Firms To Watch: Intellectual property: patents

DWF-RCD has a large innovation and entrepreneurship practice that handles a broad range of IP work, including patent disputes. The firm frequently acts for rights holders before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO). It also has a strong pipeline of transactional work, handling technology transfers, development agreements and licensing matters.

Intellectual property: patents in Spain

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird‘s global IP practice provides a strong platform for the team in Spain, which is frequently involved in high-value, cross-border matters in key industries, among them pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, apparel and chemicals. Prosecution partner Mariano Santos and patent licensing expert José Miguel Lissén lead a ‘a very solid team, with a high level of specialisation'. Vastly experienced of counsel Manuel Lobato is highly regarded for patent litigation and strategic advice, particularly in the life sciences sector, and senior associate Maria Fernandez handles the prosecution and defence of IP rights all over the world. Associate Marta Arteaga is a key adviser to clients in the food, fashion, entertainment and electronics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Mariano Santos; José Miguel Lissén

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Lobato; Maria Fernandez; Marta Arteaga


‘We have a very close relationship with Bird & Bird and it is our preferred firm for all complex patent issues. They have a very solid team, with a high level of specialisation and that provides a lot of security when it comes to protecting our clients’ technologies.’

‘The reference partner is Mariano Santos. He is someone highly trained, with great delivery, very flexible and who coordinates internal issues in an exceptional way. He has a solid legal and technical team that gives us complete confidence.’

Work highlights

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a standout practice for patent litigation and it frequently acts for high-profile international clients in the consumer goods and retail, biotechnology, media, pharmaceutical, and telecoms sectors. It is currently involved in the largest pan-European patent litigation case in the pharmaceutical sector. The ‘urbane, thoughtful, creativeMiquel Montañá leads the practice from Barcelona, where litigation partner Josep Montefusco and associates Adrián Crespo and Ana  Benetó play key roles. Clients note that ‘the technical level is more than outstanding‘ and that the practice is ‘consistently one of the best patent litigation outfits anywhere in the world‘. Though litigation is undoubtedly its strong point, the firm’s IP lawyers are all able to handle both advisory work and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Miquel Montañá

Other key lawyers:

Josep Montefusco; Adrián Crespo; Fernando Cerdà Belda; Ana Benetó


‘It is the best firm in Spain in relation to patent litigation. Led by the best litigator and expert in patents and industrial property rights in Spain, that is, Miquel Montañá.’

‘The technical level is more than outstanding and the knowledge of my company and its culture is critical to providing the high-level service that this team provides. Miquel Montañá and Josep Montefusco are recommended.’

‘The team is unique in Spain. Simply the best patent / life sciences practice in the country, and consistently one of the best patent litigation outfits I have worked with anywhere in the world. I am constantly amazed at the quality of their work, advice, strategy and so on. Miquel Montañá is the undoubted star and leader but he has created a very strong team and they should continue thrive.’

‘Miquel Montañá is a thought leader, superb advocate and strategist, able to predict court’s approach to most cases. Josep Montesfusco is also an excellent choice as partner. Adrián Crespo is a future star.’

‘Highly professional advice by the experienced CC patent lawyers.’

‘Worked with Josep Montefusco and Adrián Crespo. They provided very qualified and proactive legal consulting.’

‘Miquel Montañá is the doyen of patent litigation in Spain. Urbane, thoughtful, creative, he is a pleasure to work with. He will always put himself out for you to get superb results.’

‘Amazingly knowledgeable, skilled, efficient.’

Key clients


UCB Pharma

F. Hoffman-La Roche








Illumina INC.

Edwards Lifesciences LTD.

