Angulo has notable expertise in IP litigation and has a wide and diverse client portfolio. Highlights included handling a copyright infringement pertaining to television channels. Practice head Jorge Grau, Ignacio Marqués, Guillem Villaescusa and Paula Gutiérrez are key names.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is defending CeramTec in proceedings initiated by Doceram for the alleged infringement of the copyright of its blue Cerazur ceramic pins for welding machines. Burkhart Goebel, Ana Castedo and Constanze Schulte are the key names.

Highlights for Abril Abogados, SL’ team included representing educational corporation Kumon in a claim against a former franchisee that imitated the client’s registered methodology and know-how. Rubén Canales leads the team.

ECIJA acts for media multinationals and small start-ups. Founding partner Hugo Écija and Alejandro Touriño are the key names.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier has expertise in cross-border IP litigation, where it is able to draw on the firm’s international network of offices. Luis Fernández Novoa, Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín are the names to note.

Sol Muntañola & Asociados is recognised for its specialised advice on copyright instructions. Mario Sol Muntañola and Francisco Javier Márquez lead the team.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo has strengthened its practice in this area following its global merger with Olswang LLP. The group acts for domestic and international clients on copyright issues spanning the pharmaceutical, technology, financial, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Blanca Escribano and Blanca Cortés are the key names.

DLA Piper LLP advises on complex copyright matters under Diego Ramos’ direction. Levi Strauss, Warner Bros, Pfizer and Bakuten are clients.

Vicente Arias leads the copyright practice at Eversheds Sutherland Nicea. The group is advising Netflix on matters pertaining to the delivery of services in the country.

Pedro Alemán Abogados’ multidisciplinary team advises clients in the entertainment, arts and online sectors. Pedro Alemán is the key contact.

RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran provides copyright advice to its corporate clients and has notable expertise acting in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Ignasi Costas is the key contact name.

At Augusta Abogados, the ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ Carlos Valls heads the copyright practice.

Auren is a key name for clients in the film industry. Pilar Sánchez-Bleda is noted.

At boutique firm Balder, Patricia Koch is the name to note for copyright disputes.

DA Lawyers handles contentious copyright matters. José Garrido and Helena Suárez are noted.

At Jones Day, Marta Delgado’s team acts for multinational clients on complex copyright matters.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor, Abogados provides ongoing advice to Nintendo of Europe on sensitive technology-related copyrights matters. Juan Pablo Correa and Manuela Serrano are the key names.

At Bardají & Honrado, Andy Ramos Gil de la Haza is the key contact for copyright matters.


Patents

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At Bird & Bird, ‘the experienced and knowledgeable team’ is led by Manuel Lobato. The group is defending B. Braun Melsungen in a patent nullity action initiated by an Indian manufacturer; the team had previously successfully acted for the same client in a related patent dispute brought by the claimant’s Spanish representative. Other clients include Chemo, Sygenta, Actavis and Rovi. Raul Bercovitz and Antonio Cueto are also recommended.

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘extensive industry knowledge’ and provides ‘very quick responses, appropriate advice and reasonable value for money’. The team represents Janssen Pharmaceutica in nullity proceedings initiated by Gadea Biopharma relating to the client’s product Xeplion and is also acting for the client in proceedings challenging the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office’s decision to grant a supplementary protection certificate for a separate product. The ‘reputable’ Miquel Montañá has ‘a savvy’ approach and Josep Montefusco was recently promoted to the partnership.

Elzaburu’s patent prosecution caseload is ‘impressive’ and it provides ‘timely responses, clear and pragmatic solutions and value for money’. Antonio Castán acted for a Spanish corporation in resisting the imposition of a preliminary injunction, successfully preventing the client’s product from being withdrawn from the market. Enrique Armijo and Francisco Sáez are other key names.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s sizeable team is regularly involved in high-end, cross-border matters and its expertise spans protection issues, commercialisation and the enforcement of patents. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, Gonzalo Ulloa and Álvaro de Castro are representing Bristol-Myers Squibb and Ono in a patent infringement and nullity claim against Merck & Co. Jesús Muñoz-Delgado, Sofía Martínez and José Miguel Lissén are also noted.

Grau & Angulo advises client in an array of sectors on complex matters in the patent space. Founding partner Jorge Grau, alongside Jesús Arribas and Laura Morales, successfully acted for Nestlé in a dispute with Fast Eurocafé concerning the client’s Nescafé Dolce Gusto product. Fellow founding partner Alejandro Angulo and Javier Huarte are other key names. Ignacio Marqués was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie.

Herrero & Asociados represents local and international corporations in a variety of sectors, including a number of Ibex 35 corporations. Clients include Gas Natural, Freixenet, Repsol, Hasbro, Paris Hilton and LinkedIn. José Luis López, Juan Casulá and María Ángeles Moreno are noted.

Recent work for Uría Menéndez’s team included defending Roche Diagnostics against allegations of patent infringement concerning its non-invasive pre-natal test, and acting for NSK and Toyota Motor Corporation in proceedings against two Japanese motor vehicle manufacturers in disputes pertaining to alleged patent infringements. José Massaguer, Montiano Monteagudo and Ingrid Pi are recommended.

