Intellectual property in Portugal

Abreu Advogados

With broad capabilities across the full range of IP, Abreu Advogados acts for a high-profile corporate client base, which seeks advice on trade mark and patent prosecution, unfair competition, copyright protection as well as IP licensing matters. Practice head Manuel Durães Rocha has an impressive track record in trade mark protection and arbitration proceedings involving life sciences patents. The arrival of António Andrade further strengthened the department's IP offering in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors, particularly in the field of enforcement. Technology and advertising matters are key areas of focus for Ricardo Henriques, while César Bessa Monteiro Jr. receives instructions from companies operating in the entertainment, consumer goods, e-commerce and pharmaceutical industries on the entire range of IP mandates.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Durães Rocha

Other key lawyers:

César Bessa Monteiro; César Bessa Monteiro Jr.; Ricardo Henriques; Antonio Andrade; Ana Panão


‘Besides superb attention to detail, Abreu has an excellent knowledge of the Spanish idiosyncrasy and what the client is looking for in Portugal.’

‘Ricardo Henriques is always available; direct and clear with quick and easy solutions. He has always provided us with alternatives so the client can evaluate the best option.’

‘It is a reliable law firm with a solid IP practice. This is one of my first options in Portugal.’

‘I have worked with Manuel Durães Rocha. I have had the opportunity of working with him several times in the last 20 years. I appreciate his work and his dedication to cases. I certainly would recommend him in Portugal.’

The team reveals a high professionalism in the search for robust technical solutions.’

‘Manuel Durães Rocha is a lawyer very close to the client, that suggests agile and solid solutions in the protection of the intellectual / industrial property rights. We praise the special cordiality, proximity and speed in the delivery of day-to-day matters.’

‘Expertise, billing transparency, ability to help on many different aspects of trademark, copyright, and advertising.’

‘Cesar Bessa Monteiro Sr and Jr are go-to for anything related to IP.’

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

  • Assisted SYDELL GROUP in opposing the registration of a third-party trade mark that could jeopardise the notoriety of the client’s trade mark (NoMad) in Portugal.
  • Acted for Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild Y Vega Sicilia MACAN) in the defence of a famous trade mark of wine, MACAN, in Portugal.
  • Assisted EBEL (a luxury Swiss watch manufacturer) in opposing a trade mark application from a third party.


Bringing together legal experts in intellectual property and engineers with in-depth knowledge of patents, Garrigues provides advice on the full array of IP rights. Clients from a variety of sectors, including food and beverages, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, financial services and software, often instruct the team on complex trade mark and patent litigation and prosecution matters. The department, which enjoys close ties with the firm's offices in Spain and China, is led by João Miranda de Sousa. He has acted as an arbitrator in pharmaceutical IP disputes and is knowledgeable in European design and trade mark issues. Acquisition of patent rights and IP license agreements are among Francisca Ferreira Pinto's key strengths.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Francisca Ferreira Pinto


‘We have been working with Garrigues for over 15 years; they are always professional, extremely organised, attentive to detail and available for any question.’

‘João Miranda de Sousa excels in complex litigation processes. Francisca Ferreira Pinto is responsible for managing and monitoring our IP rights portfolio.’

‘Technical knowledge, professionalism, dynamism and resilience.’

‘Francisca Ferreira Pinto is always available and knowledgeable of all matters.’

Key clients


UEFA (Union des Associations Européennes de Football)


Chapter 4 Corp.d.b.a Supreme


Advance Care

Fraunhofer –Gesellscharft

Group Bosch

Media Capital


Boticário Group

Sumol Compal


Work highlights

  • Defended Cofemel in an action brought by G-STAR RAW against the claim of copying clothing products and shop designs, which ended with the Portuguese Supreme Court ruling in favour of Cofemel, preceded by a landmark decision by the CJEU with far-reaching consequences.
  • Represented the internationally reputed and well-known fashion brand Supreme in a complex and multi-jurisdictional case of trade mark infringement and unfair competition.
  • Represents the Portuguese Group Ceva Saúde in complex patent litigation against Group Bayer for an alleged infringement of one of Bayer’s patents for a vaccine in the veterinarian field.

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

The intellectual property department at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados assists domestic and multinational clients with a combination of contentious and commercial matters relating to the entire range of IP rights. Of particular note is the team’s strong background in patent disputes, particularly litigation involving pharmaceutical companies, as well as manufacturing and media players. Advising on the new copyright levy regime in Portugal and on the negotiation of software licensing agreements are other core specialisms. Managing associate Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira, who focuses on patent litigation, and Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade, whose expertise covers every facet of IP law and who was promoted to the partnership in November 2021, co-ordinate the department. Tomás Vaz Pinto excels in trade marks, copyright and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira; Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Other key lawyers:

Tomás Vaz Pinto; António Pinto Leite


‘This firm stands out for its efficiency and client-focused service. There is not a one-size fits all plan for clients. Each client and each matter receive tailor-made advice and strategy to best serve the client’s interests.’

‘We mainly work with Vasco Stilwell de Andrade. Vasco is an integral part of our practice in the European Union. His ability to think creatively and outside-the-box is superb. He is also an excellent negotiator.’

The Morais Leitão IP team is extremely competent and available. Vasco Stilwell de Andrade is very attentive to detail and to client’s needs, and always provides complete and rigorous analyses of matters. One of the best lawyers in the country operating in this area.’

‘I would recommend Vasco Stilwell de Andrade, an excellent lawyer, noted for his enormous availability, deep legal and market knowledge and ability to respond quickly and rigorously.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Teva in important preliminary injunction cases and patent invalidity cases.
  • Responsible for all aspects related with the prosecution and defence of the CR7 brand.
  • Continues to be IP counsel to IMPRESA, the biggest media (TV and printed press) group in Portugal, advising on all aspects of copyright protection and defence.


VdA has unparalleled experience in acting for leading pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation before judicial and arbitral courts. Furthermore, the team has bolstered its service offering in the field of trade mark, design and unfair competition litigation. Department head António de Magalhães Cardoso has an impressive track record in representing originator pharmaceutical companies in disputes concerning generic medicine regulatory approvals. This is also an area of expertise for Sara Nazaré, who has handled several revocation proceedings. Managing associate Marta Alves Vieira focuses on patents and trade mark enforcement.

Practice head(s):

António de Magalhães Cardoso

Other key lawyers:

Marta Alves Vieira; Sara Nazaré


‘The VdA team is impressively responsive, has an excellent understanding of the law and the ability to view the advice given on the law in Portugal as part of a broader international strategy. This international mindset combined with their technical excellence has led us to choose VdA as our primary go-to firm for patent litigation in Portugal.’

‘VDA has a strong team of Portuguese IP litigators. They have a lot of experience in managing the many foibles of Portuguese patent litigation.’

‘The team is knowledgeable of local law, but has shown proficiency in European law as well.’

‘Marta Alves Vieira and Sara Nazaré have impressed us by their professionalism and dedication. We have found the Portuguese aspects of our litigation projects to be in very safe hands with them.’

‘VdA has a deep bench of excellent lawyers and is the pre-eminent IP litigation practice in Portugal. They completely outshine their peers and I am always glad to have them on side. ’

‘Sara Nazaré is one of the best patent litigators in Europe. Even though she is a managing associate, she has more experience of high importance patent litigation than most other lawyers in Europe. Sara is exceptional. She has a boundless knowledge of Portuguese patent law and procedure and she is able to predict developments. Sara is a tenacious advocate and firmly puts her clients points to the judge, even when she faces an uphill battle. Sara is also a firm but fair cross-examiner. Sara is very hard working and is always available for discussions. She is able to provide good and thoughtful advice on tricky issues at very short notice.’

‘Sara and her team are extremely efficient and have always provided well reasoned, comprehensive advice to us and the client. This is not always easy given the nuances of the Portuguese IP system, but she has built tremendous trust through her work over the years.’