Exact Sciences

Laboratorios Esteve

Daiichi Sankyo

Bristol-Myers Squibb



Eli Lilly




Love Digital Factory





Boehringuer Ingelheim

Ipsen Pharma



Merck Sharp & Dohme

Novo Nordisk





Work highlights

  • Representing Novartis in patent litigation against the companies that have launched generics of fingolimod in Spain.
  • Advising Nokia on multijurisdictional patent enforcement proceedings brought in Spain against two major Chinese mobile manufacturers in relation to telecoms patents.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo‘s IP group frequently advises on protection, commercialisation and licensing matters, but is best known for its litigation practice, which is called upon to protect patents in the technology, life sciences, electronics and telecoms sectors. The lead partners in Madrid are Jesús Muñoz-Delgado, who specialises in biotechnology and plant variety matters, and litigator Sofía Martínez-Almeida. Associate Mercedes Corbal has significant experience in administrative proceedings before the Spanish Patents and Trade Marks Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Partner Gonzalo Ulloa retired in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Muñoz-Delgado; Sofía Martínez-Almeida

Other key lawyers:

Mercedes Corbal

Key clients

Huawei Technologies España, S.A.

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Galletas Gullón S.A.

Nektium Pharma S.L.

Grau & Angulo

IP boutique Grau & Anguloexudes confidence and skilfully guides the client through long and complex legal procedures'. Acting for an impressive roster of international blue-chip clients from industries such as life sciences, energy and telecoms, the firm is sought after for its expertise in injunction proceedings, patent infringement matters and counterclaims. The team is led by Barcelona-based Javier Huarte, who is one of the most experienced patent litigators in Spain, and cross-border litigation specialist Alejandro Angulo, alongside Madrid-based partner Jesús Arribas, who frequently handles cases involving telecoms, electronic and mechanical patents. Up-and-coming partner Ignacio Pontijas in Madrid is a key name for patent litigation in the life sciences space.

Practice head(s):

Javier Huarte; Jesús Arribas; Alejandro Angulo

Other key lawyers:

Ignacio Pontijas; Laura Morales; Ignacio Marqués; Nuria Ribera; José Calvo; Julia Carretero


‘Grau & Angulo has a strong reputation concerning IP rights and patent litigation. The company exudes confidence and skilfully guides the client through long and complex legal procedures.’

‘Jesús Arribas is a competent lawyer. He remains calm and explains the various steps of the legal process to the client in a clear and simple manner. He listens to the client’s comments and tries to arrive at an effective and satisfactory approach. He facilitates constructive cooperation between client, lawyer and patent attorney.’

‘They are a reference in the chemical-pharmaceutical field both for their knowledge and for legal practice.

‘It is a very executive team, clear and concise, which makes decision making much easier. I have worked with Javier Huarte, José Calvo, Ignacio Pontijas and Nuria Ribera.’

‘The Grau & Angulo team is one of the best in industrial property matters nationwide. Their detailed recommendations, taking into account all aspects of the business, are very valuable, and often offer valuable innovative insights.’

‘Vast technical and business knowledge. Personalised advice.’

‘Multidisciplinary team that collaborates from different areas of knowledge to provide a complete solution to the client.’

‘Ignacio Marqués together with Julia Carretero have given us exceptional attention: their experience, tenacity and good work have been key to bringing the case to a successful conclusion.’

Key clients




Two Way Media





Ulma Manutención





Aristo Pharma


Planet Tobacco

Insud Pharma




Kern Pharma

Fin Control Systems

Ulma Manutención

Plásticos Micro


General Electric

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Viatris, Zentiva and Glenmark in a patents infringement case brought by Novartis in relation to its blockbuster oral fingolimod for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (Gilenya®).
  • Successfully defending Two-Way Media’s patents related to live streaming technology.
  • Successfully defending Ulma Manutención in a patent infringement case brought by Witron in which Ulma sued the nullity of the patent.


HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a standout firm for cross-border patent litigation, and clients remark that it is ‘a niche firm with top-tier expertise‘. The Madrid office is part of a multi-national European group that provides high-level advice from a pan-European perspective. Practice head Luis Fernández Novoa is ‘a leading light in Spanish patent litigation‘. José Antonio Sanmartín is noted for his litigation capabilities and knowledge of procedural law, and Álvaro Velázquez is a key specialist in litigating a broad range of IP rights including patents. Counsel Laura Cantero is ‘extremely conscientious‘ in multijurisdictional patent litigation concerning the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. Clients appreciate the firm’s ability to ‘dig into deep technical matters to fully understand patented technology‘.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernández-Novoa

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro Velázquez; Laura Cantero; Mar Conde; José Antonio Sanmartín


‘Whenever I consider a Spanish law firm for a contentious matter for my clients, Hoyng Rokh Monegier is on my shortlist. They have a very strong reputation in the market which they live up to. They are user-friendly, and are able to handle matters in English which is important for my clients.’

‘Luis Fernández-Novoa has been a leading light in Spanish patent litigation for many years. His client care is impeccable and he is meticulous in everything that he does. I will continue to recommend him for future matters for my clients. Although I have not worked directly with Álvaro Velázquez, he also has a strong reputation in the international IP market.’

‘Niche firm with top-tier expertise and team especially strong in IP and patent law and litigation.’

Key clients



Philips – Koninklijke Philips n.v.

Siemens – Gamesa



Work highlights

  • Representing PHILIPS in disputes over its UMTS and LTE essential and non-essential patents, including litigation cases against OPPO.
  • Representing HUAWEI in its patent matters in Spain, including complex litigation cases against CORNING OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS and the Spanish company TOT POWER CONTROL.
  • Advising and representing the biotechnology group 4BASEBIO in several litigation cases in Spain against several Spanish companies (Tyris Therapeutics SL, Columbus Venture Partners SGEIC et al) and individuals, bringing actions for patent entitlement and for disclosure of trade secrets.


Elzaburu‘s patent department works closely with the firm's other practices, notably the litigation, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy teams, to provide a comprehensive service across patent prosecution and litigation. Home to trained engineers who bring their technical knowledge to patent prosecution and litigation, the firm works with numerous applicants for Spanish and European patents, and has a long track record of success in the management and protection of inventions. The key contacts are new head of patents Ruth Sánchez, patent prosecution expert Francisco Saez, litigation specialist Enrique Armijo, head of legal and business Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, and anti-counterfeiting expert Juan José Caselles.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Saez; Enrique Armijo; Javier Fernández-Lasquetty; Juan José Caselles; Ruth Sanchez


Key clients

Acciona Infraestucturas





Laboratorios Rovi



Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO)


Work highlights

  • Active in past editions of the Mobile World Congress (2018 to date) working on a total of 30 cases handled before the Barcelona Commercial Courts.

Eversheds Sutherland

The Madrid office of Eversheds Sutherland is home to IP and litigation practices that combine to provide a comprehensive range of services in relation to patents. Though best known for its work in the pharmaceutical industry, having handled complex and high-value patent disputes for national and multinational clients, the firm is increasingly involved in matters in the industrial engineering, retail and automotive sectors. The Madrid-based team is led by health and life sciences litigation partner Kiko Carrión, litigation and prosecution expert José Mariano Cruz, and European Patent Lawyers Association member Marta González. Counsel Inmaculada López and legal director Eduardo Buitrón also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kiko Carrión; José Mariano Cruz; Marta González

Other key lawyers:

Inmaculada López; Eduardo Buitrón


‘One of the leading patent firms in Spain. Kiko Carrión and Marta González have a lot of practical experience.’

‘Their best qualities are, in addition to the professional ones (great knowledge and detailed study of the topics), the personal ones. It is wonderful to work with them. The treatment is very close.’

‘The team provides excellent service and truly knows how to work “as a team” together with the client’s in-house lawyers.’

‘They are outstanding lawyers and provide excellent service, Kiko Carrión and Marta González are recommended.’