Abril Abogados, SL is a key name for patent disputes. Recent highlights include advising Pharmex Losartan on a variety of IP and contractual issues and acting for a US corporation in litigation concerning a breach of its European patent rights. Bankinter and Volvo are also clients. Ignacio Temiño and Carlos González are the key contacts.

Boutique firm Balder has notable expertise in the electro-mechanical and telecoms sectors. Clients includes Repsol, ThyssenKrupp, Hard Rock, Bulgari and Visa. Litigation practice head Patricia Koch and Miguel Aznar are the names to note.

Cuatrecasas’ team assists local and international clients with innovative patent issues. New arrival Álvaro Bourkaib, who joined from Uría Menéndez, coordinates the Madrid team, and works closely with Barcelona-based head of practice Albert Agustinoy. The group handled patent litigation for Oatly and provides ongoing advice to Ipsen on patent and know-how matters. Jorge Llevat is also noted.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea handles complex, big-ticket patent disputes for local and international pharmaceutical and chemical clients, including Merck & Co, DuPont and Huntsman. Kiko Carrión represented Teva Pharmaceutical in successfully challenging a patent injunction granted to Pfizer in proceedings before the Spanish Court of Appeal. José Mariano Cruz co-heads the practice.

Garrigues successfully represented 3M in a landmark patent infringement case pertaining to one of the client’s products; the case set precedent on direct and indirect patent infringement in Spain. Carolina Pina and João Miranda de Sousa jointly head the team. Enrique Grande and Mónica Arizti are also noted.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier’s experienced patent litigation team has a core focus on the life sciences, electronics and telecoms sectors. The team successfully represented technology corporation Fractus in three different preliminary injunctions. Luis Fernández Novoa, Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín are key contacts.

DLA Piper LLP’s team advised a global engineering company on the protection and defence of several valuable patents. Clients include Levi Strauss, Warner Bros, Pfizer and Bacardi. Diego Ramos is the name to note.

At Deloitte Legal, Dulce Miranda is advising a major Spanish bank on matters connected to the protection, use, and maintenance of its financial software products. Other clients include Spain’s National Paralympics Committee, Roche and Teva Pharmaceutical.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is best known for handling patent disputes with a global element for pharmaceutical and telecoms clients. Ana Castedo is representing a major telecoms corporation in patent infringement proceedings; the claim is valued in excess of €500m. Practice heads Burkhart Goebel and Andreas Renck and associate Inmaculada Lorenzo are noted.

Jausas’ experienced team handles patent registration, as well as defending against patent infringement claims. Josep Carbonell leads the practice.

The ‘innovative team’ at RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran acts for start-ups and medium-size corporations active in the pharmaceutical, high-tech and health sectors, among others. Ignasi Costas and Oscar Alegre are noted.

At Baker McKenzie, Carles Prat is the key name for patent-related matters.

DA Lawyers’ José Garrido handles contentious patent matters.

Pons IP provides comprehensive advice on the implementation of patent strategies. Alberto Rabadán and Isabel Cortés are the names to note.


Trade marks

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Elzaburu’s trade marks practice has ‘a strong knowledge of Spanish and European IP legislation’ and provides ‘accurate advice’. In one highlight, the practice acted for McDonald’s in a dispute against McJamón pertaining to trade mark infringement. Luis Baz, Jesús Gómez Montero, Luis Beneyto and Fernando Illardia are the key names. Toyomi, CaixaBank and Verizon are clients.

An important name in the trade mark arena’, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is regularly involved in some of the most notable trade marks cases. It is acting for Carrefour in a landmark case against Portuguese retail group Sonae concerning the client’s registered name "Continente", the dispute involves issues of residual goodwill, trade mark infringement and unfair competition. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, Gonzalo Ulloa, Jesús Muñoz-Delgado and Sofía Martínez are recommended.

Grau & Angulo has a strong reputation for handling anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and design enforcement matters. The practice represented Adidas in a dispute with Patriot, King Size Products and others pertaining to trade mark and design infringements relating to the Spanish football team kit supplied by the client. Founding partners Alejandro Angulo and Jorge Grau lead the practice ably aided by Sonia Santos. Ignacio Marqués joined the team from Baker McKenzie. Carlota Viola is also noted.

With a 45-strong team, Hogan Lovells International LLP houses one of the largest teams in the market and handles the full spectrum of work in the trade mark area including management of portfolios, designs, trade mark infringement, litigation, and enforcement actions, and operates from the firm’s Madrid and Alicante offices. A team led by Constanze Schulte and Burkhart Goebel act for AB InBev in its dispute with Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar relating to the trade mark "Budweiser". Andreas Renck, Imogen Fowler and Ana Castedo are also noted.

Uría Menéndez stands out for its ‘level of service, business acumen and partner availability’. Practice head José Massaguer led a team acting for a high-profile corporation in litigation concerning the cancellation of protected trade marks due to lack of use. Other clients include Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Chevrolet and Groupon Spain. Montiano Monteagudo and Ingrid Pi are also noted.

