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  1. Intellectual property: Trade marks
  2. Hall of Fame
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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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