Key clients

Kering Group

Room Mate

Asociación Conciencia Tea

Athlon Car Lease Spain

Yokohama Iberia


Johnson Controls

Cefi Foundation


Work highlights


Garrigues has a broad offering in patent prosecution and litigation, having handled complex matters such as infringement through 3D printing, AI, AdWords, ISP liability, NFTs or online exhaustion of rights, as well as advising on the management of IP assets in complex M&A deals. Carolina Pina and João Miranda de Sousa, both based in Madrid, lead a five-partner IP group that combines both legal and technical expertise, as many practitioners are qualified engineers and biochemists. Indeed, clients praise the firm for ‘combining the legal and the technical in an understandable and effective way‘. In Bilbao, Mónica Arizti is head of the firm’s technical patent department, handling patent prosecution matters worldwide.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Pina Sánchez; João Miranda de Sousa

Other key lawyers:

Mónica Arizti; Cristina Mesa; Borja de Carlos


‘The Garrigues patent team is very powerful. They have people with technical and scientific qualifications. The engineers are brilliant. In my experience, they provide advice that combines the legal and the technical, in an understandable and effective way. The issue I brought up was resolved brilliantly.’

‘The lawyers who handled the aforementioned matter were Carolina Pina Sánchez and Cristina Mesa, as well as the engineer Borja de Carlos. They are very creative and fast. They are practical. They have a lot of accumulated experience and therefore, they provide answers that include a commercial approach and industry and market standards.’

‘The multidisciplinary knowledge of the team, ranging from engineering profiles that understand the patented subject, to lawyers with extensive knowledge of the legal regulations in this regard.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the subject, due to his extensive experience in similar cases.’

‘Specialised in drafting patents and monitoring files (patent prosecution).’

‘Our main contact is Borja de Carlos, who is a great professional, always accessible and provides appropriate solutions to our needs.’

Key clients

Compañia de Variedades Vegetales

Granja Camp



Asociación Española contra el Cáncer

Overture Life

Grupo Cobra


Crown Food


Work highlights

  • Assisting Compañia de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas with the defence of a plant variety infringement.
  • Defending technology company TOT regarding patent infringement relating to a complex 3G technology.
  • Advised biotech company HISTOCELL SL| in the field of medical regenerative therapies.

Hogan Lovells (Alicante) SL & Cia

Hogan Lovells (Alicante) SL & Cia has a 40-strong group of IP lawyers across its offices in Spain, and is well versed in patent, design, copyright and trademark infringement litigation and enforcement actions. It is particularly well known for its strong credentials in cross-border litigation. IP litigator Burkhart Goebel in Madrid and key partner Imogen Fowler in Alicante oversee the IP, media and technology group, in which Madrid-based partners Ana Castedo and Inmaculada Lorenzo are standout practitioners. Castedo is a name to note for tech, pharma and chemical companies engaged in contentious patent matters, while Lorenzo stands out for her experience in the life sciences and TMT sectors.

Practice head(s):

Burkhart Goebel; Imogen Fowler

Other key lawyers:

Ana Castedo; Inmaculada Lorenzo


‘It is a very coordinated team that really works as a team, not as independent partners who each take care of their own thing. This makes it very comfortable to work with them: they are very good, reliable and coordinated.’

‘I would say that both Ana Castedo and Inmaculada Lorenzo have the virtue of combining excellence as lawyers with a high capacity to understand technical concepts, something very important when it comes to patent litigation. I have worked a lot with them and for me they are the best team in Spain, when it comes to patent litigation.’

‘The two partners Ana Castedo and Inmaculada Lorenzo are committed to each client and case. The work ethic and effort put into a case, especially by Lorenzo, is unparalleled. They combine this with being personable and friendly.’

‘The ability to grasp technical concepts, even without technical background sets the firm apart.’

‘Excellent professionalism, dedication and experience in litigation. International projection and coordination and great client orientation. Large team and very well coordinated by the members.’

‘Great capacity and efficiency at work. High capacity for strategic analysis and coordination of legal strategy, with an international dimension. They are dedicated to obtaining the best results; they are meticulous and provide excellent advice. Cordiality and close relationship with clients, associates and collaborators.’