‘Highly sought after team for any IP litigation in Portugal, particularly well known for acting for major life sciences innovator clients.’

Key clients






Bristol-Myers Squibb


Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

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

Merck Sharp and Dohme

Millennium Pharmaceuticals


Novartis AG

UCB Pharma

Vanguard Properties

Baptista, Monteverde & Associados

Baptista, Monteverde & Associados is particularly renowned for its intellectual property practice, which offers legal support in relation to the entire spectrum of prosecution and enforcement of IP rights. The team, which is often engaged by leading players in the technology, retail and pharmaceutical sectors, is adept at assisting with cross-border litigation, anti-counterfeiting issues, domain name disputes, patents and contentious trade mark matters. Paulo Monteverde jointly oversees the department with Filipe Teixeira Baptista; both practitioners are noted for their deep understanding of litigation involving copyright, pharmaceutical patents and trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Monteverde; Filipe Teixeira Baptista

Other key lawyers:

Petra Fernandes


‘We like working with this firm due to its high specialisation which leads to excellent performance. We find that the team is easy to work with for various reasons. It takes a very practical approach to the matter at hand and has an excellent level of communication. We are never in any doubt as to where we stand and this clarity of reporting is a huge advantage for us and has fostered a very successful relationship. When comparing it to other firms we find that its billing is reasonable and competitive. The team works well together and is above all efficient.’

‘Paulo Monteverde is our point of contact for trademarks and design and Filipe Baptista is our go-to man for patent matters. Both provide a consistent high-quality service. They both explain the situation clearly and with an outstanding knowledge of their  specialist field.’

‘Very good legal knowledge and commercial understanding.’

‘Filipe Baptista is always available and seeks to find the best solution.’

‘Paulo Monteverde is truly a rarity in the IP world.  Don’t be fooled by his modest approach, Paulo is a sharp, expert litigator and each time we have approached him to work together, our clients have been very satisfied with his accurate and well presented recommendations. Paulo’s knowledge of the Portuguese IP world is astounding and he is on many committees making him our go-to IP lawyer in Portugal.’

‘We are very happy with the provided services. They are highly responsive and give pragmatic advice.’

‘Filipe Baptista provides pragmatic and sound advice.’


The IP team at CMS is particularly noted for advising on the internationalisation of Portuguese companies and brands. The practice, which manages industrial property portfolios on behalf of domestic and international clients, is proficient across the full array of IP rights, offering prosecution, enforcement and litigation services. Counterfeiting cases and European Union trade mark matters are other areas of expertise for the department, which also provides specialised assistance to start-ups through its dedicated programme CMS equIP. José Luís Arnaut leads advice to leading oil and gas and technology companies in relation to patents, domain names and trade marks. João Leitão Figueiredo is another noteworthy IP practitioner, who is regularly retained by clients from the retail, media, technology and life sciences 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 knowledge and deep understanding of the legal framework; high technical competence; professionalism; great negotiation skills and a particular ability to reach consensus solutions, placing the client’s interest at the centre of the analysis and resolution of each problem; an integrated view and analysis of topics, covering the different specialties of law. The team is always available and able to give its opinion and work within demanding deadlines.’

‘We have been working mainly with Miguel Quintans and José Luis Arnaut. All of them are experts in their practice, with deep knowledge of the general legal framework, thus ensuring that all issues are dealt with professionally and efficiently.’

CMS is a reference in the market, since it has teams formed by highly qualified and efficient lawyers who ensure the resolution of the legal issues of its clients.’

‘João Leitão Figueiredo, a lawyer with a lot of experience and know-how in the field of intellectual property, demonstrates a lot of technical qualities and transmits security to the client since he always presents a solution for the legal cases that are presented to him.’

Team with high technical capacity and total availability.’

Key clients









Delta Cafés




Dan Cake

Work highlights

  • Assisted Vinci Energies Portugal with legal due diligence in relation to the 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 a litigation concerning IP infringement and unfair competition.


PLMJ offers advice on IP rights protection to a diverse client roster that includes household names in the telecoms, financial services, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. The department undertakes the entire spectrum of IP matters, ranging from patent prosecution to design, copyright and trade mark infringement. Manuel Lopes Rocha is noted as an expert in IP disputes, particularly pharmaceutical patent arbitration. Hugo Monteiro Queirós, whose notable areas of practice include patents, trade marks, copyright and designs, recently joined the team. Ana Teresa PulidoPaula Martinho da Silva and Jorge Silva Martins are no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Hugo Monteiro Quierós

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Lomba; Manuel Lopes Rocha


Excellent relationship with the client and attention to details. In-depth knowledge of the subject and the legislation, as well as of the functioning of specific courts.’

‘With in-depth knowledge of Intellectual Property Law and the functioning of the courts and other entities, Manuel Lopes Rocha demonstrated an enormous capacity in the search for alternative solutions that met the client’s objectives. In addition to legal knowledge, he was extremely careful in explaining the solutions to the problem, which proved to be decisive in the developed strategy.’

‘Availability and knowledge. Manuel Lopes Rocha is excellent.’

Promptness, high theoretical and practical knowledge and excellent reasoning.’

‘We have always received a magnificent service from the PLMJ team.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation





Colgate-Palmolive Company

Critical Software

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian


Associação Portuguesa de Empresas de Distribuição (Portuguese Association of Distribution Companies)


Instituto Superior Técnico

Verbz Labs

ADENE – Agência para a Energia

Work highlights

  • Advised PuraPharm in a claim at the National Industrial Property Office against a national pharmaceutical company in its attempt to register the trade mark PURAFARMA.
  • Acted for SIC- Sociedade Independente de Comunicação and TVI – Televisão Independente in a legal action relating to copyright and associated rights.
  • Advising BB&G-AWES on patent licensing, its relationship with universities and researchers, and on company ethics.

Sérvulo & Associados

Sérvulo & Associados fields a highly specialised IP team, which stands out for its strong focus on patent litigation in the life sciences sector. With international companies at the core of the group's client base, the practice also undertakes work pertaining to trade marks, copyright and distribution issues. Ana Rita Paínho, who has extensive experience in cross-border matters, oversees the department. Mariana Costa Pinto is a solid performer in IP dispute resolution, notably patent and authorship rights disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ana Rita Paínho

Other key lawyers:

Mariana Costa Pinto


‘Expertise in IP, speed in responding to queries, availability, clarity in the drafting.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho is an exceptional lawyer. We feel we are always in good hands.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho and Mariana Costa Pinto stand out in the field.’

Personalised services and competent professionals.’

‘Ana Rita Paínho and Mariana Costa Pinto are recommended for their availability and competence.’

Key clients

Insud Pharma SL

Teva Group

Aurobindo Group

Generis SA

Exeltis Healthcare SL

Laboratórios Leon Farma S.A.

Egis Pharmaceuticals PLC

Pêra-Grave – Sociedade Unipessoal Lda.


F9 Consulting

Laboratórios Liconsa

Accord Healthcare, Ltd.


Hope Care

Vintage Fruit

Work highlights

  • Representing Teva Group in a dispute concerning the commercialisation of a generic medicine, on the basis of alleged patent infringement.
  • Acting for Exeltis Healthcare in an infringement action filed at the Lisbon Intellectual Property Court by Richter Gedeon Vegyeszeti Gyar over the active principle Levonorgestrel.
  • Representing Generis in an infringement action filed at the Lisbon Intellectual Property Court by BMS/Pfizer over the active principle apixabano.

Caiado Guerreiro

Caiado Guerreiro has a strong background in patent enforcement and litigation, acting for key players in the pharmaceutical sector. The team, which is adept at assisting with the protection across the full range of IP rights, stands out in trade mark prosecution and administrative proceedings, unfair competition and plant variety right matters. The department is under the leadership of Ricardo Costa Macedo, who is noted for his experience in representing pharmaceutical companies in contentious matters before arbitration and judicial courts.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Costa Macedo


‘The firm gives practical, no-nonsense advice; quickly grasps the instructions and work with us to implement (and refine as necessary) the strategy.’

