Intellectual property: patents in Spain

Bird & Bird

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 BercovitzAntonio CuetoJosé Angel García and Teresa Mercadal are also singled out.

Clifford Chance

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

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

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

At Herrero & AsociadosJosé Luis López, Juan Casulá and María Ángeles Moreno are the key names. Clients include domestic and international corporations.

Uría Menéndez

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.

Balder

Boutique firm Balder acts for clients including Repsol, thyssenKrupp and Visa. Magnus Stiebe and Isabel Pato lead the patents work. Olof Fickert and Óscar García are the practice heads.

Elzaburu

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

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 professionalFrancisco J. (Kiko) Carrión García de Parada are the practice heads.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known for acting for household names in the life sciences, banking, media and telecoms sector. Ana Castedo is active in numerous matters. Practice heads Burkhart Goebel and Andreas Renck and recently promoted senior associate Inmaculada Lorenzo are also noted.

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-NovoaÁlvaro Velázquez and José Antonio SanmartínLaura Cantero is now counsel.

ABG Intellectual Property

ABG Intellectual Property’s team (formerly ABG Patentes) 'exceeds expectations'. The group is led by Jose Miguel Lissén  and specialises in transaction matters and litigation in the patent space.

Cuatrecasas

At CuatrecasasÁlvaro 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.

Deloitte Legal

At Deloitte Legal, Dulce Mª Miranda Naranjo is the name to note for patent matters. Senior associate Susana Rodríguez Ballano is another key contact.

PONS IP

At PONS IPJosé Carlos Erdozain and Isabel Cortes are the names to note. Patent strategy and litigation are key strengths.

RCD

RCD's group has core strengths acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, high-tech and health sectors, among others. Ignasi Costas and Oscar Alegre are key names.