Manuel Lopes Rocha > PLMJ > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 43
1050-119 Lisboa
Manuel Lopes Rocha photo

Work Department

Intellectual Property


Senior Counsel


Manuel is a senior counsel who heads the Intellectual Property practice. He has 35 years’ experience in intellectual property and telecommunications, media and technology. He has also acted as an arbitrator in various pharmaceutical patents cases in Portugal.
Manuel is a member of the intellectual property committee of the International Chamber of Commerce Portugal and a member of the scientific board of the review Propriedades Intelectuais and the editorial committee of the review Propriétés Intellectuelles.
He has published various works in the areas of e-commerce, intellectual property and cybercrime, and he is frequently invited to write opinion articles and comment on these issues in the national press. Manuel participates regularly in seminars and conferences on various matters relating to intellectual property, copyright, technologies and cybersecurity.


Portuguese, English, French and Spanish


Portuguese Bar Association
Information Technology Law Group – Europe
High level office of APDSI – Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society
Advisory board of the FCCN for domain names


Law degree from the University of Lisbon, 1982
Master of EU Law from Universidade Lusíada, 1996
Guest lecturer at Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Institute of European Studies and the Faculty of Law, 2006
Guest lecturer at Universidade Católica – Institute of European Studies, and at Universidade Nova (FCSH/CITI)
President of the general meeting of the Portuguese E-commerce and Interactive Publicity Association

Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Intellectual property

PLMJ fields specialist knowledge in relation to brands, industrial designs, patent protection, copyright and unfair competition. The team delivers advice on IP prosecution and protection, as well as on the drafting of licencing agreements; it also offers representation to clients in contentious issues, notably infringement matters. Practice co-head Manuel Lopes Rocha often acts as arbitrator in pharmaceutical patent disputes, and is noted for his experience in IP litigation and arbitration, which Ana Teresa Pulido also counts among her areas of expertise. Paula Martinho da Silva has in-depth knowledge in the life sciences sector.