‘Ricardo Costa Macedo is very experienced and has sound judgement.’

‘All the support provided in matters pertaining to trade mark registration was outstanding.’

‘Ricardo Costa Macedo is the main point of contact for all IP matters. He stands out for his attention to detail, close monitoring of issues and focus on the client’s interests. We would also like to highlight his availability as well as his technical knowledge of issues related to intellectual property: both in terms of trademarks as well as the protection of business secrets.’

‘Prompt answers, professional treatment of clients, and permanent availability.’

‘We received clearly drafted documentation and our matters were handled promptly and efficiently.’

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

CCA Law Firm

CCA Law Firm has a wealth of experience in acting for clients from the media and publishing sectors on a range of IP matters, notably copyright and licensing issues. Furthermore, the service offering includes advice on IP transactional matters, trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases. The practice is jointly led by Filipe Mayer, who is regularly engaged in matters involving e-sports, media and advertising, and Martim Bouza Serrano, who is noted for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Filipe Mayer; Martim Bouza Serrano

Other key lawyers:

Tito Rendas


‘Flexibility and ability to adapt to clients’ needs and business context. Filipe Mayer is our main point of contact.’

‘Availability, dedication, transparency and innovation.’

‘Focused on providing an excellent service to the client.’

Key clients






Pulse Films

Stellar Media Group


Havas Group


Accor Hoteles

BNI Europa Bank

Banco Finantia





Work highlights

  • Assisted Playplanet in an injunction brought against a company that infringed its design rights as well as trade secrets.
  • Defending Steller Media Group (a Portuguese media company) against a charge brought by American corporation Jukin Media for an alleged IP infringement.
  • Providing assistance to Google regarding the implementation of Article 15 of the new Copyright Directive.


Cuatrecasas is regularly engaged by domestic and foreign clients to assist with the management of trade mark infringement cases and registration issues. In addition, the department acts for significant clients from the life sciences sector on patent and commercial aspects of IP rights, and enjoys a good reputation for its expertise in IT law and licensing matters, evidenced by the recent creation of a digital economy focus group within the firm's European network. Leading the practice is Sónia Queiróz Vaz, who advises on the full array of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Ana Costa Teixeira undertakes work related to IP rights, media law and new technologies. Data protection, IP and TMT specialist Joana Mota Agostinho joined the firm in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sónia Queiróz Vaz

Other key lawyers:

Ana Costa Teixeira; Joana Mota Agostinho


‘The company stands out for the quality of its service, namely for the specialist advice they offer to clients.’

‘I would highlight Sónia Queiroz Vaz, for the value she adds to the relationship between the law firm and the client. This value goes beyond the merely technical component.’

Key clients








Manuel Champalimaud Group

EVO Payments


Singularity Digital Enterprise





Work highlights

  • Advising SAMSUNG on specific matters and issues relating to intellectual property, IT, data protection law and advertising/media law.
  • Advising BMW on infringements of IP rights owned by BMW, including seizures of counterfeited products by competent authorities, criminal and civil actions with infringers and settlement agreements.
  • Assisted fintech EVO Payments on setting out the main IP findings of the legal due diligence prior to the acquisition of Banco BIC’s merchant acquiring business.

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

With national coverage, PRA-Raposo, Sá Miranda & Associados, Sociedade de Advogados RL fields a team of IP specialists who are skilled at assisting with copyright protection, trade mark prosecution and patent infringement cases. The team is a top choice for clients from the media sector, particularly film and TV production companies. Practice head Gonçalo Gil Barreiros has in-depth knowledge of copyright law, while Augusto Almeida Correia, who leads the Porto-based team, is experienced across trade marks, designs as well as advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Gil Barreiros; Augusto Almeida Correia

Other key lawyers:

Márcia Martinho da Rosa; Pedro Rebelo Tavares


‘Augusto Almeida Correia is friendly and totally available. He works in close proximity to the client to be able to implement the best solutions.’

