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 > Intellectual property: Trade marks

(Hall of Fame)

Manuel LobatoBird & Bird LLP

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

(Hall of Fame)

Manuel LobatoBird & Bird LLP

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: Healthcare and life sciences

Bird & Bird covers the full spectrum of healthcare and life sciences, counting pharmaceutical, biotech, digital health and agribusiness companies among its clients. Individual partners bring expertise in various fields of law: Coral Yáñez stands out for her public law and regulatory practice; Manuel Lobato is an expert in IP, particularly in patent litigation involving large pharmaceutical companies; and corporate partner Lourdes Ayala often advises life sciences clients on M&A and commercial matters.