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Elzaburu successfully advised El Corte Ingl√©s in a trade marks dispute concerning infringement of its well-known name by a retailer selling products under the name El Corte Chino. Luis Baz, Jes√ļs G√≥mez Montero, Luis Beneyto and Fernando Ilardia are key members of the practice.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados handles an array of multijurisdictional instructions in the trade marks sector. The practice is acting for Sanrio in several disputes against the registration and/or use of signs similar to its well-known HELLO KITTY or CHARM KITTY trade marks. Sofía Martínez-Almeida, Gonzalo Ulloa and Eduardo Castillo are recommended for their expertise.

Grau & Angulo has cemented its good name for advice on anti-counterfeiting, trade mark and design enforcement. In a landmark judicial case, the team successfully advised Carolina Herrera (and other companies of the Puig Group) against Industria Aragonesa et al in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition action. Alejandro Angulo and Jorge Grau are noted for their expertise.

Housing a large IP team that operates from Madrid and Alicante, Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on the full spectrum of trade marks matters. It advised Banco Santander on a dispute with German bank Sparkasse, which sought the cancellation of its trade mark colour red for alleged regulatory infringement. Practice co-heads Bukhart Goebel and Andreas Renck, along with Imogen Fowler and Constanze Schulte, are all noteworthy.

Ur√≠a Men√©ndez garners praise for its ‚Äėhigh-level of service, knowledge of the market and top notch assistance‚Äô. Recent matters saw practice head Jos√© Massaguer lead on advice to an international food and beverage corporation regarding the importation (to Europe) of products identified with the client‚Äôs name. Other clients include Acciona, Procter & Gamble and Danone.

Led by Carles Prat, the team at Baker McKenzie team has extensive expertise handling trade mark disputes for local and international corporations. The practice is currently acting for a global design corporation in complex litigation concerning the infringement of one of its designs and related unfair competition matters. José María Méndez and Cristina Duch are noted.

Bird & Bird’s team stands out for the quality of its advice regarding trade marks, trade secrets, and related matters. IP expert Manuel Lobato leads the practice, which recently advised a client on a complex trade marks claim filed by a leading consumer goods company. Raul Bercovitz and Antonio Cueto are also noted.

The innovative and specialised trade marks team at Cuatrecasas is led by Albert Agustinoy. Headline work included advising Bose France on trade mark infringements in the country related to the parallel importation of Bose’s products; the team also acted for luxury shoe manufacturer Magnanni in relation to its trade mark. Jorge Llevat is also well regarded.

Garrigues advises local and international clients on litigation, transactional work and general advice in relation to trade marks, trade names, designs and other related matters. Jo√£o Miranda de Sousa and Carolina Pina lead the practice, which is currently advising a Spanish corporation on the implications of a global change of its branding and corporate name.

Herrero & Asociados has deservedly gained a name in the market for its trade mark prosecution and enforcement services. Headline matters include acting for Unilever Spain in a case against imitative body-care product lines; other work includes managing the trade marks portfolios of clients such as Gas Natural SDG and Freixenet Group. Jos√© Luis L√≥pez and Mar√≠a √Āngeles Moreno are the key names.

Hoyng Rokh Monegier has a strong trade marks practice, especially in litigation-related matters. The team acted for Hartford on several (related) disputes concerning EU trade mark infringement of its name by a Spanish optical corporation; it also manages the brand portfolio of Coca-Cola Company, comprising over 200 trade marks. Laura Alonso and Luis Fern√°ndez-Novoa are noted.

Abril Abogados, SL is regularly instructed by corporations in the automobile and pharmaceutical sectors. The team defended Farmaceutica Cantabria brought by Eurogenerics regarding the trade mark name NEOCARE. Ignacio Temi√Īo is the key contact.

ECIJA advises leading media and technology corporations on trade marks, designs and domain names. Hugo Ecija, Carlos Pérez and Juan Salmerón are all noted for their expertise.

Fornesa Abogados acted for Mediaproducci√≥n on claims filed by Televisi√≥ Catalunya and Ediciones Gol Espa√Īa regarding the nullity of one of its trade marks. Carlos Valls is the key practitioner.

The practice at Barcelona-based boutique Sol Munta√Īola & Asociados is respected for ‚Äėits knowledge of the sector and involvement of partners‚Äô. Mario Sol Munta√Īola, Francisco Javier M√°rquez and Marita Dargallo are the key names.

Balder acts for clients in complex trade marks disputes. Patricia Koch and Miguel Aznar are noted.

Recent matters at DLA Piper LLP include acting for Spin Master and Gym Consulting on trade marks-related instructions.

Jacobacci’s team is led by trade marks expert Ignacio Martínez.

Jones Day undertakes trade marks matters for both local and international clients.

Olswang Spain LLP advises on contentious and non-contentious trade mark mandates.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor, Abogados is known for its advice on trade marks related to the beauty, technology, arts and design sectors.

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