Intellectual property in Portugal

Abreu Advogados

With the ability to assist clients at the national and international level, Abreu Advogados provides a complete range of services within the field of IP. Its advice covers trade marks, patents and copyrights – including prosecution and contentious matters – as well as anti-counterfeiting cases, unfair competition and trade secrets. The team acts for a diverse client roster, comprising heavyweights from the pharmaceuticals, fashion, entertainment, media, technology and automotive industries. ‘Combining the best perspectives of innovator and generic pharmaceutical patent litigation work‘, the department is jointly led by two experts in this field: Manuel Durães Rocha and António Andrade, the latter of whom is a ‘go-to patent litigator‘. Mandates involving technology and software licensing issues are among Ricardo Henriques' core specialisms, while César Bessa Monteiro, Jr maintains a broad IP practice covering industrial designs, trade secrets and copyrights.

Other key lawyers:

César Bessa Monteiro, Jr; Ana Panão


‘Deep knowledge of IP law; solid reputation; good connections and understanding of the Spanish market has always been an advantage for Spanish clients doing business in our neighbour country.’

‘We highlight Manuel Durães Rocha for his friendliness and integrity, together with his competence in dealing with matters.’

‘António Andrade is exceptional – hugely experienced, commercially smart and great strategic brain. Manuel Durães Rocha is similarly talented – highly intelligent, superb with clients and a great businessman.’

‘Abreu is a solid top tier firm in Portugal and operates also in other jurisdictions. They provide premium legal services. Pricing is competitive in relation to the very high level of quality of their work. They know how to add value as lead local counsel in all matters we have been working on.’

‘I’ve worked with António for years – he is my go-to patent litigator for Portugal, because he understands not only his domestic market but the needs and demands of clients engaged in cross-border litigation.’

‘Excellent competence in substantive and procedural law, excellent understanding of the issues of the case and dedication to achieve success for the client.’

‘António Andrade provides first-rate legal services. Achieved an excellent success in a difficult case.’

‘I would highlight partners César Bessa Monteiro Jr and Ricardo Henriques who have exceptional availability, know-how and expertise. They are capable of providing a high quality service to clients.’

Key clients









Hewlett Packard (HP)



Novo Verde

Festina Lotus


Sociedade Ponto Verde – SPV

Betty Blue Spa


Calvin Klein

Sunny CARS




Bausch Health Ireland Limited


Corinthia Hotels




Vemedia BV


Antylia Scientific

Sydell Group


Boehringer Ingelhein

Domingos Alves de Sousa’s wines




Magnum Cap – Electrical Power Solutions, Lda

Work highlights

  • Assisting Eiffage with the protection of the European trade mark and corporate name EIFFAGE at the Portuguese IP Court against its infringement by a local construction company.
  • Assisting the Volkswagen Group in a trade mark infringement case where the prestige of the VW trade mark is at stake as well as the recognition of the famous VW brand composed by the image of the Clipper Van.


Garrigues' ‘thorough and proactive' IP practice assists pharmaceutical, banking, insurance, technology, retail and media companies with a combination of patent, trade mark, industrial design, copyright and unfair competition-related work. The Lisbon-based practice – which works in close collaboration with the firm’s teams in Spain and China – is seen with great regulatory handling prosecution, enforcement, opposition and transactional matters. João Miranda de Sousa, who is praised for being ‘a lawyer who is fully invested in his client and the success of their business', has a wealth of experience in European trade marks, design and patents. He oversees the IP group in Portugal, which also features Francisca Ferreira Pinto, who specialises in enforcement and transactional work involving IP assets.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Francisca Ferreira Pinto


‘The Garrigues’ team is very thorough, proactive, and practical while providing cost-effective solutions.’

‘João Miranda de Sousa in particular has always struck me as a true partner -a lawyer who is fully invested in his client and the success of their business.’

‘They are always available to provide support and give the best advice to their clients. I appreciate the capacity Garrigues have to design a strategy and a path, even when there is few information available.’

‘João Miranda de Sousa and Francisca Ferreira Pinto know how to approach the client and provide tranquility and confidence for a good outcome. Always available to answer any questions and discuss a strategy.’

