Inês Dias Pinheiro > PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
1050-119 Lisboa

Work Department

Technology, Media and Telecommunications


Managing Associate


Inês is a managing associate  in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice and has 12 years’ experience in personal data protection, contracts and intellectual property.

She advises Portuguese and international clients in the areas of data protection, intellectual property, e-commerce, contracts, consumer law and advertising law, and has extensive experience in conducting audits.

Inês advises clients in the banking, telecommunications, media, technology, pharmaceutical and energy sectors, among others.

She completed a postgraduate course in intellectual property law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon and regularly publishes articles on data protection.

Inês returned to PLMJ in 2021 after working as data protection officer at Banco Santander.


Portuguese and English


Law degree from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, 2009

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 2012

Preparatory course for judges at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Portugalence, 2013

Postgraduate course in intellectual property at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, 2010

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection

Praised for its ‘client-oriented approach’, the privacy and data protection team at PLMJ is a key port of call for large corporations seeking assistance with cross-border compliance projects, audits, data breaches, litigation and the data protection aspects of high-value M&A. Spearheading the team is Pedro Lomba, who advises clients across a wide range of regulated sectors, such as media, mobility, IT, online platforms, healthcare and AI. Associate Inês de Castro Ruivo handles a variety of data protection and data privacy compliance matters for major banking, TMT and energy players. Other names to note at the associate level include Marta Salgado Areias, who brings together expertise in IP, data protection and consumer law, and Rita de Sousa Costa, who handles complex audits and litigation cases.

Portugal > Intellectual property

Noted for its ‘knowledgeable, engaged and hands-on’ approach, the team at PLMJ is well positioned to handle the full scope of IP matters, including patent litigation, unfair competition, trade secrets, copyright disputes and trade mark prosecution. Its sectorial expertise is equally broad, covering the media, entertainment and life sciences industries, among others. Practice head Hugo Monteiro de Queirós is recommended for his focus on IP contentious matters, with special emphasis on the technology, mobility and communications sectors. Managing associate Inês de Castro Ruivo boasts extensive experience in the drafting and negotiation of contracts involving IP rights, particularly software licences and IT services agreements, while Vasco Granate stands out for his strong performance in arbitration and litigation involving pharmaceutical patents.