Key clients

Yum! Brands

Starbucks Corporation


Anheuser-Busch InBev


Johnson & Johnson

Cactus Jack Publishing LLC

Work highlights

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez's IP and unfair competition practice is strong in both advisory matters and litigation, including both licensing and business transactions. The firm has a highly specialised IP practice for which patents are a key focus, particularly on behalf of clients in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, digital food and chemical sectors. Lead partners Montiano Monteagudo in Barcelona and the Madrid-based team of Ingrid Pi, Borja Sainz de Aja and Carles Vendrell combine skills in  TMT, digital law, and IP matters, enabling the firm to advise on patents as part of large M&A transactions, as well as actions to nullify or protect patents in infringement cases. Senior associate Marcos Fraile also plays a key role in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Montiano Monteagudo; Ingrid Pi; Borja Sainz de Aja; Carles Vendrell

Other key lawyers:

Marcos Fraile

Key clients

Nador Cott Protection

Biogen Group

Telefónica, S.A.

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Plantas de Navarra, S.A.

Primark Limited / Primark Tiendas S.L.U

Ecología y Protección Agrícola

Work highlights


Baylos has a large team covering all aspects of IP, and the firm now manages the brands of more than 5000 entities across the world. Its work includes advice on patents and designs in key industries, among them pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, automotive, and medical devices. All partners, including practice head David Gómez, are litigators. New hire Ana Padial, who joined from Arochi & Lindner, SC in 2023, also has experience in pre-judicial and judicial disputes. Patent and unfair competition specialist Pedro Merino Baylos and experienced litigator Juan Luis Gracia are also key members of the Madrid-based practice.

Practice head(s):

David Gómez

Other key lawyers:

Pedro Merino Baylos; Juan Luis Gracia; Ana Padial

Key clients

One eSecurity

Work highlights


Cuatrecasas calls on expertise across its network of international offices to advise on intellectual and industrial property and trade secrets, and its local offices are frequently involved in the protection of inventions and designs, as well as litigation concerning the validity and ownership of patents. Albert Agustinoy in Barcelona and Álvaro Bourkaib in Madrid oversee the five-partner practice, with Bourkaib handling much of the client-facing work. He specialises in the protection and transfer of intangible assets - from traditional IP to groundbreaking technology - in all types of commercial and corporate transactions for clients in diverse sectors, including life sciences, manufacturing, automotive and gaming.

Practice head(s):

Albert Agustinoy; Álvaro Bourkaib

Key clients

BH Bikes

Iberian Sports Retail Group (Sprinter/JD Sports)

Talent Invent



Doctores Ripoll y De Prado

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Work highlights

  • Advises BH Bikes on an ongoing basis on all patent and trade mark matters related to its bicycles, as well representing it in different patent and industrial model infringement matters.
  • Advised IBERIAN SPORTS RETAIL GROUP (SPRINTER/JD SPORTS) on industrial property (trade marks, patents and industrial models), and preparing studies and analysing possible infringements of its industrial property rights.
  • Representing Tolsa in litigation proceedings concerning patent revocation.

Deloitte Legal

The IP and IT law department in Deloitte Legal‘s Madrid office is the focal point for IP advice in a 13-office local network, and its lawyers handle the exploitation of IP rights, issues of validity and infringement, and license agreements. The firm is particularly active in the media sector, frequently providing advice to major Spanish film producers. Clients praise the firm’s ‘practical sense and business orientation’. Lead partner Dulce Miranda is experienced in litigation and the drafting of agreements across the whole range of IP, though patents feature strongly in her work. TMT partner Rodrigo González provides support in key matters.

Practice head(s):

Dulce Miranda

Other key lawyers:

Rodrigo González


‘Dulce Miranda has a great experience in all kinds of industries and advice related to IP. Apart from her technical capacity, I would highlight her practical sense and business orientation.’

‘Practical solutions with the support of a technological team to offer personalised solutions to clients.’

Key clients

Repsol, S.A.

Servicios Compartidos Multiasistencia, S.A. (Allianz Group)


El Deseo, S.A.

Isla Producciones, S.L.

Spanish Paralympic Committee

Banco Santander, S.A.

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF)

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energies

Grupo Antolin

Work highlights

  • Advised Repsol on the drafting of its research and development, software license agreements, etc.
  • Advised El Deseo and Sony on the drafting of several production services agreements in relation to its most recent films.
  • Provide recurring advisory services to the Spanish Paralympic Committee in relation to the drafting and negotiation of its sponsorship agreements for the Paralympic Games.


Pérez-Llorca continues to build its capability in TMT and IP, and continues to provide ‘security in the approach and execution of the cases‘. In Madrid, practice head Eduardo Castillo is the standout lawyer for IP matters, focusing predominantly on patent litigation in the chemical, life sciences  and telecoms sectors. Counsel and infringement specialist Álvaro de Castro handles litigation concerning the acquisition, exploitation, infringement and validity of intangible assets. In Barcelona, litigation partner Rais Amils frequently acts for innovative pharmaceutical companies. As a whole, the group typically works in multijurisdictional transactional projects and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo

Other key lawyers:

Álvaro de Castro; Rais Amils


‘Extraordinary growth of the firm in this area, which has incorporated excellent lawyers. This makes it one of the firms of choice for issues related to patents and industrial property.’

‘Very good litigators who provide security in the approach and execution of the cases in which they collaborate and provide their services. Eduardo Castillo and Rais Amils are recommended.’

‘The competitive advantage of the team lies in the vocation for service and high quality of the advice.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Defended BMS in a revocation action brought by Teva against BMS’s patent and supplementary protection certificate protecting apixaban.


The patents, technological development and innovation department at PONS IP is ‘outstanding‘ and one client remarks on its ‘very sophisticated practice‘. Lead partner Ana Herrera, who is highly trained in biotechnology, has extensive experience in preparing patentability, infringement and freedom-to-operate opinions, and drafting and prosecuting European, Spanish, and international patent applications. Former practice head Patricia Ramos is overseeing an ambitious digital transformation programme that will see it incorporate new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain in the surveillance and defence of intangible assets.

Practice head(s):

Ana Herrera

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Ramos


‘The Pons patent team is outstanding. They stand out for managing a high volume of processes and at the same time maintaining a very sophisticated practice. It highlights its constant innovation in its services. ’

‘They have a very well consolidated team led by Ana Herrera.’

‘The PONS team is made up of excellent professionals, who have proven to be dynamic, efficient and with prompt responses and who also have a broad practice where they can be trusted with all types of IP matters. This has made us want to work with them on different cases and trust them with our clients.’

Key clients


Universitat Politécnica de Valencia

Universidad de Sevilla

Universidad de Salamanca

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Universidad de Zaragoza

Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla- CSIC






Esteve Pharmaceuticals

Bella Aurora


Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted CSIC, the Spanish National Research Council, the University of Minho and others with the prosecution of a patent for a biosensor which is ultrasensitive in the detection of the hepatitis C virus.
  • Assisted Biopolis S.L. with the drafting and filing of European patent and PCT applications for a probiotic composition for the treatment and/or prevention of psoriasis.
  • Assisted Spanish pharmaceutical company Inmunotek with the prosecution of a patent for an immunogenic complex with applications for vaccine production and the prevention of allergies.

ABG Intellectual Property

ABG Intellectual Property has a full-service IP offering, and stands out for its advice on the infringement and validity of patents. The firm fields a strong team of scientists and patent attorneys with in-depth technical knowledge, led by partner Laura Montoya in Madrid, whose work on the protection of intangible assets covers patents, utility models, designs, trade secrets, trade marks, copyright and new technologies. ‘Professional and competent‘ associate Irene Vazquez in Barcelona is recommended for patent prosecution.

