Otto Licks > Licks Attorneys > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

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


Founding Partner


Otto Licks is a founding partner at Licks Attorneys, a Brazilian law firm with over 300 people among its offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba and Tokyo as well as a German Desk. Otto is an expert on complex litigation and policy making, with over 23 years of experience representing international clients in life sciences (small molecules, biologicals, agrochemicals and medical devices), telecom, electronics and internet. He has established a reputation as a trial and appellate practice specialist, focusing on preliminary and permanent injunctions and monetization (damages and licensing), advising clients primarily on patent, trade secrets, unfair competition and regulatory data exclusivity, government procurement, food and drug and regulatory of telecom and internet. He has been the first chair in over 100 cases, from TROs and ex-parte injunctions up to leading cases before the Brazilian Supreme Court. Otto has published extensively in his areas of expertise and has been recognized by some of the most important international rankings. He is Vice Chair for the Global Series Committee(FCBA) and is an accomplished speaker in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.


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  • Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association – Rio de Janeiro and Distrito Federal;
  • Member of national and international associations such as ABPI, ABAPI, AIPLA, AIPPI, BIO, IBA, IPO, etc;
  • ITechLaw (International Technology Law Association).


  • Fellow, Chizaiken – Institute of Intellectual Property (1997);
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D) program, George Washington University Law School (1996);
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) Intellectual Property, George Washington University Law School (1994);
  • Master of Laws (LL.M) International Law, George Washington University Law School (1993);
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (1993).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Intellectual property

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.

Brazil > Life sciences

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.