Baker McKenzie is adept at handling trade mark disputes for major local and international corporations. Cristina Duch advises PortAventura resort on all matters pertaining to the trade mark protection of attractions created by Italian giant Ferrari located in the client’s theme park. Carles Prat is ‘prestigious’ and José María Méndez is an experienced practitioner.

Bird & Bird’s considerable expertise in the space spans trade marks issues and related trade secrets, design and unfair competition matters. Raul Bercovitz and Teresa Mercadal are acting for Laboratorios del Dr Esteve in claims against two corporations pertaining to infringement of its "After Bite" trade mark. Other clients include EOS Products, Grupo Cortefiel, Tillster, Mediapro and Musaat. Practice head Manuel Lobato and Antonio Cueto are the key contacts.

Cuatrecasas is sought out by local and international clients to handle innovative and high-end instructions, particularly concerning the exploitation and management of image rights where Jean-Yves Teindas is a key name. Highlights included representing Bose France in a trade mark dispute alleging parallel importation. Álvaro Burkaib, who joined from Uría Menéndez, coordinates the Madrid practice. Practice head Albert Agustinoy and Jorge LLevat are also noted.

Garrigues handles litigation, transactional work and general advice concerning trade marks, designs, and other connected issues for its domestic and international client base. The group is advising Sky on enforcing its trade marks in Spain. Amazon, BBVA and Bimba & Lola are also clients. Carolina Pina and João Miranda de Sousa jointly head the practice.

Herrero & Asociados has expertise in trade marks prosecution and enforcement. The group is advising Repsol on its trade marks portfolio and is acting for Paris Hilton on matters connected to the protection of her trade marks in Europa and Latin America. María Ángeles Moreno, José Luis López and Mario de Justo are noted.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier acts for an impressive list of clients and is best known for handling complex litigation in the trade mark space. Highlights included representing logistics company Rhenus in a trade mark dispute against a Spanish company, pertaining to an alleged breach of its registered rights over the "Rhenus Shipping" mark. Laura Alonso, Luis Fernández Novoa, Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín are key names.

Abril Abogados, SL is a key name for clients in the automobile and pharmaceutical industries. Other work includes successfully representing Hearst Communications in a dispute with online magazine Cosmolleida pertaining to trade mark and copyright violations. Ignacio Temiño is the key name.

At Augusta Abogados, the ‘experienced’ Carlos Valls leads the trade marks practice. The team is representing an international construction corporation in trade marks disputes with its former Spanish distributor. Carmen Torrents is also noted.

Clifford Chance’s practice has experience acting for major players in enforcing trade mark rights. Miquel Montañá leads the team ably aided by Josep Montefusco. Samsung, Philip Morris International, Honda Motor and Agrolimen are among its clients.

ECIJA’s team, which has notable expertise in the media and technology sectors, handles trade marks, designs and domain names issues. Hugo Écija, Carlos Pérez, Juan Salmerón and Alejandro Touriño are the key names.

Barcelona-based boutique Sol Muntañola & Asociados has a strong reputation in the market and stands out for its partners’ involvement in matters. Mario Sol Muntañola has considerable expertise in the space and Francisco Javier Márquez and Marita Dargallo are also key names.

At Balder, Olof Fickert and Oscar García jointly head the practice. The team successfully represented New Balance Athletic in arbitration concerning its registered trade name.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo acts for local and international clients on contentious and non-contentious trade marks matters. The practice has been strengthened by its merger with now defunct firm Olswang Spain LLP. Blanca Escribano and Blanca Cortés are the key names.

DLA Piper LLP advises wine and spirit producer Bacardi on the protection of its brands and products in Spain and Portugal and also assists Liverpool F.C. with all issues pertaining to the commercial exploitation of its brand in the country. Diego Ramos heads the practice.

At Jacobacci, Ignacio Martínez is the key contact for trade marks instructions.

Recently promoted partner Marta Delgado leads Jones Day’s IP department and advises local and international corporations on the full spectrum of work across the trade marks arena. The team has expertise advising clients in the luxury and consumer goods sectors. Clients include Cardinal Health, PWN Global and L Capital (LVMH)-El Ganso.

RCD - Rousaud Costas Duran acts for well-known Spanish corporations in trade mark-related litigation. The team is representing a high-profile beer producer in a dispute regarding the registration of a generic name as a recognisable trade mark by a rival corporation. Ignasi Costas heads the department.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor, Abogados has a core focus handling trade mark-related matters for clients from the beauty, technology, arts and design industries. Andrea Garcés and Jaime Morey are noted.

Bardají & Honrado’s Andy Ramos de la Haza is defending Yoga Center against a trade mark claim initiated by Asociación Española de Yoga Iyengar.

DA Lawyers represented Constructora de Obras Municipales in a trade mark dispute against construction corporation Comsa pertaining to trade mark infringement. José Garrido is the key contact.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea is advising Room Mate on the protection of its trade mark portfolio. Kiko Carrión and José Mariano Cruz are the key names.

Pons IP successfully represented Fon Wireless in opposing a word mark. Alberto Rabadán and Isabel Cortés are the names to note.


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