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Raúl Bercovitz

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Intellectual Property


Raúl Bercovitz is Of Counsel in our Intellectual Property Practice Group based in Madrid. Raúl has been advising clients since 1995 focusing on Commercial and business law matters, especially in the fields of IP. He is an experienced litigator specialising in trademarks, patents, industrial design and unfair competition matters, and he has represented Spanish and foreign companies in numerous proceedings, before Spanish and Community Courts and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). Raúl is also an expert in copyright, corporate law, antitrust and arbitration and he provides general advice on the negotiation of contracts, especially in technology transfer and licencing issues.


He advises on pre-litigation strategies and non-litigation matters such as contracts, negotiation of court settlements and mediation. Raúl is also an arbitrator at the Court of arbitration of the Madrid Bar. He is listed as an independent mediator in the WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Center.


English and French


Raúl was President of the Spanish AIPPI group between 2009 and 2013. He has authored numerous publications on industrial property issues and other commercial law topics. He regularly lectures at different universities and institutions (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Magister Lvcentinus of the University of Alicante, School of Industrial Organization) in the areas of patents and industrial designs.


Raúl graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He holds a PhD in law from the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as an LL.M from Columbia University in New York. He speaks Spanish, English and French.


Intellectual property: Copyright

Within: Intellectual property: Copyright

Bird & Bird was bolstered by the arrival of Mariano Santos, who joined in March 2018 from Herrero & Asociados. Well-regarded of counsel Raul Bercovitz recently advised Lexmark on the impact of the Royal Decree-Law 12/2017, which has established a private copying compensation system based on levies on recording and storage devices. He and Antonio Cueto also advised the International Olympic Committee on the use of certain archive recordings and films. Senior associate Teresa Mercadal works with key client Mediaproducción. Manuel Lobato, Antonio Cueto and up-and-coming senior associate José Angel García-Zapata are the other names to note.

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Intellectual property: Trade marks

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Within: Intellectual property: Trade marks

Bird & Bird has expertise in trade mark litigation, trade secrets, design, and unfair competition matters. Mariano Santos is leading the trade mark prosecution strategy for Ben Sherman, and Manuel Lobato is representing Marv Films as the claimant in an infringement action against the use of its mark Kingsman by a Spanish distillery. Antonio Cueto,¬†of counsel Ra√ļl Bercovitz¬†and senior associate¬†Jos√© √Āngel Garc√≠a-Zapata¬†are also singled out.

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Intellectual property: patents

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Bird & Bird's team is led by Manuel Lobato. The group is currently defending two Insud Pharma subsidiaries in a patent infringement matter brought by Bayer, over a generic drug they manufacture. Mariano Santos joined as a partner in March 2018 from Herrero & Asociados. Well-regarded of counsel Raul Bercovitz, Antonio Cueto, José Angel García and Teresa Mercadal are also singled out.

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