Mr Antonio Cueto > Bird & Bird > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

Bird & Bird
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28046 Madrid
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Intellectual Property


Antonio Cueto is a partner in our Intellectual Property Group, based in Madrid. His practice covers all IP-related matters including patents (involving mechanical, chemical, electrical and biotechnology patent areas) designs, trademarks, copyright and unfair competition (with particular expertise in the field of trade secrets). Antonio is extremely experienced in litigation with substantial experience in handling complex disputes relating to patents, trademarks, unfair competition and designs.


He joined us in May 2010 having worked in the Intellectual Property Department of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo for eleven years. In 2006 he worked as a Foreign Lawyer in the Patent Department of Dorsey & Whitney LLP in the USA. He is author of several articles on Intellectual Property published in specialised publications and is co-author of the first Handbook published in Spain by Francis Lefebvre on Intellectual Property (Edition 2012-2013) and he is also the author of the chapter “Novelty and Inventive Step” of the recent book “The new Spanish Patent Law” (December 2015).


English, Spanish


He has an extensive teaching experience in Spanish and foreign Universities and Foundations. In addition, Antonio is Professor at the Patent Module as part of the Master in Intellectual Property of the University of Alicante (Magister Lvcentinvs) since 2010.

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks

Bird & Bird covers the full range of trade mark matters from its Madrid office, with a focus on litigation and a growing profile in prosecution work. The team acts for heavyweight domestic and international clients in a broad range of sectors, including retail and consumer goods, technology and manufacturing. The department was strengthened further by the arrival of Jose Miguel Lissen in 2020, bringing expertise in technology, communications and life sciences. Manuel Lobato is a highly respected practitioner with capabilities in litigation and transactional support, while Antonio Cueto is an experienced litigator. Mariano Santos is praised for his expertise in prosecution and defence proceedings.

Spain > Intellectual property: patents

Bird & Bird further strengthened its Madrid office’s patent expertise with the hire of litigation and licensing specialist Jose Miguel Lissen in mid-2020. He joins an established team with a strong litigation focus and an impressive international client base in pharmaceuticals, communications and technology, which also benefits from the firm’s in-house patent valuation and analysis system, Pattern. Manuel Lobato is an experienced patents and trade secrets practitioner in the life sciences and technology sectors, and Antonio Cueto is an expert litigator. Mariano Santos specialises in internet and IT issues, and Teresa Mercadal is a name to note at the senior associate level.

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright

Bird & Bird has a focus on dispute resolution, with good litigation capabilities across all areas of IP. In copyright, the firm’s specialisms include publishing copyrights and the retail sector, alongside technology and energy, with clients including major domestic and multinational companies. The team was strengthened in mid-2020 by the arrival of co-head Jose Miguel Lissen, who focuses on technology and life sciences work. Other leaders in the team include technology-focused partner Manuel Lobato, trade secrets litigator Antonio Cueto and Mariano Santos, who works on IT and online issues.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail

The retail and consumer practice group at Bird & Bird centres around three sub-sectors: food and beverage; luxury, fashion and retail; and hotels and leisure. The team covers the full spectrum of work affecting its clients, with particular strength in data protection, trade mark prosecution and enforcement, and M&A. Lourdes Ayala has broad experience in domestic and cross-border M&A and restructuring, often involving a significant real estate component. IP expert Antonio Cueto counts well-known fashion brands among his clients.

Spain > Dispute resolution

Experienced in representing clients before civil and commercial courts, Bird & Bird is active in multi-disciplinary and cross-border arbitration, mediation and litigation. The firm has notable strength in key sectors including life sciences, technology, financial services and energy, and is particularly active in commercial and IP matters. The practice also has a proven track record in litigation arising from regulatory and administrative law issues. The team is co-led by regulatory specialist Coral Yáñez; Antonio Cueto, who is known for patent, trade mark and design litigation expertise; counsel Pablo Berenguer, who is head of the commercial dispute resolution group; and Alfonso Carillo Cano, who joined the team in 2020, bringing experience in a range of commercial disputes, particularly banking, real estate, construction and insolvency matters.