Firm Profile > Grau & Angulo > Barcelona, Spain

Grau & Angulo

Spain > Intellectual property: patents Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Angulo; Javier Huarte

Other key lawyers:

Jesús Arribas; Ignacio Pontijas; Ignacio Marqués

Key clients




Accord Healthcare






Aristo Pharma


Two Way Media


Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks Tier 1

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 ViolaMaite Ferrándiz, and Jordi Camó are also highly praised for their work in litigation and anti-counterfeiting.

Practice head(s):

Alejandro Angulo

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.’

Key clients


Hugo Boss

Procter & Gamble


Tommy Hilfiger



Fred Perry

Futbol Club Barcelona

Carolina Herrera

Harley Davidson


Calvin Klein




Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Marqués

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.’

Key clients


Autodata Ltd (Capa)


Louis Poulsen

Robin Ruth Group



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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Patents and trademarks Alejandro Angulo 34 93 2023456
Pharmaceutical patents Javier Huarte 34 93 2023456
Copyright, Patents and trademarks Ignacio Marqués 34 93 2023456
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alejandro Angulo  photo Mr Alejandro Angulo Managing Partner
Mr Jesús Arribas  photo Mr Jesús Arribas Partner
Ms Beatriz Bejarano  photo Ms Beatriz Bejarano Associate
Mr José Calvo  photo Mr José Calvo Associate
Mr Jordi Camó  photo Mr Jordi Camó Partner
Ms Julia Carretero  photo Ms Julia Carretero Associate
Mr David Daura  photo Mr David Daura Associate
Mr Angel Escoriaza photo Mr Angel Escoriaza Associate
Ms Maite Ferrándiz  photo Ms Maite Ferrándiz Partner
Ms Dalia Ferrando  photo Ms Dalia Ferrando Associate
 Esther Gómez  photo Esther Gómez Associate
Ms Maria Girbau  photo Ms Maria Girbau Associate
Ms Paula Gutiérrez  photo Ms Paula Gutiérrez Associate
Mr Javier Huarte  photo Mr Javier Huarte Partner
Ms Barbara Krystkowiak  photo Ms Barbara Krystkowiak Associate
 Victoria López  photo Victoria López Associate
Mr Ignacio Marqués  photo Mr Ignacio Marqués Partner
Ms Ana-Laura Morales  photo Ms Ana-Laura Morales Associate
Ms Vanessa Peris  photo Ms Vanessa Peris Associate
Mr Ignacio Pontijas  photo Mr Ignacio Pontijas Associate
Ms Ana Ramognino  photo Ms Ana Ramognino Associate lawyer specialising in trademarks, patents, copyright, unfair competition, designs.
Ms Núria Ribera  photo Ms Núria Ribera Associate
Ms Sonia Santos photo Ms Sonia Santos Partner
Ms Yvonne Sastre photo Ms Yvonne Sastre Associate
Ms Antonia Torrente photo Ms Antonia Torrente Associate
Mr Agustí Valls  photo Mr Agustí Valls Partner
Ms Carlota Viola  photo Ms Carlota Viola Partner
Ms Teresa de Sicart  photo Ms Teresa de Sicart Associate
AIPPI (The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
INTA - International Trademark Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB)