Licks Attorneys > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Firm Profile

Licks Attorneys
Oscar Niemeyer, 2000
9th floor
Aqwa Corporate - 20220-297

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3

Licks Attorneys‘ team is composed of prosecutors and litigators that assist large and small companies with all patent-related matters. Companies from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, telecoms and electronic segments regularly seek the team’s assistance in complex IP disputes. With the ability to advise on the intersection of IP, health and regulations, the group is a go-to destination for patent holders facing the challenges of compulsory licensing. The team is under the joint leadership of: founding partner Otto Licks, a litigation and policy-making specialist; co-founder Carlos Aboim, a key contact for complex disputes; and Liliane Roriz, who draws on her former experience as an appellate judge and federal attorney to assist in a wide range of IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Otto Licks; Carlos Aboim; Liliane Roriz


‘The firm stands out for its efficiency, agility, organisation and cost-effectiveness.’

Key clients


VoiceAge EVS


Britânia Eletrônicos

Silimed Indústria de Implantes

Springer Carrier/ Midea do Brasil Ar Condicionado

Máquinas Agrícolas Jacto


Movement / Brudden Equipamentos

Work highlights

  • Representing WSOU Investments in an infringement lawsuit and an invalidity lawsuit involving a patent.
  • Representing Genentech in a case challenging dosage regime requirements.
  • Representing DivX in an infringement lawsuit brought against Samsung whose mobile devices were implementing technology protected by DivX’s patent without authorisation or compensation.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 3

Combining expertise in IP, regulations and healthcare, Licks Attorneys brings together a group of specialised lawyers, pharmacists, chemists and scientists, which is well placed to assist domestic and international clients in a variety of life sciences matters. The department boasts an impressive track record in contentious matters, and is led by three practitioners: founding partner Otto Licks, who is particularly active in strategic litigation and policymaking matters involving small molecules, biologics, agrichemicals and medical devices; fellow founder Eduardo Hallak, a name to note for complex disputes and patents; and Liliane Roriz, who utilises her former experience as an appellate judge to assist with IP-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Otto Licks; Liliane Roriz; Eduardo Hallak


‘Licks Attorneys have great subject-matter expertise and are very responsive.’

‘The firm has a differentiated multidisciplinary team, which knows the pharmaceutical market and is keen to know the business, the portfolio and the way we work to bring innovations. They speak the client’s language and are always available for discussions.’

Key clients

PTA Lundbeck


Work highlights

  • Represented PTA Lundbeck in a lawsuit requesting term adjustment for a patent covering technology related to the drug Brintellix.
  • Represented Genentech in a case challenging dosage regime requirements in Brazil.

The firm: Licks Attorneys is one of Brazil’s most respected litigation law firms, having unparalleled commitment to clients worldwide. It focuses on complex litigation and its lawyers boast an outstanding track record in handling the highest-profile IP and regulatory disputes. The firm’s practice shapes the development and direction of IP, technology and regulatory law.

With offices in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba and Tokyo, the team combines industry knowledge with legal expertise to assist a wide variety of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to high- tech start-ups making their break in the Brazilian market.

The firm’s multidisciplinary attorneys have handled complex commercial and corporate claims over the past 20 years in major sectors, including technology, the internet, telecommunications, life sciences, medical devices and finance.

Licks Attorneys, doesn’t just solve problems; it anticipates and helps clients plan accordingly. This carefully crafted approach is why it is Brazil’s leading firm in litigation and patent matters. The firm puts its client’s interests at the forefront of every operation, always seeking the quickest and most cost-effective solutions. The firm also relies on the strengths of a multicultural team which not only speaks its clients’ language, but also understands their legal and business cultures.

Employing a litigation practice which combines legal expertise, technical industry knowledge and a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution, the firm has an overall success rate of 82.6% and has been engaged in most of Brazil’s highest-profile IP, life sciences and technology cases.

The firm has the most extensive patent litigation practice in the country. It is involved in almost every high-profile case concerning complex technologies in Brazil. With outstanding results, Licks Attorneys has the most successful telecom practice working for both patent owners and implementers.

Licks Attorneys’ patent prosecution group consists of professionals with a technical background and well- experienced lawyers. This combination has produced a 100% success rate in expediting patent prosecution before federal courts and 88% of allowance before the Brazil Patent and Trademark Office. Challenging established practices and pushing the boundaries of patentability in Brazil, the firm develops strategies to move Brazilian patent practice to the next level, ensuring high standards of protection for its clients.

ISO certifications and security ratings: Protecting client information and ensuring the highest standards of services, the firm’s management system is based on ISO 27001 and ISO 9001. Licks Attorneys is rated “A98” by Secure ScoreCard and rank 98.39% at the Microsoft Secure Score Center.

Main areas of practice

  • Patent litigation
  • Strategic patent prosecution
  • Policy making and government relations
  • Unfair competition
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Food and drugs
  • Life science
  • Cyber law, E-commerce and software
  • Cyber security, privacy
  • Counselling and transactional
  • Regulatory
  • Complex business litigation

Managing partner: Otto Licks
Number of partners worldwide: 17
Number of professionals: 290+
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian, German, Spanish

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Otto Licks
Partner Liliane Roriz
Partner Nuno Carvalho
Partner Carlos Aboim
Partner Rodrigo Souto Maior
Partner Eduardo Hallak
Partner Regis Arslanian
Partner Alexandre Dalmasso
Partner Catia Regina Gentil
Partner Abel Gomes
Partner Roberto Carapeto
Partner Ricardo Campello
Partner Juliana Neves
Partner Ciro Albuquerque
Partner Rodolfo Barreto
Number of professionals : 290+
Chinese (Mandarin)

At Licks Attorneys, our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) mission is to further develop an organization where all talented individuals, including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, may have an equal chance at long-term success. We put our people first as we work to deliver excellence to our clients. We understand that our diversity is an asset in attracting the best talent, stimulating innovation, and delivering the best experience to everyone in a business relationship with us.    

 We committed to major structural changes, with the implementation of our Diversity & Inclusion Committee so that we could, first of all, reorganize our internal processes and show our team why we are mobilizing to address this issue and how it will be carried out within the office. Visit our website for more: 

 In July, 2021, we committed with the World Health Organization Global Pact that can be read here: