Firm Profile > Grau & Angulo > Barcelona, Spain
Grau & Angulo Offices
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Grau & Angulo > The Legal 500 Rankings
Barcelona-based boutique Grau & Angulo specialises in patent litigation, including enforcement proceedings and defence in a range of sectors, with recent instructions coming from clients in the pharmaceuticals, telecoms and renewable energy industries. Notable clients include multinational pharmaceutical companies, and other high-profile names including Nestlé. The sizeable and highly regarded team includes pan-EU litigation specialist Alejandro Angulo, life sciences expert Javier Huarte, and the versatile Madrid-based Jesús Arribas. Senior associate Ignacio Pontijas is noted for his role in major drug brand litigation, while Ignacio Marqués is also recommended for cross-border work.
Alejandro Angulo; Javier Huarte
Other key lawyers:
Jesús Arribas; Ignacio Pontijas; Ignacio Marqués
Two Way Media
Specialist IP litigation boutique Grau & Angulo has a strong profile in the market. The firm is active in major domestic and cross-border trade mark litigation in the fashion, automotive, media and entertainment, telecoms, sports, luxury goods and food sectors, and also assists multinational brands with trade mark protection and prosecution. The firm has notably defended groups of clients with shared interests against major infringers. Experienced litigator Alejandro Angulo leads the Barcelona-based team, specialising in trade mark and design defence and food and beverage industry work, respectively. Carlota Viola, Maite Ferrándiz, and Jordi Camó are also highly praised for their work in litigation and anti-counterfeiting.
Other key lawyers:
Carlota Viola; Maite Ferrándiz; Jordi Camó; Agustí Valls
‘Great team of professionals, with vast knowledge of IP, that looks for a creative method to the benefit of the client, accommodating their needs.‘
‘Good team, well coordinated by Alejandro Angulo, who is a brilliant and practical lawyer. Jesús Arribas in civil litigation and Jordi Camó in criminal cases stand out for their knowledge and their practicality when representing the client. They are meticulous and detailed.’
‘Great, long standing team that have represented us for decades. In depth knowledge of the Spain market.’
‘This office clearly stands out for its high specialisation in the field of industrial property, for being excellent proceduralists and rigorous and high level professionals. Alejandro Angulo and his team have brought us through various lawsuits with excellent results.’
‘I have always worked with Agustí Valls and his advisors. I do not have the words for give thanks for the service that we have always received. Always accessible, always waiting, and seeing the good of the client.’
Procter & Gamble
Futbol Club Barcelona
Barcelona-based IP boutique Grau & Angulo works on copyright issues across a wide range of sectors, including automotive, media and entertainment, telecoms, healthcare, furniture and fashion, alongside a growing focus on the audio-visual market. Clients include a number of major international entertainment and media companies, and notable domestic fashion brands. Practice head Ignacio Marqués drives the firm's copyright work, with major entertainment clients and experience as both a transactional advisor and a litigator. Maite Ferrandiz is a specialist copyright litigator alongside Sonia Santos, who often works with US and UK-based clients.
Other key lawyers:
Maite Ferrándiz; Sonia Santos
‘Ignacio Marques and his team have been supporting the group in IP litigation and prosecution matters in Spain for over a decade now. It is also thanks to Ignacio’s fantastic expertise in Intellectual Property, his pragmatic sense and business acumen, that we were are able to built a successful, efficient brand protection strategy in Spain.’
‘Ignacio Marques is always responsive and highly commercial. He is the perfect partner also in difficult very technical cases. I really appreciate that he is able to clearly focus on strategic essentials. Furthermore he is very successful and convincing when talking to infringers, achieving good results for his clients and remains at the same time professional and patient.’
‘It is a benchmark law firm in the sector where the quality of the advice is assured.’
‘I have worked with Ignacio Marqués. He is an experienced attorney with a practical view of matters that helps you make informed decisions.’
Autodata Ltd (Capa)
Robin Ruth Group
Grau & Angulo > Firm Profile
Grau & Angulo was founded in 2003 when leading experts in the field of intellectual property joined teams and expertise to create a boutique law firm specialising exclusively in defending its clients’ intelectual property rights and providing clear solutions as quickly and efficiently as possible. Within this specialised area, the firm provides litigation and advice on patents, trademarks, design, copyright, domain names, licensing/technological transfer, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting matters.Insight into this field combined with the highest technical and legal expertise and a high degree of specialisation are the key to the firm’s success.
This specialisation provides crucial resources enabling the firm to handle complex IP issues. Currently the largest IP litigation team in the country, Grau & Angulo deals with many of Spain’s most ground-breaking court cases and it has a strong reputation for dealing with EU cross-border cases. The firm offers legal representation in all areas of intellectual property law to primarily international clients in industries such as entertainment, textile, fashion, mass consumer goods, healthcare, high technology, pharmaceutical, sport and leisure, food and beverage, perfumery, IT/telecoms and luxury goods, for whom intellectual property is an important asset of their business.