Practice head(s):

Laura Montoya

Other key lawyers:

Irene Vazquez


‘ABG’s service is excellent and their client care is outstanding. They are competent and always kind.’

‘We work mainly with Irene Vazquez and she’s always professional and competent, but, above all, she cares about the project and the client. She’s smart and patient and available almost 24/7.’

‘Knowledge in the areas of technical activity, experience and teamwork.’

Key clients

Universidad Carlos Iii De Madrid (Uc3M)

Disc-o-bed Holdings Limited

Eactda (European Anti-cybercrime Technology Development Association

Rioglass, S.A.

Supermetrics Oy

Universidad Del País Vasco (Upv)

Cyber Surgery, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Advised Universidad Carlos III on contractual IP issues, including R&D, collaboration, partnership and consortium (e.g. Horizon Europe projects) agreements with both public institutions and private companies.
  • Assisted Disc-O-Bed with domain name recovery in Iran.
  • Assisted EACTDA (European Anti-Cybercrime Technology Development Association) with the creation and implementation of an IP management system.

Abril Abogados

Abril Abogados is a boutique IT and IP firm that predominantly handles patent, trade mark and copyright advisory work and litigation. Clients praise the firm’s ‘very detailed and well structured analysis‘ of domestic and cross-border matters. Working from five offices across Spain, the practice provides prosecution, transaction, and valuation services to numerous multinational corporations, including technology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as to universities. IP litigators Ignacio Temiño and Fernando Ortega in Madrid and patent prosecution specialist Salvador Diaz in Barcelona jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Temiño; Fernando Ortega; Salvador Diaz


‘It has expertise in every field of IP. Very detailed and well structured analysis for the legal situation in the relevant country.’

‘Ignacio Temiño has an excellent way of analysing and structuring the case and the corresponding legal questions. He is very reliable; you receive the necessary information with a clear explanation of the legal questions. He provides an excellent basis for taking the necessary decisions.’

‘A multi-skilled team that is capable of pivoting client support to the most appropriate person at all times in a transparent manner. I feel like I have access to the best knowledge in any discipline.’

Key clients





Universidad De Malaga




Antares Ilumiinacion (Flos)

Indo Opticals

Work highlights

  • Assisting CAMPER with the successful enforcement of patent rights over footwear design against its competitor Callaghan.
  • Assisting Magnum Cap with the defence of patent and trade secret infringement litigation before Appeal Court of Madrid.
  • Assisting TEWER with the licensing of its patented technology on hydrogen production through solar plants.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is singled out for its track record in pioneering patent cases in key sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, chemicals and energy. Lead partners José María Méndez (Madrid) and Cristina Duch (Barcelona) handle patent prosecution, litigation and licensing mandates. The drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and the performance of freedom-to-operate and infringement analyses are among their key areas of activity.

Practice head(s):

José María Méndez; Cristina Duch

Key clients

Portobello Capital

Work highlights

Vidal-Quadras & Ramon

Boutique firm Vidal-Quadras & Ramon stands out for its skills in IP litigation, though it handles a broad range of work around patent validity and infringement. Name partners Miguel Vidal-Quadras and Oriol Ramon, both based in Barcelona, ‘propose easy solutions to problems‘, and client praise their in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry. Indeed, the firm is best known for representing generic and bio-similar companies in pharma disputes with originators.

Practice head(s):

Miquel Vidal-Quadras; Oriol Ramon


‘The degree of expertise is enormous. We notice that the treatment is very close and direct, that there is no time limit on work meetings, and that an effort is made to direct the work according to the objectives that we set. This team has adapted perfectly to hybrid meetings, investing in technology and always relying on well-crafted presentation material.’

‘The plus is undoubtedly the personal treatment of Miguel Vidal-Quadras and Oriol Ramon. They propose easy solutions to problems. And they have no problem preparing a stage plan for the work.’

‘They have a great capacity for analysis and understanding the client’s needs to focus on achieving results. They focus on the client and the issue, so it really seems like they only have your issue on the table.’

Work highlights