‘The various PRA teams we have worked with are extremely competent and thorough. I would like to highlight Augusto Almeida Correia from the intellectual property team for his availability, prompt responses and flexibility in finding solutions. PRA is a very young and creative law firm, focused on the needs of the client, without ever neglecting the enormous quality of the services it offers.’

‘Within the team, I highlight Márcia Rosa for the quality of the service provided, as well as the ability of the team to adapt advice to the needs of the clients.’

‘Speed, solid foundation, rigor, high theoretical and practical knowledge. Gonçalo Gil Barreiros is highly recommended.’

The quality of the services provided and the permanent and timely monitoring of all situations for which we request legal advice are highly appreciated by us as clients.’

‘We highlight Gonçalo Gil Barreiros, for the excellence of his services and knowledge in the specific area of intellectual property, but also for his quick responses and availability.’

‘Augusto Almeida Correia stands out for his extensive knowledge. He is always keen to offer alternative solutions and different approaches to issues. He is always available and highly reliable in terms of demanding deadlines.’

‘The support and services provided are very personalised. They easily create an empathetic relationship with the client and seek to promote an almost daily contact in order to follow the work or projects in progress. Márcia Martinho da Rosa has been working with us for two years and has always maintained a good relationship with the company. She accompanies us almost on a daily basis and responds quickly to our requests.’

Key clients

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.

Comon S.A

Crystalis Entertainment UG

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

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

Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.

Produções Fictícias, Lda.

Work highlights

  • Acting for AUDIOGEST – Associação para a Gestão e Distribuição de Direitos in ongoing proceedings defending the rights of Portuguese phonographic producers and artists through the legal entity Passmúsica.
  • Advising MDS – Corretor de Seguros on the internationalisation of the Brokerslink trade mark in all countries where it operates.
  • Selected in a public tender to legally advise the Mission Structure Meridian of Camões I.P. in various matters pertaining to copyright protection.

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

APTS - Alves Pereira & Teixeira de Sousa, S.P., R.L. is well versed in trade mark registration and opposition matters, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the media and advertising sectors. Belén Granados, who has extensive experience in the field of intellectual property, chairs the team.

Practice head(s):

Belén Granados

Key clients

CheckPoint Systems

Free Now

Iniciativas de Meios


Intelligent Apps

The Interpublic Group of Companies



Orion Worldwide

Universal McCann

Work highlights

  • Assisting with the management of several EU and domestic trade marks belonging to the portfolio of The Interpublic Group of Companies.
  • Advising Mediabrands Portugal on the negotiation of the ownership of IP rights and/or copyrights concerning the creative concepts or ideas developed by its agencies under several digital and media services agreements with the Portuguese media.
  • Assisted Mediabrands Portugal with the preparation of several agreements between the Portuguese agencies, the advertisers and the auditors appointed by the advertisers, in order to ensure the confidentiality of trade secrets and other proprietary information.


With a strong focus on e-commerce, technology and communications, DLA Piper ABBC provides a variety of advisory services involving the protection of IP rights. Corporate partner João Costa Quinta, who leads advice to a range of multinational clients, leads the team, which also includes senior associate Margarida Leitão Nogueira, whose experience covers data protection, commercial contracts and IP matters. She is a key point of contact for clients in the life sciences sector.

Eversheds Sutherland FCB

The IP department at Eversheds Sutherland FCB advises clients on the registration and infringement of intellectual property rights, covering trade marks, patents and copyright. The team is also well versed in anti-counterfeiting and advertising issues. Margarida Roda Santos oversees the life sciences and IP practices.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Providing advice on contentious and non-contentious matters, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's IP department is split into three groups focused on patents, trade marks and copyright. The Lisbon-based team, which is noted for its track record in litigation, works in close collaboration with the IP practice in Madrid. Gonçalo Paiva e Sousa leads advice to domestic and international clients on IP-related mandates. Pedro Vilarinho Pires focuses on TMT and data protection, in addition to assisting clients with intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

Gonçalo Paiva e Sousa; Pedro Vilarinho Pires

Key clients

ASM Pacific Technology Limited

Dense Air Portugal

Dart Industries, Inc.

