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Manuel Lobato

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Intellectual Property


Manuel is a partner and head of our Intellectual Property (IP) Group in Spain. He is a well-known specialist in IP and pharmaceutical law and has acted in various landmark pharmaceutical patent and SPC cases in Spain (including Finasteride, Docetaxel, Drospirenone, Venlafaxine, HPV vaccine/Gardasil –acting for the University of Queensland and CSL-, amongst many others). He has wide experience of  patent litigation before the Spanish civil and administrative courts, including multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and gives strategic advice in international decisions regarding the manufacture and commercialisation of products in the context of the patent situation. He represented Oncostem, SL, in a patent/know-how and contractual action against CSIC.


Manuel has advised many technology focused companies on intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, regulatory issues and contract law.  He has also advised life sciences and other technology-based companies in drafting technology transfer contracts (in the fields of pharmacy, biology, electronics and mechanics). His experience also encompasses commercial and corporate legal matters derived from joint ventures, due diligences and contractual work. Manuel has advised several Universities (University of Seville, University of Saragossa) , public  institutions (Fundación Progreso y Salud, Fibao, Sergas, etc.) and private biotech-entities on ownership and entitlement issues. He is an expert in legal advice, communications and appeals before the health authorities and litigations before the administrative courts related to pharmaceutical regulatory and medicine advertising as well as in legal and strategic advice regarding pharmaceutical agreements (including distribution, supply and manufacture, clinical trials). Before joining us in February 2006, Manuel was a partner at a Spanish law firm and at an international law firm.


English, Spanish, German, Italian


Manuel teaches commercial law, corporate law and intellectual property law at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He regularly lectures on intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law in Latin American countries and speaks at seminars organised by several universities, judicial schools and private institutions. He has written several books and publications on trademarks, patents and other subjects.

Spain: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Bird & Bird is particularly strong in IP law, where it has ‘an extraordinary specialisation’ in the area. Raquel Ballesteros leads on regulatory matters while ‘incisively analyticalManuel Lobato heads the patents side. Notable recent work includes representing Chemo Group (now Insud Pharma) in patent infringement litigation.

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Spain: Intellectual property


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Manuel Lobato - Bird & Bird

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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.

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Manuel Lobato - Bird & Bird

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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.

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Trade marks

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Manuel Lobato - Bird & Bird

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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.

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