Intellectual property in Portugal
‘Very proactive, client-oriented and trustworthy’, Garrigues fields a team that is highly regarded, particularly for its trade mark work. It represented Spirits International in a dispute before the Hague District Court concerning the Stolichnaya, Moskovskaya and SPI trade marks in 13 jurisdictions, including Portugal. Other clients include Amazon, Bimba y Lola, and Ogilvy. Respected managing partner João Miranda de Sousa heads the practice; senior associate Francisca Ferreira Pinto is ‘very responsive’.
Highly rated particularly for patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is noted for its ‘responsiveness and attention to the client’. It represented key client Teva in patent litigation and arbitration; and Esporão in trade mark prosecution, strategy and litigation. Other work included copyright, advertising and license agreements. Senior associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade ‘provides clients with out-of-the-box strategies’.
PLMJ is ‘very selective and focused on what really matters’. The team primarily handles copyright and trade mark issues, but has experience representing pharmaceutical-sector clients in patent arbitrations. Highlights included acting for Tiger Coatings in legal action seeking the annulment of the trade mark Aqualac, which in Portugal is owned by CIN, and assisting the Gulbenkian Foundation with copyright and image rights of a digital catalogue of all the foundation’s exhibitions. Manuel Lopes Rocha is very regarded. Ana Teresa Pulido and senior associate Paula Martinho da Silva are the other names to note.
The ‘innovative and creative’ team at VDA provides 'excellent strategic advice’ primarily on patent litigation and arbitration to clients including Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, AstraZeneca, and Merck Sharp & Dohme. It also assisted technology-sector clients with general IP matters, and design clients with trade marks issues. The ‘hugely experienced’ António de Magalhães Cardoso leads the team. Patrícia Paias left in November 2017 to take up a role in-house at Sandoz. António Andrade left the firm.
Abreu Advogados' team is noted for its ‘very straightforward, strategic thinking’. It covers the entire gamut of IP matters, however, recent work was mostly focused on trade marks. Clients include GoPro, HP, Kumon and Coca-Cola. Of counsel César Bessa Monteiro is a ‘person of note’; Gonçalo Malheiro is ‘an excellent litigator with very precise knowledge of procedures and an exquisite presence in court’; the ‘formidable’ Ricardo Henriques ‘quickly gets to the heart of the matter and offers useful alternatives in order to reach goals’. Manuel Durães Rocha heads the team. António Andrade was a new arrival from VdA.
Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L
Anselmo Vaz, Afra & Associados - Sociedade de Advogados, R.L's team includes Teresa Anselmo Vaz, Ana Rita Paínho and associate Mariana Costa Pinto and has solid experience in advising generics pharmaceutical companies on patent litigation and arbitration matters. In May 2019, the firm merged with Sérvulo & Associados.
Baptista, Monteverde & Associados maintains an ‘assiduous presence’ in trade marks and patents work and predominantly handles disputes. It represents generics companies in patent arbitrations, as well as fashion retailers and technology companies. Paulo Monteverde and Filipe Teixeira Baptista are the names to note.
The ‘excellent’ team at Caiado Guerreiro handles contentious and non-contentious work relating to patents, trade marks and copyright, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector; it represented Orchidées Constructions in a patent litigation case. Ricardo Costa Macedo is valued for his ‘accuracy, commitment and clarity’.
Former IP kingpin at Cuatrecasas, Leonor Chastre, left the firm in May 2018 to pursue other projects. The practice key contacts are now senior associate and practice head Sónia Queiróz Vaz and principal associate Ana Costa Teixeira. Highlight work included advising BMW on IP infringements, Gorongosa Restoration on trade mark and design issues in Portugal and Mozambique, and its continued advice to the Champalimaud Foundation on patents, designs and trade marks.
DLA Piper ABBC's team demonstrates ‘technical knowledge’ and ‘solicitude’. It assisted clients such as Grupo Multipessoal, AC Nielsen, Dyrup and Indesit with a range of IP matters, including GDPR. Senior associate Carmina Cardoso achieves ‘outstanding results in everything she does. She is results-oriented and overcomes difficulties and obstacles’. João Costa Quinta heads the practice.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
The highly rated senior associate Gonçalo Paiva e Sousa, who is an experienced arbitrator in pharmaceutical patent cases, heads the practice at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. It advises companies on IP issues related to transactions and other business activities. Strong in disputes, it represented clients in misdemeanour procedures before various authorities, and in trade mark and patent infringement conflicts.
APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. focuses on trade marks, but broader work included assisting IPG Mediabrands in negotiating ownership of IP rights and copyright of creative concepts developed by its agencies. Belén Granados heads the practice.