Key clients

Chapter 4 Corp.d.b.a Supreme (SUPREME)

Grupo Media Capital

Nabeiro Group

Grupo Ceva Animal


INTEL Corporation

Altri SGPS



Sumol + Compal

Work highlights

  • Representing the television broadcasting channel RTL in a cutting-edge copyright infringement judicial action.
  • Successfully assisted RED BULL in an appeal before the IP Court against a Portuguese Institute of Industrial Property decision.
  • Working with Groups Roullier regarding the enforcement of its trade marks INNOVABIO in Portugal.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The full range of IP needs are catered for at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, with the department regularly acting for pharmaceutical companies, manufacturing and media clients in patent litigation. On the trade mark front, the team has an impressive track record in prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters. Copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition and software licensing are other areas of particular strength for the group, which is under the joint leadership of two practitioners: Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira, who is ‘is highly experienced and knowledgeable‘ in patent litigation, especially in the life sciences sector, and recently promoted Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade, who is well known for his expertise in IP rights throughout the EU. Tomás Vaz Pinto is also active in the practice, particularly in the fields of IP licensing, advertising and trade marks.

Other key lawyers:

Tomás Vaz Pinto; Maria Almeida e Silva


‘We have worked with the MLGTS team on patent litigation in Portugal. From our experience, we can say that this is one of the best patent law firms in Portugal. They are highly professional and knowledgeable in the field of patent litigation. The team is always available for us online/offline and informs us about all matters relevant to our case without us having to ask.’

‘We would like to highlight one person in particular, Ricardo Nascimento Ferreira. He is highly experienced and knowledgeable. He can answer any questions we have and responds to us within a short time. He gives us focused advice in a way that is easy to understand. He is also highly creative with litigation strategies. We have the impression that we can trust and rely on him in all matters.’

‘We work with Vasco Stilwell de Andrade on a frequent basis. We are very satisfied with the fast replies and his professional assessments. Also in general he is very flexible whenever issues arise.’

‘True experts, to the point, reasonable, ethical.’

‘Vasco Stilwell de Andrade – mastery of processes and interconnection with offices in other geographies ensuring the always excellent quality of the work developed.’

‘High technical competence, deep knowledge of the current legal and regulatory framework and focus on client needs.’

‘Vasco Stilwell D’Andrade is our main contact and our single source partner throughout the European Union for IP matters. He is extremely responsive, and provides unique and creative business solutions.’

Key clients

Cristiano Ronaldo


SIC (Impresa Group)





BCP Millennium



Staples Portugal


Bison Bank


Work highlights

  • Represents Teva in patent infringement and patent nullity proceedings related to the blockbuster drug Copaxone® in Portugal, as part of a pan-European litigation process.
  • Recently successfully cancelled bad-faith registration of the CR7 trade mark in a case that went to the General Court of the European Union.
  • Advised Firmo in the acquisition of Staples Portugal, which raised many IP issues and involved the licensing of a large portfolio of important trade marks.


Disputes involving pharmaceutical patents are points of focus for VdA‘s IP group, which is highly regarded for its presence in the most complex cases heard before judicial and arbitral courts in Portugal. The team – which was founded by António De Magalhães Cardoso – is ‘particularly trusted by many innovator pharmaceutical companies in blockbuster multi-jurisdictional litigation', but is also equipped to assist with an array of trade mark, design and unfair competition matters. Of counsel Marta Alves Vieira is now managing the department; she has notable experience in IP enforcement and has led on several litigation and arbitration proceedings involving pharmaceutical patents. This is also an area of significant activity for Sara Nazaré, who is ‘trusted by many clients as their go-to counsel for patent litigation in Portugal'.

Other key lawyers:

Sara Nazaré; Joana Piriquito Santos


‘VdA is the go-to firm for patent litigation in Portugal, and particularly trusted by many innovator pharmaceutical companies in blockbuster multijurisdictional litigation (which often has a Portuguese angle due to the local laws mandating Portuguese arbitration proceedings be brought).’

