Mr Manuel Lobato > Bird & Bird > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

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Intellectual Property


Manuel is a partner and head of our Intellectual Property (IP) Group in Spain. He is a well-known specialist in IP and pharmaceutical law and has acted in various landmark pharmaceutical patent and SPC cases in Spain (including Finasteride, Docetaxel, Drospirenone, Venlafaxine, HPV vaccine/Gardasil –acting for the University of Queensland and CSL-, amongst many others). He has wide experience of  patent litigation before the Spanish civil and administrative courts, including multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and gives strategic advice in international decisions regarding the manufacture and commercialisation of products in the context of the patent situation. He represented Oncostem, SL, in a patent/know-how and contractual action against CSIC.


Manuel has advised many technology focused companies on intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, regulatory issues and contract law.  He has also advised life sciences and other technology-based companies in drafting technology transfer contracts (in the fields of pharmacy, biology, electronics and mechanics). His experience also encompasses commercial and corporate legal matters derived from joint ventures, due diligences and contractual work. Manuel has advised several Universities (University of Seville, University of Saragossa) , public  institutions (Fundación Progreso y Salud, Fibao, Sergas, etc.) and private biotech-entities on ownership and entitlement issues. He is an expert in legal advice, communications and appeals before the health authorities and litigations before the administrative courts related to pharmaceutical regulatory and medicine advertising as well as in legal and strategic advice regarding pharmaceutical agreements (including distribution, supply and manufacture, clinical trials). Before joining us in February 2006, Manuel was a partner at a Spanish law firm and at an international law firm.


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Manuel teaches commercial law, corporate law and intellectual property law at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He regularly lectures on intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law in Latin American countries and speaks at seminars organised by several universities, judicial schools and private institutions. He has written several books and publications on trademarks, patents and other subjects.

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Industry focus: Food

Bird & Bird acts for a wide range of Spanish and international clients across the food and beverages industry. Offering advice on IP, competition, data protection and transactional matters, the group is regularly retained by biotech and agriscience, manufacturers, food supply chain companies, retailers and distributors. Lourdes Ayala takes the lead on corporate and M&A work, while Antonio Cueto focuses on IP issues. IP is also a key specialism for Manuel Lobato, who possesses a strong track record in patent litigation before the Spanish courts, and Mariano Santos, who handles trade mark prosecution matters.

Spain > Intellectual property: patents

(Hall of Fame)

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Bird & Bird‘s global IP practice provides a strong platform for the team in Spain, which is frequently involved in high-value, cross-border matters in key industries, among them pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, apparel and chemicals. Prosecution partner Mariano Santos and patent licensing expert José Miguel Lissén lead a ‘a very solid team, with a high level of specialisation‘. Vastly experienced of counsel Manuel Lobato is highly regarded for patent litigation and strategic advice, particularly in the life sciences sector, and senior associate Maria Fernandez handles the prosecution and defence of IP rights all over the world. Associate Marta Arteaga is a key adviser to clients in the food, fashion, entertainment and electronics sectors.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks

(Hall of Fame)

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Particularly well known for trade mark litigation, Bird & Bird‘s ‘versatile and flexible’ IP practice continues to act for high-profile clients, among them Monster Energy and The International Olympic Committee. Led by seasoned litigator José Miguel Lissén and trade mark prosecution specialist Mariano Santos, the team frequently handles portfolio management as well as infringement claims. Counsels Manuel Lobato and Antonio Cueto are key advisers to clients in the medical devices, pharmaceuticals, media, retail, fashion, food and sports industries. Associates Marta Arteaga and Maria Fernandez also stand out for their role in key matters. ‘Their availability and speed make them the ideal law firm for any urgent matter‘, remarks one client.

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright

Bird & Bird‘s IP group works with teams across the firm’s international network to assist blue-chip companies in sectors as diverse as food and beverage, media, chemicals and apparel. Clients report ‘a great team, with very specialised knowledge, great quality of service, excellent responses and flexibility‘. Setting the tone are lead partners José Miguel Lissén and Mariano Santos, and counsel Antonio Cueto, who focuses predominantly on trade secrets. Counsel Manuel Lobato handles IP litigation and strategic advice, and associates Maria Fernandez and Marta Arteaga also play central roles in the firm’s most significant matters.