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 270 people among its offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Curitiba and Tokyo as well as a French and 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 > Life sciences

Licks Attorneyscombines technical and legal knowledge, with professionals from interdisciplinary backgrounds‘. Led by experienced partners Otto Licks and Eduardo Hallak, the team benefits from the input of its in-house chemists, pharmacists, scientists and patent specialists. The department has also seen recent growth, with the promotion of several associates – including Juliana NevesRicardo Campello and Roberto Rodrigues – to the partnership. Its client base has also expanded, with new clients including CropLife Brasil and Silimed. The firm excels in patent litigation, and is also well versed in technology transfers, procurement, bidding processes and regulatory matters. Biotechnology and crop protection specialist Viviane Kunisawa also receives praise.

Brazil > Intellectual property

Licks Attorneys is highly regarded for its presence in the life sciences sector, most notably in patent prosecution and litigation. The IP team has seen recent growth, with several new client acquisitions and six promotions to partnership within the team. Otto Licks is regularly retained by international clients in relation to contentious IP matters. Patent litigation is a significant area of focus for Rodrigo Maior, who provides assistance to clients in the pharmaceutical, IT and telecoms industries. Trade mark-related work is overseen by Eduardo Hallak, who is extremely active in the practice. Other seasoned IP practitioners include former judge Liliane Roriz and Carlos Aboim, both of whom focus on IP disputes.