‘Sara Nazaré is trusted by many clients as their go-to counsel for patent litigation in Portugal. She has a stellar reputation for being extremely thorough, dedicated and knowledgeable.’

‘A strong team with deep IP knowledge across all technologies.’

Key clients





Bristol-Myers Squibb

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

H/2 Credit Manager

Illumina Cambridge

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Kaizen Gaming

Luz Saúde

MEO – Serviços de Comunicação e Multimédia, S.A.

Merck Sharp and Dohme

Menarini International

Millennium Pharmaceuticals (Takeda Group)


Novartis AG (and other Novartis Group companies like Alcon Research, Ltd.)

Pharma Mar

UCB Pharma

Vanguard Properties

Baptista, Monteverde & Associados

Offering legal support across the full scope of IP law matters, Baptista, Monteverde & Associados maintains a solid reputation in IP litigation, where the team represents a varied client base operating in the pharmaceutical, fashion, technology and automotive industries. Paulo Monteverde – whose experience covers patents, trade marks, software licensing and anti-counterfeiting cases – oversees the ‘one-stop shop' IP group with Filipe Teixeira Baptista, who is recommended for patent prosecution and enforcement. Petra Fernandes is a name to note for copyright matters, and patent litigation involving pharmaceutical companies.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Monteverde; Filipe Teixeira Baptista

Other key lawyers:

Petra Fernandes


‘Very good legal knowledge and ability to solve complex cases.’

‘Their responsiveness is excellent. They give sound advice and the timeframe predictions in prosecution and opposition matters are rather accurate.’

‘Filipe Baptista and Petra Fernandes are very efficient and have a lot of experience in dealing on a daily basis with highly sophisticated pharma patent cases.’

‘We have worked with Baptista, Monteverde & Associados for some years now and for us they are the go-to firm in Portugal. They have a practical approach to complex IP issues and in our experience have been consistently efficient, knowledgeable and flexible. They really make an effort to understand the client’s needs.’

‘Filipe Teixeira Baptista is well-organised and thoroughly efficient in patent work, always providing clarity and his high degree of professionalism makes our relationship a very smooth running one.’

‘BMA is our one-stop-shop for all IP matters in Portugal. They have superior knowledge, extensive expertise in the field, and a hands-on approach.’

‘Paulo Monteverde is our go-to guy at the firm. We know that any matter we bring to Paulo’s attention will be given his full advice. Paulo is quite active within the IP Global community and serves in many capacities.’

In my opinion, no other Portuguese firm offering IP services compares to BMA when it comes to advice and litigation in complex pharma patent cases.’

CCA Law Firm

The IP department at CCA Law Firm is retained by a diverse client base operating in an array of industries, including technology, media, fashion and agribusiness. Offering IP filing, protection and litigation services, the team manages complex matters involving copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, patents and trade marks. Copyright and patent infringement mandates are a notable area of strength for the team, which has recently witnessed a change in leadership with the promotion of Tito Rendas to head of department. Rendas, who has a solid academic background in the field of IP law, helped the firm launch an integrated Trade Secrets Protection service aimed at start-ups and technology clients. Filipe Mayer is noted for advising several multinational advertising and gaming companies, while Martim Bouza Serrano stands out for his IP litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Tito Rendas

Other key lawyers:

Filipe Mayer; Martim Bouza Serrano

Key clients


Quinta da Pacheca


Procter & Gamble


Steller Media Group








Rubis Gas

Havas Group

Banco Finantia

Accor Hotels



ZAP Angola

Work highlights

  • Advising Google on the policy and legal implications of a series of bills that have been enacted or that are currently under discussion in Portugal.
  • Advising Netflix on the implementation of a recent EU Directive in the IP/TMT field, the new Audiovisual Media Services Directive (Directive 2018/1808).
  • Successfully defended a lawsuit on behalf of Quinta da Pacheca against an architecture firm that claimed to own a design of bungalows in the shape of a wine barrel.


