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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 Monta√Ī√°¬†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.

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.

G√≥mez-Acebo & Pombo‚Äôs ‚Äėreliable and trustworthy‚Äô 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.¬†Jes√ļs Mu√Īoz-Delgado¬†and¬†Sof√≠a Mart√≠nez¬†are also noted.¬†Jose Miguel Lissen¬†departed to ABG Patentes¬†(now ABG Intellectual Property) to lead the legal and litigation practice.

Praised for having ‚Äėthe best knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėstaying one step ahead‚Äô, 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 Marqu√©s¬†was made partner in January 2018. Partner Jes√ļs Arribas¬†and Ana-Laura Morales¬†are also names to note.

At¬†Herrero & Asociados,¬†Jos√© Luis L√≥pez, Juan Casul√°¬†and Mar√≠a √Āngeles Moreno¬†are the key names. Clients include domestic and international corporations.

Jos√© Massaguer leads the team at Ur√≠a Men√©ndez, and acts for Telef√≥nica 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 Amor√≥s¬†acts for SK Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor Espa√Īa.

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 Temi√Īo Ceniceros¬†and Carlos Gonz√°lez¬†are the key contacts. Senida Cueto¬†joined as a patent attorney of counsel.

Boutique firm Balder¬†acts for clients including Repsol, thyssenKrupp and Visa. Magnus Stiebe¬†and Isabel Pato¬†lead the patents work. Olof Fickert¬†and √ďscar Garc√≠a¬†are the practice heads.

Elzaburu's patent prosecution team is praised for its ‚Äėdiligent‚Äô approach to patent litigation matters. Antonio Cast√°n, Francisco J. Saez, Enrique Armijo¬†and Javier Fern√°ndez-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.

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‚Äôs ‚Äėthorough and competent‚Äô 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 Fern√°ndez-Novoa,¬†√Ālvaro Vel√°zquez¬†and Jos√© Antonio Sanmart√≠n.¬†Laura Cantero¬†is now counsel.

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.

At¬†Cuatrecasas,¬†√Ālvaro Bourkaib, who joined from Ur√≠a Men√©ndez¬†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.

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

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

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.

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