Wave Energy Centre

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing legal advice to Dart Industries on the protection of trade marks, copyright, unfair competition, advertising and consumer law in relation to the client’s business in Portugal.
  • Provides ongoing advice to Wave Energy Centre on all intellectual property matters.


The IP team at Linklaters is adept at handling contentious matters, as well as commercial issues and agreements. Its core strength lies in assisting with the management of IP rights in the context of M&A and financing deals. Licensing agreements and disputes involving the pharmaceutical industry are other areas of focus for the department, which has built a strong reputation in the field of IP rights related to sports events. Carlos Pinto Correia is proficient in patent infringement litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pinto Correia

Other key lawyers:

Raquel Galvão Silva


‘They are a wonderful team that is always responsive.’

Raquel Silva is excellent; she is smart, responsive and well versed in the law. We have been able to make new law together as well as break down old barriers.’

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

Work highlights

  • Continues to represent Pfizer in several arbitration and judicial proceedings related to the infringement of patents for different active substances and medications.
  • Advising Novo Banco on Project Nata 2, the largest loan portfolio trade ever in Portugal consisting of performing and non-performing loans and other assets, which included data protection issues as the portfolio contains personal data of the clients.
  • Advising FIFA on the protection of their IP rights in Portugal.


MGRA SP RL is particularly active in assisting with IP issues in the context of M&A transactions and projects. Licensing and technology agreements are a notable area of expertise for the IP team, which is also knowledgeable in patent, trade mark and copyright protection. Helga Lopes Ribeiro is the key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Helga Lopes Ribeiro

Key clients

Dahlman Industrial Group B.V.

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, as well as on new projects in the biomass and renewable energies field (transfer and exploitation of IP).
  • Advised SYNOVA on the drafting and negotiation of IP exploitation regarding the thermoelectric plant in Viseu.
  • Advised OTLIS on the relevant technology and IP agreements for the mobility and ticketing of the multimodal transport in Lisbon (EU Mobil.T project).

Raposo Bernardo

The IP practice at Raposo Bernardo acts for a diverse client roster of aviation, automotive, engineering, tourism and pharmaceutical companies. Core areas of activity for the team include trade mark and patent prosecution, as well as judicial oppositions. Serena Argente Escartín advises on the entire spectrum of IP rights, including disputes and agreements.

Practice head(s):

Serena Argente Escartín; Maria Sirec


‘Of all the skills I value the most I would like to highlight the way they perceive what we need and what we want in each situation. Raposo Bernardo’s lawyers are professional, rigorous, available and achieve excellent results.’

‘They are able to provide assistance in relation to the protection of brands, covering registrations and oppositions.’

We place our total trust in Raposo Bernardo & Associados to protect our assets. This work requires a great deal of expertise in this sector and the area in question. Raposo Bernardo is the right legal player for this purpose, guaranteeing the success and added value that we were looking for in the market.’ 

‘Serena Argente is our main point of contact. She is extremely diligent, professional, very dedicated and practical.  In addition, we would also like to highlight her brilliant performance in negotiations.’

‘Raposo Bernardo & Associados honours deadlines and results. The team has extensive knowledge of all matters pertaining to intellectual property, such as trade marks and patents. They also have an important presence at the Alicante Institute, which manages the brands at the European Union level.’

It provides an impeccable service. Maria Sirec is great in proceedings related to patents oppositions.’

The unique quality that distinguishes this law firm is its total commitment to client’s objectives. We trust them with the registration, management and defence of our brands and IP rights. The qualities we value most are precisely the ability to always achieve the best results, helping us meet our goals and add value to our business.’