The IP department at CMS undertakes trade mark and patent filing, infringement and portfolio management work on behalf of multinational clients operating in a variety of sectors. Assisting Portuguese companies with the internationalisation of their brands is also a core strength of the department, which has wide-ranging experience in EU trade marks and related litigation. Leading the group is José Luís Arnaut, who is the first point of contact for several companies in relation to domain names, patents and trade marks. João Leitão Figueiredo is counsel of choice for several international companies; he specialises in industrial property rights pertaining to the life sciences, technology and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

José Luís Arnaut

Other key lawyers:

João Leitão Figueiredo; Miguel Quintans


‘The general level of service is excellent as they have a team that shows: good in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal framework; high technical competence; professionalism.’

‘The team is always available and able to give their opinion and work within demanding deadlines.’

Key clients



















Work highlights

  • Assisting VINCI ENERGIES PORTUGAL in the legal due diligence and acquisition of Novabase Digital, including the entire IP portfolio.
  • Represented INFOR Group in several software litigation cases before the Portuguese courts.
  • Retained by EDP Group in litigation concerning IP infringement and unfair competition.


Under the leadership of recently promoted partner Sónia Queiróz Vaz, Cuatrecasas provides major companies in the life sciences, retail, automotive and financial services sectors with brand protection, contentious IP and advertising law services. Common instructions range from trade mark, copyright and patent infringement cases to the management of IP portfolios and licensing agreements. Practice head Queiróz Vaz has combined expertise in IP and TMT matters. She receives support from Ana Costa Teixeira, who is proficient in the full scope of IP rights, as well as advertising law and unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Sónia Queiróz Vaz

Other key lawyers:

Ana Costa Teixeira


‘What makes this firm different from the others are the people, that is, the quality of the service provided.’

‘I would recommend Sónia Queiróz Vaz.’

‘Cuatrecasas has a team with enormous knowledge of substantive law in IP matters in general and not just specific aspects of IP.’

Key clients

















Work highlights

  • Provides regular legal advice to Samsung on a secondment regime.
  • Assisted Volup in the management and enforcement of its IP rights portfolio, including expansion of VOLUP trade marks in Europe and the US.
  • Provides ongoing IP assistance to OutSystems on a secondment regime.


Advising on all fronts of IP law, PLMJ acts for an impressive client roster that contains leading names from the pharmaceutical, telecoms, technology, financial and media sectors. The team has been active in copyright-related matters, but is also skilled at assisting with trade mark clearance and enforcement, and brand portfolio management at the domestic and international levels. Hugo Monteiro de Queirós, who is proficient in trade mark and patent litigation, is now leading the department. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of two associates seasoned in IP: pharmaceutical patents specialist Vasco Granate joined from VdA in May 2021; and Marta Salgado Areias joined from Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados in January 2021. Manuel Lopes Rocha left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Monteiro de Queirós

Other key lawyers:

Marta Salgado Areias; Vasco Granate


I would recommend Hugo Monteiro de Queirós, for his reputation in the area of intellectual property, trademarks and patents, clarity and simplification of language in the explanation of matters, permanent availability, speed and efficiency of response.’

I consider the service provided by PLMJ to be excellent, highlighting the clarity and transparency with which they provide information and advice, as the biggest differentiating factor. In our experience, we have never received legal advice in such an efficient and precise way, in the different situations that we usually face in our sector.’

‘Hugo Queirós exceeded our expectations, revealing advanced know-how in matters related to Industrial Property and, in particular, to brands.’

‘PLMJ is a law firm that is very innovative and keeps up with its time. It offers a large variety of services. Their fees are reasonable.’

‘I’ve had the opportunity to work with Hugo on several Patent litigations in Portugal. He has always been very accurate in his advice, efficient, works in a timely manner and very professional.’

‘Hugo Monteiro de Queiros is a very friendly and extremely competent lawyer. He was very responsive and provided excellent advice.’

‘I highlight, without a doubt, Hugo Monteiro Queirós. From the beginning, the accessibility, simplicity, accuracy and clarity that he brings to all the situations we face, proved to be a valuable asset.’

‘I highlight Hugo Queirós, who has deep knowledge of trademarks and patents, a lot of experience in litigation, and an excellent professional colleague and counterpart.’

