Intellectual property: Trade marks in Spain

Elzaburu

Elzaburu advises on trade mark and domain name prosecution, contentious infringement proceedings and nullity actions, rebranding projects, franchising, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy. Luis Baz heads the team with litigator Antonio Castán, transactional expert Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, and head of anti-counterfeiting Juan José Caselles. Recent highlights included representing Verizon in a trade mark infringement complaint. Also recommended are associates María Cadarso, who focuses on trade mark enforcement proceedings, and Tránsito Ruiz, who specialises in trade mark-related criminal proceedings and radio and television signal piracy.

Practice head(s):

Luis Baz; Antonio Castán; Javier Fernández-Lasquetty; Juan José Caselles

Testimonials

‘They understand our business and are very responsive to our needs.’

Key clients

Champagne

Ikea

Moroccanoil

Melia

Mahou

BBVA

Formula 1

NBA

Gap

Conde Nast

McDonald’s

Work highlights

  • Represented McDonald’s in a trade mark dispute.
  • Represented Beck+Heun, a company which sells shutters, in a complaint against a fraudulent trade mark registration.
  • Represented MGA Entertainment in a complaint concerning a third party registering a trade mark for one of its dolls.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo handles trade mark assignment, licence and coexistence agreements; the protection and enforcement of brands, trade names, and designations of origin; unfair competition and advertisement; and anti-counterfeiting. Eduardo Castillo heads the IP group, which also includes expert litigator Gonzalo UlloaSofía Martínez-Almeida and Jesús Muñoz-Delgado are particularly focused on trade marks. Associate Manuel de Torres leads the practice’s anti-counterfeiting group. Recent highlights included advising Nvidia in trade mark infringement and contractual breach litigation.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Castillo

Testimonials

‘The technical knowledge of the team of lawyers in the IP area is at a high level, which greatly facilitates the management of complex cases.’

Key clients

Google

Hermes

Lidl

Nike

The Pokemon Company

Lidl Supermercados

Carrefour España

Bodegas Emilio Moro

All Star

eOne (Peppa Pig)

Carrefour

Work highlights

  • Advised Realogy Holdings Corporation, a real estate broker, in proceedings relating to the termination of a master franchise agreement for contractual breach and trade mark infringement.
  • Advised shoe manufacturer Alpargatas on the infringement of its ‘Havaianas’ trade mark.
  • Acted as retained adviser for Diageo, an alcoholic drink company, on its trade mark portfolio and related infringement proceedings.

Grau & Angulo

IP litigation boutique Grau & Angulo has a strong offering for clients in the fashion, luxury goods and perfume industries. Founding partners Jorge Grau and Alejandro Angulo lead the team, and have extensive experience in trade mark and design litigation. Ignacio Marqués, Carlota ViolaMaite Ferrandiz and Jordi Camó, who leads the anti-counterfeiting team, are also noted. Highlights included representing Adidas in a case involving the trade mark infringement of the Spanish football team's kit.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Grau; Alejandro Angulo

Key clients

Absolut

Andros

Adidas

Ariel

Balenciaga

BMW

Burberry

Calvin Klein

Carolina Herrera

Chanel

Christian Louboutin

Cointreu

Duracell

Fred Perry

FC Barcelona

Work highlights

  • Represented Continente Modelo in defending its right to use and register a trade mark in Spain.
  • Represented Chinese telecoms company Xiaomi in a claim over trade mark infringement and parallel imports of mobile phones.
  • Conducted an EU-wide court action against smell-alike perfumes on behalf of Procter & Gamble, Hugo Boss, Lacoste and HFC Prestige Products.

Uría Menéndez

The trade mark practice at Uría Menéndez advises clients in the food and beverages, pharmaceutical and automotive sectors. José Massaguer heads the team, which also handles litigation, licensing and the IP aspects of transactional work. Montiano Monteagudo is also recommended, and ‘one of a kind’ counsel Nuria Porxas is noted for her ‘excellent technical skills’.

Practice head(s):

José Massaguer

Testimonials

A team of excellent professionals’

‘Works quickly and efficiently

Key clients

Acciona

Champagne Louis Roederer

Wallapop

Procter & Gamble

Work highlights

  • Provided litigation advice to utilities company Acciona on the cancellation of its trade marks.
  • Advised Champagne Louis Roederer as a claimant regarding the enforcement of foreign decisions on trade mark infringement.
  • Represented Wallapop, a company used to exchange used goods, before the European Court of Justice in an appeal relating to trade marks in the online marketplace.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises on trade mark prosecution, enforcement, litigation, anti-counterfeiting and parallel trade in the fashion and consumer goods, food and beverage, and publicity sectors. José María Méndez, who advises on IP protection, and litigator Carles Prat head the practice. María Dolores Garayalde, who has extensive experience in the IP aspects of corporate transactions, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

José María Méndez; Carles Prat

Testimonials

‘The relationship with the partners is fluid and close, and they are very accessible and available.’

