Intellectual property: patents in Spain
Bird & Bird's team is led by Manuel Lobato. The group is currently defending two Insud Pharma subsidiaries in a patent infringement matter brought by Bayer, over a generic drug they manufacture. Mariano Santos joined as a partner in March 2018 from Herrero & Asociados. Well-regarded of counsel Raul Bercovitz, Antonio Cueto, José Angel García and Teresa Mercadal are also singled out.
Miquel Montañá leads the practice at Clifford Chance, which specialises in the healthcare and life sciences sector, among others. The team is representing new client UCB Pharma in patent revocation proceedings against Normon concerning Vimpat, a leading product for the treatment of epileptic seizures. Josep Montefusco is another key name. At senior associate level, Rais Amils is singled out.
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo’s ‘reliable and trustworthy’ team is a key name for cross-border work and protection issues and patent enforcement are key strengths. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, Gonzalo Ulloa and Alvaro De Castro are acting for UK-based pharmaceutical group Mundipharma in pan-European patent litigation against a number of leading global generic drug companies. Isabela Crespo works with large European retailers and brands. Jesús Muñoz-Delgado and Sofía Martínez are also noted. Jose Miguel Lissen departed to ABG Patentes (now ABG Intellectual Property) to lead the legal and litigation practice.
Garrigues is currently representing the Talladium Group, a dental products manufacturer, in a dispute pertaining to a complex patent infringement brought by its competitor Universal Ball Head; senior associate Cintia Bernhardt is leading the advice. Carolina Pina and João Miranda de Sousa jointly head the team. Enrique Grande and Mónica Arizti are also noted. Isabel Pascual de Quinto has been promoted to principal associate.
Grau & Angulo
Praised for having ‘the best knowledge’ and ‘staying one step ahead’, Grau & Angulo handles a range of matters in the patent space. Javier Huarte successfully opposed an appeal in preliminary injunction proceedings for alleged patent infringement, for Cinfa and Sandoz. Huarte jointly heads the team with founders Jorge Grau and Alejandro Angulo. Ignacio Marqués was made partner in January 2018. Partner Jesús Arribas and Ana-Laura Morales are also names to note.
Herrero & Asociados
José Massaguer leads the team at Uría Menéndez, and acts for Telefónica in patent infringement concerning on pay TV services, including handling a defence and a patent revocation action. Montiano Monteagudo acts for large pharmaceutical clients, and Ingrid Pi i Amorós acts for SK Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor España.
Abril Abogados, SL
Abril Abogados, SL has a strong track record handling patent disputes. Recent highlights include defending Bankinter against its IT partner in a matter concerning patents the bank has for virtual payment methods. Ignacio Temiño Ceniceros and Carlos González are the key contacts. Senida Cueto joined as a patent attorney of counsel.
Elzaburu's patent prosecution team is praised for its ‘diligent’ approach to patent litigation matters. Antonio Castán, Francisco J. Saez, Enrique Armijo and Javier Fernández-Lasquetty lead the team. The group successfully acted for a large pharmaceutical company in a case concerning rectification of the duration of a special protection certificate.
Eversheds Sutherland Nicea's team stands out for its 'teamwork, good communication skills and extraordinary preparation and execution at court level'. It is well-known for handling patent disputes for clients in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. José Mariano Cruz and 'great professional' Francisco J. (Kiko) Carrión García de Parada are the practice heads.
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER’s ‘thorough and competent’ team has a strong track record in the life sciences, electronics and telecoms sectors. The team is defending Huawei in a patent infringement and other IP matters brought by TOT Power Control. Key names include Luis Fernández-Novoa, Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín. Laura Cantero is now counsel.
ABG Intellectual Property
At Cuatrecasas, Álvaro Bourkaib, who joined from Uría Menéndez and is based in Madrid, jointly heads the team alongside Barcelona-based Albert Augustinoy. The group is representing Bose Francia, a US sound system brand, in legal proceedings for the restoration of rights for a patent in Spain. Jorge Llevat and Alejandro Negro are other names to note.