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

Bird & Bird
Paseo de la Castellana 7, 7th floor
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 > Industry focus: Food

Bird & Bird offers a comprehensive service for food-sector clients in competition, antitrust, IP and data protection matters. The team is led by four partners in Madrid: Lourdes Ayala also leads the corporate and M&A department with a wide industry focus, while Antonio Cueto is the key contact for IP. Other notable figures in the leadership team include patent and trade secret litigation expert Manuel Lobato and Mariano Santos, a specialist in the processing of trade marks in Spain and the EU. Senior consultant Diana Sendagorta is a name to note for finance, capital markets and real estate work.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail

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Antonio Cueto – Bird & Bird

Supported by an international retail and consumer group network, Bird & Bird’s expertise in the retail space extends to intellectual property, trade mark, corporate, data protection and real estate advice. M&A expert Lourdes Ayala is accompanied by Antonio Cueto at the helm of the department, with the latter specialising in IP matters relevant to global fashion brands and retail clients. Also noted is Mariano Santos, who deepens the practice’s IP expertise, with particular knowledge of trade marks in a Spanish and European Union context.

Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright

Bird & Bird houses a sizeable team of IP practitioners with knowledge of the communications and life sciences sectors, acting for major software, pharmaceutical, biotech and R&D facilities in a range of issues. Such matters include infringement claims, complex litigation, the protection of rights in musical works, and collecting societies. At the forefront of these efforts are José Miguel Lissén and Mariano Santos, notable in litigation and information technology matters, respectively. Trade secrets expert Antonio Cueto is also noted alongside IP specialist Manuel Lobato and associates Maria Fernandez and Marta Arteaga, the latter of whom joined from Baylos in February 2022.

Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks

The ‘exceptional‘ IP team at Bird & Bird attracts high-profile clients including Tommy Hilfiger, Monster Energy and Procter & Gamble, which it assists in a variety of trade mark issues. Such matters include unfair competition mandates, infringement claims, counterclaims and strategies for market expansion. Experienced litigator José Miguel Lissén and the ‘extraordinaryMariano Santos co-head the team, with the latter noted by a client as ‘one of the most outstanding lawyers‘ in the field. Of counsel Manuel Lobato and Antonio Cueto are additional key contacts, with the latter specialising in litigation in the retail and fashion industries. Marta Arteaga joined the team in February 2022 from Baylos, working alongside Maria Fernandez at the associate level.

Spain > Dispute resolution

Noted for their ‘commitment and dedication to the client‘, the dispute resolution lawyers at Bird & Birdroutinely exceed expectations‘. The firm takes a sector-focused approach, with standout strengths in technology, energy, real estate, financial services and insurance, and life sciences. In this context, it has dedicated specialists in particular industries and types of disputes: for example, Luis Alfonso Fernández is renowned in the market for insurance and reinsurance litigation; Coral Yáñez is an expert in regulatory and administrative law and is particularly active in proceedings concerning the energy and utilities sectors; while of counsel Antonio Cueto specialises in IP litigation. The ‘smart, practical and experienced‘ Pablo Berenguer heads the practice, which also includes Alfonso Carrillo Cano, who is noted for his ‘great work‘ and ‘knowledge in civil litigation and bankruptcy‘.