Key clients

Airbnb/ Madrid Aloja

Applus

Carolina Herrera

Desigual

L’Oreal

Mango

Miquel Alimentacio

Mondelez

SAP

Texia

Bird & Bird

The trade mark practice at Bird & Bird focuses on litigation, with recent highlights including handling the trade mark portfolio of Cynthia Rowley in Europe and Latin America. Manuel Lobato and litigator Antonio Cueto lead the team with Mariano Santos, who has considerable experience in managing brand portfolios. Of counsel Raúl Bercovitz is also recommended, but associate José Ángel García-Zapata left the firm for a position as Senior IP Counsel at Insud Pharma.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Lobato; Antonio Cueto; Mariano Santos

Testimonials

Creative and diverse solutions with exceptional delivery’

‘Unparalleled attention’

‘Deliver added value’

Key clients

Ace of Spades / Armand de Brignac

Ben Sherman

Bench

Cynthia Rowley

Karen Millen

Line Corporation

Marv Films

Monster Energy Company

Musaat

Paris Hilton

Work highlights

  • Represented Monster Energy Company in proceedings over unfair competition and infringement against several energy drinks companies.
  • Represented Marv Films as the claimant in a trade mark infringement action and a preliminary injunction request brought against a Spanish distillery.
  • Represented Take-Two Interactive Software in trade mark infringement proceedings in the e-commerce sector.

Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas acts for a range of clients in the manufacturing, automotive, arts and consumer goods sectors. Albert Agustinoy and IP transaction specialist Álvaro Bourkaib head the practice. Senior associate Jean-Yves Teindas is also noted. Recent highlights include advising Instituto de las Industrias Culturales y de las Artes on trade mark nullity actions brought against it regarding the SOS 4.8 music festival.

Practice head(s):

Albert Agustinoy; Álvaro Bourkaib

Key clients

Instituto de las Industrias Culturales y de las Artes

Pokerstars

BH Bikes

Airfal International

Walton International (Giordano)

Groupon Spain

Wavegarden

Beiersdorf

Eventbrite

Spanish State Lotteries

Work highlights

  • Advised Instituto de las Industrias Culturales y de las Artes on trade mark nullity actions, copyright infringement and unfair competition proceedings regarding SOS 4.8, the well-known musical festival in Murcia.
  • Advised PokerStars on the cancellation of a trade mark registered by a third party in bad faith.
  • Advised BH Bikes on the acquisition of trade marks.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on trade mark prosecution, clearance, litigation and portfolio management. Constanze Schulte, Burkhart Goebel and Andreas Renck are key contacts.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has a strong offering in trade mark litigation, unfair competition matters, and border control enforcement strategies. Luis Fernández-Novoa leads the team with Laura Alonso, who heads the firm’s brand protection and prosecution group. Recent highlights include handling the brand portfolio of a world-renowned beverage company.

Practice head(s):

Luis Fernández-Novoa; Laura Alonso

Key clients

BQ

Campbell Soup Company

Cipriani

Duracell

Ferring

FKP

G-Star Raw

Hartford

Hitachi Data Systems

Jimi Hendrix

Marley Green LLC

Paragon Pet Products

Paris Presents

Philips

Work highlights

  • Represented Premier Tech, a Canadian agricultural company, in EU trade mark litigation.
  • Advised FKP, a Russian drinks company, in EU litigation over the ‘Stolichnaya’ trade mark.
  • Represented fabric producer Vlisco before the customs authorities in relation to the enforcement of its IP rights.

J&A Garrigues SLP

J&A Garrigues SLP handles the full range of trade mark and design matters, including litigation, transactional work and advice in relation to trade names and company names, designations of origin and geographical indications, unfair competition and domain names. João Miranda de Sousa and Carolina Pina lead the team. Principal associate Isabel Pascual de Quinto is noted, as is counsel Celia Sueiras, who has experience in design disputes with an EU law component.

Practice head(s):

João Miranda de Sousa; Carolina Pina

Key clients

GSK (GlaxoSmithKline)

Herederos Garcia Lorca

Manufacturas Tomas

Metalogenia

Pharma Mar S.A.

Taxand Global Alliance

Valencia Club de Futbol

Eemboga S.A. (Hispanitas)

Refresco Iberia SAU

Silicium España Laboratorios S.L.

Xpressio Estudio Creativo S.L.

Work highlights

  • Provided Carrefour with day-to-day advice on IP protection.
  • Represented the governing council of the appellation of origin ‘Queso de La Serena’ in a trade mark dispute before EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline on day-to-day trade mark protection issues.

Abril Abogados, SL

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Abril Abogados, SL is active in both trade mark prosecution and litigation, acting for clients in the media, telecoms, software and automotive sectors. Litigators Carlos González and Ignacio Temiño Ceniceros head the practice with prosecution and protection expert Salvador Diaz.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Gonzalez; Ignacio Temiño Ceniceros; Salvador Diaz

Testimonials

‘Their trade mark practice is outstanding and always provides us with solutions and high standards.’

