Intellectual property: Copyright in Spain
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.
Clifford Chance has a strong track record handling copyright legislation. Practice head Miquel Montañá is advising Banco Santander on the copyright aspects of multiple project finance operations for the production of several films and television series. Other work includes successfully advising Samsung on the copyright aspects of various app launches and marketing campaigns. Josep Montefusco and senior associate Juan Cuerva de Cañas are also noted.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is praised by clients for its 'realistic risk analysis'. The group is acting for Vaughan Systems in a copyright infringement claim filed by Sony Music concerning the use of a specific song in the TV programme and advertising material of one of the courses broadcast by TVE. Eduardo Castillo leads the practice. Jesús Muñoz Delgado, Sofía Martínez-Almeida and Ibán Diez are other key contacts. Isabela Crespo is a very active senior associate. Gonzalo Ulloa is honorary president at the firm. José Miguel Lissen joined ABG Patentes (now ABG Intellectual Property).
Abril Abogados, SL
Cuatrecasas' team is jointly led by Álvaro Bourkaib and Albert Agustinoy. Highlights included advising Suez Environment on the contractual protection of IP rights in a digital platform containing an artificial intelligence algorithm for big data processing. Jorge Llevat and senior associate Jorge Monclús are also noted.
At ECIJA, the team has 'a very commercial approach'. Clients include media multinationals and start-ups. In one highlight, the team is acting for Fox Spain in the negotiation of advertising contracts concerning the company's global intellectual property rights. Managing partner Alejandro Touriño and Carlos Perez are the key names and Franz Ruz is also noted.
Eversheds Sutherland Nicea's group is well regarded for advising major music publishers. The practice is defending a record company in a dispute with a well-known Catalan author who has challenged the client's master recording rights and royalty policy. Vicente Arias Máiz leads the copyright practice, which includes senior associate Celia Bouzas González, who joined from Penafort Abogados in March 2018.
Grau & Angulo
CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo’s practice is led by Javier Torre de Silva. It has notable sector strength in the pharmaceutical, technology, financial, automotive and consumer goods industries. The practice is assisting Ricoh España with legal advice concerning new private copy regulation, and is handling the submission of allegations before the relevant authorities with regard to private copy regulations to be approved. Blanca Cortés is the key name. Bartolomé Martín joined as counsel in May 2018 from DLA Piper LLP.
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is able to leverage its international network to handle cross-border IP litigation. The team successfully represented several Hollywood studios in copyright litigation against the major internet service providers in Spain that sought to block websites that make available audio-visual works by using techniques such as streaming or linking. Luis Fernández-Novoa, Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín are the names to note. Laura Cantero is now counsel.
Santiago Mediano Abogados
Sol Muntañola & Asociados
Auren is a popular choice for clients in the film industry and film and media production company Amiguetes Enterprises is a client. The team provided legal advice to DMNTIA Studios on the sale of the TV series Paquita Salas to Netflix, including drafting and developing the various contracts and conducting all the negotiations. Pilar Sánchez-Bleda and Sandra García Cabezas are noted.