Intellectual property: Trade marks in Spain
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo's team stands out for its 'deep, substantive knowledge of Spanish and EU law, very good practical understanding of the Alicante court and excellent access to strong experts in the country and region'. It was recently retained by Nike to advise on e-commerce marketing and data protection matters. Practice head Eduardo Castillo, 'statesman' Gonzalo Ulloa, Jesús Muñoz Delgado, Mónica Estéve and Sofía Martínez-Almeida are recommended. Manuel de Torres is a notable senior associate. José Miguel Lissen left to lead the litigation team at ABG Patentes in March 2018. María González Gordon, previously a senior associate with the firm, joined CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo as a partner in 2019.
The ‘strong team’ of ‘excellent professionals’ at Grau & Angulo is, arguably, 'Spain's strongest anti-counterfeiting group'. The practice is representing Adidas in numerous cross-border matters against counterfeiters and in unfair competition matters. Founding partners Alejandro Angulo ('very creative and experienced') and Jorge Grau lead the practice alongside Sonia Santos. Ignacio Marqués was promoted to partner in January 2018. Carlota Viola, Jordi Camó and Maite Ferrandiz are also recommended.
The ‘stand-out’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is praised for operating ‘seamlessly’. Led by Burkhart Goebel and the ‘capable’ Andreas Renck, it acts for PepsiCo in numerous trade mark infringement cases; it recently obtained a successful outcome in the Spanish Supreme Court, opposing a trade mark application for PEPXI relating to fresh fruit and vegetables. Imogen Fowler, Constanze Schulte and Ana Castedo are also noted.
Uría Menéndez is acting for a number of household name clients in unfair competition, pre-litigation advisory and infringement matters. It is representing champagne producer Louis Roederer, as the claimant, in proceedings regarding the enforcement of foreign decisions ordering the defendant to pay damages for trade mark infringement. José Massaguer leads the team. Montiano Monteagudo and Ingrid Pi i Amorós are also noted.
The ‘highly qualified’ team at Baker McKenzie is praised for its ‘understanding of client needs’ and its 'knowledge of the audiovisual practice, locally and in an international environment, is remarkable'. The group advises a wide array of well-known media and entertainment companies, as well as clients in the technology, food and beverage, and sport sectors. José María Méndez and Carles Prat lead the team. Cristina Duch and Maria Dolores Garayalde are other notable names.
Bird & Bird has expertise in trade mark litigation, trade secrets, design, and unfair competition matters. Mariano Santos is leading the trade mark prosecution strategy for Ben Sherman, and Manuel Lobato is representing Marv Films as the claimant in an infringement action against the use of its mark Kingsman by a Spanish distillery. Antonio Cueto, of counsel Raúl Bercovitz and senior associate José Ángel García-Zapata are also singled out.
Albert Agustinoy and Álvaro Bourkaib lead the trade mark practice at Cuatrecasas. The practice acts for a range of clients in the beverage, fashion and industrial products sectors, among others. Jorge Llevat is representing a cava producer in court proceedings in defence of its well-known trade marks. Alejandro Negro and senior associate Jean-Yves Teindas are other names to note.
ECIJA’s team acts for numerous clients in the media and technology sectors on trade marks, designs and domain names issues. The practice advised Mediapro on the sale of IP and licensing rights for the broadcasting of La Liga and Champions League matches to Orange and Vodafone, internationally and domestically, respectively. Hugo Écija, Carlos Perez, Juan Salmeron and managing partner Alejandro Touriño are the key names.
Garrigues manages the trade mark portfolios for a variety of well-known international and domestic clients. Recent work includes handling trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases, as well as anti-counterfeiting matters and assisting clients with IP protection and enforcement strategy at an international level. Carolina Pina and João Miranda de Sousa jointly head the practice. Isabel Pascual de Quinto and Cristina Mesa have been promoted to principal associate.
Herrero & Asociados
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER provides 'thorough legal advice' and acts for an impressive list of clients before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Recent highlights include representing Vlisco before the customs authorities in the enforcement of its IP rights by implementing border control procedures. Laura Alonso, Luis Fernández-Novoa, Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín are key names. Laura Cantero is now counsel.
Abril Abogados, SL
Sol Muntañola & Asociados
Javier Torre de Silva is a key name at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo, which handles contentious and non-contentious trade marks matters. Bartolomé Martín joined the team as counsel in May 2018 from DLA Piper LLP. María González Gordon joined the firm in 2019 from Gómez-Acebo & Pombo as practice head.
Ungria Patentes y Marcas
Ventura Garcés & López-Ibor
Bardají & Honrado
DA Lawyers' team is 'very responsive and offers perfect solutions for clients'. It acted for VPZ, a vaping cigarette company, in an opposition strategy with parallel cancellation for non-Spanish and EU trade mark uses before the EUIPO and the Mercantile Court of Barcelona. José Garrido is the key contact.
Eversheds Sutherland Nicea fields a team of 'great professionals' that stand out for their 'teamwork and communication skills'. It is advising a well-known automotive client and hotel sector client on the protection of their trade mark portfolios. José Mariano Cruz and legal director Inmaculada López are the key names.