Key clients

Benefit

Camper

Tesla

Fila

Burger King

Mahou San Miguel

Suntory

Volvo

EDP

Qualcomm

Work highlights

  • Defended footwear manufacturer Grupo Illice in a lawsuit over the ‘Conguitos’ trade mark.
  • Represented Cadena Ser, a Spanish radio station, in an action defending its trade mark ‘Radiotubers’ against Google’s objections on the grounds of its ‘YouTube’ mark.
  • Appealed a trade mark infringement complaint on behalf of Toyotomi, a Japanese company which manufactures heating apparatus.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles trade mark matters for clients in the consumer goods and retail, biotechnology, media and telecoms sectors. Miquel Montañá and Josep Montefusco head the practice. Rais Amils and Manel Santilari are both noted as ‘exceptional professionals’ who are ‘capable of seeking solutions to any legal problem, however complex’. Recent highlights include advising Honda on trade mark protection.

Practice head(s):

Miquel Montañá; Josep Montefusco

Key clients

Nutrition & Santé

Philip Morris

Agrolimen

Honda Motor Europe

TLMK Servicio de Marketing Telefónico, S.L.

KissCam LL.C.

GG Foods

Universidad Internacional de la Rioja

Samsung

Work highlights

  • Advised Nutrition & Santé on the defence of trade mark rights regarding a balsam product.
  • Advised Philip Morris on criminal proceedings related to infringement of its trade marks.

ECIJA

ECIJA acts for clients in the media, arts and entertainment sectors. Alejandro Touriño, firm founder Hugo Écija and Juan Salmeron are key names. Highlights included advising the European energy group EDP on bringing a trade mark infringement action against a competitor.

Key clients

Republic of Costa Rica

EDP

Santander

Unidad Editorial

Work highlights

  • Advised European energy group EDP on a trade mark infringement case.
  • Represented El Mundo (Unidad Editorial) in trade mark infringement litigation.
  • Advised the Republic of Costa Rica on the design of public and legislative policies protecting intellectual and industrial property.

Augusta Abogados

Carlos Valls heads the team at boutique law firm Augusta Abogados, which is focused on the retail and life sciences industries.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Valls

Key clients

Skechers

Bomanite

Work highlights

  • Advised Bomanite, a construction materials company, in trade mark nullity and infringement proceedings against its former distributor in Spain.
  • Advised Skechers on criminal proceedings against a counterfeiter in the Canary Islands.

Balder

IP boutique Balder specialises in trade mark prosecution and strategy. Óscar García and Patricia Koch head the team.

Practice head(s):

Óscar García; Patricia Koch

Key clients

Dormakaba

Beiersdorf

Thyssen-Krupp

AmorePacific Corporation

Visa

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

The trade mark practice at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo advises on prosecution and brand protection. María González Gordon leads the team.

Practice head(s):

María González Gordon

DLA Piper

DLA Piper handles anti-piracy enforcement, brand prosecution and trade mark litigation for clients in the gaming, fashion and media industries. The team is led by Diego Ramos, who is currently advising Bacardi Iberia on brand protection and labelling.

Practice head(s):

Diego Ramos

Key clients

Levi Strauss

Warner Bros

Pfizer

Santander

Adobe

Odgers Bernston

Electronic Arts

Tata Consultancy Services

Rakuten

Bacardi

Work highlights

  • Advised Levi Strauss on intellectual property enforcement, particularly regarding trade mark infringement.
  • Advised Warner Bros Entertainment Spain on IP protection.
  • Assisted Santander with the negotiation of the international licensing of intellectual property assets.

Rousaud Costas Duran

Ignasi Costas leads the team at Rousaud Costas Duran, which focuses on trade mark litigation. Associate Xavier Fàbrega is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ignasi Costas

DA Lawyers

DA Lawyers focuses on trade mark litigation, and primarily acts for clients in the film industry. José Garrido heads the trade marks practice, alongside partners José Antonio Suárez and Helena Suárez.

Practice head(s):

José Garrido

Work highlights

  • Advising High Tech Hotels & Resorts on trade mark registration.

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea

Eversheds Sutherland Nicea offers a ‘top service’ with ‘great teamwork and communication’. The team handles trade mark litigation and prosecution. Francisco J. (Kiko) Carrión García de Parada and José Mariano Cruz head the team. Inmaculada (Inma) López, who advises on unfair competition, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Francisco J. (Kiko) Carrión García de Parada; José Mariano Cruz

Key clients

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Takeda

Kering Group

Yokohama

Avis Budget

Room Mate

Tyco Fire Security

Eli Lilly

Pfizer

Burger King

Work highlights

  • Managed the trade mark portfolio for Room Mate, a hospitality company.
  • Advised the Kering Group, which includes Gucci and Stella McCartney, on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters.
  • Advised Johnson Controls, a producer of fire, HVAC and security equipment, on IP matters.

Fieldfisher JAUSAS

Fieldfisher JAUSAS advises on trade mark registration and defence strategies and has a particular focus on the sports sector. Josep Carbonell heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Josep Carbonell

PONS IP

Isabel Cortés heads the practice at PONS IP, which handles trade mark prosecution, opposition proceedings and brand protection strategies.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Cortés