- Trademark Litigation:
Leading strategic trademark enforcement of major perfume brands and massive EU- wide court action against smell-alike perfumes.
Continued trademark enforcement of major brand’s three stripe trademark.
Continued trademark enforcement of multinational mass media and entertainment corporation.
Defence of a leading telecommunications company in trademark infringement and parallel import case.
Litigation concerning 3D trademarks on an iconic liquor bottle against look-alike cases.
- Design Litigation:
Significant judgement in EU Design infringement representing a major luxury brand in dispute concerning its iconic handbag design.
Diverse litigation work concerning iconic bottle designs and automobile accessories.
- Mechanical & Electronic Patent Litigation:
Defending a major brand’s coffee capsule patent.
Defending a healthcare client’s patent for a hospital’s drug-dispenser machine.
Defending a company’s electronic patents related to live streaming of audio and/or video information over diverse communications networks.
- Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation:
The team has attained some impressive victories in landmark cases involving blockbuster drugs such as TruvadaR, TarginR, InegyR, NuvaRingR, ExforgeR, TracleerR and many more. It works regularly on pan-European strategies.
Recent cases involved successfully opposing preliminary injunction requests for alleged infringement of SPCs (ezetimibe/simvastatin, tenofovir/emtricitabine), as well as bringing patent invalidity counterclaims which have been upheld by the court (oxycodone/naloxone, valsartan/amlodipine). These cases have parallel litigations in various other European countries, and some of them are running in parallel to opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office.
- Copyright Litigation & Advice:
Defending three teleshopping companies in copyright infringement concerning their teleshopping ads. Copyright protection of TV commercialsis a new concept with few precedents up to now.
Representing diverse media and entertainment companies in copyright and unfair competition cases.
Advising a major European women’s healthcare centre on a software licence agreement.
The firm’s well established anti-counterfeiting team provides continuous enforcement and border controls. Its effectiveness in border controls is due to its longstanding relationships with customs authorities and police bodies which provide time and cost-effective solutions for clients. This sameteam also provides highly skilled criminal litigation services with a practical, tailor-made approach, depending on the client’s needs, goals and budget. Other strong team assets are data collection and intelligence analysis which have proved useful for clients in developing both national and international brand protection strategies and in cross-border work.
The team defends leading brands in the area of entertainment, sport and leisure, fashion, luxury goods and accessories, footwear, mass consumer products and perfumes.
The team leads some of the most relevant and challenging anti-counterfeiting cases in the Spanish criminal jurisdiction.
LanguagesEnglish French Italian Polish Spanish
MembershipsAIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) INTA - International Trademark Association EPLAW ALADDA IBA (International Bar Association) ACG ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association) Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB) APRAM (Association des Praticiens des Marques et Modèles)
Grau & Angulo > Firm Profile
Grau & Angulo was founded in 2003 when leading experts in the field of intellectual property joined teams and expertise to create a boutique law firm specialising exclusively in defending their clients’ intellectual property rights.
Within this specialised area, the firm provides litigation and advice on patent, trademark, design, copyright, domain names, licensing/technological transfer, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting matters. Insight into this field combined with the highest technical and legal expertise and a high degree of specialisation are the key to the firm’s success. This specialisation provides crucial resources enabling the firm to handle complex IP issues. Currently the largest IP litigation team in the country, Grau & Angulo deals with many of Spain’s most ground-breaking court cases and it has a strong
reputation for dealing with cross-border cases.
The firm offers legal representation in all areas of intellectual property law to primarily international clients in industries such as automobile, entertainment, textile, fashion, FMCG, healthcare, high technology, pharmaceutical, sport and leisure, food and beverage, perfumery, IT/telecoms and luxury goods, for whom intellectual property is an important asset of their business.
Main areas of practice: Significant deals or case highlights over the last year:
- Trademark and design litigation for major brands from running a strategic trademark enforcement on behalf of major perfume brands against smell-alike perfumes to representing a global automobile company in the interpretation of the spare parts clause in Community Designs
- Mechanical and electronic patent litigation from defending a multinational food and beverage company’s coffee capsule patent to the enforcement of electronic patents relating to streaming technology. The firm is also involved in litigation concerning essential patents for Technical Standards (UMTS).
- Pharmaceutical patent litigation concerning biosimilars and generics of blockbuster drugs. The firm also advises in patent matters relating to biologic innovative products
- The firm’s well-established anti-counterfeiting team provides continuous enforcement and border control. Its effectiveness in border controls is due to its longstanding relationship with Customs authorities and police which
proves time and cost-effective for clients
- Copyright advice and litigation work for rightholders in sectors such as media and entertainment, luxury brands, telecommunications
Clients: The firm’s client portfolio ranges from small domestic firms to multinationals. More than 80% of its client base is international.