Intellectual property: Copyright in Spain

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is a popular choice for copyright disputes and regulatory matters and frequently acts for household names in the media industry. José María Méndez and Carles Prat are the practice heads. María Dolores Garayalde is also recommended.

Bird & Bird

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 LobatoAntonio Cueto and up-and-coming senior associate José Angel García-Zapata are the other names to note.

Clifford Chance

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

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 DelgadoSofía 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).

Garrigues

At Garrigues, João Miranda de Sousa and Carolina Pina lead the team. The team acts for clients in the technology and media sectors, as well as multi-national financial services companies.Antonio Muñoz and Cristina Mesa are also recommended.

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez’s team has a strong track record handling a range of copyright matters for media corporations. Montiano Monteagudo leads the practice. Agustín González is also noted.

Abril Abogados, SL

Highlights for Abril Abogados, SL team included representing new client AMC Networks in a copyright infringement matter against a group of websites in an alleged piracy action concerning television series The Walking DeadIgnacio Temiño Ceniceros leads the team.

Cuatrecasas

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.

ECIJA

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.

Elzaburu

Elzaburu is a key name for contentious copyright matters. Practice head Antonio Castán, Carlos Morán and Colm Ahern are the names to note. Anti-counterfeiting specialist Juan José Caselles is also active in this space.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea

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

At boutique firm Grau & Angulo, recent work includes handling copyright infringements. Practice heads Jorge Grau and Ignacio Marqués are key names.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

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.

RCD

RCD has considerable expertise in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors but also acts for corporate clients from an array of industries. Ignasi Costas is the key contact.

Santiago Mediano Abogados

Santiago Mediano Abogados is notable for its work with major media clients. Santiago Ilundáin, Santiago Mediano and Juan Carrasco are the key names.

Sol Muntañola & Asociados

Sol Muntañola & Asociados has a strong track record in the copyright space. Mario Sol Muntañola and Francisco Javier Márquez lead the team.

Augusta Abogados

At Augusta Abogados, practice head Carlos Valls successfully acted for Skechers in criminal proceedings against a counterfeiter in the Canary Islands.

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper LLPDiego Ramos is the key name. A key client is Ty, a toy company, which the firm advised on anti-counterfeiting matters. Of counsel Paula González de Castejón is also noted. Bartolomé Martín, formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo.

Jones Day

Jones Day's Marta Delgado Echevarría is the key name. The group handles copyright matters for multinational clients.

Roca Junyent

Roca Junyent acts for several high-profile clients, including the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation. Anna Viladàs Jené leads the work and senior associate Javier Vázquez is also noted.

Auren

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.

Bardají & Honrado

At Bardají & Honrado, Andy Ramos Gil de la Haza is the name to note for copyright matters.

Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor

Andrea Garcés is the key name at Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor. It has notable strengths in the art and design, fashion and cosmetics sectors.