Key clients


Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian


Work highlights

  • Advising SIC – Sociedade Independente de Comunicação and TVI – Televisão Independente in a legal action relating to copyright and neighbouring rights.
  • Assisting APED in a legal action relating to a utility model.
  • Advising the heirs of an individual in a legal action relating to copyright.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados is highly regarded for its presence in the life sciences sector, most notably in patent litigation. Additionally, the department is equipped to act for companies from the fashion and food and beverage sectors in relation to trade mark and copyright contentious matters. Department head Ana Rita Paínho handles a steady flow of matters involving trade marks, patents, franchising and distribution agreements, but particularly stands out for her track record in disputes concerning pharmaceutical patents. ‘A remarkable IP lawyer with extensive experience in litigation’, Mariana Costa Pinto excels in patents and European trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Costa Pinto


‘Highly specialised team demonstrating an unusual capacity for analysis even in the most complex cases. Advice is carried out in a very precise and timely manner.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho – Extensive experience in the area demonstrating an unusual capacity to outline a winning strategy. Mariana Costa Pinto – An enviable record of success in cases in which she has intervened. A remarkable IP lawyer with extensive experience in litigation.’

‘Mariana Costa Pinto, whose performance was fundamental to the success obtained in the process in question, deserves to be highlighted. Her initiative and availability, the help provided throughout the process was a distinguishing factor.’

‘Mariana Costa Pinto and Ana Rita Painho are tireless and very competent. Explanations are clear and answers concise.’

‘Ana Rita Painho and Mariana Costa are two great specialists that provide solid and reliable advice in a timely manner and in a very cost efficient way. They both have deep knowledge of the industry and of the patent legal issues.’

‘The people with whom I have been in contact in this firm are extremely affable, polite and show great willingness and knowledge to resolve the issues presented.’

‘I would like to highlight Mariana Costa Pinto, for being extremely interested and committed to finding a solution to the issues raised.’

‘What stands out the most is the availability and speed of response to the questions asked.’

Key clients

Insud Pharma SL

Teva Group

Aurobindo Pharma Group

Laboratórios Leon Farma S.A.


Laboratórios Liconsa

Pêra-Grave – Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda.

F9 Consulting

Hope Care

Philip Morris

Nephrocare Portugal

Senseidata, S.A.

Fresenius Medical Care AG

Mauser Werke GmbH

Generis SA

Exeltis Healthcare SL

Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Aurobindo Pharma Group concerning multiple active principles in the context of reference medicines vs. generic medicines.
  • Acting for Philip Morris in patent litigation involving the non-heated tobacco branded as IQOs.
  • Assisting Senseidata in the registration of trade marks.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro fields ‘a reliable and qualified team' specialised in IP law, which excels in patent enforcement and defence within the pharmaceutical sector through litigation and arbitration. Furthermore, the team is well positioned to assist with trade mark prosecution and related administrative proceedings, as well as plant variety rights. Disputes involving pharmaceutical patents are a core focus for Ricardo Costa Macedo, who leads the department and is recommended for his ‘commitment to clients’ requests and needs'.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Costa Macedo


Caiado Guerreiro is a law firm that is unique for the value of its lawyers and the work philosophy it practises: always centered on the Client’s perspective and on client satisfaction.’

‘It stood out for its excellent quality of the legal service provided to the fees charged. We appreciate the work provided by the firm, always performed by a reliable and qualified team. Caiado Guerreiro & Associados was extremely important to centralise and develop the client’s demands, accomplishing promptly and with excellence our requests.’

‘The partner who assisted us when needed was Ricardo Costa Macedo, who should be highlighted for the (i) accuracy in the work provided; (ii) commitment to the clients’ requests and needs; (iii) clarity in the necessary explanations; (iv) availability; (v) promptness in all of our requests.’

‘Ricardo Costa Macedo is an exceptional lawyer: always available and very knowledgeable, he shows great interest and attention to Clients’ matters.’

‘The team is experienced, lawyers and trainees are capable at the maximum level to work together according to the needs of the Client. Billing is transparent and accurate. Collaboration with other partner law firms on common files is excellent.’

Key clients








Certisign Certificadora Digital Ltda.


Bund der Freien Waldorfschulen

Beeswift – Gordon Dadds

Households & Toiletries

Work highlights

  • Advised AbbVie in contentious and pre-contentious issues in connection with patent infringement, the introduction of generic medicines in Portugal and monitoring of IP rights.
  • Assisted Eucherry in high-profile litigation against Super Bock in the context of the termination of the distribution of Super Bock products in China, with associated complex trade mark issues.
  • Advised Households & Toiletries Manufacturing in protecting its trade mark in Portugal.

PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL

With great geographical reach throughout Portugal, PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL is singled out for its track record in copyright work representing leading media companies in infringement proceedings. The team is also equipped to assist with trade mark registration and IP portfolio management. Augusto Almeida Correia jointly heads the team with Gonçalo Gil Barreiros, the latter of whom is a key contact for copyright infringement litigation. Márcia Martinho da Rosa is another noteworthy individual, whose experience encompasses patents, trade marks and industrial designs.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Gil Barreiros; Augusto Almeida Correia

Other key lawyers:

Márcia Martinho da Rosa; Pedro Rebelo Tavares


‘The service provided by PRA in the scope of the protection of our intellectual property has been of high quality. PRA has procedures that guarantee timely compliance with deadlines (which are many) and has played a fundamental role in the defence of our IP rights.’

‘Márcia Martinho da Rosa is always available for any clarification, being aware of the necessary deadlines and documents. She has also been very helpful in advising on these complex matters.’

‘The PRA law firm is very proactive in proposing customised solutions to meet clients’ needs, in which the proposals include several options for clients to efficiently protect and complement their industrial property assets.’

‘Márcia Martinho da Rosa and Pedro Rebelo Tavares master the peculiarities of various types of industrial property protection matters, namely patents, designs and trade marks.’

‘Gonçalo Gil Barreiros: in addition to his experience and deep knowledge of copyright, has always shown high intellectual honesty, efficiency and diligence.’

‘I am very satisfied with the work carried out by PRA – Raposo Sá Miranda & Associados in all the areas in which I requested help for my business. I believe that the quality of their work is very high and is combined with a great cost-benefit ratio. We highlight the team dedicated to Intellectual Property, whose work has been very important to us as a basis for the successful planning, structuring and implementation of our business models.’

‘Márcia Martinho da Rosa always has all tasks under control and puts the client’s interests above everything else. Her availability, readiness and knowledge of the IP environment are a great plus.’

Key clients

Worten – Equipamentos Para o Lar S.A.

Actforall, Lda.

Radar dos sons – Produções Culturais, Lda.

Távola Redonda Produções Unip. Lda

AUDIOGEST – Associação para a Gestão e Distribuição de Direitos

Stopline Films – Produção de Audiovisuais, Lda.

MDS – Corretor de Seguros, S.A.

Serafim Pereira Simões Sucessores, Lda.

Crystalis Entertainment UG

Vision Box – Soluções de Visão por Computador, S.A.

INCM – Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing collective management entities Visapress and Gedipe in copyright infringement litigation proceedings against social media giant Telegram.
  • Advised production company Távola Redonda on IP matters arising from the filming of prime-time TV series “O mundo não acaba assim”.
  • Advising Impresa Nacional Casa da Moeda on patent prosecution to obtain protection for a minting invention.

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L.

Led by Belén Granados, the IP group at APTS – Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is particularly active assisting clients with the registration and enforcement of their trade marks. Media, advertising and entertainment are key sector focuses for the department, which is based in Lisbon. Practice head Granados brings to the table a wealth of experience in IP law and media matters.

Practice head(s):

Belén Granados

Work highlights

  • Management of several EU and domestic trade marks belonging to the portfolio of The Interpublic Group of Companies.
  • Assisting Mediabrands Portugal in the negotiation of the ownership of intellectual property rights and/or copyrights.
  • Assisting Polyrix in a trade mark infringement by a Portuguese competitor.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Acting for a range of corporate clients, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's IP practice is divided into three sub-groups covering patents, trade marks and copyright. The department - which shares close ties with the firm’s IP team in Madrid - is well versed in litigation and transactional work involving IP rights. Cláudia Tomás Pedro, who joined in February 2021, now chairs the practice in Portugal.

Practice head(s):

Cláudia Tomás Pedro


‘Cláudia Tomás Pedro is an excellent lawyer and one of the best I have worked with in Europe. She is super responsive and her advice is technically perfect. I would have no hesitation in recommending her and by extension her team.’

Key clients


Work highlights

  • Advised Sovos on the IP aspects of the acquisition of PetaPilot and Saphety.


The multidisciplinary team at Linklaters is often retained to advise on the IP aspects of capital markets and M&A transactions, and is also well placed to assist with IP disputes and licensing agreements. Patent infringement proceedings before state courts and arbitral tribunals are also strengths for the department, which is sought after by key players in the pharmaceutical industry. Carlos Pinto Correia is a name to note for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pinto Correia

Other key lawyers:

Raquel Galvão Silva

Key clients

Pfizer Inc. / Laboratórios Pfizer, Lda.


Sanofi SA

FIFA – Fédération Internationale de Football Association

UEFA – Union of European Football Associations


Sodalis S.r.l.


Novartis International AG

Fundação Centro Cultural de Belém


At MGRA SP RL‘s IP practice, group head Helga Lopes Ribeiro leads on contentious and non-contentious matters involving patents, copyright, licensing agreements and unfair competition. Managing the IP aspects of corporate transactions is another area of activity for the department.

Practice head(s):

Helga Lopes Ribeiro

Other key lawyers:

Diogo Vitorino Martins

Key clients

Dahlman Industrial Group B.V. (Royal Dahlman)

Alphaserve Technologies Group

Ray Allen, INC


Pollet Water Group

Sanjam Group





Buggin Media

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Dahlman on technology contracts and technology license agreements.
  • Advised TML – Transportes Metropolitanos de Lisboa on the acquisition of all the IP portfolio of a Portuguese entity.
  • Advised CLOUDOKI on its API suite spin-off project.

Raposo Bernardo

Raposo Bernardo provides clients from the automotive, tourism, pharmaceutical, energy and engineering sectors with advice on prosecution, transactions and litigation involving the entire spectrum of IP rights. Serena Argente Escartín is seasoned in the registration of trade marks and patents; she oversees the department with Maria Sirec.

Practice head(s):

Serena Argente Escartín; Maria Sirec


‘We are delighted with the superb quality of the legal services they have provided us. They have a very strong, versatile and multifaceted team, made up of high-level professionals with remarkable experience. In addition, they have a very broad view of the latest innovations and regulatory developments applicable to the pharmaceutical sector. This allows them to approach issues very confidently and also quite creatively.’

‘The lawyer I highlight in the department is Serena Argente, who as a team leader impresses me every day for the safe way she handles matters and at the same time for the tranquility and security she gives us. A word of great recognition also to Maria Sirec and to the other lawyers in the team who have always shown great quality in the service provided.’

‘The lawyers I have worked with show a complete knowledge and mastery of all issues relating to IP, move very well in the field, and are fully familiar with with the type of business structures inherent to the exploitation of assets, which leaves us completely at ease.’

‘Serena Argente has impressed us a lot for her dedication, for the knowledge she already has of our activity, for her full mastery of all the intricacies of intellectual property and for the intelligent and sophisticated way in which she has overcome some obstacles at both the national and European level.’

‘Serena Argente is an expert in all matters of Intellectual Property, dealing with everything with a degree of detail and rigour that gives us a full guarantee that it will be well resolved, as it has happened in all the countless matters in which she has advised us in this area.’

‘The lawyers solve our problems in a practical way and are always present, they are really efficient and attentive.’

‘Serena Argente is very pragmatic and has taken on an important role as an advisor in managing our intellectual property assets. She is also exceptional in industrial property litigation.’

‘Serena manages to exceed our expectations and offer us what I consider the best service in intellectual property in the market.’

Work highlights

  • Advises a client on patent prosecution.
  • Assists a company in the registration of new patents related to recent pharmaceutical scientific discoveries.
  • Advising a client on a matter which included comprehensive technology licensing arrangements (TLA) and patent registration.